I stayed at the Oakwood for 6 weeks on business. I couldn’t have been happier with the experience!
My company booked this for me. I was looking for somewhere I could stay longer term, but bring my dog…the Oakwood is very pet friendly! The location is beyond compare, right in the heart of a fun part of Chicago, and a short (say, 30 min on a bad day) walk to where I worked in the Loop. It’s also close to two subway stops.
The staff couldn’t be friendlier or more helpful. They make an effort to get to know you, and will bend over backwards to meet your needs.
My apartment was lovely. I stayed in a one bedroom, which suited my needs just fine. The combined living/dining area was spacious, furnished with a dining room table, a little desk, living room furniture consisting of sofa, loveseat, and end/coffee table, along with a nice TV armoire. The bed I had was king size, and the bedroom had a TV as well. There’s an enormous closet in the bedroom…in fact, for what it is, there’s plenty of closet/storage…in addition, there’s two closets in the other living area. The kitchen was quite fully furnished with dishes, utensils, and pots and pans (all I would have hoped for that wasn’t there was a pizza wheel), with a full size fridge and stove/range, and a dishwasher. A toaster and coffee maker are also there. My dishwasher did not seem to work well at all, but I did not realize this until the end of my stay. My view overlooked the Hard Rock and Rainforest Cafes, and the big Rock and Roll McDonalds…with a view of the downtown part of the city beyond. It was a very cool nighttime view. Also notable, the building is amazingly quiet, it doesn’t appear to have the standard thin hotel walls.
Housekeeping services were optional, but my company sprung for weekly services. The housekeepers vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen and bathroom…and the bedroom as well when my dog was not there. They run all dirty dishes through the dishwasher. As mine worked poorly, that just made more work for me, but I am sure the Oakwood will remedy this now that they know it’s broken.
There’s no shortage of restaurants in the neighborhood, and great ones at that. In addition, Michigan Avenue is a short (maybe 4-5 blocks) walk, and the lakefront is just a few blocks beyond that. Given the train stops that are so close, you can easily get anywhere from the Oakwood. There is a parking garage attached to the Oakwood, so if you drive, your car is always conveniently nearby. They will issue you an access card so you can come and go easily.
You have to look for pet friendly outdoor locations for your dog to…do what it has to do…but they’re around. Just a block over on Superior, my dog was satisfied with a strip of mulch and grass. A little longer walk (maybe 4-5 blocks) and you’re at Washington Square Park…a lovely little oasis in the city, and a great place to meet other dogs. I originally planned on jumping through the hoops to gain access to the city’s “Dog Friendly Areas”, but they were all just a little too far to be practical and used enough. The city street walking, along with the close park, turned out to be fine.
The 25th floor has an indoor pool, terrace area with gas grill and patio furnishings, meeting areas, exercise room, locker rooms, and laundry facility…pretty comprehensive perks that were very convenient.
The Oakwood tries to cater to everyone, and succeeds…I met people who were in town for a weekend vacation, others like me in town for extended temporary work, families making a temporary home there while they are in the midst of a relocation, and people who resided there full time…what an interesting mix, and the Oakwood can suit them all.
The Oakwood and its’ staff helped make an unwanted extended work assignment into a positive…any other work I have in Chicago, I’ll return to the Oakwood without question.
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