One of Chicago’s first hotels opened all the way back in 1831. The Sauganash Hotel was really more of a lodge then, run by early pioneers Mark and Beaubien. The couple put an addition onto their tavern near the Chicago River at what is now Lake Street and Wacker Drive.
So where can you find some of the city’s long lost history? There are plenty of hostels that have preserved historic buildings more than a hundred years old. There is so much to admire from the first hotels on Michigan Avenue to the historic renovations like LondonHouse and the Chicago Athletic Association.
Below are 18 hotels perfect for lovers of architecture and history. Whether you’re a local looking for staycation or a newcomer wanting an authentically Chicago trip, this is a good place to start. Next, browse our seasonal city guide or things to do with kids if you’re traveling with family.Read More