It’s been just a week since I’ve been back home from traveling to Chicago for the very first time, and I have SO much to share.
Being new to a city is exciting, but it also brings its own challenges. Oh sure, I knew the tourist attractions I just had to visit. I knew that Chicago-Style pizza had to be on the menu one night. But…….I didn’t know the layout of the city. I wasn’t sure how far away the airports were. How best would it be to get around town.
I was so glad I chose to stay at a hotel which not only was attached to the convention center where my conference would be, but it was only a short taxi ride from both the airport (Midway – I flew Southwest) and main attractions. I chose the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
The hotel has such a sleek and modern design, exactly what I expected in the Windy City.
The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place recently endured a $110 million dollar renovation and expansion which included the addition of a second tower with 460 new guest rooms and suites plus complete overhaul of all guest rooms, public spaces, restaurants, fitness center, and meeting place.
The location was ideal for us. So close to Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play and others hold events. And Soldier Field was right next to where we spent a great deal of time…..the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and more. It was also a short taxi ride from U.S. Cellular Field, where we saw the White Sox play ball.
The hotel is attached to the what I’ve heard to be the largest convention center in the U.S., McCormick Place. That was a huge plus for me. Whether it rained (or snowed), you could walk from the hotel to the convention center without ever stepping outside.
The grounds were simply stunning and there were flowers everywhere. Might I mention that the weather was amazing. I needed a sweater at night! A wonderful reprieve from the Texas heat!
Located near the shore of Lake Michigan, you’ll find rooms with a view. Some rooms had a view of the Chicago skyline. Others, like mine, had a view of Lake Michigan itself.
I was upgraded to an Executive Suite (so this isn’t the standard room), but from the photos I’ve seen, all the renovated rooms are stunning and contemporary. The Suite was a perfect for choice for my stay, as I brought my family with me to Chicago. I love making business trips turn into family trips!
The Executive Suite provided two distinct rooms, separated by only a short wall of drawers with a Flat Screen television on both sides. Yes…..two tv’s! There were 2 additional seating areas next to windows. There was a wonderful office space, where I set up shop. The living area provided an L-Shaped sofa and coffee table, perfect for my 5 yr old to play around. And the windows…..well, this was a corner suite. I lost count at how many windows were in the room.
In fact, there’s one thing I wish I would have known before making my reservation –> They have PURE – Hypo-Allergenic Rooms, which are designed to provide a better night’s sleep for all guests, especially allergy sufferers. Although all Hyatt rooms follow a strict protocol for cleanliness, the PURE rooms undergo an additional six-step process intended to reduce airborne particles and minimize the presence of potential irritants.
As the mom of an asthma and allergy sufferer (and one myself), I couldn’t be happier to see the Hyatt Regency do this.
Can I mention the walk-in closet? My daughter just loved this filled with shelves and a full-size mirror. I want one of these at home.
All guests now enjoy upgraded bath amenities and products from KenetMD Skin Care. Very nice.
While we did get to enjoy Chicago dining quite a bit on this trip (and that Chicago-style pizza), there were many times the hotel provided us just what we needed. And yes, I did order room service. But a warning to those of you Fri/Sat nightowls – they don’t have 24-hr room service.
You’ll find many options, and we took advantage of almost all of them:
M/X – Chicago Lounge where you can order from a limited menu (but we learned we could take advantage of the buffet at Shor restaurant and eat in the Lounge).
Shor – Contemporary Chicago-style Grill. We enjoyed a lunch buffet complete with desserts above – don’t judge (there were 3 of us in my defense)! 🙂 This is where we enjoyed breakfast. My husband took advantage of the breakfast buffet, while I ordered the French Toast with Citrus Butter. Mmmmm.
Forno – Italian-style Trattoria, offering pizzas, paninis and more.
Daily Grind – a quick spot to grab Starbucks coffee, salad, or a quick sandwich.
If you are looking for a last-minute summer getaway, consider Chicago….and consider the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.
TOTAL FREEDOM PACKAGE
Total Freedom Package is available now through August 31st (based on date availability, of course)! The package includes:
- Complimentary self-parking (I’ve learned this can be pricey in Chicago)
- Complimentary Internet
- Breakfast for 2 in Shor Restaurant
You get all this for the same price as their daily rate!
Their summer sale is also going on now. Save 20% off a 2 night stay and save 30% off a 3 night stay when you book before 9/2 and stay before 9/30.
Check out the deals at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place now!