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.
The hotel offers kids some special activities by appointment; Have an old fashioned-style candy man bring his candy cart to your room or let the hotel pitch a small in-room tent for your kids!
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.