Luxury Boutique Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Located in the Near North Side neighborhood, The Sutton Place Hotel is surrounded by some of Chicago’s most popular attractions, from the world-class shopping on the Magnificent Mile just two blocks away to the upscale nightclubs on Rush Street. The property, which was voted one of the best large city hotels in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure readers, draws visitors of its own with its collection of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and a whiskey bar and lounge to rival those on Rush Street. And while the neighborhood outside seems to move at a frenetic pace, The Sutton Place Hotel’s sophisticated rooms and suites make for a relaxing oasis with gentle colors and natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Guests take in enchanting views of the Chicago skyline from junior suites. These contemporary corner units, decorated in neutral creams and grays, feel homey, with sound-resistant walls and an extensive CD collection. While The Sutton Place Hotel provides room service 24 hours a day, visitors would be remiss to not check out The Whiskey Bar & Grill. Inspired by New York in the 1920s, this upscale spot is half lounge, half sports bar, and has been a fixture on the ritzy Rush Street scene for more than a decade.
Chicago's Gold Coast: Ritzy Neighborhood with Historic Mansions and Upscale Restaurants
Just north of the Loop and along Lake Michigan, the Gold Coast neighborhood occupies some of the city's most desirable real estate. The area's reputation as an upscale residential spot dates back to 1882, when wealthy businessmen began building castle-like mansions along the waterfront. You can still see some of these estates along Lake Shore Drive; for example, the International Museum of Surgical Science is housed in a 1917 mansion modeled after a French chateau. The Gold Coast's stylish legacy still exists in the clothing stores lining North Michigan Avenue, the so-called Magnificent Mile. Walk down nearby Oak Street to find the boutiques of high-end designers like Chanel, Prada, and Hermès.
Those looking for a hip nightlife scene will find trendy restaurants and nightclubs—many of which are open until 5 a.m.—catering to a well-dressed crowd. For people-watching and the occasional celebrity sighting, head to Rush and Division, a see-and-be-seen spot dotted with upscale shops, classic Chicago bars, and diamond-encrusted parking meters.
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