Site Visit | Fairmont Chicago

By Kelsey Ogletree, April 1, 2015

One of Chicago’s best attributes for meetings is its walkability factor. Almost any place you want to go downtown can be reached by foot (depending on the comfort of your shoes, of course). This holds true for Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. While it’s positioned only a few blocks off the Magnificent Mile in the Lakeshore East neighborhood, it’s far enough off the beaten path to feel quiet, but close enough to Michigan Avenue to have easy access to restaurants, shopping, Millennium Park, the L and more.

Prepare to be wowed by the striking light display upon check-in. A cozy, circular area in the middle of the lobby, Aria Bar, serves as a prime spot for greeting co-workers and friends while noshing on Asian-inspired light bites. Across the hall, Aria Restaurant serves up heartier Asian and American dishes. In February, the hotel opened a new in-house kosher kitchen, making the hotel only one of three in Chicago with a fully dedicated on-site facility. It was spearheaded by Director of Food and Beverage David Sher, a native of Israel, who says the addition will attract more Jewish groups and international guests.

It may look unassuming from the exterior, but make no mistake: Fairmont Chicago takes meetings seriously. More than 63,000 square feet of modern space, including high-tech meeting rooms and ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1,000 people, is available to planners on the lower levels of the hotel. A partnership with Swissotel Chicago across the street brings the total square footage available through Fairmont to 125,000 for large events.

Attendees can stay well on the road with the help of the Fairmont Fit program. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, guests can join a group of fellow travelers on a run along Lake Michigan led by hotel staff (bundle up in colder months!), or take part in yoga and spin classes on select days.

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