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Chicago hotel across from Grant Park on Michigan Avenue

Near lakefront

Across from the greenery and attractions of Grant Park, the Essex Inn is 3 blocks from the Loop business district and Lake Michigan, 4 blocks from the Art Institute, and a mile from Loop theaters.

Shuttle service

Amenities at Chicago's Essex Inn include an indoor pool with deck and rooftop garden, and a fitness center. Complimentary shuttle service runs along the Magnificent Mile.

Art Deco style

Art Deco-style guestrooms at the Essex Inn are decorated with framed art posters collected by the hotel owner. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and complimentary wireless Internet access. Cable TV includes HBO.

At your hotel

At your hotel

Chicago's Essex Inn is centrally located along South Michigan Avenue, near a metro station, and within a mile of a number of attractions, including Loop-area theaters and businesses, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

This Chicago hotel is distinguished by its sunlit, indoor pool surrounded by chaise lounges, and watched over by a lifeguard; stacks of extra towels, a drink machine, and oversized checker boards also help make it a favorite of families. Men's and women's locker rooms are at one end. A deck and rooftop garden complement the pool, while the adjacent fitness center offers six TVs, and a range of cardio and strength-training equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights.

Fax and copy services are available through the front desk. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas.

During business hours, guests can hop aboard a complimentary shuttle, which runs to the John Hancock building, Navy Pier, and Museum Campus in Grant Park.

The Essex Inn also features an onsite restaurant, the French-inspired Brasserie by LM, which offers a modern and casual setting for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Specialties include onion soup gratineé, Lyonnaise salad, mussels frites, duck confit, and croque monsieur. Guests can also enjoy domestic, French and German draft beers and a wine list complete with domestic and French options. Room service is available.

Valet parking (surcharge) is available, with limited space for SUVs and trucks.

  • Fitness facilities
  • Indoor pool
  • ATM/banking
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Express check-out
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Multilingual staff
  • Conference space
  • Garden
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Total number of rooms - 254
  • Number of floors - 14
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar/lounge
  • Concierge services
  • Elevator/lift
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Meeting rooms
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Stay connected

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi

Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi

Park your car

Valet parking (surcharge)

In your room

  • Premium TV channels
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Cable TV service
  • In-room safe
  • Desk
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Refrigerator
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • iPod docking station
  • Room service
  • LCD TV
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Eat and drink

Brasserie by LM - Open for breakfast, lunch, drinks, and dinner, this French-inspired restaurant offers specialties such as onion soup gratineé, Lyonnaise salad, mussels frites, duck confit, and croque monsieur.

Play

Chicago's Essex Inn features a rooftop indoor pool and two outdoor decks; all areas have plenty of seating. A lifeguard is in attendance from early morning until late night. Men and women have separate locker rooms. Guests can work out in the fitness room, which offers several of each type of equipment, including treadmills and elliptical machines, plus free weights.

About five blocks from the hotel is the 20-mile path that runs along Lake Michigan, where guests can run, walk, bike, or skate. Bicycles, in-line skates, pedal-powered buggies, and Segways are available for rent at several beachfront locations.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
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Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessibility equipment for the deaf
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility

The fine print for Chicago's Essex Inn

When you arrive

Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

When you leave

Check-out time is 11 AM

How you can pay

Accepted at this hotel: American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, Visa

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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Fees

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We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Awards & Affiliations

  • This property is affiliated with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) guests.
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