Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois

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Pros

  • Central location along the Magnificent Mile
  • Large rooms, some with great views
  • Luxury spa and wonderful four-lane lap pool with skylight
  • Large fitness center with modern machines and flat-screen TVs
  • Upscale shopping mall on-site
  • Twice daily housekeeping
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

Bottom Line

This 434-room hotel sits atop an upscale shopping mall right off the Magnificent Mile. The luxurious spa, the wonderful four-lane lap pool, the great design, and the outstanding address could make it one of the nicest hotels in town -- but the rooms fall a tad short — even after a multimillion dollar renovation in 2010 — with sophisticated but somewhat generic decor, some outdated amenities (such as CD players instead of iPod docks), and shower/tub combos in many bathrooms. The cuisine at the on-site brasserie doesn't wow, but the beautiful city views through its floor-to-ceiling windows do.

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 Location

Atop Water Tower Place, half a block from the Magnificent Mile

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago is set in a 74-story skyscraper it shares with Water Tower Place, one of Chicago's most popular shopping centers. The hotel entrance is located on a side street half a block from the iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile, where some of Chicago's most elegant hotels stand side-by side with expensive stores. Art galleries, top-notch restaurants, and landmarks -- such as the historic Water Tower, John Hancock Observatory, the Pumping Station and Wrigley Building -- are within easy walking distance from the hotel.

  • 20-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 35-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport
  • 4-minute walk to the John Hancock Observatory
  • 5-minute drive to the Loop
  • 25-minute walk to the Millennium Park
  • 5-minute drive to the downtown Theatre District
  • 5-minute drive or 15-minute subway ride to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 5-minute drive or 15-minute subway ride to the Chicago City Hall
  • 5-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to the Old Town
  • 12-minute drive or 25-minute subway ride to the Wrigley Field
  • 12-minute drive to Kenwood neighborhood
  • 13-minute drive to the Museum of Science and Industry

 Bottom Line

This 434-room hotel sits atop an upscale shopping mall right off the Magnificent Mile. The luxurious spa, the wonderful four-lane lap pool, the great design, and the outstanding address could make it one of the nicest hotels in town -- but the rooms fall a tad short — even after a multimillion dollar renovation in 2010 — with sophisticated but somewhat generic decor, some outdated amenities (such as CD players instead of iPod docks), and shower/tub combos in many bathrooms. The cuisine at the on-site brasserie doesn't wow, but the beautiful city views through its floor-to-ceiling windows do.

Things You Should Know About Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel

Address

  • 160 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL, 60611, US

Room Types

  • Anniversary Suite
  • Deluxe Four Seasons Executive Suite
  • Deluxe Lakeside One-Bedroom Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Four Seasons Executive Suite
  • Large Premier One-Bedroom Suite
  • Moderate Room
  • Premier Four Seasons Executive Suite
  • Premier One-Bedroom Suite
  • Premier One-Bedroom Suite with Kitchen
  • Premier Room
  • Presidential Suite
  • Superior Lakeside One-Bedroom Suite
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 434
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Magnificent Mile, Chicago
Address: 160 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL, 60611, US
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