Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Review

May 16, 2016 in BLOG, Hotel Reviews, Hyatt, Travel - No Comments
Walking distance to Soldier Field and close to downtown Chicago, consider staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place next time you're in Chicago. TravelingWellForLess.com

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The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a great pick when you want to stay in downtown Chicago but don’t want to be right in the center of the action. Or if you’re going to a Chicago Bears game, concert, or other event and want to be walking distance to Soldier Field. Keep reading for my Hyatt Regency McCormick Place review.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Review

One of the two Park Suites at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Park Suite Seating Room and Living Room

I chose the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place because:

  • The hotel is a Hyatt property and I would get a stay credit
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Close to downtown Chicago
  • I was able to get a Points+Cash rate

Location

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a short walk to Soldier Field. TravelingWellForLess.com
Relatively close to downtown Chicago

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is in the South Loop area of Chicago (south of downtown Chicago).

It’s a short walk to Soldier Field and a healthy walk to the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium.

Airport Shuttle

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place does not offer an airport shuttle.

The Chicago O’Hare International Airport is 21 miles away. And Chicago Midway International Airport is 10 miles away.

Shared airport shuttles are available for $23 per person each way ($43 per person round-trip), plus $2 departure tax per person from the airport.

Uber is $31 to $40.

The cheapest way to get to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is by to take the “L” or Chicago rapid transit system. From the Chicago O’Hare Airport you is take the Blue Line to the Green Line. You’ll pay $7.25 per person ($5 for the Blue Line + $2.25 for the Green Line) one-way. From Midway Airport you’ll take the Green Line for $2.25 per person one-way.

Or if you have an amazing friend who lives in Chicago who offers to pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel, even better. Thanks, Tammy!

Accommodations

Relax in comfort and style in the Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TraveilngWellForLess.com
Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Check-in

Modern streamlined lobby at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TraveilngWellForLess.com
Check-in desk

The official check-in time is 3 p.m. but that’s flexible. As a Hyatt Diamond, you can check in early in the morning if there’s a room available.

I booked a King room for my stay and happily learned that I was upgraded to a Park Suite. Score! 🙂

I’m not sure if this is the standard treatment for all Hyatt Diamond guests or if I got lucky. Hopefully the former. 🙂

Check-in was quick and easy. There is a separate line for Hyatt Diamond and Platinum elite members but it was not staffed when I arrived after 10 p.m.

Everyone from the front desk staff, the bellman (who I didn’t use but greeted me none the less), housekeeping, and hotel operator (Rolanda) were welcoming and friendly.

As a Hyatt Diamond, you’re acknowledged, recognized and benefits are explained.

Park Suite

Spacious Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TraveilngWellForLess.com
Park Suite

There are only 2 Park Suites at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. And credit to Hyatt for designated one of them as accessible. I was given an accessible room.

As a little side note: there’s 5 TVs in this suite.

When you enter the suite, there’s a counter immediately to your left. Unfortunately I forgot to get a photo. But the counter is too high if you’re in a wheelchair.

Guest Bathroom

Guests have their own bathroom when you stay in the Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Visitor bathroom

There’s a small guest bathroom on the right.

Hang visitor coats in the hall closet when staying in the Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Hang visitor coats in the hall closet

Across from the bathroom is a hall closet.

Living Room

Another view of the Park Suite living room at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Another view of the living room

The living room has a huge flat screen wall mounted TV, work desk, an in-room printer, iHome clock, interesting artwork, and lots of seating.

The living room has a huge flat screen wall mounted TV, work desk, an in-room printer, iHome clock, interesting artwork, and lots of seating.
Relax or work…

Parlor

Entertain or watch TV in the Park Suite parlor. TravelingWellForLess.com
Cuz’ you aren’t fancy unless you have a parlor

Entertain or watch TV in the Park Suite parlor. Or check out the views of Lake Michigan and Chicago through the telescope.

Kitchenette

You can prepare a light meal, order room service, or bring food to eat in the Park Suite kitchenette. TravelingWellForLess.com
Park Suite kitchenette

You can prepare a light meal, order room service, or bring food to eat in the Park Suite kitchenette.

Bedroom

Spacious Park Suite bedroom with lots of room to walk around the bed without bumping into anything. TravelingWellForLess.com
Park Suite bedroom

Unfortunately, the bed was not a Hyatt Grand Bed. And it wasn’t as soft and cushiony as other Hyatt beds. 🙁 But I still got a good night’s sleep.

