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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago
Page Contents 1. The Hyatt Regency Chicago
2. Hotel Rooms
3. (No) Smoking
4. Features & Amenities
5. Near the Hotel
6. Hotel FAQ

About the Hyatt

Hotel Room Peak Pickup: 1989

(100% full on Saturday night)

We've sold out our block at the Hyatt, except for Club Rooms and other premium priced rooms. Hyatt rooms may periodically become available due to cancellations.

If you are unable to book at the Hyatt, the Sheraton Chicago is our Overflow hotel. Please see "Sheraton Chicago Overflow Hotel" section for booking information.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago
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151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
60601 USA

Website: chicagoregency.hyatt.com

Reserve a room today at www.chicon.org/hotel-booking.php.

Hyatt Regency Chicago Reservations: 1-888-421-1442 (Group Name is Chicon 7) -->

We're using the Hyatt Regency Chicago for all of our hotel rooms and function space. We have a block of 1,800 rooms available to members as well as all 228,000 square feet of function space. The function space includes the Regency, Crystal, and Plaza ballrooms, the Riverside Exhibition Center, and 63 meeting rooms. Free Internet access will be available in the Exhibit Hall and meeting rooms.

Hyatt Regency Chicago, from riverfront The sleeping rooms have been recently renovated and upgraded, including 37" plasma TVs. Room rates are $145 plus tax (will be 16.4%) for single through quad occupancy. These rates are good for the official convention dates and 3 days before and after based on availability. Reduced rates are available for suites (see the Parties & Suites page), which will need to be reserved through the committee. The hotel has 119 suites.

Hotel Rooms
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A few general points:

A 50% discount from prevailing parking rates is available for convention member hotel guests. The rates for the convention dates will be confirmed in the next Progress Report.

There are 959 king bed rooms and 896 double/double sleeping rooms. Many rooms interconnect with one another in various combinations depending on the floor and tower.

(No) Smoking
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As of January 1, 2008, all indoor workplaces and public places (including bars/taverns, restaurants, private clubs, and casinos) are smoke-free in Chicago. Due to this law, the Hyatt Regency Chicago has only specially designated smoking rooms available. The hotel will charge a $250 cleaning fee if you smoke in a non-smoking room.

Features & Amenities
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hotel lobby Hotel restaurants include the Bistro at 151, located in the East Tower Atrium Lobby, and six other bars and restaurants (including the award-winning Stetson's A Chop House and Bar). We're working on extended hours and special breakfast buffet pricing.

The Chicago Hyatt Regency is ADA compliant except for a restroom in the third floor West Tower function area as well as the Buckingham room.

 

Near the Hotel
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Connected to the hotel is Illinois Center with 30+ fast food and sit-down restaurants (limited hours on some days of the holiday weekend).

Less than a block from the Hyatt is a grocery store with party supplies.

The hotel is next to Chicago's Magnificent Mile. It's a short walk to the Chicago Loop, shopping, entertainment, museums, and parks. Within 3 blocks away is Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture ("the Bean").

The Hyatt has hosted the Worldcon several times in the past, is happy to work with us, and is glad to see us back!

Hotel FAQ
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Crib Rental

Cribs are provided at no charge. Note that the supply is limited.

Minor Emergencies

Doctor, Dentist, Drugs, Glasses, Groceries, Laundry, Shoes, Shipping, within ½ mile of the Hyatt. Just-In-Case (pdf file).

Mini-Bars

The Hyatt does not allow the emptying of mini-bars for use as a refrigerator. You will be charged if you move mini-bar items even within the mini-bar. Don't touch anything in the mini-bar unless you expect to pay for it. See Refrigerators below.

Packages and Letters

The Hyatt charges for receipt of letters and packages to be held for guests. The charge for a letter is $6; for packages, the charge is based on weight. The package rates are $7 for under five pounds (5 lbs.), $13 for 6-20 lbsl, $24 for 21-50 lbs., and $60 for 51 lbs. and over. Prices are subject to change.

Parking

The Hyatt parking rates aren't set yet, but convention members get a 50% discount from the published guest rate. The current overnight rate is $52, so our rate at this time would be $26. The rate is likely to go up slightly by the convention dates due to Chicago city tax changes.

Motor homes/RVs can park at:
McCormick Place Marshaling Yard
3050 S. Moe St.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-808-3161
current rates: $30.00 per night - in/out privileges

Parties

See the FAQ for Parties and Suites.

Party and Quiet Floors

You will be asked whether you want a room in the party area or non-party area when you make your reservation. Convention staff are encouraged to book their rooms in the party area to help reduce potential noise complaints. We encourage those who like to go to parties, those who want to help out their fellow fen, and those who are affiliated with a party group to request rooms on a party floor. Limitations on the number of party suites people can request typically come from a shortage of people willing to be on party floors. So, if you want more parties at Chicon 7, please help by taking a room on a party floor.

Pets

The hotel policy is that only service animals are allowed.

Pool

The hotel does not have a pool.

Refrigerators

The Hyatt will provide refrigerators on request for a $25 flat charge (no tax or other added charge) for any length of stay. If the refrigerator is needed for medical reasons, there is no charge.

Shuttle

The hotel doesn't have a shuttle running from the airports.

Smoking

Illinois law bans smoking in the public areas of the hotel.

Suites

See the FAQ for Parties and Suites.

Taxes

Hotel occupancy tax for City of Chicago is currently at 16.4%

Taxi from O'Hare Airport

Cost is usually $40 to $45 plus tip. (The cost varies depending on traffic.)

Telephone

The surcharge for local calls is a $1 access fee plus tax and zone rates (published in your hotel room). The long distance surcharge is $0.75 access fee plus $0.025 per minute plus tax. Toll-free calls cost $1 access fee plus tax. For long distance, the actual cost of the call (likely not discounted at all from full carrier rates) will also be added.

Transportation

The Hyatt's link for transportation questions is http://www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/services/transportation/index.jsp.

Wi-Fi

Internet access (hard wired) is available in rooms for $9.95 per day plus tax. Free Wi-Fi access will be available in convention function areas. By the time of the convention, the hotel might be offering a lower-priced alternative for in-room access.

Cell Phone Reception

Cell phone reception in Hyatt function space below the lobby level can be a little iffy, depending on where you are and your carrier.

Ready for Liftoff
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Mercury Launch Chicon 7 has chosen to honor the hundreds of thousands of men and women of the Mercury 7 Program who helped put the first Americans in orbit, our first small steps off our home planet.

 

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