Book your room at Chicago's Essex Inn

Chicago hotel across from Grant Park on Michigan Avenue

A stay at Chicago's Essex Inn places you in the heart of Chicago, walking distance from Museum of Contemporary Photography and Columbia College Chicago.

This family-friendly hotel is close to Art Institute of Chicago and Skydeck Ledge.

Make yourself at home in one of the 254 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Cable programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Don’t miss out on recreational opportunities including an indoor pool and a fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.

Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Chicago's Essex Inn. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms.

Chicago's Essex Inn

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
  • Conference space
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Express check-out
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Garden
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Multilingual staff
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • Total number of rooms - 254
  • Number of floors - 14
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Elevator/lift
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Meeting rooms
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking 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: Discover, JCB International, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club

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

A Green / Sustainable Property - Third Party Certified
This property participates in Green Seal, a third-party certification program that has been independently certified. Third-party certification measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy. An objective assessment of a company's sustainable tourism practices has been performed at this property by an auditor who is independent of the third-party certification program.
  • 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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