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In this food-loving town, scoring a reservation at Chicago’s hottest spot is somewhat of a sport. (If you’ve eaten at Swift & Sons, your street cred just soared.) But sometimes, room-service trumps table service--especially if you’re staying at one of these local hotels. You read it here first: In-room dining is having a moment. Here’s what’s on the menu.


Thompson Chicago

This hotel has Nico Osteria on its first floor, so you won’t have to travel far for standout pasta. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your bed. The newly revamped room-service menus let guests order directly from Nico, and delivery is staggered to keep dishes hot. The meals are also presented with fancy restaurant-style flourishes: think dark-wood trays and floral centerpieces.

21 E. Bellevue Pl.; 312-266-2100 or


The Trump Chicago Hotel & Towers to Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Every now and then, we grapple with a condition called Eating While on Vacation. (Road trips tend to bring out our inner Taco Bell lover.) But healthy tastes pretty good at Trump, which has a wellness program with room-service menus to match. Start the day off right with vegan whole-wheat breakfast burritos, multigrain pancakes and banana-blueberry protein smoothies.

401 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-588-8000 or


Hotel Palomar

Why trek down to the lobby bar when you can have a drink in your room? (Did we sound lazy just there?) The River North hotel has an in-room dish called “Night Cap,” which pairs a tiramisu-like, espresso sponge cake with Hennessy XO.

505 N. State St.; 312-755-9703 or


JW Marriott Chicago

And now for something called “The Dessert Ski.” At the downtown hotel, a special turndown service includes a long (one could even say, ski-shaped) tray topped with special treats. The seasonal goodies could include edible-flower sugar cookies, chocolate truffles or rhubarb-strawberry shortcake. But the bottle of Prosecco is the icing on the cake.

151 W. Adams St.; 312-660-8200 or

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