A great hotel can make or break your impression of a city. No matter how good of a time you have on your trip, you tend to remember the not-so-great moments, like if your check-in was delayed by two hours, forcing you to haul your heavy bags around town, or if your room was dirty once you finally arrived at it. While any hotel is bound to have a hiccup or two here and there (it happens), they’re sure to be way fewer and farther between at the best hotels in Chicago. These top-notch accommodations have it all, from VIP-level service that will have you feeling like the second coming of Mariah Carey to dining options from Top Chef-worthy restaurants (really, though, Stephanie Izard is the executive chef at The Hoxton’s Cabra). They also boast the kind of amenities that will have your jaw on the floor (have you seen the Four Seasons' pool?).
Below, find our picks for the 17 spots with the most dazzling accommodations of them all, from a storied hotel that's more or less been around since the Great Chicago Fire to a brand new hotspot for celeb-watching. Who knows? You might even be inspired to take a staycation.