We stayed at the Hotel Monaco Chicago during our recent anniversary trip. Our stay was perfect with a friendly, helpful and welcoming staff and beautiful accommodations. We stayed in a spacious river-view king (Rm 912) that had a large window set into a nook (a great place for reading or just watching the world go by), a large TV and comfortable bed with plenty of pillow choices. I recommend taking the CTA train into town from O'Hare (for $2.25 each rider) because the hotel is only a short distance (3 or 4 blocks) from the Clark/Lake CTA station. The hotel is perfectly located if you prefer walking to taking a taxi, only minutes away from Millenium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Lyric Opera at the Civic Opera House and plenty of great restaurants, like Trattoria No. 10 on North Dearborn. I recommend joining the Kimpton In Touch program for the best prices (they have a low AAA price) and a complimentary $10 access to the well-stocked minibar. We have stayed in Kimpton Hotels in New York, Denver and have a trip planned to San Francisco, and we have never been disappointed.