Wacker - Penthouse Ballroom

Time spent in the Loop is always time well spent, so why not spend an entire weekend enjoying all that it is has to offer? Amidst the many excellent hotels on Wacker Drive, you'd do well to spend a few evenings at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront. It's close by the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Chicago Theatre, and a host of fabulous bars and restaurants, and a short jaunt on the Riverwalk may be just the thing for the curious visitor or local who hasn't checked it out in a while.

Up Above, Rooms with Great Views

Wyndham Grand - Room

The Wyndham Grand has recently gone through an impressive renovation and their rooms bespeak a certain elegance that is perfect for families, couples, or even just folks traveling solo through Chicago. Their location right at the gentle bend of the Chicago River is a real treat and if you're able to request a corner room you'll have remarkable views that give you insight into the many architectural styles in this corner of the city. 

As you make your way up to the room, you'll be impressed with the amenities within. Along with 37-inch plasma TVs, each room has unique details, including custom hardwood finishes, marble foyers, Keurig coffee makers, a mini-fridge, and a selection of bottled waters. Travelers looking for specific room types should consult their online materials before sallying forth to Chicago. If you want to partake of physical culture, you can make your way to the fitness center, which has commanding views of the river, which help you a bit as you continue an ambitious cardio workout plan.

After you get settled, you can stop by the concierge desk for additional suggestions and the lobby is also a well-appointed place to kibbutz before or after any social gathering. Oh, and one last thing: it's worth noting that the penthouse ballroom on the top of the Wyndham was where a key scene from "The Dark Knight" was filmed. If you ask nicely, the staff will let you take a peek. It's definitely worth checking out.


TV, Radio & More All Under One Roof

Just a five minute walk away across the Chicago River on State Street, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is one of only three museums in the United States dedicated to broadcast history. Inside these walls, you can view the door Oprah walked through every day on her show, look over working radio and television studios, check out the National Radio Hall of Fame Gallery, and their wonderful Encyclopedia of Television. You can find out their complete hours here and more information about special events as well. 


An Evening at Hoyt's 


Hoyt's happens to be the house restaurant at the Wyndham, and it's also a nice place to pick up a drink before heading up to your room or for a full-service meal. Named after one William M. Hoyt (a local greengrocer of great repute during the late 19th century) this establishment offers a range of items inspired by the world of the classic American tavern. My own personal favorites here include the burger (above) with Cedar Goves cheddar and onion rings or the wild mushroom risotto (below) with spring vegetables, farm egg, and truffle. You'll definitely want to close things out with the warm monkey bread, which comes with dipping sauces that feature the flavors of mixed berries, buttermilk anglaise, and salted pistachio caramel. 


Photos: Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront; Max Grinnell