636 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 447-0955
This stylish and swanky hotel has hosted presidents, movie stars and notorious gangsters. Among downtown Chicago hotels, the Renaissance Blackstone stands out as one of the finest, most elegant luxury hotels on Michigan Avenue. Near Grant Park and a mere 3 blocks from Michigan Lake, The Chicago Institute of Art, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Field Museum are all within minutes of our doorstep.
Event Venue Near The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel
Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham ("make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood") and completed in 1925 by the Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Firm, the Great Hall is considered to be one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States.
Guests are awed as they enter this 20,000 foot classic Beaux Arts style room which boasts 18 soaring Corinthian columns, terracotta walls, a pink Tennessee marble floor and is crowned with a spectacular five-story, barrel-vaulted, atrium ceiling.
The rich history and beauty of the Great Hall has made it a popular location for feature films including The Untouchables, My Best Friend's Wedding, Flags of Our Fathers and many others. Whether you are planning a dinner for 300 or a cocktail reception for 2,500 this timeless setting in one of Chicago's most prestigious landmarks and will be sure to make an unforgettable impression upon your guests.
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Our eclectic vintage surroundings and a lively, friendly vibe put you wonderfully in tune with the city's energy. The surrounding area is a mecca for world-class shopping and entertainment. Nearby attractions include the Magnificent Mile and the famous House of Blues (right next door). The hotel stands out for more than its prime location – its design features an avant-garde blend of plush red velvet and modern design to create one of the hippest and most popular hotels in Chicago. The hotel’s 354 guest rooms are upscale and uniquely comfortable. Most rooms have stunning views of the city.
Meeting planners will be enthralled by the layout of the 14,000 square-feet of meeting space. Event attendees are greeted by a 36’ video wall and a central rotunda makes the perfect place for socializing between meetings.
The FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is an outdoor amphitheater located on the man-made peninsula, Northerly Island, in Chicago, Illinois. Opening June 2005, the venue is a temporary structure, with the season running from June until September. Known as the "Venue with a View", the amphitheater has views of Lake Michigan, Burnham Harbor, Soldier Field and the Chicago Skyline.HistoryThe venue lies on the former site of Meigs Field. On March 30, 2003, Mayor Richard M. Daley ordered a midnight demolition of the airfield. The construction crew excavated six large X's on the runway. Daley stated the continued operation of the airfield was a threat to Chicago's cityscape, using the events of 9/11 as a reference. The airfield was set to continue operation until 2011, when it would be turned over to the City of Chicago. No one within state or city government were consulted on the demolition besides Daley. The Federal Aviation Administration fined the city $33,000, with an additional one million paid in grants.In August 2003, construction crews were sent in to continue demolition of the airfield. Originally, the space was planned to become an aviation museum. Daley refuted the plan and proposed the space become a lakefront park and nature reserve. Within the allocated 91 acres, Northerly Island was born. Over four acres were set aside for the forthcoming music venue.
The Civic Opera House is an opera house located at 20 North Wacker Drive in Chicago. It is part of a structure which contains a 45-story office tower and two 22-story wings, known as the Civic Opera Building. This structure opened November 4, 1929, and has an Art Deco interior with additional art deco details on the exterior.The Civic Opera House has 3,563 seats, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. Built for the Chicago Civic Opera, today it is the permanent home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.HistorySamuel Insull envisioned and hired the design team for building a new opera house to serve as the home for the Chicago Civic Opera. The building has been seen as being shaped like a huge chair and is sometimes referred to as "Insull's Throne."Insull selected the architecture firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White who were responsible for numerous buildings in the downtown Chicago Loop (including the art deco Merchandise Mart and the former Morton Salt headquarters building next door to the Civic Opera House at 110 N Wacker, constructed in the 1950s). As they did on other occasions, the architects commissioned Henry Hering to produce architectural sculpture for the building.The inaugural season was marked by the première of Camille, a modern opera by 28-year-old Chicago-composer Hamilton Forrest July 15, 1929. It was commissioned by the Civic Opera's prime star and manager, Mary Garden. The opera received mixed reviews and parts of it were broadcast in the Boston area. The Civic Opera is the only house in which the work has ever been performed.
