Our Story

A beloved landmark on Chicago's North Shore

At the Deer Path Inn, we do more than celebrate the rich tradition of English innkeeping. We revel in it. Since the Middle Ages, inns have served as community gathering places where all could find warmth, safety and kinship.

While remaining dedicated to the mannerly traditions of English innkeeping, we’re also committed to providing you with all the modern-day comforts and high-tech essentials you require.

Property Amenities

  • The English Room
  • The Bar
  • White Hart Pub
  • English Garden
  • Fitness Room
  • Complimentary Bicycles
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • ADA Accessibility & Features, Learn More


The one thing even more memorable than the Deer Path Inn’s iconic architecture is our legendary reputation for personal service. It is this unmatched service and the personal attention we give to each of our guests that has kept them coming back for over 85 years.

A look backDeer Path Inn Through The Years

The original inn opens

The original Deer Path Inn was built as a home for Colonel William Sage Johnston on the site of an old hunter’s log cabin near a former Indian trail that led to Lake Michigan.

Deer path inn staircase
The current inn opens

Designed by architect William C. Jones of the noted firm of Holabird & Root, the new hotel was styled after a 15th century half-timbered and stucco manor house in Chiddingstone, Kent, one of England’s oldest villages.

historic photo of a car outside of the deer path inn
A fire makes headlines

A fire on the inn’s third floor made national news headlines, and was even featured in a Universal newsreel. It reopened the same year, following extensive repairs.

historic photos of firemen putting out a fire at the deer path inn
A historic milestone

The inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places and became a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

room keys
Birthday wishes

The Deer Path Inn celebrated its 75th anniversary.

group of people clinging champagne flutes
An icon restored

The Deer Path Inn reopens, ringing in the New Year following a meticulous, year-long restoration of its interior. Highlights include a dramatic renovation of the inn’s 57 guest rooms and suites.

People gathered around the fireplace at The Deer Path Inn

Reasons to Stay
Top Reasons to stay at Deer Path Inn

1. Service

You appreciate exemplary service.

2. Tradition

You adore a formal English garden.

3. Memories

The Deer Path Inn is an integral part of your family’s story.

4. Afternoon Tea

You love time-honored English traditions, starting with afternoon tea.

5. English Cuisine

You know that English cuisine goes well beyond fish and chips.