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While many people think of New York City and London when they’re looking to see a performance, Chicago also has a great theater district to see Broadway and off-Broadway hits. Chicago’s theater district is in the downtown area, which means that there are plenty of amazing places to stay nearby for your convenience. Whether you’re catching a show at the Chicago Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Goodman Theatre, or another local venue, these are some top theater district hotels for your Chicago trip.
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The Palmer House is a theater district hotel that’s charming and romantic. There are modern guest rooms here, as well as suites and executive-level rooms. This is a kid-friendly and pet-friendly hotel that also has many perks for business travelers. It has a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, Starbucks, beauty salon, and shoe shine stand. Before or after your theater performance, you can enjoy a meal at the Lockwood Restaurant or grab a lunchtime burger at Potter’s Chicago Burger Bar.
The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is downtown near many of Chicago’s top attractions, just steps from the Chicago Theater, with modern rooms and suites in the theater district. This Marriott hotel offers views of the Chicago River and cityscape, as well as a heated indoor pool and rooftop setting and American cuisine at Raised. Use the fitness center onsite and grab casual fare before your show at the Staytion Market & Bar. You’re also near the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier when you stay here.
Stay at Ivy Boutique Hotel for a boutique hotel experience in Chicago that’s easily accessible to the theater district and steps from the Magnificent Mile. The Ivy is 16 stories tall and has chic guest rooms and suites that are twice as big as an average hotel room in the city. You’ll love the rooftop lounge here when you’re not at one of the local theaters. The Divine Lounge & Restaurant is also in the hotel lobby just off the entrance for breakfast or evening cocktails.
You can also stay at the LondonHouse Chicago when you plan your next theater trip to Chicago because this Hilton hotel is perfectly situated on Michigan Avenue. It’s just minutes from the theater district and also from Millennium Park. Head up to the tri-level rooftop bar for cocktails and awesome views of the city. There’s a modern fitness center for your workouts, meeting and event space, and an onsite spa that offers massages, facials, and other beauty treatments.
Theater-goers also love staying at the Virgin Hotel Chicago because it’s right in the loop. Onsite dining and drinking options are the Commons Club, Upstairs, Cerise, and Two Zero Three. The Virgin Hotel has a fitness center that’s open 24 hours on the 25th floor. This is another pet-friendly hotel and one that has no size or breed restrictions. Pet perks include a dog bed, dishes, and cute bandana.
The Langham Chicago offers five-star luxury accommodations near the downtown theaters, as well as majestic views of the river and skyscrapers. There are spacious rooms and suites at the Langham, seasonal onsite cuisine at Travelle, and afternoon tea in the Pavilion. The Langham offers an indoor pool, Chuan Spa, fitness center, and meeting and event spaces. For young travelers, there’s a kids’ suite with games to play. There’s also a cinema suite with a 111-inch screen and seating for up to 12 people that’s perfect for a family movie night and offered on a complimentary basis for hotel guests.
The Blackstone is another boutique hotel that’s great to stay in if you love the theater. It has 23 floors with modern rooms and four suites. This Marriott hotel is on the Cultural Mile and has a fitness center and acclaimed Catalan dining at Mercat a la Planxa. A continental breakfast is served and room services are also available. Up to two dogs per room (up to 75 pounds) are allowed here for a non-refundable fee.
Stay at Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown – The Loop to have easy access to theater shows and enjoy all the city’s top attractions. For example, the Chicago Theatre is just 0.6 miles away from the hotel and an easy walk. Features include a 24-hour fitness center, indoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi, and a full bar. Breakfast is offered here and made from natural ingredients, such as whole fruit and cage-free eggs.
This Hilton hotel is in the heart of Chicago’s theater district and a homage to creativity itself. It is a multisensory, experiential hotel with a lovely rooftop patio 27 stories above the ground. The ROOF has world-renowned DJs, live entertainment, and contemporary digital art exhibits. There’s a spa here to unwind when you’re not out catching theater shows where you can get a couple’s massage, pedicure, or facial.
The Kimpton Hotel Allegro is a boutique hotel in downtown Chicago that’s also in the heart of the theater district. You’ll also be less than a mile from Restaurant Row of Randolph Street, Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Merchandise Mart here. Before or after your performance, enjoy a meal at 312 Chicago for Italian cuisine. Bar Allegro onsite is a great place to grab a drink until midnight on weekends.
The W is a Marriott hotel that’s conveniently located near the downtown theaters and in a historic Beaux-Arts building. This hotel has 22 floors with chic rooms and suites. Midland Social Club is the modern restaurant here, and MSC Bar is a great place for drinks. One pet per room (40 pounds max) can stay here for a fee.