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  • Big rooms with iPod docks and 42-inch flat-screens
  • Separate soaking tubs and showers
  • 11,000-square-foot spa and fitness center
  • Walking distance to Millennium Park
  • The Bar serves breakfast, as well as light bites and drinks in the evenings
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Pet-friendly


  • Pricey parking
  • Fee to use fitness center
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

This 687-room luxury hotel — renovated in 2010 — is in the Loop neighborhood, near Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Big rooms have separate soaking tubs and showers (which even pricier hotels like the Ritz-Carlton lack), iPod docks and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Add a bar, a spa, and stunning design by David Rockwell, and you've got one of Chicago's most luxurious hotels in this price range. But you'll have to pay extra for just about everything, including parking, the fitness center, and Wi-Fi.

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Located in the Loop, adjacent to Millennium Park

Map of Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

The Fairmont is located in the Loop, three blocks from Lake Michigan, a block south of the Chicago River, and two blocks north of Millennium Park and Grant Park. The Loop is Chicago's business district, but it's also home to the Theatre District, major cultural institutions, historic buildings and famous parks.

Grant Park is home to popular sites like Museum Campus, the Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Riverwalk, a river-level walkway along Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Franklin Street. Millennium Park features Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which can seat 11,000, plus public art like the Cloud Gate.

The hotel is also a short walk from the Magnificent Mile, an iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue known for upscale shopping.

  • 4-minute walk to Millennium Park
  • 12-minute walk to Magnificent Mile shopping
  • 14-minute walk to Grant Park
  • 16-minute walk (4-minute drive) to Navy Pier
  • 5-minute drive to John Hancock Observatory
  • 5-minute drive to Water Tower Place shopping
  • 7-minute drive to the John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • 8-minute drive to the Adler Planetarium
  • 9-minute drive to Museum Campus
  • 10-minute drive to Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 30-minute drive to Chicago O’Hare International Airport

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Big rooms with 42-inch flat-screens, iPod docks, and marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers

Standard Room

The Fairmont Chicago’s rooms are decorated in earthy tones of brown, ivory, and tan, and feature floral artwork by Warwick Orme. The Fairmont Gold Conceirge Level comes with a bevy of extra amenities, including a private lounge and reception area, free coffee and tea, an honor bar, free continental breakfast, and free appetizers in the afternoon, to name a few.

  • 42-inch flat-screen TV
  • Marble bathrooms with separate tub and shower, and rainfall showerheads, toilet room, hairdryer, and bath scale
  • Alarm clock/radio in rooms and iPod docks in suites
  • Daily fee for in-room Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini-bar
  • Telephone in room and bathroom
  • Rollaway beds available for a per night fee (in most room types), and cribs available for free
  • Twice-daily housekeeping
  • Serenity Baths drawn by a Bath Sommelier
  • Room service available throughout the day

Rooms and Rates


11,000-square-foot fitness center and spa

The spa
  • Business center: Free to use; computer, printer, copier, fax machine; open daily
  • mySpa: Eight treatment rooms; massage; skin care; manicures and pedicures; teen treatments; open daily
  • Fitness Studio: charged per day, per person; locker room; robes; steam room; lounge; free headphones, towels, and water; elliptical machines, bikes, treadmills, and free weights
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Gift shop
  • Wi-Fi in lobby and rooms is charged per day
  • Same-day laundry; overnight shoe shine; pressing service
  • Overnight parking is expensive
  • Pets under 20 pounds are allowed for a per day fee


Cocktail lounge and in-room dining service

  • The Bar is open daily for breakfast, and for light bites and drinks in the evenings
  • A full in-room dining menu is available, though room service is not always 24-hours


Key Features
Fitness Center
Pets Allowed
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Dry Cleaning
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7802, United States
Phone (312) 565-8000
Room Types
  • Deluxe Guestroom
  • Fairmont Gold Room
  • Fairmont Gold Suite
  • Fairmont Guestroom
  • Fairmont Pure Room
  • Fairmont Suite
  • Parkview Suite

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