3 star hotel
Area: Old Town
0.39 mi from North Avenue Beach
Best Rooms: To enjoy a great view of the city, be sure to request a room on floors 30 - 40, facing all directions.
Best Rooms: The hotel is surrounded by other buildings, but facing Walton St. you may be able to get a glimpse of the beach from rooms ending in *14, *16, or *18 on floors 6 - 12(e.g. 614, 916, 1118).
3 star hotel
Area: Gold Coast
0.95 mi from North Avenue Beach
Best Rooms: You'll find great city views and also a view of the lake from suites facing E Walton St. on floors 8 - 9.
Best Rooms: The Premier Rooms with lake views offer the best views in the entire hotel, which are northeast views that include panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan. You don't have to empty out your savings to get a great view at this hotel; standard rooms have views looking north, which may provide a partial lake view, and views looking south, which have great views of the city.
Best Rooms: The *01 suites (e.g. 901, 1101, 1401) are located on the corners and provide the best views of the city, albeit partial (because of the way the building is shaped, you won't find any unobstructed or full views at this property). Looking south, you can see Water Tower Place and the Hancock Center.
4 star hotel
Area: Magnificent Mile
1.47 mi from North Avenue Beach
Best Rooms: Rooms ending in *01 or *02 on the 31st floor or higher (e.g. 3102, 4501) offer partial views of the Chicago River. Even-numbered rooms between *04 - *36, on or above the 25th floor (e.g. 2610, 4624) have partial views of Lake Michigan.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Near North Side
1.65 mi from North Avenue Beach
Best Rooms: For a few dollars more, consider booking a Corner King Suite -- the largest of the hotel's accommodations -- which features two walls of windows and spectacular city views.