The South Loop is spoiled for hotels, making any Bears fan (or adversary) a lucky traveler. With several monolithic, historic 19th-century hotels around the Chicago Cultural Mile, beautiful views of Lake Michigan from nearly every window in the area, and plenty of dining options, staying near Soldier Field is a treat. Here are our favorite hotel options nearby.
Congress Plaza Hotel
The Congress Plaza opened its doors in 1893 to service crowds of visitors to the World’s Columbian Exposition, and the hotel maintains its old-school luxury with glittering ballrooms and intricate ceiling decorations. Rooms are simple and comfortable, but try to book a room with a lakefront view. Plus, no matter how late the game at Soldier Field runs, you’ll be able to find your way home by the bright neon Congress Hotel sign that sits atop the hotel.
520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Another historic South Loop Chicago hotel (this one listed in the National Historic Registry), the Hotel Blake sits just a few blocks from the Art Institute and Grant Park, meaning you can while your way down the lakeside as you make your way to a game on a crisp fall evening (if the temperature does drop, though, the Blake offers parking too). An outpost of mini-chain Meli Cafe rounds out the deal for Blake guests.
500 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605
The Wheeler Mansion
Don’t expect a high end gym or gleaming lobby at the Wheeler Mansion. The restored 19th century home treats guests to throwback luxury in stately, antique-adorned rooms. Routinely booked for events and weddings, the mansion is equally appropriate for a casual weekend for any Bears fan looking to treat herself. Definitely stick around for breakfast in the morning in the ornate dining room.
2020 S Calumet Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Often a Hilton is a safe pick, but in Chicago it’s more than that. The third-largest hotel in the city (once the largest in the world), the Hilton has served decades of sitting presidents and other notable guests. With its stunning lobby, beautiful indoor pool, grand ballrooms, and array of dining options, it’s easy to see why it attracts the best clientele, including you.
720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
The Blackstone Hotel
Directly across the street from the Hilton, with an equally impressive view of the lake and museum campus, the Blackstone can go pound for pound with its neighbor. It’s got modern amenities in historic digs, an A-lister roster of past guests (including a few famous Chicago gangsters), and serious dining in the form of Mercat a la Planxa. You can’t go wrong.
636 South Michigan Avenue, E Balbo Dr, Chicago, IL