It's not an Art Class--It's an ART PARTY! Scratch the structure. Lose the lecture. Bottle & Bottega is all about friends, a canvas, and a bottle of wine. The only lesson to learn: You DO have an inner artist just waiting to be realized!
World class conference center in the heart of Chicago (along Michigan Avenue) boasting over 40 executive meeting rooms, boardrooms, private study spaces and dining rooms. Wolfgang Puck Catering is our exclusive caterer and all preparation is done fresh daily in our executive kitchen. All rooms are equipped with highly advanced technology and all meetings are professionally supported by our award-winning conference service, audiovisual and catering staff.
James C. Petrillo Music Shell or simply Petrillo Music Shell or Petrillo Bandshell as it is more commonly known, is an outdoor amphitheater/bandstand in Grant Park in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It serves as host to many large annual music festivals in the city such as Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza. It is also the former host of several smaller (less than 10,000) attendance annual events that have moved to the newer Jay Pritzker Pavilion such as the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Gospel Music Festival, and Chicago Latin Music Festival. It was formerly located at the South end of Grant Park and was relocated in 1978.The shell was commissioned in 1931 by Mayor of Chicago Anton Cermak in the wake of the Great Depression to help lift the spirits of the citizenry with free concerts. The music shell was named after James C. Petrillo, president of the Chicago Federation of Musicians from 1922 to 1962 and president of the American Federation of Musicians from 1940 to 1958, who created a free concert series in Grant Park in 1935. Petrillo was a commissioner of the Chicago Park District from 1934 to 1945. Until the 1990s, the music shell was known for a traditional Independence Day concert celebration coordinated with the city's fireworks display on July 3.
The Civic Opera Building is a 45-story office tower located at 20 North Wacker Drive in Chicago. The building opened November 4, 1929, and has an Art Deco interior. It contains a 3,563-seat opera house, the Civic Opera House, which is the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. Today, the opera house is the permanent home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.Samuel Insull envisioned and hired the design team for building a new opera house to serve as the home for the Chicago Civic Opera, as the company was called. The building has been seen as being shaped like a huge chair and is sometimes referred to as "Insull's Throne." Insull selected the architecture firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White who were responsible for several other buildings in the downtown Chicago Loop. As they did on other occasions, the architects commissioned Henry Hering to produce architectural sculpture for the building.Prior to the opening of the building on July 15, 1929, the opera's inaugural season took place.During the 1950s and 1960s the building was identified by a large "Kemper Insurance" sign, although it was not that company's headquarters. In 1993, the Lyric Opera of Chicago purchased the opera house it had rented for 64 years.In 2012, Tishman Speyer Properties L.P. sold the 915,000sqft office tower portion of the building for $125.8 million to an affiliate of Nanuet, N.Y.-based Berkley Properties LLC.
Sod Room is a unique and eco-friendly, indoor playspace located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Sod Room is committed to providing a healthy and meaningful play experience for children by utilizing only safe, sustainable and responsibly made toys and materials for its playspace. Sod Room features recycled cork flooring, low VOC paint, reclaimed wood and is uniquely designed to utilize as much natural light as possible. Beyond the playspace, Sod Room offers a multitude of workshops and classes to assist you in your quest to becoming a more eco-minded parent. Sod Room also features a retail boutique which offers local, organic, fair trade, and recycled products and gifts for children and parents as well as a private event space for parties. We invite you to Love the Earth and Play!
Harris Theater (Chicago)Distance: 0.8 miCompetitive Analysis 205 E Randolph St Chicago, IL 60601-6530
The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance (also known as the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Harris & Harris Theater or, most commonly, the Harris Theater) is a 1,525-seat theater for the performing arts located along the northern edge of Millennium Park on Randolph Street in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, US. The theater, which is largely underground due to Grant Park-related height restrictions, was named for its primary benefactors, Joan and Irving Harris. It serves as the park's indoor performing venue, a complement to Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which hosts the park's outdoor performances.Constructed in 2002–2003, it provides a venue for small and medium-sized music and dance groups, which had previously been without a permanent home and were underserved by the city's performing venue options. Among the regularly featured local groups are Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Chicago Opera Theater. It provides subsidized rental, technical expertise, and marketing support for the companies using it, and turned a profit in its fourth fiscal year.
