In our opinion, there isn't a better hotel option anywhere in Chicago, especially in the summer, at ANY price, than the Sheraton Grand. It is as deluxe as any hotel would need to be, but we like the location, on the river, a short walk mostly along the water to Navy Pier, a manageable walk to the Art Institute of Chicago, and a shorter walk to the Magnificent Mile. One of its best features is the casual, riverfront cafe, with outdoor seating so close to the water that you can hear the commentary from the tour boats as one after another glides by. Ask for a room number in the 30’s for two beds or in the 40’s for one bed, for a view of the river AND the lake.