The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
What it is
A sleek and sumptuous hideaway on Magnificent Mile, with a wellness-focused spa, indoor pool and rooftop cocktail bar.
What it isn't
Dated. The entire property was just revamped to nod to the Midwest’s legendary industrial-meets-modernist style.
What we think
Chicago brims with cravings-inducing eats, yet the Ritz-Carlton here can still lure foodies of every sort to stay in to eat, thanks to four toothsome restaurants—including a 12th-floor Italian restaurant that would have satisfied Al Capone and a greenhouse-inspired coffee shop that serves cult-favorite La Colombe. Unsurprisingly, the rooms and suites upstairs are just as delicious. Even in the “Starter” category, City View Rooms, guests have 380-square-feet of sprawling room, marble bathrooms and buttoned-up interior design that echoes the cityscape beyond the glass in a palette of blue and neutral gray hues with robust gold accents. If you’re partial to a room with a view, they’ve got plenty of doozies; our favorite just may be the Gold Coast Suite, with a postcard-worthy panorama over turquoise Lake Michigan.
You're here because
You’re obsessed with taking cocktail hour on rooftops, and Rooftop at Torali is lofted 12 stories over Magnificent Mile—and has a gleaming sculpture reminiscent of Chicago’s infamous Anish Kapoor bean set over a gas fire.
Perched at the copper-clad bar at Torali, you peruse the list of innovative housemade cocktails as you await your table overlooking Magnificent Mile up on the 12th floor at the Rooftop.
Restaurants & Bars
TORALI - An Italian steakhouse offering classics with an elevated twist. The 12th-floor restaurant also features a bar with an Old World-inspired cocktail list and a seasonal rooftop overlooking the city.
ROOFTOP AT TORALI - Overlooking the Magnificent Mile from the 12th floor, The Rooftop at Torali offers a chic, casual setting for cocktails and shared plates.
TORALI BAR - Torali Bar features both local and authentic Italian spirits and original cocktails, innovative housemade infusions, limoncello, beer, and wine to complement the dining experience.
Tucked within Water Tower Place, an 8-story mall, within walking distance of Chicago’s bucket list sights. Architecture buffs rave over the Richard H. Driehaus Museum six blocks away, housed in a perfectly preserved jewel of an 1883 Gilded Age mansion.