Getting around the Hotel
The Hyatt Regency Chicago function space takes up multiple floors in two towers. Some floors connect between the towers, others do not. To attempt to help you navigate from room to room, we offer a map of the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s function space.
Reservations for Chicon 8 are now closed. We look forward to seeing you at the convention.
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).
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 its seating and socializing area.
BIG Bar (overlooking the lobby) is still present and opens at 4pm and offers a variety of local and craft brews as well as their own House made Sangria. A variety snacks and sandwiches available.
We have also gained the American Craft Kitchen & Bar, a casual sit-down restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Current menus for these locations can be found on the Hyatt site.
If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, then Market Chicago is there for all your grab and go needs. Serving Starbucks® brand coffee, they also offer a wide selection of beverages, grab and go sandwiches, fresh fruit and pastries.
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.
With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
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.
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 its 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).
For more information on the variety of parking available in the area, please visit our Parking page.