Hotel Review: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront

Not a bad view.

Not a bad view.

Our last trip to Chicago was a bit of a mess — we didn’t book a room until just a few hours before we’d be there, poor Caitlyn got food poisoning at a restaurant and was incapacitated for some of her birthday weekend and we hit some rough traffic going both in and out of town.

That said, our experience at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront was stellar. Per the usual, we relied on Hotwire for our first truly last-minute booking and the blind-buy website did not fail. We snagged the four-star hotel, located along Wacker Drive between State Street and Michigan Avenue, for a cool $79 a night. You won’t get much cheaper than that for a nice hotel at the last-minute in a perfect location.


Where — unbeknownst to us — we would spend most our trip.

Upon arriving at the hotel — which was conveniently located near a 7-Eleven and Corner Bakery Cafe (both good for those recovering from food poisoning) — we told the front desk we were in town for Caitlyn’s birthday and they upgraded us for no charge to a room with a stunning view of the river. Well, stunning minus the 20-foot egocentric “T-R-U-M-P” letters staring at us from the Trump Tower across the river.

The accommodations were superb: Big, comfy pillows; a large bathroom with a shower for standing or sitting and room service that was nice enough to come up at 2 in the morning with a toothbrush after Caitlyn dropped hers on the floor (hotel floor, ew). Our bathroom even had a TV and a phone in it, in case you didn’t want to miss a moment of “Kendra On Top” as you moved from the bedroom to the bathroom and you wanted to chat about it with your mom in another state.

A TV in the potty! La-dee-daaa!

A TV in the potty! La-dee-daaa!

Being only a couple blocks from the Red Line “L” stop on State Street, the whole city was pretty much within our grasp, which was good, because we went to dinner at a restaurant way north in Rogers Park (where Caitlyn got the food poisoning) and to see Mockingjay, Part 1 (do yourself a favor and wait for it to come out on Redbox) at a cool movie theater just on the south end of the Loop.

All in all, a nice hotel and definitely worth it, especially if you can grab a great deal like we did!


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