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Bordering the Chicago River, with beautiful views and proximity to multiple attractions
Located just north of The Loop, Chicago's thriving downtown, and west of Michigan Avenue, the area offers plenty to do. Meanwhile, the hotel's riverfront location lends to beautiful views, and is just steps from walking, running, and biking paths along the scenic river.
As for the rest of River North, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and upscale retail shops thrive. Tourists of all kinds meander around the neighborhood during the day, while young partiers fill the streets at night. Some of Chicago's best restaurants share space with antiques stores and high-end boutiques, but there are also scores of cheaper options for tighter budgets and a lot of beautiful historic architecture.
Although the 424-room Westin Chicago River North lacks individual charm and character, there are a few things that take it a step beyond your standard hotel-chain property — spectacular views of the river, sleek, contemporary decor, and two popular on-site restaurants. The popular steakhouse Ember Grill and the fine Japanese cuisine at Kamehachi Sushi Bar are both Chicago staples. There isn't much that makes this Westin stand out, but it's still a good pick in the Chicago hotel bunch. Floor-to-ceiling windows give the modern, spacious gym plenty of natural light. Meanwhile, the lobby feels a bit dark, but gives way to a certain chic-ness at night, when it becomes a pricey but fun space for professionals to have drinks and mingle.