The Wacker River Hotel - Chicago

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Hotel at a Glance: The Wacker River Hotel

The aptly named Wacker River Hotel offers a stunning view of the Chicago River from its location on Wacker Drive. Many guest rooms look out at Marina City, a pair of skyscrapers famously shaped like two ears of corn (and made extra-famous by an appearance on the cover of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). Within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, you can go shopping along the Magnificent Mile, board an architecture river cruise, or catch live music at the House of Blues.

  • Complimentary WiFi helps you plan out your days in Chicago and stay connected with folks back home.
  • Deep-dish pizza is a must-eat at the onsite Bella Bacino’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria, which also serves Italian entrees such as handmade ravioli and lasagna.
  • Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, complimentary coffee and tea, and fitness equipment delivered upon request. The one-bedroom suite also features a kitchenette and living room.
  • Free perks: Enjoy unlimited complimentary bottled water during your stay. You can also request a Sleep Better kit that includes an eye mask, ear plugs, and aromatherapy.

Chicago’s Loop: Historic Commercial Center with World-Class Museums and Parks

Named after the shape formed by the elevated train tracks that form its perimeter, The Loop is Chicago’s downtown and the country’s second-largest business district. Skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the art-deco Chicago Board of Trade Building loom large here. They overlook waterfront parks, a glitzy theater district, and some of the world’s finest art collections.

About one mile from the hotel is the Art Institute of Chicago, whose gargantuan collection covers everything from marble busts and sarcophagi to modern masterpieces such as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. You don’t even have to go to the museum to see outstanding art—walk around The Loop, and you’ll see outdoor sculptures from Picasso and Joan Miró. Just north of the Art Institute, Millennium Park is known for both the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion (which hosts free public concerts during the summer), and for the sculpture Cloud Gate, known to Chicagoans as “The Bean” for its legume-like shape.

Grant Park, known affectionately as “Chicago’s front yard,” occupies more than 300 acres along the lake just east of the Loop. Modeled after the gardens at Versailles, the park is dotted with several impressive attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. Its sheer size have made Grant Park the site of many notable events, including Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech and the Lollapalooza music festival, which takes place here every summer.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a single/small double room, standard room, superior room, or one-room suite
  • Kids 12 or younger stay free in a superior room or one-room suite
  • Dates into October

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Free bottled water
  • Italian restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Loaner iPads
  • Sleep Better kits with masks and earplugs upon request
  • Complimentary exercise equipment and yoga mats delivered to room on request
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

Single/Small Double Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Standard Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Superior Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for an additional guest 13 or older; one kid 12 or younger stays free

One-Room Suite

  • One queen bed and a sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; kids 12 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: available for an additional $28 per day; valet available for an additional $53 per day.
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest Airports: Midway International Airport (MDW; 13 mi) and O’Hare International Airport (ORD; 18 mi)
  • Nearest Transit Stop: CTA Blue Line, Clark and Lake stop
  • Cab Fare: about $45 from MDW and $55 from ORD

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