Historical Boutique Hotel One Block Away from Magnificent Mile
Chez Paree, a supper club that opened in the heart of Chicago in 1932, was one of the country's most glamorous clubs for nearly 30 years. The world’s best entertainers performed there, including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr., many of whom stayed at Hotel St. Clair, a block away from the club. In 1982, after a $13 million renovation, the hotel reopened as the Inn of Chicago, and The Adorables—the showgirls from Chez Paree’s golden days—were there to celebrate the grand event. Today, the hotel’s rooftop terrace and cocktail lounge continue to draw a stylish crowd, and you’ll find some of the city's top entertainment spots around the corner on Michigan Avenue.
The Inn of Chicago's guest rooms are decorated with either a blue-and-lime-green color scheme or classic Chicago photography. Queen junior suites, specifically, boast spacious corner locations and large windows.
Set off from the lobby in an intimate, low-lit space, InnBar at the hotel is decorated with high-backed leather chairs and a backlit bar. The mixologists here handcraft specialty cocktails, and there’s also an extensive wine list. During warmer months, take in stunning views of the city’s most famous buildings at Skyline Terrace, a rooftop spot located on the 22nd floor. The hotel lobby is also a stylish gathering place with zebra-print ottomans, silk pillows, and a modern fireplace.
Highlights of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
- Landmark skyscrapers The John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building tower over this part of the city, its liveliest retail corridor.
- Go shopping: In total, this stretch of high-end real estate houses some 460 stores, ranging from exclusive designers such as Armani and Chanel to beloved brands including Apple, American Girl, and Gap.
- See Old Chicago: The Chicago Water Tower, a limestone icon that survived the Great Chicago Fire, is just a few blocks north.
- Scenic Drive: Lake Shore Drive runs two blocks east of Michigan Avenue. Travel + Leisure called this stretch “the greatest architecture road on earth” thanks to the superstar skyscrapers lined up along the lakefront.
- Go for a bike ride: along the adjoining Lakefront Trail. The trail leads to North Avenue Beach, where crowds gather during the summer to people watch, play volleyball, and listen to live music at beachfront bars.