Chicago is an impressive city on all fronts: The skyline is breathtaking; the pizza is top-notch; and the hotels are in a league of their own. Thanks to its rich history and vibrant arts scene, the Windy City has no shortage of creatively furnished accommodations that will trigger serious design envy — and a ton of social media likes.
Whether you’re into quirky hostels or five-star suites with an unbeatable vantage of the city, Chi-Town has something just right for you. We’ve pulled together 10 of the most Instagram-ready stays in every budget and decor style. Now it’s up to you to check out every one of them with your own eyes.
The Freehand Chicago
The Freehand Chicago — from the same hotel group behind the swanky Nomad Hotel in NYC — is something between a hotel and hostel. The private rooms are decked out in mid-century-style furniture and geometric art, but the most Instagrammed aspect by far is Café Integral, the ground-floor coffee bar that resembles a Parisian café.
The Freehand Chicago, 19 East Ohio Street; 312-940-3699
Nestled in a hundred-year-old warehouse, this newcomer retains a lot of the rustic architectural elements juxtaposed with clean and modern decor. Hipsters will love the industrial-chic decor, as well as the Wicker Park location.
The Hollander, 2022 West North Avenue, 872-315-3080
One of the most affordable options in the city, this hostel packs tons of personality into its relatively small quarters. You’ll find colorful suitcases, funky wall art, and vintage boomboxes everywhere.
Holiday Jones, 1659 West Division Street; 312-804-3335
The modern and sophisticated decor of the hotel is highly photogenic to begin with, but the uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile really take it to the next level.
Thompson Chicago, 21 East Bellevue Place; 312-266-2100
ACME Hotel Company
This trendy hotel has come up with the coolest idea for a bar: an underground ski lodge-themed cocktail lounge complete with a hot tub.
ACME Hotel Company, 15 East Ohio Street; 312-894-0800
The Kimpton Gray Hotel
Judging by the opulent yet tasteful decor, we’d wager that all the hotels guests are jetsetters with impeccably tailored clothing.
The Kimpton Gray Hotel, 122 West Monroe Street; 877-771-7031
Soho House Chicago
The Soho House group is known for being uber-exclusive. Those who can’t manage to nab a membership can still admire the dazzling chandeliers and beautiful exposed bricks in the dining area.
Soho House Chicago, 113 North Green Street; 312-521-8000
The Blackstone Hotel
The iconic hotel — known for hosting celebrities, foreign dignitaries, and presidents since the early 20th century — has the most stunning Beaux-Arts style facade.
The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue; 312-447-0955
Once a former hat factory, this boutique hotel balances its historic surroundings with contemporary decor.
The Monaco, 225 North Wabash Avenue; 312-960-8500
oldest hotel in Chicago has still got it: The restored tile ceiling is one of those magnificent sights that make you realize they just don’t build hotels like this anymore.
Palmer House, 17 East Monroe Street; 312-726-7500
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