Located along the scenic portion of famed Michigan Avenue known as Chicago’s front porch, Hotel Essex places its guests steps from Chicago’s iconic lakefront, Grant Park, the South Loop business district and the beautiful Museum Campus.

With a classic name that denotes a definitive homage to traditional ideas of quality service and hospitality, Hotel Essex puts its own modern spin on these conventions. As part of a unique, mixed-use complex in Chicago’s eclectic South Loop neighborhood, Hotel Essex captures the spirit and diversity of this burgeoning community like no one else.

With its floor-to-ceiling windows and stylishly revitalized mid-century modern architecture, the upscale lifestyle hotel strikes a unique note when compared to the South Loop’s older, more traditional hotel offerings.

With its superb Michigan Avenue location and the energetic vibe created by its singular nightlife venue SX Sky Bar, Hotel Essex brings a revitalized sophistication to the South Loop that is all its own.

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Museum Campus

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A 15-minute stroll from the hotel, this 57-acre park houses three of the city’s most famous museums. Visit the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum of Natural History.

Shedd Aquarium

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One of the most popular cultural attractions in the Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium contains 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.

Field Museum

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One of the largest natural history museums in the world, the Field Museum contains gems, meteorites, fossils and cultural artifacts from around the globe.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Located a 7-minute drive north, Navy Pier puts on a fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday night in the summer. While you’re there, check out the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, which has free admission. 

360 Chicago

Distance: 30 Miles From Hotel
360 Chicago

For a breathtaking view of the city, take a 7-minute drive to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory), located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. You can experience the city from 1,000 feet up, and interactive screens allow you to zoom in on different locations.Views stretch across 4 states and Lake Michigan.

Willis Tower

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For an unforgettable experience, check out the famous Willis (Sears) Tower. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building in the world and held the title for nearly 25 years. You’ll have the chance to step out on a deck of glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet from the building.This 108-story skyscraper is located a mile from Essex Inn.

Buckingham Fountain

Distance: 1m From Hotel
buckingham fountain

Take a 10-minute stroll to Buckingham Fountain to see free water displays every hour (from mid-April to mid-October). Music and lights accompany the fountain after dark. Located at the center of Grant Park, the fountain is considered one of the largest in the world. 

The First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

The First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

The FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is an outdoor amphitheater located on the man-made peninsula, Northerly Island, in Chicago, Illinois.

Magnificent Mile

Distance: 1m From Hotel
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Don’t leave Chicago without visiting the city’s most famous shopping strip, the Magnificent Mile, just 6 minutes north of the hotel on Michigan Avenue. Considered one of the top 10 dining and retail destinations in the world, this 13-block strip is packed with more than 460 stores and 275 restaurants.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park  Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.


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800 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

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