While it’s a little too chilly during wintertime conferences, all other times of year, the picturesque Riverwalk along the West Branch of the DuPage River is one of the biggest draws to Naperville, Illinois. Another allure of this Chicago suburb: Embassy Suites Chicago-Naperville, the area’s first new hotel in almost a decade. Only steps from the Riverwalk and less than 30 miles from both of the city’s airports, the 168-room, all-suite property opened in late July with the largest event space in the area. With more than 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and an on-site catering team, the hotel can accommodate conferences with up to 1,000 attendees and is available for buyouts. In its short lifespan, the hotel has already hosted groups such as the NAACP and “welcomes groups of all faiths,” says General Manager Syed Hasan.
Attendees looking for local flavors off-site can stroll to nearly a dozen restaurants and shops (Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant or Maggiano’s Little Italy both have private dining spaces), and a variety of attractions are nearby, including iFly Chicago Naperville, which has indoor skydiving for teambuilding. If downtown Chicago beckons your attendees, they can board a Metra line express train and be shopping on Michigan Avenue or exploring Millennium Park in about 30 minutes.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf fans will love that the brand is on hand in the two-room standard suites, which have separate living areas and private bedrooms. Complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast for all guests beats the limited cereal and yogurt display at many hotels
Book the nearby Naper Settlement for an off-site event. “It’s an outdoor museum giving a peek back into the history of the area and hosts hundreds of groups yearly,” says Hasan.