"I needed a room for one night in the Loop and this met both my price point and location. They are in the process, I believe, of renovating. It's a c ... " More

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Hotel Description

Chicago's Essex Inn puts you in the heart of Chicago, within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. Highlights at this hotel include in-room free WiFi and LCD TVs.

All 254 rooms feature cable TV, coffee/tea makers, and safes. Premium linens welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include spring water baths and free toiletries. Refrigerators, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards are also available.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and concierge services. Added amenities include a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour front desk, and a computer station. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Attractions within a 15-minute walk of this 3.5-star South Loop hotel include Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park.

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$62 per night

Suite, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Chicago's Essex Inn ratings based on 187 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.6 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0
3 out of 5

One night in Loop

Pros: The location and price was perfect.
Cons: The hallways seemed a little dark, maybe some brighter lights or paint.
Location: This is conveniently located for all your downtown Chicago needs. It's right on Michigan Avenue, so you are convenient to all the museums and theater
I needed a room for one night in the Loop and this met both my price point and location. They are in the process, I believe, of renovating. It's a classic older hotel with small hallways and small rooms and small bathrooms, but it was clean and tidy. And wifi was free.

Posted by , from Gary, IN on Jan 19, 2018

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4 out of 5

Great place

concierge staff was 1st class. I will definitely stay here again.

Posted by , from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2017

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4 out of 5
Wonderful stay, great value. The staff was very nice and helpful.

Posted by , from Iowa on Jul 26, 2017

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3 out of 5

Disappointed in hotel condition.

Pros: The location was good, and the staff were great.
Cons: General condition.
Location: On Michigan Ave. We went to Shedd Aquarium, and double decker bus tour.
Elevators were in and out of service, vending machines were sparse and not all worked. Bathroom had exposed open ended piping, and bathroom door wouldn't close. The staff were attentive, courteous, and helpful.

Posted by , from Michigan on Jul 20, 2017

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2 out of 5

Dirty,outdated,and they elevators weren't working

Overall bad experience and the staff didn't apologize or accommodate any of the visitors for the poor service and the elevators not working

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017

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2 out of 5

Construction zone

I liked the mid-century style of the hotel even though it was run down. However, they are building a hi-rise condo that connects to the Essex hotel so beware of heavy construction noise and vibrations. If that wasn't bad enough the Hilton next door threw a block party with amplified sound for a convention. Drunken karoke blaring through our room on the 9th floor at 9:30 at night isn't my idea of a fun stay. We asked the Essex to change our room and they could not accommodate us even though they own several other properties in the area. The Essex plans to keep renting rooms through the construction so beware.

Posted by , from New Orleans on May 20, 2017

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3 out of 5

Soon to be torn down??

Pros: It was cheap and close to where friends were staying and places we wanted to see.
Cons: We were told they are building a new hotel next to this one. It seems that the staff is letting this one fall apart and don't care because they are ge
We were told they are building a new hotel next to this one. It seems that the staff is just waiting for that and letting the current one fall apart because it will be torn down. We don't know that for sure though.The shower drain was pluggged and then the pipes started leaking causing our floor to be very wet. We were told they would clean and dry it while we were gone. It was just as wet when we got back that evening 10 hours later. When we asked for towels to walk on we had to wait for 30 minutes then the next morning my shower was interrupted by staff telling me I had to stop immediately because it was leaking in the room below. The concierge was the nicest person there and very willing to help however possible. The rest of the staff seemed overworked and let us know it in how short and snippy they were with any question we asked.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017

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3 out of 5

Great location, reasonable value, limited amenitie

Pros: location
Cons: Rooms around the elevator should be a last resort - nobody wants that. Fold out couch could use a padded mattress cover or foam layer or something -
Location: museums and park
We needed a room with a fold out couch to accommodate our family of 5. Fold out couch was ridiculously uncomfortable - only the 6 year old was willing to give it a try. Our room cramped room somehow managed to wrap around the elevators so we listened to them go up and down all night long. The parking situation was unclear. The location of the hotel was great however, so if you are a family of 4 or less you can take advantage of this value so close to the museums and park. No onsite food options, so we had to venture out on foot in the cold for meals.

Posted by , from Grand Rapids, MI on Apr 7, 2017

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3 out of 5

Very upset

Pros: The staff very nice and helpful. Room was clean.
Cons: Notify customer of any changes in motel This motel is an older motel. But appears they are adding a much larger section to it.
Location: Motel is close to all fun in a Chicago.
Stayed in this motel 2 years ago, was happy, came back. But Travelocity did not inform us it was under construction. The pool n bar was tore out. Had grandkids with us, had plans to use the pool that night. :( .very upsetting for our trip. Beware, and call n check with your motel for all facilities are up n running.

Posted by , from Central Indiana on Mar 29, 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice location.

Pros: Its location and friendly staff.
Cons: The pool was not in service.
Location: Great location with parks, the lake, museums, good restaurants and shopping.
The Essex Inn is located on South Michigan Ave. thus within easy walking distance to the museums and the aquarium. The Bean and parks along Lake Shore Drive are also worth the time to experience. Thus as is in any real estate - location, location, location is the key. The staff at the Essex were excellent and very helpful. Parking in the area and at the hotel is very convenient. The room rates were very reasonable.

Posted by , from Iowa on Jan 3, 2017

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Property Features

A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a 24-hour business center on site. A fitness center, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at Chicago's Essex Inn. Parking is available for a fee. This 3.5-star Chicago hotel is smoke free.

  • 254 guestrooms or units
  • 14 levels
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Chicago, IL (ORD-O'Hare Intl.) (30.6 km / 19 mi)
  • Train station: Chicago Van Buren Street Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Chicago's Essex Inn offers 254 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, spring water baths, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Chicago hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Spring water bath
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Nearby Activities

Chicago's Essex Inn features a 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.

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


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 2 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.0 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property 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.

  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 75 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 60 per night (in/out privileges)
  • An early check-in fee will be charged
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Chicago's Essex
  • Chicago's Essex Inn
  • Essex Inn
  • Inn Essex
  • Chicago`s Essex Hotel Chicago
  • Chicagos Essex Hotel
  • Essex Inn Chicago
  • Hotel Chicagos Essex

You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.