For one of the best boutique hotels in Chicago, check into Thompson Chicago. Sitting in the exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel features stylish interiors from British designer Tara Bernerd, eclectic art (like graffiti adorning the gym walls) and great views of the city’s skyscrapers.
You will want to linger in Salone Nico over one of its Italian wines. The bar creates an inviting space with a living wall of lush plants, warm wood-paneled walls, exposed brick and velvet seating.
Another reason to visit Thompson Chicago is to dine at a restaurant from one of the city’s top chefs. James Beard Award winner Paul Kahan helms Nico Osteria, an Italian restaurant that focuses on seafood.
Venture out to the Chicago suburbs and you will want to stay at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel Arista in Naperville. The first hotel to be LEED-certified in Illinois provides rooms with tech amenities like a Cubie Blue Bluetooth speaker and clock with USB ports, a 50-inch smart HD TV and a television embedded in the bathroom mirror.
Another highlight at the boutique hotel is Arista Spa & Salon. The Four-Star spa is a Grecian-inspired retreat. Enjoy the Lomi-Juma Massage Ritual, a Mediterranean rubdown using Natura Bissé products that boosts circulation and relaxes your muscles.