With five restaurants, an indoor pool and riverfront views steps from Michigan Avenue shopping, the Sheraton Grand Chicago offers a lot of bang for your buck. Guest enjoy such amenities as a business center, fitness center and laundry service. Plus, you can bring your pooch! Right along the River Esplanade next to the Magnificent Mile, this location is tough to beat. A stay at the Sheraton means the Magnificent Mile’s 460 stores and 275 restaurants are within an arm’s reach.
Sheraton Grand: Best for… Foodies
If your assessment of a good city is based on its culinary options, then the Sheraton Grand is the place for you. The hotel has five on-site restaurants, several of which boast gorgeous riverfront views. Open seasonally along the riverfront, a favorite is the Chicago Burger Company which serves up some of Chicago’s juiciest burgers along with craft cocktails and vegetarian options to boot. Plus, you can see the Navy Pier fireworks from here.
There is also Shula’s Steak House, known for its high quality steaks and fine dining atmosphere. For breakfast and lunch, award-winning pastry chef Laurent Branlard brings LB Bistro and Patisserie, or there’s Link@Sheraton for quick coffees and sandwiches. Or, unwind with a cocktail at CHI Bar. You can also step out on the town to enjoy many nearby restaurants and nightlife, or don’t leave the room at all and opt for in-room dining in your PJs.
Sheraton Grand Amenities
Elegant guest rooms are available in king or two double configurations, and you can upgrade for a high floor or river and lake views. Whichever you reserve, stylish rooms are outfitted with neutral tones and textural fabrics and come with high-speed WiFi and Le Grand Bain bath products. Plush pillow-top beds overlook the city skyline or Chicago River. Rooms feature a desk/writing area in a chic ergonomic workspace. Watch premium movies or pay-per-view on your 47-inch LED TV screen, and listen to tunes on a built-in radio/iPod dock.
For fitness buffs, the hotel has a sleek gym with universal equipment and free weights as well as an indoor pool (a rarity in this metropolitain neighborhood). Or if you’re in town for work, take advantage of business services including copy, fax, overnight delivery, and notary public in the full-service business center.
Foodies will love the hotel’s five restaurants, including the seasonal riverfront favorite Chicago Burger Company. You can also order from local restaurant delivery or get room service sent straight to your bed. For breakfast, buffet and continental breakfasts are available for a fee.
Sheraton Grand Location
The Sheraton Grand’s riverfront location is perhaps its best feature. Grab the popular architectural boat tour from right outside the hotel or dine al fresco at one of many popular riverfront locations on the Chicago Riverwalk and River Esplanade. For more nautical fun, the Navy Pier is just steps from the hotel, along with Chicago Children’s museum nearby. Or, go for a dip in the lake from Ohio Street Beach a few blocks north.
Any time of year, nearby Magnificent Mile offers some pretty luxe shopping opportunities. The 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue houses a ton of stores, restaurants and unique entertainment and attractions. For accommodations, Loews Chicago Hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton, and InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile are the nearest competitors. Sheraton has the best price, and a river view to boot!
Sheraton Grand: The Verdict
With reasonably price rooms situated along Chicago’s River Esplanade, why wouldn’t you want to stay at the Sheraton Grand Hotel? Cleanly designed rooms might not be outfitted with marble, but they offer luxe amenities like a large-screen TV and an indoor pool. For all that, the Sheraton’s price still comes out under its competitors. And you have access to nearby Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and all the Chicago Riverfront has to offer.