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  • Beautiful and iconic lobby
  • Attractive indoor pool area
  • Modern guest rooms with coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs
  • Each room has a desk and computer
  • Fitness center with variety of equipment
  • FedEx facility
  • Across from Grant Park
  • Three ballrooms and dozens of meeting rooms


  • Standard Rooms don't include Wi-Fi
  • Pricey self and valet parking
  • Shower/tub combos

Bottom Line

The historic, 1,544-room Hilton Chicago once hosted presidents and dignitaries, but today it's just a massive chain hotel in South Loop, a little far from many popular tourist sites. The hotel completed a $150 million renovation in 2014, with a result of modern furnishings in the well-equipped guest rooms and public spaces. Amenities include a large fitness center, ample meeting and event spaces, and an indoor pool. Note that parking is pricey and some room rates don't include free Wi-Fi. 

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Huge, historic hotel in South Loop, across from Grant Park

The hotel's impressive lobby is outfitted with contemporary decor, cozy seating around a fireplace, and a bar

The Hilton Chicago was built in 1927, but thanks to an extensive renovation in 2012, the hotel's furnishings reflect the 21st century. The public spaces — like the huge, grand lobby with dual staircases and the ballroom with stunning chandeliers — are impressive and outfitted with contemporary decor. Plenty of seating, a cozy fireplace, and a bar keep business and leisure travelers comfortable in the lobby. 

The hotel remains a good choice in South Loop for guests who appreciate a hotel with a storied past. Numerous presidents have been guests, and the hotel had a major role in the film version of "The Fugitive" starring Harrison Ford (the last 20 minutes of the movie were filmed here).


Across the street from Grant Park, in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood

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The Hilton Chicago is located in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, across the street from Grant Park and within walking distance of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Buckingham Fountain. But you'll need to drive or take the subway to see most of the city's other popular tourist sites.

  • 6-minute walk to the Harrison-Red Metro Station and a 10-minute walk to the Roosevelt Metro with the Green, Orange, and Red lines
  • 11-minute walk to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 12-minute walk to Buckingham Fountain
  • 4-minute drive to Museum Campus, which includes the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium
  • 6-minute drive to Millennium Park
  • 6-minute drive to Lincoln Park, home to the Chicago History Museum and 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 6-minute drive to the Loop, Chicago's business center
  • 7-minute drive to McCormick Place
  • 8-minute drive to the Magnificent Mile
  • 15-minute drive to Wrigley Field, a classic baseball field home to the Chicago Cubs

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Modern guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, computers, and coffemakers

The Standard Double Room has modern decor, as well as nice amenities like a computer with concierge service

Rooms have streamlined, modern decor that includes neutral tones with a pop of color in the wall art over the bed. The rooms feature velvets, silks, lacquered wood furniture, leather chairs, bronze accents, rich woods and fine linens. Bathrooms also were included in the renovations and, while still small, are less ornate and offer a more subtle take on luxury with dark woods and white tiling.

Rooms and Rates


Indoor swimming pool and grand ballrooms

The indoor pool area includes a Jacuzzi and several lounge chairs
  • Wi-Fi fees apply
  • Self and valet parking are pricey
  • Concierge available most of the day; 24-hour front desk staff
  • Airy, attractive indoor pool and Jacuzzi area with lounge chairs, tables, and green plants
  • Fitness center open daily, fees apply
  • Jogging track
  • Pets under 75 pounds allowed for a fee; beds and bowls available
  • FedEx center, available 24 hours with guest room key
  • Lots of meeting space, including a grand ballroom with giant chandeliers as well as an area off the lobby 
  • Barber shop and beauty salon
  • Gift shop and a convenience store


An Irish pub and a casual American restaurant

720 South Bar & Grill serves contemporary American cuisine in a space off the lobby
  • Kitty O'Sheas: Irish pub with food, drinks and entertainment
  • 720 South Bar & Grill, opened in 2012, is a restaurant and lounge in the lobby serving contemporary American cuisine
  • Herb N' Kitchen, a grab-and-go marketplace, is located in the lobby and features a technology lounge area.
  • Room service available almost 24-hours


Key Features
Fitness Center
Pets Allowed
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60605, United States
Phone (312) 922-4400
Room Types
  • Accessible Room
  • Executive Floor Room
  • Guest Room w/ 2 Bathrooms
  • Junior Suite
  • Lakeview Room
  • Standard Room

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