Couples planning a honeymoon don't normally consider Chicago, yet its most romantic hotels are ideal perches to rest and regroup after a Midwestern wedding and before you jet off to a more exotic destination. Along with those celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or in need of some city fun, it's worth a visit thanks to world-class shopping (Magnificent Mile!), museums (Art Institute!), and other Chicago must-sees.
Address11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Couples who appreciate excellent service, chic accommodations and outstanding comfort will find that the Waldorf Astoria Chicago delivers on all three. Although it's one of the city's most expensive hotels, it also won't nickel-and-dime you. The no-tipping policy is a reprieve from having to dip into your pocket every time you deal with a staffer. And there's even a house car to drive you to your choice of location within two miles of the property.
Isn't It Romantic: Complimentary slippers provided in sizes for him and her along with spa-like robes.
Address108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611-2508, USA
The palatial Peninsula can't help but make you feel important. The sumptuousness of the setting puts it among the city's most expensive hotels, but if you intend to go in style, this is the place.
Isn't It Romantic: VIP “Keys to the City” perks include a priority pass, Art Institute guidebook, and private shopping session at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Address120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The ageless Four Seasons Chicago evokes European elegance with its marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and magnificent floral bouquets in public spaces.
Isn't It Romantic: High-rise views that make you feel on top of the world and an in-room visit from the Martini Man with his traveling cart to concoct your favorite cocktail.
Address636 South Michigan Avenue, Lobby entrance on, E Balbo Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
This 23-story beaux-Arts Chicago landmark, which opened in 1910, has a unique provenance: It routinely hosted Al Capone. Today's more law-abiding visitors appreciate that it's a short walk to the Art Institute and is home to one of the city's most distinctive eateries, a Barcelona-inspired tapas joint.
Isn't It Romantic: Mercat a la Planxa restaurant and Mob history.
Address203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Inside a restored 1920s Art Deco landmark, the world's first Virgin Hotel has the vibe of a private club. Free daily cocktails are served during the 6-7 pm social hour. Bring your pooch; two rooms on each floor are pet-welcoming.
Isn't It Romantic: Patent-pending lounging beds in rooms and minibar featuring a Lovers' Intimacy Kit.
Address85 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
One of the newest hotels in the city, the trendy riverfront London House Chicago stands at the foot of the Magnificent Mile. PS: It's part of the Hilton Hotel portfolio.
Isn't It Romantic: Cocktails on the tri-level rooftop nightly.
Address800 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Spacious rooms and suites with captivating views in a cool, comfortable setting are certain to seduce lovers. The Park Hyatt Chicago features great sound systems, spa-like bathrooms, and 24-hour room service. You may never want to leave.
Isn't It Romantic: Oversize bathtubs and a nook big enough for two by the window.
Address20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
What's unique about Sofitel hotels around the world is the French chic the company applies to design and hospitality. This property rises 32 stories, offering views of Lake Michigan and the city.
Isn't It Romantic: Sofitel's lush feathertop bed and duvet, 24-hour room service, and the French spirit of ooh-la-la.
Address20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611-4938, USA
Two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, The Talbott combines traditional décor with contemporary amenities (some rooms have Apple minis).
Isn't It Romantic: Frette bed linens and a lobby lounge that features a working fireplace.
Address521 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Right above the Magnificent Mile, this Starwood property is a fine location to repair after a shopping spree.
Isn't It Romantic: Terrace rooftop dining with city views.