Chicago’s Essex Inn is a hotel in downtown Chicago on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile that combines breathtaking panoramas of Grant Park, the Museum Campus and Lake Michigan with exciting promotional packages that incorporate famed attractions and events in Chicago.
Year-round packages available for the city’s most popular cultural, sporting and entertainment events can include special museum exhibit packages, holiday shopping packages and more.
From our steel and glass lobby to contemporary rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows to a seasonal rooftop pool, the Essex Inn offers amazing views and amazing value.
The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center was originally designed and constructed in 1893 to accommodate visitors from around the globe attending the World’s Columbian Exposition. The legendary Congress Plaza Hotel has been home to many of the world’s greatest notables such as our nation’s presidents, foreign dignitaries, opera, stage, and movie celebrities. Every year our property is visited by hundreds of guests attending conventions, meetings, and events in our beautiful city.
Our property is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown area here in Chicago just minutes away from some of the premier attractions that our city has to offer including, The Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, Orchestra Hall, Willis Tower, and The Shedd Aquarium. The Congress Plaza Hotel is located directly across from Grant Park, known as one of Chicago’s prime attractions for great outdoor jazz and blues music throughout the summer.
Our property features 871 guest rooms, including 36 deluxe suites, many of which overlook the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan.
The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center is the perfect place to experience Chicago at just about any time of the year!
Indulge in Hotel Blake Chicago, a landmark of luxury in one of downtown Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Located in the in the heart of historic Printers Row, Hotel Blake offers a robust taste of Chicago’s rich culture and diversity.
The Buckingham Club and Hotel creates a romantic, exclusive experience within the exciting and bustling nature of downtown Chicago. Inviting a quiet, intimate design and feel throughout the private rooms and suites, and complementing it with high-end modern amenities, fitness and spa, it is an unconventional; yet, idyllic boutique hotel that captures the best of both worlds. The special touches, attentive service, exclusivity and panoramic views cannot be experienced anywhere else. Its uniqueness makes it a hidden gem within the vast city of Chicago. Book a reservation now for your next private, luxurious getaway.
When its doors first opened in 1871, the Palmer House became the place to “see and be seen” in downtown Chicago. And that hasn’t changed changed as the Palmer House Hilton continues to evolve with the times allowing it to serve our 21st century guests with hip conveniences and comfort they expect along with historic Chicago significance.
The Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, Grant Park, Lake Michigan, the Art Institute of Chicago, the theater district, and the Magnificent Mile.
The Silversmith Building began its eclectic history on the verge of a new millennium, long standing as a paragon of transition and progress, blending architectural styles, pioneering new materials and housing a variety of commercial ventures throughout the decades. With the turn of another century, the Silversmith has been transformed once again, into The Silversmith Hotel & Suites, a leading luxury Chicago hotel.
In the late 1890’s, the Arts and Crafts movement began to replace Romanesque Revival architecture. In 1896, Peter J. Weber, of the celebrated architectural firm of D.H. Burnham and Company, designed the Silversmith to reflect this transition. The upper floors evoke the Moorish undertones of Romanesque Revival with their use of warm monochromatic red brick and unglazed terra cotta, rounded corner flat pilasters, and round brick attached columns. The lower floors have a simple zigzag surround on the windows, which typifies the turn-of-the-century European geometrical designs that inspired the Arts and Crafts movement. These floors are clad in dark green highly-glazed terra cotta reminiscent of the fireplace surrounds in the Arts and Crafts style homes.
One consistent element of this downtown Chicago hotel’s design is its incorporation of Chicago’s Commercial Style. This style accommodated the city’s growing demands of commerce and business especially after the Chicago fire of 1871. Like the Silversmith, buildings in this style featured heights of over five stories, flat roofs, very few façade projections, and a regular rhythm of same-size windows.
