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While we have our favorite standard hotels in the city that offer everything from great views and outdoor spaces to historic slants there's something to be said for smaller Chicago options with all the perks of a boutique hotel, including a more service-oriented atmosphere and plenty of personality. Here are our top picks.
We love Public Hotel for its elegant, modern interiors that somehow manage to be warm and welcoming while also incredibly chic. The luxury boutique hotel by Ian Schrager offers multiple smaller event spaces perfect for cocktail receptions or more intimate seated dinners. Read real brides' reviews here!
The James Chicago
Skip the standard "chicken or beef?" and surprise guests when a server asks what temperature they would prefer. All events at The James Chicago include restaurant-style dining provided by David Burke's Primehouse, meaning orders are taken tableside, and guests will be presented with a perfectly cooked dry-aged steak. The residential feel of the apartment-style suites — as well as the ideal location just steps from Michigan Avenue — will leave guests dreaming of a more permanent stay. Read real brides' reviews here!
This hotel's Chicago 7 Ballroom is a layout of three connected spaces featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking historic Gold Coast architecture and city lights. Private dining is provided by in-house restaurant Nico Osteria, led by acclaimed Chicago chef Paul Kahan. Jewel tones and a large fireplace in the lobby strike a perfect balance between refined, modern design and a warm welcome. Read real brides' reviews here!
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
This 19th century landmark and former private club has reopened as a boutique hotel after an expansive renovation to reinvent its inviting atmosphere and more than 17,000 square feet of event space. The White City Ballroom overlooking Millennium Park melds Venetian Gothic bones (think original stained-glass, a restored Carrera marble floor and massive fireplaces carved with Oak Bas reliefs) with contemporary design. Plus, we love first floor occupants like Shake Shack and Madison Hall, a modern general store by the same team as Space519.
From the artwork and colorful pillowcases to bedside trinkets and knick knacks, the design of this hotel mixes vintage elements with pieces by local artists, and guests will be wowed by sweeping views of Lincoln Park from the 1,300 square feet of event space.
Soho House Chicago
Located in a former industrial warehouse of one of Chicago's hottest nightlife neighborhoods, this West Loop hotel and members-only club offers spaces for smaller parties, and the eclectic, inviting interior design is truly charming.
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Always dreamt of an outdoor reception but can't imagine getting married anywhere but downtown? The indoor/outdoor fourth floor space of the Godfrey Hotel is called an "urban roofscape" for good reason. We love the idea of hosting a daytime soirée in the 2500-square-foot space, where the outdoor rooftop can be separated into lounge seating and traditional tables underneath oversized white canopies. You'd feel transported to a tropical destination if it weren't for the gorgeous views of the surrounding skyscrapers.