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Essex Inn

Hotel Overview

Chicago hotels - Essex Inn Friendly hotel across from Grant Park
  • Located 1 mile from the Museum Campus and Soldier Field, this independently owned hotel mixes chic decor with a relaxed atmosphere.
  • The 254 homey rooms are decorated with colorful pastel-print fabrics and framed art posters collected by the hotel owner.
  • The hotel features a well-equipped fitness center, an indoor pool with a retractable roof, and a 24-hour business center.

Property amenities

The Essex Inn has a sunlit indoor pool, spacious fitness center, sundeck, rooftop garden, and complimentary shuttle that takes visitors to stops along Michigan Avenue / the Magnificent Mile. Luggage storage is available until 6 PM on day of checkout.

What to expect: Leisure travelers and families enjoy the hotel's central location within a 1-mile radius of such popular attractions as Loop theaters, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Lake Michigan. The hotel buzzes expecially during summer months when scenic Grant Park and Millennium Park host events nearly every weekend.

Amenity highlights: A 2002 renovation added a heated floor and retractable roof to the indoor pool, now open year-round. The adjoining sundeck offers views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. The spacious fitness center has a large selection of cardio machines and weight-training equipment. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that stops along Michigan Avenue at shopping and other destinations.

  • Fitness equipment
  • Swimming pool - indoor
  • Spa or sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Parking (valet)
  • Maid service
  • Parking nearby
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Safe-deposit box - front desk
  • Garden
  • Business services
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Patio
  • Parking (surcharge)
  • Internet access in public areas - surcharge
  • Maid service daily
  • ATM/banking
  • Conference room(s)
  • Catering
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Photocopy machines
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wake-up calls
  • Security guard
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Banquet facilities
  • Multilingual staff
  • Rollaway beds
  • Room service
  • Business center
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Doorman/doorwoman
  • Number of rooms: 254
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Suitable for children
  • Fax machine


This hotel offers 254 guestrooms. Art Deco-style de'cor; museum posters; boldly patterned bedspreads; floor-to-ceiling windows. Dial-up Internet access.

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Television
  • Climate control
  • Premium bedding
  • Voice mail
  • Window opens
  • Clock radio
  • Designer toiletries
  • AM/FM radio
  • Smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Refrigerator
  • Housekeeping
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Telephone
  • Internet access - dial-up
  • Private bathroom
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Standard room
    One king bed, one queen bed, or two double beds. Art Deco-style décor. Dial-up Internet access.

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