The Best New Hotels in Chicago of 2021 and 2022

From luxurious downtown addresses to those that offer access to the city’s most colorful neighborhoods, Chicago’s new crop of hotels aims to serve the community and the environment with high sustainability standards.

Certainly, the pandemic had a brutal effect on hotels, many of which closed. But the good news is that many reopened in 2021 or 2022, and if they don’t have the original owners, at least their investors are recycling these stylish properties.

Here, we celebrate 10 of the best new hotels in Chicago.

Sable at Navy Pier

  • What to expect: Nautical design and panoramic lake views
  • Location: Navy Pier
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The 3,300-foot-long pier that juts into Lake Michigan from downtown, Navy Pier has long been the state’s most popular tourist attraction, where carnival-esque attractions and splashy Lake Michigan boat rides mingle with cultural landmarks, including the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Sable, which opened spring 2021, gives fans a place to stay after the tour, dinner, or show with 223 nautically inspired rooms featuring panoramic views of both the lake and the skyline.

No one would blame you for being distracted by the handsome shipshape design of the rooms, with brass accents and a marine color palette, or the sprawling 20,000-square-foot rooftop bar Offshore. The LEED-silver certified hotel also planted a secondary green roof to support birds on the Lake Michigan Flyway and recycles toiletries left behind to provide hygiene kits to impoverished communities.


Chicago’s Pendry is the latest in a series of tenants in Chicago’s Carbide & Carbon building.

Photo by Christian Horan Photography

Pendry Chicago

  • What to expect: Luxurious digs in an historic building
  • Location: Downtown Chicago
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One of Chicago’s most recognizable skyscrapers, the 1929 Carbide & Carbon building, said to resemble a champagne bottle when it was built in the fizzy art deco

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