This style suited the tenants for whom the buildings were originally and mainly designed; the jewelry and silver trade. In fact, the Silversmith stands in what is still called “Jeweler’s Row”. One specific feature of the building, its central light court, further appealed to these businesses. This court and the Silversmith’s general floor plan, allowed natural light and ventilation to enter all work spaces, which was particularly important for both crafting and viewing intricate work.
After a century of some dubious transformations, the Silversmith has finally returned to its original splendor. Granted National Landmark status, The Silversmith Hotel & Suites has spared no expense in revitalizing the building and crafting one of the most exquisite Chicago hotels. The entry hall’s restored marble mosaic, the marble and cast iron grand staircase and the lobby’s intricate classical relief ceiling welcome guests to a world of refined yet comfortable luxury.
Stay in the heart of Chicago’s cultural district at the Hampton Inn Majestic Chicago Theatre District hotel, our premier location above the historic Bank of America Theatre. Join us in the stylish lobby each morning for Hampton’s free hot breakfast. Savor a selection of hot and cold breakfast items and sip your coffee while admiring the city view. If you’re in a hurry, grab one of our free Hampton On the Run® Breakfast Bags to enjoy on the go, available from Monday to Friday. Maintain your regular fitness routine at our modern fitness center. Enjoy a choice of cardio machines with TV monitors and weights equipment for an invigorating work-out every day.
Stay connected with your family and the office with free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Help yourself to 24-hour tea and coffee in the lobby and relax on a sofa surfing the net with free wireless internet access. Use your room’s handy lap desk to work while you watch TV before getting a great night’s sleep in the clean and fresh Hampton bed®. Pick up a snack from the suite shop and catch up on work in our 24-hour business center, featuring internet, print, fax and copy services. Families will feel at home with our kid-friendly amenities such as cribs and high chairs.
Marriott's new urban flagship hotel, and the largest Residence Inn in the world, is located in a beautifully restored National Historic Landmark building in the heart of the Chicago’s Downtown Loop and central business district.
Perfect for business, leisure and extended-stay travelers, the 381 spacious all-suite accommodations offer free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens and separate areas for living, working, dining and sleeping.
Amenities include the Roanoke Club Lounge, fitness center, business center, 11 event rooms and 6,700 sq. ft. of flexible meetings and event space, and complimentary breakfast buffet.
The pet-friendly hotel is just a short walk from Chicago’s theatre district, Millennium Park, State Street shopping, world-class dining and close to many public transportation options.
Here are just a few of the amenities featured at Hotel Allegro:
- Hosted evening social hour
- Acclaimed 312 Chicago restaurant
- Lobby Bar Allegro
- Complimentary onsite fitness center
- Eco-friendly Chicago hotel
- Elegant downtown Chicago meeting and event space
- High-speed wireless Internet, complimentary to Kimpton Karma members
Surrounded by Millennium and Grant Parks and a host of cultural and artistic attractions, The Fairmont is Chicago's premier event hotel. Stepping in the new Fairmont Chicago or stepping out on the town, indulge in all that is Chicago and you will remember why this world-class city beckons your return.
Iconic. Stylish Sophisticated. Radisson Blu hotels and resorts has a portfolio of over 370 hotels worldwide in operation and development. First-class hotels in major cities, gateway airports and prime leisure destinations around the world, Radisson Blu boasts fashion inspired rooms, premiere meetings and events facilities, exclusive restaurants and bars, spas and fitness, with world class service concepts. Inspired by design, driven by function, founded in the Yes I Can!sm service culture, Radisson Blu is a memorable, holistic, relevant hospitality experience and is unique in the world of hotels today.
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago is the contemporary debut of Radisson Blu in North America. A true representation of the Brand, it is destined to become a destination in itself. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, it is within touching distance of the Financial District, Millennium Park, North Michigan Avenue – the Magnificent Mile shopping area, and the Chicago lakefront and all its entertainment attractions.
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago at State and Wacker, the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is a premier Chicago hotel just steps away from the financial and theatre districts. The hotel features The Great Street Restaurant and Bar, a contemporary restaurant overlooking the Chicago River, a rejuvenation center offering indulgent spa treatments and state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and Bar Novo, a modern, intimate space with booths and communal seating. For more information visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chisr-renaissance-chicago-hotel.