I believe that this is a great, super hotel next to the Magnificent Mile and Millenium Park. It's a good hotel that's worth a visit, not just for the magnificent lobby, but the huge rooms with all the amenities, modern design, and furniture. It's one of the classic sites in Chicago, that was constructed in 1925 and was the 27th largest hotel in the world at the time.
I'm normally the type of traveler who picks a hotel based on cost primarily and isn't particularly loyal to specific hotels or brands.
theWit is one of only a handful of hotels I make an exception for.
You see, it's perfect. It has a great location right in the thick of things. A the intersection of State and Lake, tourists will find it easy to get around. It's a 2-minute walk to the blue line (to the airport) and right on the "L" loop trains. Additionally, there are buses leaving from across the street to places like Museum Campus or the Museum of Science & Industry. Plus you can walk to Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago River (don't miss a boat tour), theatres, and tons of great restaurants.
The hotel itself has everything you need, with comfortable rooms like you'd expect from the Doubletree/Hilton family, a great bar and also rooftop nightclub, wonderful breakfast (pricey, but delicious), strong wi-fi, and attentive service.
But the #1 reason I love to stay here is for the view. Great scenes of Chicago from your windows, and even from the bathtub.
This is one of the hotels I know solely due to my son's unique phisiological emergencies that only seem to happen when we're on vacation. We were walking along the Riverwalk in Chicago and this hotel was the only toilet around. Consequently, I can only speak about public areas and the exterior. The 71 is a four-star hotel on Wacker Drive in the north part of Koop, facing the river. Its location is good as it is within walking distance of Michigan Avenue and the theater district. It'simmediately apparent that it's a boutique hotel with a personalized design and signature touches, nothing to do with the cold and impersonal nature of many chain hotels. The style of decoration is minimalist and urban in nature, featuring predominantly dark colors and reds. I found that kind design a bit cold, almost Nordic, but there are many wooden elements that give it some warmth. In any case, it is very modern and aimed towards a yuppie-type audience. Its location is also good for business travelers.