Book your room at Chicago's Essex Inn
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Chicago hotel across from Grant Park on Michigan Avenue
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.
Rooftop pool and garden
Amenities at Chicago's Essex Inn include a 4th floor pool with a deck and rooftop garden offering views of Lake Michigan. A fitness center and free WiFi are also available to guests.
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.Information missing or incorrect? Tell us!
At your hotel
At your hotel
Chicago's Essex Inn is centrally located along South Michigan Avenue near a metro station and 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, 4th floor indoor pool complemented by a deck and rooftop garden with views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park. An adjacent fitness center has a range of cardio and strength-training equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights. Free WiFi is provided.
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. Guests can also enjoy domestic and imported draft beers and a full wine list. Room service is also available.
Valet parking (surcharge) is available, with limited space for SUVs and trucks.
- Fitness facilities
- Indoor pool
- Express check-out
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Multilingual staff
- Conference space
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Valet parking (surcharge)
- Total number of rooms - 254
- Number of floors - 14
- 24-hour front desk
- Concierge services
- Tours/ticket assistance
- Meeting rooms
- Rooftop terrace
- Luggage storage
- Free Wi-Fi
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
- Cribs/infant beds available
- Free Wi-Fi
- iPod docking station
- Room service
- LCD TV
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.
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.
- Windsurfing nearby
- Golfing nearby
- Bicycle rentals nearby
- Hiking/biking trails nearby
- Kayaking nearby
- Sailing nearby
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
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.
- Valet parking fee: USD 52 per night (in/out privileges)
- Deposit: USD 75 per stay
- Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per night
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.