Stayed in the Loop for business at McCormick Place Convention Center. While the Blackstone is about a 30 minute walk, it is only a 10 minute bus ride on CTA. Buses run frequently, and getting around is a breeze. Our room faced North on the 19th floor, and was very quiet, although you can hear noises from the hallway.
For visiting events and sights in Grant Park like Taste of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium, it's all in reasonable walking distance. The Windy City has great paths and bike lanes, so bring your walking shoes, or rent a bike nearby.
Obviously, these recommendations are for the warmer months, and our stay happened to be over three days of perfect weather! Our friends who came in a few days earlier said it had been rainy with a few thunderstorms before our arrival. Be prepared for all kinds of weather.
The fitness center is small with a few machines. And there are not that many other amenities. Basically, this is a comfortable and clean hotel, a little on the spendy side, that will be a good place to rest your head.
There aren't that many restaurants in the surrounding area, but you can find more places to eat as you travel North on Michigan Avenue. The dining in Shedd, etc is actually quite decent, but expect to pay attraction prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blackstone in downtown Chicago is a storied architectural icon rooted in the city's legendary past, but newly updated to deliver a distinguished hospitality experience for today's discerning traveler. Previously known as the Renaissance Blackstone, this recently revitalized destination is blooming as a point of cultural and creative discovery on the Cultural Mile. The Blackstone, where epic history meets a clever contemporary attitude. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Hotel Chicago
- Renaissance Hotel Blackstone
- Renaissance Chicago
- Chicago Renaissance