Millennium Knickerbocker

One-Night Stay for Two at the Millennium Knickerbocker in Chicago

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1920s Hotel Restored to Jazz Age Elegance on Magnificent Mile

When the Millennium Knickerbocker—then named the Davis Hotel—opened its doors at the height of the Roaring Twenties, 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. Plexiglas now supplies the Crystal Ballroom's transparent flooring, and the M Bar in the lobby openly serves libations, 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. On Tuesday and Saturday evenings (5 p.m.–8 p.m.), a live pianist performs classical and jazzy melodies as the ghost of Zelda Fitzgerald performs the Charleston.

Upstairs, both standard and superior guest rooms pair black-and-white photographs of Chicago landmarks such as Cloud Gate—better known as "The Bean"—with partial glimpses of Lake Michigan, 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 Mag 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, a plethora of cultural institutions offers an artsier experience. The Tony Award–winning Lookingglass Theatre Company stages eye-popping original work, and several centuries' worth of visual art, ranging from ancient China to present-day America, are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

What You Get

  • For $89, a one-night stay for two in a standard room
  • Or, for $119, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a superior room

    Included in all options:
  • WiFi access


  • Onsite breakfast and lunch restaurant
  • Onsite martini bar
  • Live piano music twice weekly
  • Guest rooms renovated in 2008
  • 24-hour fitness center renovated in 2011
  • 24-hour business center

The Fine Print

  • Not valid 1/23-1/24 or 2/23-2/24
  • Travel must be completed by 3/31/12
  • Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check-in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 16.4% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Visit Millennium Knickerbocker's website.
  3. Choose a date prior to 3/31/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

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

  • King bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Two
  • Adding occupants above standard: Not allowed
  • 260 square feet

Superior Room

  • King bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Two for king-bed rooms; four for two-double-bed rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: Additional adult occupants (aged 18 and older) may be added for $20 per person per night; additional child occupants (aged 17 and younger) may be added for free on existing bedding.
  • 310 square feet–370 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; only in superior rooms.
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: No pets allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: Not available

What It's Worth

  • For $89, a one-night stay for two in a standard room (up to $181 value) and WiFi access ($10 value)
    Total value: up to $191

  • Or, for $119, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a superior room (up to $204 value) and WiFi access ($10 value)
    Total value: up to $214

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, CTA red line train or Chicago and Michigan stop of CTA 66 bus
  • By cab: About $33 from ORD; about $28 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.

Customer Reviews

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Kevin W. ·
Reviewed January 13, 2015
Excellent customer service and location.


Doreen Z. ·
Reviewed January 13, 2015
Location, location, location


Melissa K. ·
Reviewed March 10, 2014
The atmosphere
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