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The Sono Chicago

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My husband and I spent three nights at this lovely, sparkling clean hotel on our first vacation to the beautiful city of Chicago. It is a beautiful place to stay in Old Town Chicago, however, the best part of staying here is the helpful and warm hospitality of both Fergus and Joy who made our visit so comfortable. They both really went out of their way to help us navigate our way around Chicago using the excellent public transportation system since we had arrived from California via Amtrak. The hotel is just two blocks away from the city train. Even though our room faced the street we found the neighborhood to be very quiet for a good night's sleep. Breakfast in the morning is quite a spread of a variety of fruit, cereals, yogurt, eggs, smoked salmon, cheese, delicious fresh coffee cake, etc. We will definitely return to this hotel when we visit Chicago next time.

This is a great place to stay. The building is modern and clean. The hosts are great. Very friendly. It is a B&B but it is more like a hotel with a unique personal touch. We felt very welcomed and enjoyed our stay.

Just returned from a fantastic first time trip to Chicago. The Sono is a really lovely place to stay, the location is perfect, great restaurants close by and easy to get to downtown. This B&B is exceptional, it is very clean, quiet and the breakfasts (and cake) are delicious. We met some great people whilst staying there, especially all the staff; they really can’t do enough for you, it’s like being in your own home whilst you are on holiday! A big thank you to Andrea and her lovely team, especially Joy who made our stay so special. All the great reviews are really true, I can highly recommend The Sono and can’t wait to go back, we wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Chicago.

A wonderful find in the great city of Chicago! When I go to NYC, I always have my two "go to" hotels but I've never had that in Chicago...until now. This is a lovely bed and breakfast -- suave, serene, tasteful decor, spacious, airy rooms, high-quality furniture and a huge comfortable bed to collapse into after a hard day of enjoying Chicago! It's in a quiet residential neighborhood, and The Sono itself is properly soundproofed so everyone gets a good night's sleep (as I did, both nights). And did I mention the delicious breakfast and high-grade coffee? Your choice of meats and cheeses, or excellent granola, or fruit, or... all of the above! The owner and hostess are super-friendly and very attentive; no stone unturned in helping you have a wonderful stay. I was there only for business, so didn't have time to enjoy the rooftop space or the view up there, nor did I have time to just chill with a beverage... but next time, when I come back for a long weekend with my wife! Oh, and one last thing: The Sono is really convenient: close to the Sedgewick station on the CTA -- just a 12-min ride into downtown -- and two blocks from the interesting Old Town neighborhood. And with lots of free street parking if you're driving. Judging by the other reviews, I'm obviously not alone in loving The Sono...

I cannot say enough about the quality of this bed and breakfast. From the room to the welcoming and very friendly staff, everything is first class. Great location within a block and a half of the "L" and 2 blocks from Wells Street restaurants and entertainment. Highly recommend.

Great stay. Comfortable, clean, great breakfast, friendly staff, quiet, and perfect location for travelers with a car who also need to access the loop (just a couple stops away). The views from the roof are phenomenal. A much better value than hotels in the central business district.

Beautiful site. However, I was next to noisy neighbors on the 2nd floor. I went to ask them to be quiet and they slammed the door in my face. They woke me up several more times in one evening. Since there is no staff on site and no one responds to the phone number that is listed for 24/7 use, I basically didn't sleep at all (which is really the only thing I look for in an accommodation: a place to relax and sleep). Based on this current experience, the Sono is to be avoided at all costs until they install thicker walls and provide true 24/7 service (or problem solving options). Furthermore, the site requires a code to access the building. I was given the code by phone when I first arrived, but didn't write it down because I was carrying my luggage. This means I was unable to go out in the evening, because I had no way of getting the code to get back in. I have not seen the code written anywhere on the property.

I traveled to Chicago with my 17-year-old son to go to dinner at Alinea. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and left Tuesday morning. I received a text from the owner before arriving with detailed arrival instructions and any food requests. The text was very helpful. Even though we arrived before one, our 2 queen bedded room was ready. The owners seemed a bit frazzled, but the check-in was lightning fast. We didn't have to do anything. We didn't have to do anything at check out either. They get high marks for ease! The house is located in the Old Town/Lincoln Park area. Quiet neighborhood. We walked to downtown in 15 minutes. Took us about an hour and a half to walk to Millenium Park area. We are fast walkers. Ubers were super fast and very cheap if you don't want to walk. Our room was very small, but the beds were big and the closet was big enough to house our large suitcase. The sheets were so wrinkled, it was actually funny. The plug to charge our phones was in a very awkward place behind one of the beds. Luckily, my son has very long arms. The bathroom is nice and modern, but the shower is too big and the vanity is too small. The water was always very hot, but there was no water pressure. They provide body wash, shampoo, and conditioner and had a full size, powerful hairdryer. There is a very nice breakfast in the morning between 8-10AM. Cereals, yogurt, fruit, bread, breakfast pastries, hard boiled eggs, juice, coffee, tea were all great. This is a converted home. Rebuilt maybe. This makes it only as quiet as your neighbors are. Our first night was loud sneezing, coughing, and nose blowing. So loud it sounded like he was in our room. We heard his shower is every detail. He woke us up from a sound sleep with his sneezes. We were above the breakfast area and all the talking traveled through the vents and we could pretty much hear every conversation. The second night we didn't hear a thing and we know the house was pretty full. Also, there is no individual room climate control. We were so hot both nights. I found the vent and closed it, but we were boiling. These are picky things. Take it with a grain of salt. I just like to know details before I go somewhere and some of the reviews on trip advisor have been pretty bad lately. I know the ownership is changing. I trust the cleaning and general upkeep will improve with the new owners and after this awkward phase is over. Overall, I would probably stay here again as we liked the location and the small boutique feel.

What a great little spot in town. Though a little bit outside of downtown, Uber and Lyft are plentiful. The building itself is really quiet, and the rooms are clean and nice. The shower is huge! The bed is a bit firm but I had no problem sleeping. I sadly left before being able to enjoy breakfast but I can only assume it's great. There was coffee and a nespresso machine.

WOW, I absolutely LOVE this place. For Chicago prices, this is very affordable! As everyone else stated: free breakfast, free street parking, free wi-fi.. and the rooms are spacious, CLEAN and quiet. I couldn't ask for anything more. We will be back for sure.

1428 N Cleveland Ave Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Second City and Chicago History Museum
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking

Located in Near North Side, The Sono Chicago is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Second City and Chicago History Museum. This 7-room, 3.5-star bed & breakfast welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Free continental breakfast is offered each morning.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 50-inch an LCD TV with cable channels. Beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers free toiletries.

Property features

The Sono Chicago features a rooftop terrace and a fireplace in the lobby. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Front-desk staff can assist with tours/tickets and luggage storage.

Room options

Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Suite, 2 Queen Beds

Queen 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

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Total of 224 reviews