Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel: The Worldcon all under one roof.
We are very excited to be returning to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago at 151 E Wacker Drive. Together again for the very fifth time! For those in search of a bit of Worldcon trivia, this means that the Hyatt will have hosted more Worldcons than any city (well, other than Chicago).
Throughout our site selection process, the Hyatt team demonstrated a strong desire to bring us back and host our best event yet. We’ve had extensive discussions with the facility on our requirements and concerns and at every stage, they’ve demonstrated their commitment to making this a year we can all enjoy completely. One of the things we’re most excited about is working with our Convention Services Manager, Matthew Meninger, who has really demonstrated a knowledge and particular care for our community and sent along the following message for our members:
Part of the joy of working with so many groups as a planner, is learning and experiencing what each group is passionate about. When I heard that Worldcon was looking to come back to us I was excited because this wasn’t learning this time, but experiencing what I am passionate about. Getting to work on the con with all the authors I read coming in; seeing everyone come back for filking, in their cosplay garb and just camaraderie of sharing this with each other is an even greater pleasure when it’s friends from the start.
We think he’s brilliant and we look forward to working with him over the next two years.
While many of you are familiar with the Hyatt, there are changes even from our last visit in 2012. The lobby has had a complete makeover and greatly increased it’s seating and socializing area and added a new bar – American Craft. Big Bar (overlooking the lobby) is still present and still has wonderful views of the river. Other in hotel offerings include Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi for a nontraditional steakhouse experience, a wonderfully comfortable space serving comfort food in The Living Room, Market Chicago a 24-hour on-the-go dining, and a Starbucks for that morning perk.
The hotel has 2032 bedrooms including 123 suites, which will be used for evening hospitality (a corkage and forkage waiver has already been arranged) and 98 ADA rooms which our Access team will allocate. Should we need more hotel rooms we have 4 facilities within one block to make arrangements with, most of which are connected to the Hyatt through an underground pedway.
Regular rooms will be $160 a night single, double, triple or quad. There will be no additional fees other than the state and local taxes, which currently are 17.38%. Breakfast is not included, but the internet is.
Suite rates will be published in the near future.
For our daytime events, the Hyatt has 240,000 sq ft of convention space awaiting us. This includes 70,000 sq ft of convention floor space (Riverside Center), the Grand Ballroom which will likely host our major events such as the Hugo Awards, and new breakout/meeting rooms that have been added since our last event. All of the function space is fully ADA accessible.
The Hyatt Regency Chicago is a non-smoking facility. There are designated smoking areas outside of the hotel. Chicago’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance prohibits smoking, including e-cigarettes, in virtually all indoor spaces.
For folks who may be making the journey here for the first time, the Hyatt Regency is in a brilliant location, centrally located, in what is known as “The Loop.” The Loop is one of Chicago’s 77 designated community areas, the central business district of the city and is the beating heart of downtown Chicago. The area draws it’s name from the L (Elevated Railway) that circles through the region. In the immediate vicinity are Millennium Park which features prominent art installations, an outdoor concert venue, and multi-purpose play area, Grant Park featuring Buckingham Fountain, the lakefront, and the Magnificent Mile/Streeterville which features destination shopping and the densest assortment of restaurants available in the city. Slightly further afield is Chicago’s museum campus, featuring the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium (site of Chicon 7’s opening night event in 2012).