Chicago City Guide

Chicago Hotels Guide

©2006 The Peninsula Hotels The Peninsula Chicago, a Mobil Five-Star hotel, is conveniently located in downtown Chicago.

While Chicago is full of cookie-cutter hotels catering primarily to business travelers, there's no shortage of luxurious hideaways.

Mobil's Five-Star Ritz-Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel (160 E Pearson St), Mobil's Four-Star Park Hyatt Chicago (800 N Michigan Ave) and Mobil's Five-Star The Peninsula Chicago (108 E Superior St) are all located within blocks of each other and offer every conceivable amenity and top-notch service at vertigo-inducing prices.

If you prefer a more lively stay, Mobil's Three-Star W Chicago City Center (172 West Adams St) features a busy nighttime scene, with both the lobby bar and top-floor Whiskey Sky rocking into the wee hours. For a glimpse back into Chicago's past, try one of the city's historic hotels: Mobil's Three-Star Drake Hotel Chicago (140 E Walton Place), where you should request a room with a Lake Michigan view.

Hotel rates are lowest in the winter (from January through March), but hotels often offer weekend discounts throughout the year. Rates skyrocket when big trade shows are in town, such as the Housewares Show in March and the National Restaurant Association Show in May. For exact dates, check the Convention Calendar. Be sure to include taxes in your lodging estimates: City taxes are 14.9 percent and overnight parking can cost as much as $40.

Chicago has some of the finest dining in the world, but you can't visit the city without trying its deep-dish pizza and hotdogs. On the next page, you'll find our guide to Chicago restaurants.