16 downtown hotels packed with Chicago history

From boutique mansions to historic renovations

Chicago’s hotel history begins with the Sauganash Hotel in 1831, when early pioneers Mark and Monique Beaubien added onto their log tavern along the Chicago River near Lake and Wacker Drive. Although it is long gone now, there are plenty of hotels that hold onto pieces of Chicago’s grand history. There is so much to admire: From the first hotels on Michigan Avenue, to historic renovations such as LondonHouse and the Chicago Athletic Association, and beautiful mansions turned boutique hotels.

Below are 16 hotels perfect for lovers of architecture and Chicago history. Exploring the city for the first time? Check out our seasonal pocket guide for an insider tips on what is worth seeing.

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