The bedroom in the Park Suite was generous. You can easily walk around the bed. But it might be a little tight near the desk if you have a wide wheelchair.

The bedroom in the Park Suite was generous. You can easily walk around the bed. But it might be a little tight near the desk if you have a wide wheelchair.

If you need to work, the best spot to work at is from the desk in the bedroom. Because there’s a G-link with charging ports and outlets.

But if you’re sitting at the desk working, when you scoot back from the desk, the wheels of the chair hit the edge of the rug.

Bathroom

A sunken tub and generous shower add a nice touch to the Park Suite's modern and elegant bathroom. TravelingWellForLess.
Park Suite bathroom

Yep, there’s a TV in the mirror.

Water pressure was perfect and the temperature never varied.

The towels under the sinks were fluffy and plush. But the towels in the shower were extremely thin and a bit scratchy.

Sunken tub, TV, large shower, what more could you want from a bathroom in the Park Suite at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com

Amenities

Business Center

You can print your boarding passes in the lobby at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Print your boarding passes in the lobby

The business center is on the second floor and open weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm. If you only need to print your boarding passes, you can print them from the kiosk in the lobby (just before the revolving doors).

Fitness Center

The Stay Fit gym at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TravelingWellForLess.com
Work out any time you want

The Stay Fit Gym fitness center is on the 4th floor and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And although you can’t tell from the photo, the fitness center is HUGE.

You’ll find almost every type of equipment from treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights, and Nautilus. There’s also a shower and dry sauna in the changing rooms.

Pool

The Hyatt Regency McCormick has a two-lane indoor heated pool. TravelingWellForLess.com

The pool is open from 5 am to 10 pm and accessed from the gym.

Laundry

There's a self-service laundry room with a TV, vending machines, microwave, change machine, and a long counter to fold your clothes. TravelingWellForLess.com
Laundry

There’s a self-service laundry room with a TV, vending machines, microwave, change machine, and a long counter to fold your clothes. It costs $1 to wash and $1 to dry.

Valet

You can valet park for $51 a day which includes in and out privileges. Self-parking is available for $36 for 24 hours with in and out privileges.

Food

You can eat at one of five places at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place:

This trip, I ate at The Daily Grind, Shor and ordered room service.

Daily Grind

You can buy snacks, sandwiches, soup, drinks, and coffee at the Daily Grind in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Stock up on snacks

The Daily Grind is a coffee shop, cafe, and market. Surprisingly, prices are reasonably priced. You can buy candy bars and chips for $2.25. Bottles of speciality soda for $3. And sandwiches are about $8.

Your one-stop shop for coffee, snacks and on the go treats at the Daily Grind at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com

Shor

American styled restaurant at the Hyatt Regency McCormick offering a seasonal based menu. TravelingWellForLess.com
Photo courtesy: Hyatt Regency McCormick

You can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Shor. The menu is based on farm to table ingredients.

American styled restaurant at the Hyatt Regency McCormick offering a seasonal based menu. TravelingWellForLess.com
Breakfast at Shor Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

During breakfast, you can have the breakfast buffet or order from the menu. I choose the Pub Club Waffle: a half waffle topped with fried eggs, bacon, turkey, and tomato jam. I skipped the turkey and jam.

The waffle was okay. Not bad, but not as crisp as expected but that could be due to having sat for awhile before my food was delivered. It was extremely busy at the restaurant (huge book convention in town).

Room Service

Room service is available 24 hours at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. TravelingWellForLess.com
Grilled chicken

You can order room service 24 hours. The menu is available on your TV screen.

One of the my favorite tricks to save money on meals when on vacation is to order off the children’s menu. The portions are smaller but the savings are additional choices worth it.

For example, the grilled chicken or steak is $8.95. Whereas the steak on the adult menu is $22.

Summary

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a great alternative if you want to be close to downtown Chicago but far enough so that you aren’t disturbed by the sounds of downtown.

I was totally stoked to stay at in one of two Park Suites. The Park Suite was huge with plenty of space if you wanted to entertain guests in your room.

You can book the Park Suite by calling Hyatt and requesting a Park Suite.

I would stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on my next visit to Chicago. Maybe I’ll get lucky a second time and get lucky and get put into the Park Suite again. 🙂

Where you able to find all 5 TVs in the Park Suite?

Have you stayed at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place? I’d love to hear your experiences.

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