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Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Crown Fountain in Millennium Park: Less than 15 minutes walk

Indulge and unwind at Rejuvenation, our signature full-service spa.

The sophisticated modern charm of our downtown Chicago hotel is obvious from the second you walk through the front door and into the elegantly furnished lounge. The refined ambience is reflected in each one of our well-equipped guest rooms and in the urban chic of Staytion, our in-house bar and restaurant, where the atmosphere is matched only by the superb selection of food and drink. We also offer a full-service spa, Rejuvenation, in which to luxuriate and unwind. Meanwhile, our Navigator keeps up to date with the latest bars, restaurants and attractions and will talk you through the best way to spend your days and nights in the Windy City.

The amenities

  • Plush Bedding
  • Personal Navigator
  • JOYA NYC fragrance
  • Fitness Center
  • Aveda Amenities
  • Rejuvenation Center & Spa Services
  • Indoor Pool
  • Mobile check-in
Full hotel details

Our spin on a concierge, Renaissance Hotels Navigators are local experts who have been hand-picked to help you find what the guidebooks can't tell you.

Ikram Barakat's top finds

The Gage

This gastro pub offers an amazing and creative menu.
This tavern serves sophisticated American cuisine in a cozy and casual setting. Visitors can enjoy traditional tavern fair like Scotch Eggs, or they can sample unique takes on traditional dishes, like the venison burger, which is sure to delight.
Address:24 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 60603
phone:+ 1 312 372 4243
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Scofflaw Bar

Cocktail bar featuring unique gin drinks and local craft beers in rustic urban digs.
Featuring a menu of hand-drawn interpretations of each drink, this approachable Logan Square bar is great for friends and dates alike. The drinks come from gin-smart bartenders and are incredibly dynamic, ranging from floral cocktails to stronger, more bitter tastes. Drink and dine at the rustic-industrial bar space, or lounge on victorian couches. Oh, and they offer cookies at midnight.
Address:3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, 60647
phone:+ 1 773 252 9700
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Art Institute of Chicago

Like the Louvre in Paris, visitors from all over the world come to Chicago to view the many gorgeous exhibits showcased here.
From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
Address:111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60604
phone:+1 312 443 3600

Willis Tower

Gaze in wonder at the famous Chicago skyline from atop the Sears (now Willis) tower. Enjoy exhibits and a gift shop as well as the view.
While no longer the world's tallest building, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) still stands proud. High-speed elevators climb 110 stories to the observatory deck, and when clear, the view from 1454 feet (443 meters) can be stunning. Enjoy bird's eye views of Lake Michigan, both the North and South Sides of the city, the surrounding suburbs and, on a clear day, parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Skydeck Tour also includes a multimedia presentation and an exhibit with information on the Sears Tower and other architecturally significant buildings.
Address:233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, 60606
phone:+1 312 875 0066
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Bavette's Bar and Boeuf

Reserve a booth at this new, old-school style steakhouse and blow your Chicago clients away – most locals don’t even know about it yet.
Address:218 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 624 8154
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Square One Wine Bar

End a long day of meetings at this sophisticated-but-hip wine bar, with a crisp, bubbly Rosé and a platter of Vermilion Blue cheese and Serrano ham.
Address:1400 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60650
phone:+1 312 786 1750
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Vivere's chefs take yearly trips to Italy to discover new dishes, treating you to delicacies from a culinary paradise.
Vivere is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in all of Chicago. This trendy establishment has been designed by Jordon Mozer with gold and red hues, hanging lights and copper sculptures. It serves contemporary Italian cuisine, with new takes on traditional dishes like raviolis and spaghetti with meatballs. The wine list here is also one of the most extensive around.
Address:71 West Monroe Street, Chicago, 60603
phone:+1 312 332 4040


Indulge in chupe, a traditional Peruvian stew with prawns and swoon over the chicharrón, a pork belly confit complete with a barbecue glaze.
If you can't get to Peru right away, try the next best thing with a visit to Tanta. At this bright and trendy restaurant, diners can sample the beloved foods of Peru like cebiche, leche de tigre, causitas and anticuchos. The specialty cocktails are also Peruvian influenced, with the majority being based on pisco (a grape liquor native to Peru) and modern versions of traditional Peruvian drinks. So come to Tanta and experience the lively flavors of this ancient land.
Address:118 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 222 9700


Exceptional cocktails and cuisine have created a cult like following for this trendy eatery. Try the rich man po' boy with lobster and foie.
Bottlefork is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar that serves the best of both worlds. Featuring an American menu and a bold cocktail list, you really can't go wrong with any selection - but here is a tip: For starters, try the delicious deviled eggs - popular for their yolk mixture - before opting for the smoked lambs. In terms of cocktails, don't miss Bottlefork's original cocktails, including the Little Miss Dynamite, which consists of Starlite Vodka and vanilla. The decor is trendy and warm, so bring your friends and coworkers for a hip dining experience.
Address:441 North Clark Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 955 1900


Enjoy Mediterranean-inspired and wine-focused communal dining. The chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates is a must-have!
A favorite on Chicago's restaurant scene, Avec is the brainchild of an award-winning culinary team. Its cedar wood furnishings are juxtaposed by its steel bar, with communal tables encouraging a lively dining atmosphere. Their menu is wine-driven, with Mediterranean flavors given a contemporary take. Their selection of European boutique wines are sourced from small wineries in Spain, Italy and France. Uncork a bottle or select from 30 varieties by the glass to complement delicious small and large plates. The brandade, cured olives, pork shoulder, braised lamb neck and roasted wild salmon are recommended.
Address:615 West Randolph Street, Chicago, 60661
phone:+1 312 377 2002

