Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago – Hotel Review
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, McCormick Place is the largest convention center in North America. The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is connected via an enclosed sky bridge to the convention center, which allows guests to avoid the elements, something of particular importance in Chicago, where winters are cold and snowy, the sun rarely makes an appearance, and the normal temperature high in January and February is just below freezing.
Naturally, I chose that time of the year to visit, in this case to attend the Chicago Auto Show. I was warmly welcomed upon arrival, with minimal check-in formalities, and quickly set off to my room on the ninth floor.
My standard room was in the hotel’s new guest tower (since my stay in February, the hotel, Hyatt’s fourth largest, has completed a $110 million investment in the property that included the new tower as well as a top-to-bottom renovation of meeting and public spaces).
While my room’s décor was rather neutral and minimalist, from the white bedding on the two beds (one a queen, one a double) to the furniture which evoked a Scandinavian feel – it was functional and was clearly designed with the business traveler in mind.
Amenities included a coffee maker and a minifridge as well as a full-length mirror. Sadly, a view was not provided. Rooms on higher floors have sweeping city and lake views; my room on the ninth floor looked out onto other parts of the building.
The Hyatt Grand Bed was extremely comfortable and dressed in decent-quality linens. The bath area featured a large walk-in shower but no tub, and there was ample counter space next to the sink.