Chicago's Essex Inn in Chicago, IL

800 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605
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Situated near the Field Museum and overlooking Grant Park, Chicago’s Essex Inn offers simple accommodations near many of Chicago’s top points of interest. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor rooftop pool, an outdoor garden deck, an exercise center, in-lobby coffee and tea, a business center, meeting and event space, and more.

Good To Know

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  • Valet parking offered for $60 per night, per vehicle.
  • Minimum check-in age is 21.
  • Free WiFi is provided throughout the hotel.
  • Rooms include safes, refrigerators, and coffee/tea makers.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • ATM/Banking
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Services
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Handicapped Access
  • Ice Machines
  • Internet Access in Public Areas (free)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoke-free Property
  • Valet Parking
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Check-In: 4:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am
Our downtown Chicago hotel is located next to Grant Park and the Buckingham Fountain. We are a short distance from the shore of Lake Michigan and the city’s best museums and attractions such as Navy Pier. Whether you want to shop on the Magnificent Mile, visit the Shedd Aquarium, bike or jog along the lake shore or climb up Willis Tower, the best of Chicago is right outside your door.

The spacious rooms at Essex Inn are designed for simplicity and comfort, so guests always enjoy a relaxing stay at a great value. All accommodations include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, work desks and mini-fridges. Families love our sprawling suites overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, and work trips are a breeze with our free Wi-Fi and business center.

Keep up with your workout routine in the hotel fitness center. At our downtown Chicago hotel, our first-class amenities are second to none.

The Essex Inn is pleased to provide valet parking services at competitive rates. Guests will find our on-site Chicago hotel parking garage on the 8th Street side of the property.
  • Valet $60/night per vehicle.

Minimum check-in age is 21

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Knoxville, Tennessee
"Good location. Poor facilities. "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
As a family visiting Chicago, we chose this hotel for location to be within walking distance of the aquarium, Field museum, and plenty of good restaurants. It definitely delivered on location convenience. However, the rooms and halls are just completely run down & the care of the facility is lacking. No fitted sheets on the bed, just a top sheet wrapped around the mattress. The mattress was dirty underneath the ill fitted sheet. Lights were missing. Entire sections of the doors, wall, carpet missing. Paper thin walls, so you hear just normal conversations of other guests. Heat & air vents filthy. Service was extremely friendly though.
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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
"Lovely charm of a hotel "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2018 NEW
This hotel has seen a lot of Chicago history. As I love to explore a city on my feet the Essex is perfectly located. In the past they have had a variety of restaurants on the ground floor. Sadly no restaurant is open. Paid parking is available. Rooms tend to be small but once we had an emergency in which another rollaway bed was added. Thankfully we all were related! There are fancier hotels, but this one has a heart when it comes to service.
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Chicago, IL
"Quick fix"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2018 NEW
I stayed at the Essex last week as I had a conference downtown. This was a no frills place that could benefit from some TLC. The pros was that it was right across street from my conference and was reasonably priced. They have piped heat so it was very warm in the room. The cons were bathrooms super small. A lot of wear an tear in room and hotel. WiFi worked ok but when I picked up room phone to ask the front desk a question it did not work at all? Very noisy place due to outside sounds.
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Toronto, Canada
"Location and Price"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2018
This hotel was exactly what I was expecting, and needed. Yes, there is construction going on around it, but that did not bother me. I had a room on the 10th floor, which helped to keep me away from any potential noise. The hotel is a little older, but for the price, I cannot complain. It was easily accessible from Midway via Roosevelt station on the Orange Line, and close to several other lines within walking distance. Small bathroom, but functional. The room was decent, and had a view of 8th street/the Hilton, but I did not really need a view. It is a great hotel for location to the city. Walking distance to Millennium Park, and more. It did not have an excessive amount of amenities, but did the job. There was a fitness centre, which I did not get to check out. As stated, it is not a hotel to go to if you want all the excessive luxuries of a 5 star resort, but if you are looking for a bed to sleep on at night with a fairly decent room, then I would highly recommend this hotel, and will be staying there myself again!
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"Great location "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2018
Went to see Buddy Guy play at Legends. The location was perfect to walk to and from the venue. It seems to be under construction right now but everything was fine for the price. We would stay there again
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago's Essex Inn

What parking options are offered?
Guests can valet park for $60 per night per vehicle.

Is WiFi available?
Yes. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel.

Can I request a rollaway bed?
Yes. Requests are subject to availability and fees apply.

Will my room include a safe?

Will my room have a mini-fridge and microwave?
Rooms include mini-refrigerators.

Does the hotel have a pool?