Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)
160 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons properties are some of the best in the world, so imagine the level of luxury and service in Chicago where the two giants combine brands at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel. The location in the center of the Magnificent Mile on Chicago’s exclusive Gold Coast can’t be beat. Water Tower Place houses the hotel as well as some of the best retail shops and restaurants in the city. You won’t even have to step outside to reach Macy’s department store from the hotel.
Our room boasted impressive views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline. Deca restaurant and bar is ideally located on the main lobby, making it a prime meeting point for hotel guests and Chicago’s elite. There’s no place like Chicago in the summertime, and the new rooftop bar called The Dec is one of the best spots for handmade cocktails. An atrium-enclosed swimming pool, fitness center with yoga and cardio classes, and 24-hour room service round out some of the most memorable amenities available.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) offers 435 richly appointed Gold Coast hotel guest rooms, including 90 luxury suites, from floors 15 through 30 of Water Tower Place on the city’s Magnificent Mile. All guest rooms and suites feature extra-large picture windows that showcase stunning views of this world-class city.
Situated directly above Water Tower Place, the Ritz-Carlton has an Art Nouveau—inspired lobby with a dramatic marble fountain and wall-to-wall windows framing views of the city below. Impressive vistas are also a major feature of the 435 guest rooms, which overlook either Lake Michigan or the Magnificent Mile. Despite its luxury status, the hotel is also family-friendly: the chef hosts daily cookie-baking sessions, while a “candy man” travels room to room with a cart of complimentary sweets. Additional amenities include a spa, an indoor pool, and the Deca Restaurant + Bar, which serves regional cuisine.
Room to Book:
Avoid south-facing rooms that overlook the adjacent fire station—the truck sirens are audible and make sleeping difficult.
If you’re traveling with kids, make sure to check out the Water Tower Place mall, which has both a Lego store and an American Girl store.
The story behind the name:
Originally constructed in 1975, Four Seasons acquired the management contract for Ritz-Carlton Chicago in 1977. In 1985 it was decided that the number of guest rooms would be reduced to 435. Ritz-Carlton Chicago was designed and decorated in a classic luxury style with marble floorings and grand floral arrangements. Believing they lacked the brand recognition at the time in the area to attract a satisfactory client base they decided that with the purchase agreement that they would be able to maintain the historic Ritz-Carlton name indefinitely. Also under terms of the agreement, no other hotel is permitted to hold The-Ritz Carlton flag in the area (including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company) while the agreement is still in effect. Note the new Ritz-Carlton Residences will lack a hotel component.
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago currently houses 435 guest rooms including 91 suites starting at $500 per night between floors 15 and 30 in Water Tower Place along the city’s elite shopping district, theMagnificent Mile.