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“My Favorite Place to Stay in Chicago”
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Union League Club
Ranked #124 of 190 Hotels in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles
2 reviews
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“My Favorite Place to Stay in Chicago”
Reviewed 15 May 2009

I have stayed at the Union League three or four times now over the last two years and enjoy it more and more each time.

This 23-story private clubhouse has 180 suites and guestrooms, three restaurants, two bars, various ballrooms, private meeting rooms, amazing food, and a world-class art collection. The health club is free to use and fills five floors of the building. It includes a pool, steam, sauna, free weights, cardio workout, and just about whatever else you can think of.

The staff is very professional and very attentive.

The business center is first-rate. It includes private offices and open carrels. The library is exactly what you'd expect one to be like in a private club.

The location is in the heart of downtown, so it's convenient to the theater district, Millennium Park, shopping, the lakefront, and plenty of restaurants.

This isn't a "trendy" place by any stretch of the imagination, and I wouldn't come here with a family of teenagers, but it's great for adults and small children.

NOTE: The Union League does have a business casual dress code (no jeans, gym shoes, or t-shirts, unless you're going directly from your room to outside the clubhouse or vice versa).

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 March 2009

I loved this place. The staff was EXCEPTIONALLY nice. The room was beautiful, spacious (although the bathroom was a little small). The lobby and the meeting rooms are wonderful, exuding beauty and charm, with wonderful paintings everywhere.

What I especially liked was that this place obviously used to be very snobby, and it still has tinges of that upper class feeling (like selling cigars in the lobby), but it's gotten past that. I was at a conference that was largely African American, and it felt great to have the people claim this wonderful place back from the upper classes.

The coat check desk is out of an old movie. Be sure to check your coat just to enjoy it! Plus the very well equipped business center is open 24/7 and has computers, printers, all kinds of stuff.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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london
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

I'm very surprised about the good reviews about this property. I was bitterly dissappointed. At check in for example the front office manager (in his tired suit) pointed out the dress code to me - referring to the fact that I was wearing (smart) jeans.

The room was quite big, but furnished rather in a taste for old people. Also it was cold - the heating did not go over 69 degrees. The beds however were really comfortable.

I had a function there in the evening. Staff was not very friendly or helpful throughout the hotel. We were travelling in a small group and no one felt made welcome or looked after.

This was my first trip to Chicago and all I can say that I will go to a hotel next time.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled on business
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columbus, ohio
1 review
Reviewed 17 January 2009

We were in town for a wedding and the reception was held here. The ballroom was stunning, the food was wonderful and the staff were very accomidating. The hotel room had the most comfortable bed and the coffee shop across the street had the best expresso! Be prepared to follow the dress code and enjoy a drink in the lounge and a more unique experience of Chicago.

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  • Disliked — dress code was not mentioned enough on their website
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, NC
1 review
Reviewed 4 October 2008

We recently stayed at the Union League for 5 days for our son's wedding. The reception was held there. Accomodations were good and the food and service at the restaurants, bar, and reception were outstanding. Everyone was friendly and it made our stay enjoyable. We had several out of town guests staying there also and everyone was equally impressed.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled on business
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New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2008

I totally agree with the more recent reviews of The Union League Club, those which rate it highly. It's a historic and beautifully appointed facility, particularly the lobby and main dining room. (Check its web site for the club's dress code.) Rooms are excellent --with wireless--and the staff is friendly and helpful. Location is right in The Loop, close to the "El" lines, the lake front, Sears Tower and about six blocks from Amtrak. Nearly any place you'd want to go downtown is within a mile's walk north. And The Union League Club is a far better $$$ deal than downtown commercial hotels.

Stayed September 2008
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Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed 16 July 2008

This Club is fantastic. I don't like snooty hotels, and this club retains it's elegance without feeling stuck up. I'm going to be married here in August 2008, and I can't wait! The staff has been SO wonderful to my family, and they are truly a joy to speak with on the phone. I live out of state and most of the planning has been remote, so their expertise and decorum is much appreciated. They have renovated all the guest rooms, and while they retain their old-world style, all of the fabrics, and furnishings are impeccable and refined. It's as if you stepped right back into the 1940's. This place is wonderful and I highly recommend it for a taste of true Chicago history.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank KK1980
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Additional Information about Union League Club

Property: Union League Club
Address: 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#82 Business Hotel in Chicago
Number of rooms: 182
Also Known As:
Union League Club Hotel Chicago
Union League Hotel
Union League Chicago

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