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Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront

71 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL, IL
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(312) 346-7100
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 34 Reviews


    Kelcy Hale

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  • My husband & I held our wedding rehearsal dinner on the 39th floor terrace of the Wyndham Hotel in September 2019 & when we say stunning, we mean it. The venue is absolutely beautiful & Erin Ruff made planning / execution of our event incredibly easy on us! Chef Chris’s delicious apps & dinner menu completed the evening with our friends & family. We’re 15+ year Chicagoans & haven’t met a better city view!

    Susan Smith

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  • I can't say enough about the professionals here, especially Erin Ruff. I am an anal planner who is inexperienced with such large events. Throughout the entire process, from investigation to the final events, Erin was unbelievable. She was always prompt, calm and helpful. She was instrumental in ensuring that we and our guests had the event of our lifetimes!

    Morgan

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  • My husband and I had our wedding ceremony on the penthouse level of The Wyndham Grand (now Royal Sonesta) in August and it was amazing! As soon as we saw the views we knew nowhere else in Chicago could top this location! It is stunning! Everyone keeps telling us out how beautiful our wedding was. We were lucky enough with weather to have our ceremony outside on the terrace with the most breathtaking views of the skyline and river. The reception was in the ballroom with all floor to ceiling windows with the same gorgeous views. The food was absolutely delicious and the wine and liquor selections were wonderful – it’s safe to say everyone had a great time!! Everyone was fantastic to work with throughout the process, special thanks to Tony, Erin, and Wendy who were wonderful throughout the whole planning process! We really appreciated that Wendy was present at our rehearsal and for the entire reception until the end! They also made sure to hold an elevator for guests coming ... Read more

    Omar

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had a perfect wedding at this venue. The team and staff worked really hard to accommodate all of our requests and although planning wasn't always as smooth as we hoped everything got taken care of for the big day. We did need to deal with our main coordinator leaving the company so I know they were understaffed for much of the summer when we had our wedding. This did result in some additional planning but as I mentioned it all worked out in the end. If you get a change to work with Erin Ruff, she is the best and super responsive. Her and the team even showed up on the wedding day to our respective suites to ensure everything went as planned. Going into the wedding our biggest concern was the elevator process as other reviews might have mentioned but this really wasn't even an issue. They do a great job moving people along, and I know the elevators are being updated so things are only going to get better with that. We have zero regrets with having our wedding here, our guests were am... Read more

    Danielle

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  • I hosted my wedding here 6/22/19 - it was absolutely spectacular. The views on the 39th floor are some of the best in the city and provide for such a romantic setting. The staff here is so friendly and willing to work with you. I originally worked with someone who stepped down from their position about a month or two before my wedding, but I had zero concerns because Erin Ruff (event coordinator) stepped in and took over. I had all the confidence in the world with her and she exceeded my needs. She is super friendly, relaxed, and knows the ins and outs of the hotel. My wedding would not have been as perfect without her - she is a miracle worker. The food is also delicious! I enjoyed everything we picked out and so did our guests. Everyone left full and ready to dance and drink. The food options are so great and a wide variety to pick from - my now husband and I thoroughly enjoyed their tasting event. I will be honest, there were one or two room issues for my guests that occu... Read more

    Ellen Byers

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  • My husband and I had our wedding ceremony and reception here a few weeks ago and it was amazing!!! The terrace on the penthouse floor has breathtaking views of the riverfront and downtown Chicago. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the ballroom were the source of perfect ambiance and inspiration during the reception dinner. Everything was beautiful and magical, including the foods, decorations, and service--especially all of the help that Erin and Wendy gave us! We will never forget the perfect start to our marriage!

    Ed McGlumphy

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  • My son and new daughter-in-law were married in Chicago on October 13th, 2018. My wife and I hosted a 62 person rehearsal dinner and 150+ person welcome reception the night before in the 39th floor penthouse at the Wyndham grand. Everything about the experience exceeded our expectations. Catering sales manager Erin Ruff took care of everything from start to finish. She personally took us on the initial tour of this amazing venue, organized a food and wine tasting event that was almost as much fun as the actual event and personally stayed well into the evening on the night of the event to make sure everything went off without a hitch. She made last-minute adjustments to accommodate some changes we didn't anticipate, without batting an eye. She is a total pro and extremely personable and kind on top of that. I can't imagine there is a better venue in the city. The inside and outside views from the penthouse and Terrace were incredible. All of our guests were highly impressed. The food and... Read more

    Anthony

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  • The Wyndham Grand staff helped make our wedding weekend an amazing experience! The hotel and terrace were beautiful...located right by the river walk and the terrace had 39th floor views of the entire downtown skyline and river. We couldn't have been happier we made the choice to have our ceremony there!

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    I am so excited that we could be a part of your day. It was our pleasure and we look forward to seeing you both again for your anniversaries to come! From all of us.. Congratulations!!

