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People visiting Chicago for a convention will most likely choose hotels near McCormick Place Chicago. If you are attending a conference or convention, it makes the most sense to make a home base near the convention center. The two hotels near McCormick Place Chicago are the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the Marriott Marquis Chicago. Both of these hotels are located in the South Loop, or newly minted McCormick Square neighborhood of Chicago. If you are having a Chicago wedding, you’ll need to choose a wedding hotel block. I’ll give you five reasons why you should make the Marriott Marquis Chicago your wedding hotel block.
Your Wedding Hotel Block can have a Ton of Rooms
There are 1205 hotel rooms at the Marriott Marquis Chicago. That’s 39 floors of brand new rooms. The hotel opened mid-November 2017. It is entirely shiny and new. I recently attended a wedding where the wedding hotel block booked up incredibly quickly. With not enough rooms in one place, the bulk of attendees were spread across the city. That doesn’t have to be the case with an enormous hotel like the Marriott Marquis Chicago.
All the Marriott + Starwood Reward Points
Did you know that Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz-Carlton properties are all managed under the larger umbrella of Marriott International? With eight tiers of service, the Marriott Marquis falls underf classic premium properties. Just a step below the luxury branded portfolio, these properties have high level assistance from Marriott employees and extensive common areas. There are delicious restaurant offerings, takeaways, and plenty of event space. The Marriott Marquis Chicago is a very desirable wedding hotel block in Chicago.
Art Installations and Visuals Aplenty
The art in the Marriott Marquis Chicago is everywhere. When choosing a wedding hotel block, you want to make sure that there is a wow factor for your guests. The Marriott Marquis has that. You might not think of hotels near McCormick Place Chicago as art galleries, but the Marriott Marquis Chicago certainly could double as one. Moreover, the art isn’t relegated to the common areas. Each room and suite has urban themed art as well.
The Best City Views in a Hotel Wedding Block
Towering over Chicago at a whopping 40 stories high, the Marriott Marquis Chicago is a great vantage point from which to take in the city. Because of its location among historic homes and low rise buildings, no buildings block any views. It is uniquely positioned to have incredible sights of the city and the lake. The weekend we had our event coincided with the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You could see the staging area for the the parade, and Soldier Field. If you don’t end up with a North facing view, you can get great views at one of the city’s observation decks. See who wins in 360 Chicago vs Skydeck Chicago.
photo c/o Ryan Davis
Hotel Wedding Block Located on a Historic Avenue
Prairie Avenue is a renowned block in Chicago. At the turn of the century, Chicago’s wealthiest families built their homes on this street. The Kimballs from the piano empire, the Colemans of Coleman coolers, the Pullmans of refrigeration cars—even Marshall Field called Prairie Avenue home. As such, the hotel is located on a quiet and picturesque block of the city. Moreover, there are two parks within four blocks of each other. Additionally, the hotel attaches to a children’s playground. Access to the lakefront is easy with a pedestrian ramp off of 18th Street and Calumet Avenue. You can also visit the oldest home in Chicago, the Clarke House.
If you are a “Shameless” fan, this private home is where Lip went to rehab at the end of Season 7.
The Clarke House from 1836 is Chicago’s oldest surviving home.
I chose the Marriott Marquis because it was eight blocks from our reception venue. After the great service from the staff, I certainly recommend it. Additionally, at just ten miles away from Midway International Airport, it is a quick cab ride for out of town guests.
We paid for and enjoyed the luxuries of the Marriott Marquis Chicago out of our own pocket. We decided on our wedding hotel block with no incentive from the property. As always, all opinions are my own.