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  • 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


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a tad short — even after a multimillion dollar renovation in 2010 — with sophisticated but somewhat generic decor, some outdated amenities (such as CD players instead of iPod docks), and shower/tub combos in many bathrooms.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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Atop Water Tower Place, half a block from the Magnificent Mile

Map of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

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

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Pets Allowed
Hotel Services
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
160 E Pearson St, Water Tower Place, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2308, United States
Phone (312) 266-1000
Also Known As
  • Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel
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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