Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
What We Love
- Ideal location within walking distance of Millennium Park and Mag Mile
- Good for families; most rooms accommodate two Queen beds and many have kitchenettes
- Views across the cityscape and Chicago River from most rooms
What To Know
- Rooms near elevators can be noisy
- No spa but in-room massages can be arranged in advance
- Very popular with the convention and wedding crowds
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Centrally located near Millennium Park and all the shops along Michigan Avenue, this riverside sleep, formerly Hotel 71, is popular with business travelers and city trippers. Behind the all glass façade, the lobby has a simple, classic style with dark hardwood paneling on the walls, colorful patterned carpets and boxy leather sofas. The ground-floor Hoyt’s Chicago restaurant spills onto the sidewalk during the summer months, but diner’s can feast on the restaurant’s modern Midwestern fare throughout the year. All 334 rooms are large by city standards, with one king or two queen beds, flat-screen TVs, workstations and one-cup coffee makers. Simple cream-and-white bathrooms are set up with over-tub showers or separate walk-in rainfall showers and deep soaking tubs. For long stays, splurge on a suite and make use of the modern kitchenettes and separate seating areas. Fitness fiends can get in a workout in the 24-hour gym or wander a few blocks south for a run around lakeside Grant Park.
In the Area
With a front-and-center location on the Chicago River, a stay here puts all the big city sights within easy reach. Rent a bike for a whistle stop tour of Navy Pier, the theater district and architectural icons along the river, or stroll to Millennium Park and admire Anish Kapoor’s famed Cloud Gate installation. Keen shoppers will get their fix in the upscale department stores along Mag Mile, while foodies should make reservations in advance for dinner at enduring favorites, Frontera Grill and Sepia, or follow our fall 2014 restaurant preview preview and check out some of the city’s best new additions.
How to Get There
I enjoyed the Wyndham and had zero complaints. The room was very spacious with a separate living room. Near some great bars and restaurants so I did not have use of a rental car while staying there. A very walkable neighborhood. The views from the room to the river were spectacular. I walked each day and enjoyed breakfast at different restaurants in the area. Dinners were at Popeyes and a few other restaurants around town. The commute to the airport was easy as there is a Blue T-line subway entrance nearby and it was safe.
This hotel is great. You can hear other doors shutting but seriously the beds are so amazing I am trying to buy the pillows lol. Awesome view. Great location and staff was very friendly and knowledgeable
My wife and I stayed here since her work brought her to Chicago. We paid and extra $20 to be on an upper floor. The view of the river and the street life was very nice and worth it. One draw back was the elevators. There was a wedding reception going on when we were returning from a run. Having 40 people or more waiting in line to use the elevators wasn’t cool. We hoofed it up 32 floors! On a bright note the room was surprisingly large and comfortable.
Lovely hotel, very spacious room, comfortable bed. Great location, close to magnificent mile and river cruises. Staff very pleasant and helpful. You can walk anywhere from here. I would stay here again for sure.
The river view rooms have got to have the best views in Chicago! We paid extra when we checked in and it was well worth it. The view from our room was spectacular! And, the hotel is in a great location for doing things in the Loop and north of the river. Check-in and check-out were quick and easy. The hotel has a very nice staff. The doorman, bellman and desk clerks were all great. Our room was large and comfortable with a large and convenient bath. We were near the elevators, which we usually don't like, but this time there was no noise. The air-conditioning was efficient and quiet. There were plenty of charging locations.... we had five items charging at once! We did not try the bar or restaurant and the lobby is small but nicely decorated. We arrived by train and left with a rented car, but don't know about the parking situation.