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Best Western Hawthorne Terrace 3.0

Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Charming redbrick building with Victorian-style lobby and quiet courtyard
  • Contemporary rooms with coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges
  • Slate-tile bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and eco-friendly toiletries
  • A few blocks from Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field
  • Free breakfast, including fresh cinnamon rolls from Swedish restaurant Ann Sather
  • Fitness center with sauna and whirlpool
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • No restaurant or room service (just breakfast)
  • No business center
  • Fee for self-parking
  • Far from the tourist sites
  • Rooms can be echoey (no carpeting to absorb sounds)

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The 105-room Best Western Hawthorne Terrace is one of the few hotels in the Lakeview neighborhood, a northern Chicago residential area that's home to Wrigley Field and the city's gay nightlife scene. It's got more charm than you'd expect from a chain hotel -- the four-story redbrick building is covered with ivy, the Victorian-style lobby features a fireplace, and the contemporary rooms come with hardwood floors and slate-tiled bathrooms. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast, but it's far from the tourist sights, and lacks a full restaurant or swimming pool. Travelers who want similar features from a more centrally located hotel could try the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Chicago, which has a pool, but no free breakfast.

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Surprisingly quaint, quiet hotel with contemporary rooms and suites

This Best Western stands out from the brand's budget category with its ivy-covered redbrick building, lovely courtyard, and elegant lobby. It departs from the typical budget hotel in another significant way: instead of offering just standard rooms, the Best Western Hawthorne Terrace has a collection of 10 different room styles, including several suites (located in an attached apartment-style building). Rooms are modern with traditional homely touches, featuring coffeemakers, hardwood floors, and bathrooms with slate-tiled showers and rainfall showerheads. 


In the Boystown neighborhood of Lakeview in northern Chicago, just a few blocks from Wrigley Field and Lake Michigan's Belmont Harbor

The hotel is located in the Lakeview neighborhood's Boystown district, known for its vibrant LGBT community, shopping, dining, and tree-lined residential streets.

  • 15-minute walk to Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line Station
  • 15-minute walk or four-minute drive to Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs
  • 10- to 15-minute drive to Lincoln Park, home to the Chicago History Museum and 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 10-minute drive to the Magnificent Mile
  • 12-minute drive to Millennium Park, home to the Art Institute of Chicago, an ice skating rink, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion concert venue
  • 15-minute drive to Grant Park
  • 15- to 20-minute drive to the Loop
  • 40-minute drive to O'Hare International Airport
  • 45-minute drive to Midway International Airport


Modern and homey, with hardwood floors and coffeemakers

Modern rooms and suites come in 10 configurations, with full, queen, or king beds. Rooms are earth-toned and contemporary, with gleaming hardwood floors and sleek dark-veneer furniture. Suites have homey touches like Oriental throw rugs, ceiling fans, and pull-out sofas. Certain suites feature kitchens with refrigerators, dishwashers, and stove-tops, and all rooms come with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, mini-fridges, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with premium cable (including HBO), ironing facilities, and safes. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos (some suites have glass shower stalls) with slate-tile walls and rainfall showerheads, plus bathrobes, hairdryers, and toiletries by Gilchrest & Soames' Zero Percent line.


Vast breakfast with hot and cold items, a pleasant patio, and free Wi-Fi

The amenities at this charming hotel are limited in scope, but they offer lots of appeal. The free breakfast is extensive: cereals, muffins, bagels, waffles, fruit, yogurt, eggs, sausage, and bacon, as well as fresh cinnamon rolls and other baked goods brought in daily from Ann Sather, a Swedish restaurant and catering company in Chicago. The hotel has a small fitness center with a few Technogym cardio machines and free weights, as well as a sauna and whirlpool. Self-parking is charged per day, and comes with in and out privileges. The hotel is non-smoking, and no pets are allowed. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and a small business center is located in the lobby.

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3434 N Broadway St, Chicago, Illinois 60657-2516, United States


(773) 244-3434

Room Types

  • Chicago Junior Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Standard Chicago
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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