The 5 Best Hotels for Chicago Nightlife

Kristine Hansen | February 06, 2018

If you’re a night owl and love to check out Chicago’s best clubs, bars and lounges, then you need to be a quick Uber or Lyft ride from River North, West Loop or two North Side ‘hoods (Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park). Here are some hotels that offer that—plus some trendy nightcaps before you retire back to your room.

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Hotel Versey

Why it made the list

A former Days Inn in Lincoln Park—where Diversey, Clark and Broadway meet in a “V”—this boutique hotel’s lobby features Midcentury-modern furnishings and Cubs memorabilia. Lakeview and Lincoln Park bars and clubs are convenient to the hotel. Chicago’s gay neighborhood—Boystown—is nearby, too. Considering the property has a history of housing rockers while on tour, the recent rebranding is a fitting second chapter.

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The Robey

Why it made the list

From hip Mexican hotelier Grupo Habita, which has already proven it knows how to build party pads in cities like Mexico City and Acapulco, this Wicker Park property opened in 2016 inside a restored Art Deco tower. The hotel’s sixth-floor Cabana Club (open May-September only) features a rooftop pool while DJs spin vinyl in the Lounge.

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Soho House Chicago

Why it made the list

The West Loop is where celeb chefs like Stephanie Izard open their concepts (Girl & the Goat) and so naturally the cool watering holes are nearby, too, including The Aviary and Bar Takito, both in Fulton Market District. Back at Soho House Chicago, inside a former factory, are killer views of the downtown skyline from the rooftop bar/pool.

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Ambassador Chicago

Why it made the list

The former Public Chicago still carries that Ian Schrager edge with orbs hovering above Booth One restaurant and Millennial-pink shag throw pillows and Rorschach-like art in the rooms. Gold Coast bars—many of them tony and “be-seen” kind of places—are just steps from the hotel.

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ACME Hotel Company

Why it made the list

A sure sign this boutique River North hotel—with curated graffiti in the stairwells—is hip? The nightlife’s right here. The après-ski-type bar Bunny Slope is complete with a communal hot tub while Bodega serves spiked slushies. West Town Bakery’s location inside the hotel delivers the perfect hangover cure come morning: espresso and sprinkle-covered cake balls.

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