3 Boutique Chicago Hotels for AAO 2018

The charm of a boutique hotel is hard to deny. Boutique hotels invite images of attentive service, localized decor and cuisine and a chance to feel less like a tourist and more like a welcome guest. Even Airbnb wants in on this market.

AAO 2018 registrants can experience this alternative to conventional chain hotels – at an exclusive event rate. Online booking for these Chicago hotels is available for attendees and exhibitors. To book more than 20 rooms, please contact AAO 2018’s official hotel partner at aaohotels@expovision.com or (866) 774-0487 .

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection

NEW to official room block!

EMC2 - Dining 05-2017

Hotel EMC2 is a Marriott hotel “at the intersection of art & science.” Take its restaurant, the Albert, which is a culinary celebration of Albert Einstein. It features global cuisine made with local ingredients to create adventurous menus for the bar, brunch, dinner and dessert. No matter the time of day, the Albert delivers dishes that are delicious to the senses. These are Instagram-worthy meals!

But what would a hotel that nods to Einstein’s legacy be without some cutting-edge technology? The concierge has two robots for room deliveries and each room has an Amazon Echo.

This hotel just opened last year and its sure to become a Chicago boutique favorite. AAO 2018 registrants can earn Marriott Rewards with their reservation; just add your account number in the “Notes” section when booking.

  • Room rate starts at: $299 (includes internet access)
  • Event shuttle service: included
  • Parking rate: Valet parking at $65 per night or Self-park at $43 per night


Inn of Chicago Mag Mile

Inn of Chicago - Ext 03-2017

Stay at a Chicago historical landmark loaded with modern amenities. The Inn of Chicago Mag Mile doesn’t rock the boat with their classic design, but why mess with a timeless look? It also doesn’t hurt that the hotel has had massive renovations recently. Inside the comfortable rooms, historic black and white photos celebrate the hotel’s iconic location. Don’t forget to take in a great view of downtown from the 22nd floor Skyline Terrace.

  • Room rate starts at: $217 (includes internet access)
  • Event shuttle service: included
  • Parking rate: Self-park at $52 or valet parking at $59 per night


The James Chicago


Listed in the Conde Nast Top Hotels in Chicago: Reader’s Choice Awards 2017, The James Chicago is a vibrant, modern hotel. It holds just under 300 luxury guestrooms and suites with amenities like HD Smart TVs and an in-room pantry with local goods. Its newly renovated lobby (pictured above) has a welcoming fireplace, The James Club “creative space” and shared work desks.

This Magnificent Mile hotel is close to the Michigan Avenue Shops and Millennium Park.

  • Room rate starts at: $294 (includes internet access)
  • Event shuttle service: included
  • Parking rate: Valet parking at $65 per night

Ready to book your room at one of the official boutique hotels?

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Note: The last date to book the guaranteed lowest rate for AAO 2018 is Friday, September 12th (exhibitors) and September 26th (all other registrants). After this date, rates may increase and hotel rooms may not be available.

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