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Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, USA

On a quiet block near both Lake Michigan's shoreline and bustling Michigan Avenue, this 45-story pink-granite building has suites with stunning Millennium Park views. Standard rooms, with their neutral colors and contemporary decor, are spacious at 425 square feet, and the bathrooms include both a tub and a shower. Two bars offer a fine mix of cocktails and craft beer. The on-site mySpa has eight treatment rooms for those seeking a relaxing respite from sightseeing. This spot is ideal for visitors wanting to take in Millennium Park's popular summer concerts.

YOU SHOULD KNOW WiFi is not free, except for while in the lobby or if you are a member of the Fairmont President's Club. A daily charge of $13.95 plus tax applies otherwise.


Mimicking the park surroundings outside the hotel's front door, the rooms' decor features bursts of lilac and jade-green, against a neutral backdrop. Behind each bed is a large piece of photography by Warwick Orme depicting green and purple flowers, that same theme also in the throw pillows. Rooms offer either a view of the city skyline or the Chicago River. Even posher accommodations exist at the suite level, with one-bedroom accommodations; as well as five Grand Suites on the higher floors.

Pets under 50 pounds are permitted with a one-time $50 fee, a bargain if you are staying more than a few nights.


The all-marble baths evoke a spa-like feel, including a soaking tub that's separate from the shower.


In some ways, entering this hotel's lobby feels like walking into a nightclub. The lighting is dim, the check-in desk is back-lit, and colors and fabrics are all masculine. But that's just a glimpse of the glam that this property represents, also seen back at the rooms and dining venues.


Continuing that same fresh, floral motif seen in the rooms, MySpa features eight private treatment rooms for servicing massages, facials and other pampering treatments. There is also a "duet room," perfect for couples who wish to receive treatments side by side, such as the Candlelight Couple's Massage. Salon services are also on the menu, in case you need a mani/pedi.


Open 24/7, the fitness studio is in the basement, next to the spa, and offers a full-service experience. This includes providing work-out gear and shoes in case you forget yours at home (small fee applies). For a deeper experience, the hotel offers $20 day passes to the 11,000-square-foot Lakeshore Sport + Fitness next door, which includes a lap pool.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Gym use costs $10 per day, even for hotel guests, unless you are receiving a service at the spa that day or are a Fairmont President's Club member.


Breakfast is served daily in the Millennium Room, on the same level as the lobby. Ordering a la carte makes little sense as most items run $18-$22 and the buffet runs $29. Health enthusiasts will appreciate the anti-oxidant juices and smoothies. Lunch and dinner is served at the Columbus Tap, a gastropub with items like chicken wings as a shareable snack, entree-sized salads, or rotisserie chicken with a side of mashed potatoes.

Food prices are reduced during Happy Hour (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily).


Columbus Tap's wine and cocktail menu is limited in its selections; the beer list is more diverse, folding in beers crafted in Chicago and the Midwest. For evening meet-ups in a small group, The Bar (in the hotel's lobby) is perfect. Cocktails and glasses of wine, including French Champagne, are served.


Getting Around

A car isn't needed when you stay at this Fairmont property (and you can save the $71 nightly parking fee, among the highest for a downtown-Chicago hotel). Uber and Lyft drivers are always in the area. Traveling south or north on Michigan Avenue via the city's bus system, you can easily reach the museum campus (home to the Field Museum) as well as Lincoln Park Zoo. The two nearest L stops--at Clark & Lake and Washington & Wabash--are a 10-minute walk.


Dining with a view is totally possible at Tavern at the Park (5-minute walk), across from Millennium Park and facing south. It's open for lunch and dinner. For a glam night out, make a dinner reservation at Spiaggia (25-minute walk), a favorite restaurant of the Obamas, where wine-paired Italian courses have earned chef-partner Tony Mantuano a James Beard Award nomination.


Cindy's Rooftop (10-minute walk) inside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, thanks to its rooftop perch (glass-enclosed so it's open all year long), flaunts views of Millennium Park and serves drinks that fold in botanicals and elixirs, plus a full food menu. Billy Goat Tavern (9-minute walk) is a super-casual bar known for its beer but also appearance in the famed "Cheezborger" Saturday Night Live episode.


Luxury is in every detail here, from the glam lobby entrance to massages served at the on-site spa. Rooms are spacious, modernized and with a fresh decor that feels inviting and bright. Eating a delicious, top-notch meal on-site is possible thanks to Columbus Tap and Millennium Room, while glasses of either Champagne, Chicago craft beer and craft cocktails are available at The Bar. The location is a huge perk, too, with Millennium Park right outside the hotel's front door and Chicago's cultural attractions and museums all within a 15-minute walk or car ride.


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