Comfy hotel in Chicago’s upscale Gold Coast neighborhood; near downtown, shops on the Magnificent Mile, and Lake Michigan
Hotel at a Glance: Claridge House Chicago
Claridge House Chicago puts guests in a neighborhood-like locale without sacrificing convenience. It’s just half a mile from Oak Street Beach, where the lakefront complements views of the city’s skyline. The hotel is also about 1 mile from River North’s bars and restaurants and 3 miles from family-friendly Navy Pier.
- Guest rooms are decked out in a wide pallet soothing earth tones, from off-white to slate grey to rusty orange and lavender.
- Best way to relax: with a mani-pedi at the spa
- Nightcap: An onsite bar pours cocktails and craft beer.
- Free Internet makes it easy to share vacation pics.
- Local color: The hotel’s neo-impressionist artwork was created by a Chicagoan.
- Where to work out: the fitness center or the nearby walking-and-biking trail along the lake.
- Enjoy the hotel restaurant and bar: Guests receive an additional 10% discount on their food and beverage purchases; minimum spend of equal or greater value required.
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 and classic Chicago bars.