These 5 Hotels Are Near Chicago's Historic Landmarks

Kristine Hansen | February 01, 2018

Whether it's Art Deco detailing in high-rise buildings in the Loop or Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Prairie School architecture in the near-West 'burb of Oak Park, you could easily spend a week in the area and not see the highlights. Take transportation out of the equation by booking a room at one of these hotels.

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The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Why it made the list

Connected to Water Tower Place, which is a multi-level tower of luxe shops and restaurants on North Michigan Avenue in the Mag Mil, is The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. And across the street from the shopping mall is the historic Water Tower. You literally only need to walk .2 of a mile to get to the tower--built in 1869, it's the country's second-oldest water tower, built of Lemont limestone--from the hotel's lobby. Fresh off a major facelift, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago's lobby is filled with world-class art and a great place to enjoy a cocktail.

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Chicago Athletic Association

Why it made the list

The Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop is not only a fantastic place to experience visual-art exhibits, occasional live-music concerts and a stunningly beautiful Tiffany dome, it's also totally free to enter. Open since 1897, it's a mere four years younger than the building in which the Chicago Athletic Association hotel resides, a quick 3-minute walk. A former men's club, the hotel now boasts a Shake Shack, preppy-cool room decor and a rooftop bar called Cindy's.

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JW Marriott Chicago

Why it made the list

In the thick of the Loop, surrounded by some of the world's best architecture, this JW Marriott property hosts a spa, amazing restaurant (The Florentine) and a lobby that was richly reimagined with gold trim and high ceilings upon its 2011 opening. The 110-story Willis Tower (the former Sears Tower) is 1.5 blocks away, and a glass-boxed Sky Deck cantilever on the 103rd floor is open to visitors.

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Hotel Lincoln

Why it made the list

Within Lincoln Park--across the street from the hip boutique-y Hotel Lincoln--is the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, established during the 1930s and considered an important element of the Prairie School style of architecture.

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Hilton Chicago

Why it made the list

Across the street from the 1,500-room hotel--which underwent a $150-million renovation that wrapped in 2015--is Buckingham Fountain, built in 1927 and one of the largest fountains in the world, designed to look like a wedding cake and modeled after the Palace of Versailles' Latona Fountain. Tucked into Grant Park, a stroll over here leads to lots of green space. Also, you might recognize the fountain from opening credits of the TV show "Married with Children."

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