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Sterile, cookie-cutter hotels are on their way out these days. In fact, travelers are increasingly spending more time looking for experiential or unique stays. The trends are picking up and in Chicago, it seems that more and more historic buildings are being converted into interesting hotels. If you happen to be traveling to Chicago and are looking for a unique place to stay, try checking out one of these converted hotels.

London House

This hotel is located in the 1923 built skyscraper, the London Guaranty and Accident Building. A Chicago-based architect created the building for this former insurance firm and made the top of it resemble the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens. Now a hotel, it is at a great location, just walking distance from Millennium Park and boasts high-tech rooms with WIFI, plenty of space and options for suites. There is also a rooftop bar, fitness center, and spa.

Virgin Hotel

The well-known brand, Virgin has shifted their expertise to hotels. Located in the Old Dearborn Bank, a 1928 built structure that resembles an antiquated theater and features medieval figures and terra cotta ornaments. Sticking with the company’s affection for innovation and trendy, this hotel has lifestyle focused rooms with features like dressing rooms and sleeping lounges. It also offers nightly socials, a gym, spa, nightlife events and onsite dining.

Hard Rock Hotel

The city’s famed Hard Rock Hotel is located in the former Carbide and Carbon building. This art deco-style skyscraper was built quite uniquely as it features colors along its outside, making it a focal point in the Chicago skyline. Rooms in this hotel are high tech and luxurious and amenities include a gym, sleep menu, and pet program.

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Built in the 1890s, this former athletic club was once a place where actors and Olympic gold medalists gathered to play billiards, compete in poker and have drinks. Now, it still entertains guests with its rooftop bar, onsite restaurant and luxury rooms that have the perfect balance of modern and vintage.

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Henrique Kerch
I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.