Learn all about The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago and all the amenities that comes with it!
Chicago is full of activities for travelers. Check out one of the city’s 60 museums, 77 unique neighborhoods, or thousands of acclaimed retailers, restaurants, bars and breweries. If you’re planning a little getaway to the Windy City then keep reading this post where we review The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is located among the skyscrapers of the Magnificent Mile. The Gold Coast luxury hotel offers stunning views, spacious layouts and serene elegance. The property is bolstered by top-notch amenities, innovative dining, personalized touches and a spectacular collection of museum-grade art.
If you want to hear about other hotel options, you can check out our guide to the best luxury hotels in Chicago here.
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The Ritz-Carlton’s Chicago location was designed by San Francisco-based firm BAMO. This property has a modern and contemporary look that celebrates the city’s architecture, industrial innovation and forward-thinking design.
Art lovers will appreciate the hotel’s sophisticated art collection, including pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, Matt Devine and Ellsworth Kelly.
This property includes 434 rooms and suites that blend elegant design with modern convenience and feature views of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier or the Chicago skyline.
The King Room with City View offers a residential feel with its blue topaz color palette, and the spacious marble bath had a tub and separate rain shower. The room features picture windows, which opened to get fresh air in.
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago offers some of the best facilities in the city. Guests have access to the 2,700-square-foot fitness room, an indoor lap pool, and a serene spa retreat driven by the experts at ESPA. Don’t miss out on the rooftop yoga class, where you’ll downward dog on the 75th floor with some amazing views.
The Club Lounge is available to suite or club level guests and features five daily culinary and beverage presentations, as well as a dedicated concierge.
A family-friendly hotel, the kids are showered with perks, including mini-sized robes, their own toiletries and complimentary sweet treats from the candy cart.
Food & Drink
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago houses two options for food and drink on location.
The Café is a greenhouse-inspired, light-filled room that serves up specialty coffees from La Colombe, fresh-squeezed juices, sandwiches, pastries and desserts.
On the 12th floor is the Torali, a modern Italian steakhouse offering classics like handmade pastas and dry-aged meats. The adjoining bar serves Italian spirits, creative cocktails and housemade infusions, and the rooftop lounge is open seasonally.
Just like other Ritz-Carlton properties, the service offered at the Chicago property was impeccable. The service was an obvious indicator that all employees went through extensive training. Throughout the stay, even in the restaurants, staff is friendly and offers attentive care.
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago shares an address with Water Tower Place, one of the city’s most popular shopping centers. This property is located in the center of the Magnificent Mile on the exclusive Gold Coast. Across the street is the Museum of Contemporary Art and a short 10 minute walk away is the Oak Street Beach and Lakefront Path.
Address: At Water Tower Place, 160 East Person Street, Chicago
Earn Free Nights With Marriott Bonvoy
The Ritz-Carlton is a Marriott hotel brand. This means that guests who join Marriott Bonvoy can earn points towards a free stay at the Ritz-Carlton.
The best way to rack up on Marriott Bonvoy points is by getting a Marriott co-branded credit card and qualifying for its welcome bonus.
Chase offers two personal credit cards that earn Marriott points, while American Express (Amex) offers one personal and one business card. If you’re looking to apply for a Marriott credit card, keep in mind:
- The Chase 5/24 rule: If you opened five or more new credit cards in the past 24 months (from any bank), Chase will not approve of your request for a new card.
- The Amex once-in-a-lifetime welcome bonus rule: You can only qualify for the introductory offer on each Amex personal and business card once in your lifetime.
The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card offers two 85K Free Night Awards after you spend $6,000 in purchases on the Card in your first 6 months. Each award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy. Card Members could enjoy a value of up to $1,200 when redeeming each reward. Certain hotels have resort fees. Offer ends 11/1/2023.
Each Card renewal year, get up to $300 in statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide.
With this card, you'll earn:
• 6X Marriott Bonvoy points for each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy.
• 3X points at restaurants worldwide and on flights booked directly with airlines.
• 2X points on all other eligible purchases.
• $300 Brilliant Dining Credit: Each calendar year, get up to $300 (up to $25 per month) for eligible purchases made on the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card at restaurants worldwide.
A Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite member will earn 50% more points on eligible purchases at participating hotels for each U.S. dollar or the currency equivalent that is incurred and paid for by the member.
Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck: Receive either a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry ($100) or a statement credit every 4.5 years after you apply for a five-year membership through any Authorized Enrollment Provider for TSA PreCheck (up to $85) when you pay the application fee with an eligible Card. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
$100 Marriott Bonvoy Property Credit: Enjoy your stay. Receive up to a $100 property credit for qualifying charges at The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis when you book direct using a special rate for a two-night minimum stay using your Card.
This card comes with a $650 annual fee and no foreign transaction fees. However, you can receive 1 free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Award can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy(R). Certain hotels have resort fees. (See Rates & Fees)
Furthermore, enjoy unlimited airport lounge visits when you enroll in Priority Pass Select membership.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card offers 3 Free Night Awards up to a 150,000 Total Point Value (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
• Up to 17X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy
• 3X points per $1 on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations, and dining.
• 2X points for every $1 spent on all other purchase
• 1 Elite Night Credit towards Elite Status for every $5,000 you spend.
You gain an automatic Silver Elite Status each account anniversary year. Path to Gold Status when you spend $35,000 on purchases each account year.
You'll receive 15 Elite Night Credits each calendar year & an additional Free Night Award (valued up to 35,000 points) every year after account anniversary.
This card does carry a $95 fee; there are no foreign transaction fees.
The Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card offers 125,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after you use your new Card to make $8,000 in purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 11/1/23.
Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly through Marriott. Terms and Conditions Apply.
You can enjoy a complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
• 6x Marriott Bonvoy Points on each dollar of eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program.
• 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
• 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
You'll receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy. Certain hotels have resort fees.
Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
This card does carry a $125 annual fee. (See Rates & Fees)
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold® credit card offers 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
• Up to 14X total points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy
• 2X points for all other travel purchases
• 1X points per $1 spent on all other purchases
This card comes with no annual fees or foreign transaction fees and you'll get 15 elite night credits each calendar year!
The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago provides modern-luxury to guests whether they are business travelers and families. Experience beautiful views of the city, top-notch amenities, innovative dining and attentive service. Consider booking a stay and see why this is one of the best five-star hotels in Chicago.