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Room type

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds

Max Occupancy: 4 guests (up to 3 children, 3 infants)

Suite, 2 Double Beds

Max Occupancy: 6 guests (up to 5 children, 2 infants)

Suite, 1 King Bed

Max Occupancy: 4 guests (up to 3 children, 2 infants)

Get an overview of this hotelChicago 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.

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.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

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. Guests can use the computer station, 24-hour business center and 4 meeting rooms that are available onsite. 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. Chicago's Essex Inn is a non-smoking hotel.

  • Fitness facilities 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Garden 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Total number of rooms - 254 
  • Number of floors - 14 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Concierge services 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Computer station 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Rooftop terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Restaurant 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 4 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Free WiFi 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Spring water bathtub 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • In-room safe 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Desk 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Free WiFi 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Room service 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • LCD TV 

Where to Eat

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.

Nearby Things to Do

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 bathroom 
  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 4 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

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.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 25 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 60.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Deposit: USD 75 per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

We should mention

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

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