21c Museum Hotel – Chicago Boutique Hotel + Art Museum

Playing tourist in my own town is one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend, especially in the summer. I’m so excited to share our family’s experience at 21c Museum Hotel; it’s truly one of a kind! I think you’ll be just as blown away as I was with the creative details and innovative approach to an artful getaway. I’m always up for trying new adventures, and staying the night in an actual art museum was a wonderful way to get my fix!

21c Museum Hotel

What exactly is a museum hotel? Quite simply, 21c Museum Hotel is an art museum devoted to pieces from the 21st century. The twist? You can also sleep over at the museum! After browsing the beautiful galleries, just head upstairs to your airy, spacious room. It’s a “night at the museum” for sophisticated adults. Enjoy the galleries and nationally acclaimed exhibits, then stay onsite in a beautiful room or suite. 

21c Museum is the only multi-venue one in North America displaying collections exclusively from the 21st century, hence the name. The current featured exhibition is titled “This We Believe,” and it examines the belief systems we hold and how they have affected the way we interact and relate with one another. This exhibition will be on display through December 2021. We found it truly thought provoking! 

Besides individual stays, the hotel offers space for events like retreats, holiday parties, board meetings, baby showers and more. Even if you’re not looking to book a personal getaway, you might be interested in exploring an event for your company or community! It’s something different that breaks the mold of traditional events.

21c Museum Hotel Rooms

The rooms and suites at 21c Museum Hotel are absolutely gorgeous! We were delighted with our suite – it was so light, airy, and luxurious. Depending on how many are staying with you, choose from King, Queen, or Double Deluxe Rooms . The Corner Suite features enormous windows with beautiful views of the city, and the 21c Suite is truly a home away from home, boasting 828 square feet. The bathrooms shine with Malin+Goetz amenities, and all rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, HDTV, and wellness packages including wipes and sanitizer. 

The decor is chic and modern with an artistic vibe, just as you’d expect from an art museum hotel. There’s plenty of space for relaxing after you’ve explored the exhibits, and we thought it was so cool to have your lodging also onsite.

21c Museum Hotel Packages

When it comes to thoughtfully designed experiences for each and every unique guest, 21c Museum Hotel nails it. Just a quick scan of their website shows the numerous options available to customize and enhance your stay! Whether you’re looking to have a romantic getaway or just encounter some incredible art, there are options to make your trip unforgettable. I’d love to recommend a few of the special options that may fit your travel plans. 

You’ve probably heard about Van Gogh in Chicago! If you haven’t been yet, this is the perfect opportunity to see it for yourself. The Van Gogh and 21c Experience Package allows you to fully immerse yourself in the incredible exhibit, then complete the day with a stay at 21c Museum Hotel. The package includes Uber passes and tickets to the exhibit, plus early check in and late check out, so you can relax knowing every part of the adventure is taken care of! I love this option for those interested in doing an incredible staycation, or just maximizing their trip from a nearby state. 

The Pet Package is so much fun; as a dog lover, I thought it was such a great idea. 21c Museum Hotel is incredibly pet friendly, and the VIP (Very Important Pup) Pet Package includes a bottle of dog shampoo, a waived pet fee, a gift basket from Tails in City, and a donation in your pet’s honor to the Anti-Cruelty Society. What a fun twist, and it’s always great to know you’re giving back while having fun! 

If you’re driving into the city, you should consider the Chicago Free Self-Parking Package. Besides a 10% discount on your stay and a mini-bar credit, this package allows you to self park for free in the garage behind the hotel. No one touches your car but you – and this can be a great relief when it comes to health and safety in these times. Parking can be inconvenient downtown, and I always appreciate a hotel making it easier and more streamlined.

21c Museum Hotel Spa

It’s not a real getaway until there’s a spa involved! 21c Museum has covered this aspect, too! The onsite spa is a partnership with Soothe, and professionals can either arrive at your room to deliver services, or you can head to any of the three on-site treatment rooms to be pampered! All wellness providers are certified and vetted, so you can feel confident that you’re receiving top notch care. Book between 8am and 10pm, whenever available. Choose from a variety of massage options, like Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and sports therapy. Enhance the experience with percussive therapy, hot stones, or CBD oils.

All in all, this is a destination not to be missed! If you’ve spent time in Chicago or are thinking of booking a trip this summer, it’s a refreshing new activity that you’ve likely never had the opportunity to try. Besides new adventures, our family loves cultural and creative expression, and 21c Museum hotel allowed us to combine the two!  

21c Museum hotel boasts over 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. It’s also free and open to the public with an online reservation, so if it’s not the right time to stay the night, it’s still a great time to come and explore the artwork! I’m so thrilled to share this hotel with you, and I hope that you’ll have the opportunity to try it for yourself! 

FAQS about 21c Museum Hotel

Extra beds

  • Cribs are available by request at no additional charge and  rollaway beds are available for a nightly fee of $30.

Late check-outs & early check-ins

  • Standard check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 11am.
  • Early check-ins are based on availability 
  • Late check outs are subject to availability.

Pet Policy

  • 21c is happy to accept pets up to 50 pounds in certain rooms. 
  • A one-time per stay pet cleaning fee of $75 will be charged to the reservation.


  • $46 for self-parking, entry on Rush, Ontario & Wabash (ROW parking). 


16 comments on “21c Museum Hotel – Chicago Boutique Hotel + Art Museum

  1. We were in Chicago a few years ago and loved it. Our trip was too short though, definitely going back. And looks like this hotel is a fabulous place to stay in.

  2. So cool. I just love exploring museums so this sounds like a hotel for me. That Van Gogh exhibit does sound incredible.

  3. Wow, that’s a really great experience to have. I don’t have to rush in exploring the museum coz I can literally sleep there, haha

  4. What an inspiring place to take your rest! I’ll be remembering this for our Chicago trip – thank you!

  5. I have never been to Chicago before, but we have thought about taking a road trip there. This sounds like an interesting place to check out.

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