Millennium Knickerbocker - Magnificent Mile, Chicago

One- or Two-Night Stay at Millennium Knickerbocker in Downtown Chicago

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Four-Star 1920s Hotel Restored to Jazz Age Elegance on Magnificent Mile

When the Millennium Knickerbocker opened its doors at the height of the Roaring Twenties—back then, it was named the Davis Hotel—the gothic-inspired building embodied all the glamour of the era. In the ballroom, dancers whirled atop a floor of glass tiles lit from underneath, making the room's mirrors, chandeliers, and gilded dome glitter like crystal. Rumor has it that the 14th-floor penthouse once served as a Prohibition-era speakeasy run by Al Capone's brother, Ralph.

Today, on the eve of the hotel's 85th anniversary, a $27 million renovation has restored the building's Jazz Age opulence while updating accommodations to modern-day standards of comfort. The Crystal Ballroom has transparent flooring made of Plexiglas, and the martini bar in the lobby serves fancy cocktails out in the open, including 58 different martinis in varieties such as mango and limoncello. Telltale signs of the past remain, however, from the embossed brass post box beside the elevators to the stained-glass accents topping the lobby's two-story french windows. Tuesday–Saturday evenings (6 p.m.–9 p.m.), a live pianist performs classical and jazzy melodies as the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald performs the Charleston.

Upstairs, both the standard and superior guest rooms feature black-and-white photographs of Chicago landmarks such as Cloud Gate—better known as "The Bean"—as well as partial glimpses of Lake Michigan, which is visible between surrounding skyscrapers. Come morning, the onsite restaurant, NiX, serves up breakfast specialties such as organic omelets and orange-granola pancakes made with fresh juice.

Chicago's Magnificent Mile: Luxury Shopping and World-Class Culture

The Knickerbocker rises at the northern end of the Magnificent Mile, amid luxury high-rises, award-winning restaurants, and high-end boutiques. "It's a shopping mecca, obviously," says hotel concierge Sheryl Walerski. Designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, and Giorgio Armani all have stores within walking distance. Architectural landmarks along the route document the city's history. The castle-like Chicago Water Tower, for instance, is one of the few buildings to have survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 as well as the Mothra state visit of 1962.

While nearby Rush Street bustles with nightclubs and bars, there's also a plethora of cultural institutions nearby. The Tony Award–winning Lookingglass Theatre Company stages eye-popping original work. You can see several centuries' worth of visual art, ranging from ancient China to present-day America, on display at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

What You Get

Stay for two

  • Option 1: $99 for one night in a standard room (up to a $199 value)
  • Option 2: $119 for one night in a superior room (up to a $239 value)
  • Option 3: $219 for two nights in a superior room (up to a $478 value)
  • Option 4: $259 for two nights in a junior suite (up to a $558 value)

Book by: 1/4/13
Travel window: 11/13/12–1/10/13

Included in all options:

  • WiFi access

Amenities

  • Onsite breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant
  • Onsite martini bar
  • Live piano music Tuesday–Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Guest rooms renovated in 2008
  • 24-hour fitness center renovated in 2011
  • 24-hour business center
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  • Book by 1/4/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 11/13/12-1/10/13
  • Not valid 11/17, 11/24-11/28 or 12/31
  • Limit 4 per person + 2 as a gift
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 16.4% tax not included.
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Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • 400-thread-count Frette sheets and down comforter
  • Granite counters and Grohe rain-shower system
  • 40-inch high-definition flat-screen TV

Standard Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • 260 square feet

Superior Room

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 for king-bed rooms; 4 for double-bed rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: additional adult occupants (aged 18 or older) may be added for $20 per person per night; additional child occupants (aged 17 or younger) may be added for free on existing bedding.
  • 310–370 square feet

Junior Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: additional adult occupants (aged 18 or older) may be added for $20 per person per night; additional child occupants (aged 17 or younger) may be added for free on existing bedding.
  • 380 square feet

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: valet parking available for $55 per night
  • Rollaways: available for $20 per night (superior rooms only)
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: available for an additional fee

Getting There

  • By plane: about 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport (ORD); about 14 miles from Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • By transit: Chicago stop of CTA red line train or Chicago and Michigan stop of CTA 66 bus
  • By cab: about $35 from ORD; about $30 from MDW

Traveler's Tips

  • Though parking is not included, valet parking with in-and-out privileges is available for $55 per night.
  • Because the hotel does not offer an airport shuttle, book a reservation at Go Airport Express to travel directly from O'Hare or Midway to the hotel.

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