The Best Budget Hotels in Chicago

Kristine Hansen | February 06, 2018

Sure, the Midwest’s largest city is packed to the gills with glam, pricey hotels but in recent years the tide has turned to welcome affordable options that may not have all the frills but are perfect for a long weekend in comfort. The great news is that locations for these budget-friendly properties aren’t compromised—many are in the heart of River North (Chicago’s bar and restaurant district) or a quick stroll from the Lake Michigan shoreline in a hip North Side ‘hood.

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Hotel Felix

Why it made the list

Off the radar of most Chicago travelers, probably because it doesn’t host a restaurant or any other splashy amenity, this hotel is in River North and earned a LEED Silver rating for its eco-friendly mantras. There’s a spa on site—unique for a hotel at this price point—that uses chemical-free products in treatments whenever possible. Free coffee and tea in the lobby lounge and the small fitness center (just three machines) are other amenities included in room rates that all add up a good value. There are three room categories—one Queen, two Full and one King—that don’t vary too much in price from one another and all feature white and tan décor that’s been modernized and updated.

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ACME Hotel Company

Why it made the list

In the heart of River North, within a few blocks of art galleries and trending restaurants, this boutique hotel--open since 2012--attracts guests who want to get out and explore...not lounge back at the hotel. Rooms are small, but stylish and clean, with pops of orange to perk up your day, and some have city views. Hardwood floors are a nice touch and ergo-friendly desk chairs help while working on the road.

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Hotel Versey

Why it made the list

This is a great example of a North Side hotel that does it right, in case you’re in town for a Cubs game or want to hang with friends and family who live in nearby Lincoln Park. Open since 2017, this former Days Inn packs Midcentury Modern furnishings in the lobby and Wrigley Field murals above the rooms’ beds. (Plus, it’s worth noting that its sister hotels are the costlier LondonHouse Chicago and The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.) There’s no restaurant or gym on the property but with hip eateries just outside the front door and the lakefront a few blocks away, (guests also get access to a local LA Fitness), who needs those amenities anyway?

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Freehand Chicago

Why it made the list

Don’t be fooled by the hostel reference. There are private rooms, too. Décor here is swoon-worthy and could easily fill a spread in a design magazine, whether it’s the Native American inspired floor rugs, macramé wall art in the two-level Penthouse. Or the Boho-meets Tiki-vibe in the bar (Broken Shaker). For a hotel at this price point to have two f&b venues is also a rarity. Not only can you sip cocktails at Broken Shaker, Café Integral’s avocado toast, Cuban sandwich and more are served until 3 p.m., with espresso drinks lingering on the menu until 6 p.m.

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