    Emily

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  • This venue is amazing! Everything from the booking process to the end of the wedding night was so easy and perfect! Erin is fantastically real, honest, and responsive. She made the booking process a breeze. Brianna is truly a wonder. She does everything to make the night special, and takes all the stress off of the bride and groom and puts together a spectacular event. The food was tremendous, and none of our guests wanted the party to end. Unbeatable views and top of the notch staff. I could not recommend the Wyndham enough!

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    I am so excited that we could be a part of your day. It was our pleasure and we look forward to seeing you both again for your anniversaries to come! From all of us.. Congratulations!!

    Alex

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  • The Wyndham was the perfect place to hold an intimate and unforgettable wedding. Brianna Wayne, the event manager at the Wyndham was like a second wedding planner and was instantly able to make sure everything was exactly as expected. There wasn't a single detail missed and we couldn't be happier. The guests all commented on how fantastic the food and service was and the cake was delicious too (Bittersweet Pastry). The terrace is stunning and made an excellent location for a photo shoot before the reception at dusk. If you're looking for memories that truly last a lifetime look no further. Overlooking the Chicago River, being among the skyscrapers, and the impeccable service are unparalleled.

    Brad

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  • Hosting our wedding at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront Hotel was a dream. Our wedding of about 108 guests was held in July 2018 in the penthouse of the hotel. We held our ceremony out on the penthouse patio while the reception moved indoors. From the promotional pictures and videos, you can tell that the room and its views are breathtaking—especially at dusk as the sun retreats behind the gorgeous Chicago skyline. What those images fail to convey, however, is the care and detail that the hotel’s wedding staff infuse into their wedding hosting. The event manager, Brianna Wayne, is fantastic to work with; not only is she organized and patient, but she brought a genuine empathy and care to our event that my fiancé and I found exceptionally moving. Brianna moved mountains to ensure that our day was special—from making last minute centerpiece suggestions to facilitating an entirely dairy-free menu for our dietary restrictions. Brianna’s passion for details was mirrored a... Read more

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    I am so excited that we could be a part of your day. It was our pleasure and we look forward to seeing you both again for your anniversaries to come! From all of us.. Congratulations!!

    Jaysie

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  • I will say what every Wyndham bride before me has said - BOOK WYNDHAM GRAND CHICAGO RIVERFRONT for your big day!!! They were the absolute best choice for my wedding of 70 guests in early July. When planning my wedding, I had the added challenge of finding a venue from out of town as we are from Kentucky and wanted a Chicago destination wedding. The photos of the hotel and penthouse space is what sold us on this venue but to be honest, they do no justice to the views of the city and is only something you can see for yourself so go visit and you will not be disappointed. Along with the many great features of the hotel, the number one best thing about booking my wedding at WGCR was the event coordinator Brianna Coyle. She is everything a bride wants and needs from the moment they agree on a venue until they are walking down the aisle. All weekend, I knew Brianna was close by and ready to help me with anything I needed. She gave my guests information and direction, ran a seamless rehears... Read more

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    I am so excited that we could be a part of your day. It was our pleasure and we look forward to seeing you both again for your anniversaries to come! From all of us.. Congratulations!!

    Meghan

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  • WOW, I highly recommend the Wyndham Grand Penthouse Ballroom- the view of Chicago is unbeatable! I had such an amazing experience and even better than I dreamed it could be! My wedding was 4 weeks ago but I still keep receiving compliments from guests about how beautiful the wedding was. The staff is super amazing, especially Brianna Coyle- she is very organized and extremely helpful with the planning process and will make sure you have the wedding of your dreams!

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    I am so excited that we could be a part of your day. It was our pleasure and we look forward to seeing you both again for your anniversaries to come! From all of us.. Congratulations!!

    Amanda

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    5 out of 5
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  • This venue is amazing, but it was the staff that made it a dream!! We had the pent house terrace for or ceremony and reception inside. It's been 4 months and it's still the topic of discussion for all family and friends. Erin was amazing at getting the contract started and Brianna Coyle went above and beyond with all the details, the rehearsal, and the day of. She even hustled my dress without thinking twice! Knowing all that could go wrong in a wedding day is stressful, but with Brianna everything was exactly perfect!!! I couldn't be happier with my experience! Absolutely the best place and staff for your wedding.

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    I am so excited that we could be a part of your day. It was our pleasure and we look forward to seeing you both again for your anniversaries to come! From all of us.. Congratulations!!

    Melissa

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    2.4 out of 5
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  • In the end, our wedding turned out wonderful, but working with the Wyndham staff was a stressful process. The only good thing about having a wedding reception there is the beautiful view of Chicago from both the reception room and the terrace. Otherwise, there are other hotels in Chicago with more responsive staff, nicer guest rooms, nicer bridal suites, a groom's room (the Wyndham didn't even have one), and more competitive pricing. Should you decide to have your reception at the Wyndham, be sure to read the terms in the contract regarding the minimum and beware if their price quotes in the proposal. The pricing calculations they provided to us before we signed the contract was misleading and we were caught by surprise when the final invoices were sent. The city views from the reception room surely made up for the headaches we experienced in working with them, but in the end, we left with a less than ideal experience.
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