River Roast

Experience a dining tradition centered around the whole roast entree, served with sides and wine on Chicago's most coveted riverfront patio.
Rustic yet refined best describes the culinary style and ambiance at River Roast. This restaurant, on the Chicago River, features a contemporary take on traditional American roast dishes by an award-winning team of chefs. Share a board of Foie & Duck Terrine and Fire Roasted Shrimp with their Farmer’s Market Punch, specialty cocktails or beer. For the main course, Big Fish, Roast Beef or Whole Chicken and sides are roasted to perfection, artistically plated and carved by your table. For one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the Windy City, when the weather permits, head out to their patio for breathtaking views of the skyline.
Address:315 North Lasalle Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+1 312 822 0100


This Mediterranean venue reinvents its menu often to keep their offerings fresh and exciting.
This contemporary and cozy venue offers an ever-changing menu that is complimented by a superb wine list and excellent selection of desserts. Dishes like the golden white fish caviar with hard-cooked quail egg keep locals and visitors alike coming back for more.
Address:500 N. Clark St., Chicago, 60654
phone:+ 1 312 321 6242
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Sunda's menu is filled with an incredible amount of dishes dedicated to many parts of Asia.
Sunda offers a unique menu packed with traditional dishes that hail from all over the Asian continent. Visitors will find creative cocktails, sushi, and noodles in a variety of curry sauces and soups.
Address:110 W. Illinois St., Chicago, 60654
phone:+ 1 312 644 0500
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Belly Shack

This rustic-industrial venue offers some of the most unusual fusion cuisine that will satisfy any palette.
Tucked in beneath the blue line train, this urban space offers delicious fusion cuisine. The menu has dishes with a Latin influence and Korean and Asian fusion.
Address:1912 N. Western Ave., Chicago, 60647
phone:+ 1 773 252 1414
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Hendrickx Chicago

This café serves Belgian baked goods that are handmade each day.
This small café is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The establishment serves up freshly baked goods that are made fresh daily. Stare at the rows of baked goods and you may find that it is hard to just buy one delicious item.
Address:100 E. Walton St., Chicago, 60611
phone:+ 1 312 649 6717
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The tavern draws its inspiration and its drafts from Belgium, with half of the bar's 200 beers coming from that country.
This restaurant draws inspiration from Belgium, a country that has a beer culture that is still very much alive and well. The tavern serves up many kinds of beers, many of them brewed with unique yeasts and fruits. In addition to the beer, the menu consists of Belgian bar fare like moules frites and sandwiches.
Address:5148 N. Clark St., Chicago, 60640
phone:+ 1 773 334 9851
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RM Champagne Salon

Tucked away in a cobblestone alley, RM is the perfect place for a fine glass of champagne.
RM Champagne Salon has a wonderful selection of champagne and other sparkling wines. If you are not particularly wine-savvy, you have nothing to worry about -- the staff is happy to offer suggestions and help you find the perfect bottle for any occasion.
Address:116 N. Green St., Chicago, 60607
phone:+ 1 312 243 1199
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Explore a modern day speak-easy straight from the Prohibition Era, located in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Enjoy craft cocktails in a unique ambiance. Untitled offers several function spaces in their lower level venue including a low-lit library space featuring hundred of bottles of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. Untitled offers live entertainment in the evenings ranging from burlesque shows to live jazz bands. Enjoy small plates or traditional supper club fare including chops and gourmet sandwiches.
Address:111 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago, 60654
phone:+312 880 1511
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The Green Mill

Visit one of the most iconic music venues in Chicago.
The Green Mill offers an authentic Chicago experience featuring comfy booths frequented by gangsters such as Al Capone and celebrities during the 1930s and 1940s. The Green Mill today features live jazz and blues artists seven nights a week and continues to maintain the 1940s vibe.
Address:4802 N. Broadway, Chicago, 60640
phone:+1 773 878 5552
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Andersonville Galleria

Local gallery featuring over 100 vendors.
Since 2007 the Andersonville Galleria has been providing Chicagoans with an Indie market which features over 100 local vendors and artisans. Known for providing the feeling of a street festival year round, this spacious gallery invites you to find that one of a kind piece you are looking for.
Address:5247 North Clark St, Chicago
phone:+773 878 8570


Enjoy Asian fusion featuring dynamic sushi and Asian-inspired cocktails in a hip River North space.
Sunda boasts an eclectic menu of Asian-fusion bites where sharing is recommended. Start off with a cocktail and their Bang! Bang! salad before moving on to sushi - with options like "Rainbow" and "Sweet Potato Caterpillar" - or one of their signature nigiri.
Address:110 W Illinois St., Chicago, 60654
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Beacon Tavern

Seafood-focused restaurant in an airy, contemporary space.
The Beacon Tavern serves up delicious shellfish, thoughtful libations, and truly caring service. The Peekytoe Crab Dip with Utz crackers is a fun must.
Address:405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, 60611
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Magnolia Bakery

A specialty bakery that helps satisfy all of your sweet-tooth needs!
Started on a quiet street corner in the heart of New York City's West Village in 1996, Magnolia Bakery is the place to stop to satisfy your sweet tooth! Chicagoan's fell in love with this bakery when it made it's way to the "Windy City" in 2011. Don't forget to try their Cupcake of the Month when you stop by!
Address:108 North State St., at Block 37, Chicago, 60601
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