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  • 42-inch flat-screen TVs and minibars
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free coffee, tea, and afternoon cookies
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Close to restaurants and bars
  • Free access to a local gym


  • No on-site restaurant
  • No business center
  • No pool or spa
  • Far from downtown Chicago
  • Small rooms

Bottom Line

The 55-room Willows Hotel is a solid value pick in a historic building on the northern edge of Lincoln Park. It's far from Chicago's main tourist sites, but there are plenty of restaurants, shops and bars half a block from the hotel. The property lacks features like a restaurant, business center, or on-site fitness center, but offers guests some nice freebies, including coffee and tea, continental breakfast, access to a local gym, and Wi-Fi. Some rooms are tiny (especially the 121-square-foot Small Queen Room), but they all come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, and minibars.

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Located on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, close to restaurants and bars, but far from the tourist sites

Map of The Willows Hotel

Willows is located on a residential street half a block from West Broadway, a dining, shopping and entertainment hot spot. Boystown, with its thriving nightlife and shopping scenes, is a short stroll away. But the hotel is not within walking distance of any of Chicago’s tourist attractions, and the closest subway stop is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

  • 15-minute walk to Boystown neighborhood
  • 5-minute drive or 16-minute bus ride to the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • 6-minute drive to Wrigley Field
  • 8-minute drive or 21-minute bus ride to John Hancock Observatory
  • 9-minute drive or 22-minute bus ride to Water Tower Place
  • 9-minute drive or 20-minute subway ride to the Old Town
  • 10-minute drive or 26-minute bus ride to the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 11-minute drive or 35-minute bus ride to Navy Pier
  • 12-minute drive or 27-minute subway ride to the Theatre District
  • 12-minute drive or 32-minute subway ride to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 12-minute drive or 31-minute subway ride to Millennium Park
  • 14-minute drive or 26-minute subway ride to The Loop
  • 14-minute drive or 30-minute subway ride to the Chicago City Hall
  • 25-minute drive to Midway International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to O’Hare International Airport

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42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but most rooms feel somewhat cramped

Room decor is inspired by 19th-century France, and the overall effect is comfortable enough, but basic, and the carpets and fabrics could look a bit fresher. Small Queen and Standard Queen rooms are downright tiny, so it's worth upgrading.

  • 42-inch flat-screen TV with Room Linx Interactive (interactive interface with on-demand movies, music and games) and MP3 connectivity
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Alarm clock
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Toiletries
  • Shower/tub combo

Rooms and Rates


No business center, restaurant, or pool, but solid freebies

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free 24-hour coffee and tea service in the lobby
  • Free afternoon cookies daily
  • Free passes to nearby Bally’s Total Fitness Club
  • Self-parking a block away charged daily, with in-and-out privileges
  • Elevator
  • Lobby with 19th-century French-inspired decor, a fireplace and sitting area


Key Features
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Supervised Kids Activities
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
555 West Surf Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657-6020, United States
Phone (773) 528-8400
Room Types
  • Deluxe Double Queen
  • Executive King
  • King Junior Suite
  • Small Queen
  • Standard Queen

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