Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront  3 stars

511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, United States, 60611  show mapSave
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Editorial review:

This family-friendly hotel has a free breakfast, it's spacious, and the pool has good views. It's only two blocks away from Navy Pier and you can easily walk to Michigan Avenue. The prices are decent and the service is good.


Conveniently located by Grand-Red underground station, Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront features a lift, a cloakroom and a gift shop. This deluxe hotel was opened in 2001 and renovated in 2008.

Located in Streeterville district, 1.7km from Willis Tower, Skydeck Chicago and Auditorium Theatre. A 5-minute walk will take you to Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Tower and Art Institute of Chicago.

Though placed near an aquarium and a zoo, the hotel offers a ballroom, a courtyard and indoor heated pool for on-site relaxation.

10 minutes' walk to Randolph St. Metra train station. Due to the hotel's magnificent location, it will only take you a 20-minute drive to get to the Midway airport.


All 455 non-smoking rooms at Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront feature a living area, individual climate control, a seating area, a minibar and a mini-refrigerator. All of the rooms have a beautiful view over the skyline. Guestrooms offer bright interior and carpet floor.


A complimentary breakfast is served at the restaurant. Beverages can be savored in the lounge bar.


Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront boasts a business center, newspapers and banquet facilities for business needs and provides concierge service, dry cleaning and a wake up service.


Spa facilities at Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront include a hot tub, a sauna and a wellness center. The hotel’s fitness center has a gym and fitness classes.


Hotel high-speed internet access is available in public areas for additional charge

Wireless internet is available in public areas for additional charge

Guest Parking

Public hotel parking is possible on site and the rate is USD 43 per day.

Year renovated   2008.  Number of floors   17.  Number of rooms   455.

City Center Chicago - 1.0 mi
Airports Midway (MDW) - 9.9 mi, Chicago O'hare International (ORD) - 15.9 mi
Train Stations Millenium Station - 2700 ft, Van Buren Street Station - 1.0 mi
Underground stations LaSalle "L" Station (Blue Line) - 1.2 mi, LaSalle \"L\" Station (Blue Line) - 1.2 mi
Bus stop - 400 ft
Restaurants Shula's Steak House Chicago (cuisine: Steakhouse) - 300 ft, Chicago Burger Company (cuisine: American, Contemporary, Hamburgers) - 300 ft
Parks Milton Lee Olive Park - 1900 ft
Beaches Ohio Street Beach - 2300 ft, North Avenue Beach - 3900 ft
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  • Parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Elevator
  • ATM/cash machine
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Bell staff/porter
  • Shops/commercial Services
  • Valet parking
Dining facilities
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • In-room breakfast
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
  • Fax/photocopying
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Meeting room
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
  • Wheel chair access
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Exercise gym
  • Whirlpool
Room view
  • City view
  • Courtyard view
  • Lake view
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service
  • Heating
  • Ironing facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Dressing area
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Cable TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Internet access
  • TV



from  4 pm


until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 4 may stay at the price of USD 20 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets are not allowed.

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Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront Corner Suite
Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront Corner Suite
Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront Corner Suite
Bed type: Double Bed or King Size Bed

Modern room comprises an oversized living room, bedroom and convenient bathroom.

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    Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront Suite
    Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront Suite
    Bed type: Double Beds or King Size Bed or Double Bed

    This Suite consists of a bedroom and a living room.

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      Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront LocationWhat's nearby

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      What's nearby

      Tourist attractions
      • Lake Point Tower
        1700 ft
      Places of interest
      • Time Life Building
        700 ft
      • Chicago Tribune Tower
        1000 ft
      • Wrigley Building
        1400 ft
      Shopping areas
      • Shops at Northbridge
        1000 ft
      • Virtual World's Battletech
        1000 ft
      • Arts Club of Chicago
        1000 ft
      • Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
        1400 ft
      • Terra Museum of American Art
        1700 ft
      • Chicago Children's Museum
        2000 ft
      • Chicago Artist's Coalition
        2000 ft
      Universities, Institutes
      • Univ-Chicago Investment Ofc
        700 ft
      • University of Chicago Studies
        700 ft
      • Gleacher Center-The University
        700 ft
      • Vip Schools Inc
        1000 ft
      • Real Estate Education CO
        1000 ft
      • American College of Surgeons
        1000 ft
      • Marquette University
        2000 ft
      • Literacy Chicago
        2000 ft
      • Printing Industry of Illinois
        2000 ft
      • Par-A-Dice Riverboat Casino
        1700 ft
      Medical care and Hospitals
      Golf courses and Country clubs
      • Chicago Park District Tee Time
        700 ft
      • Family Golf Ctr
        1400 ft

      Local Attractions

      • Monadnock Building
        5200 ft
        53 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago
      • Fine Arts Building
        5200 ft
        410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
      • The Rookery
        1.0 mi
        209 S. LaSalle St., Chicago
      • Buckingham Fountain
        1.0 mi
        Grant Park, Chicago
      • Lyric Opera of Chicago
        1.0 mi
        Chicago, IL

      Near the hotel

      • Tribune Tower
        1100 ft
        435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
      • McCormick Freedom Project
        1100 ft
        435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
      • The Magnificent Mile
        1200 ft
        N Michigan Ave, Chicago
      • Michigan Avenue Bridge
        1300 ft
        Michigan Ave., Chicago
      • Wrigley Building
        1200 ft
        410 North Michigan Ave, Chicago
      • Lake Shore Place
        1800 ft
        680 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
      • Milton Lee Olive Park
        1900 ft
        500 North Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

      Restaurants Nearby

      • Shula's Steak House Chicago

        60% likes this, based on 161 reviews
        Cuisine: Steakhouse
        Price Range: USD 32 - USD 41

        300 ft
        301 East North Water Street

        Phone: (312) 670-0788

      • Chicago Burger Company

        61% likes this, based on 60 reviews
        Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Hamburgers
        Price Range: USD 9 - USD 20

        300 ft
        301 East North Water Street

        Phone: (312) 464-1000

      • Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge

        73% likes this, based on 103 reviews
        Cuisine: Sushi, Thai, Chinese, Japanese
        Price Range: USD 2 - USD 21

        400 ft
        332 E Illinois St

        Phone: (312) 527-2888

      • Starbucks Coffee

        400 ft
        255 E Grand Ave

        Phone: 312-279-1305

      • The Purple Pig

        75% likes this, based on 1515 reviews
        Cuisine: Contemporary, European
        Price Range: USD 10 - USD 15

        1200 ft
        500 North Michigan Avenue

        Phone: (312) 464-1744

      Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront Reviews

      Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront

      Average guest rating

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      Based on 59 reviews

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      Individual guest reviews

      • Family with children

        Great location! Walking distance to almost everything. Had an excellent breakfast and loved the free happy hour every evening.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Great location, fair price compared to similar downtown hotels

        Overcrowded at peak season; long lines for elevators, breakfast, and complimentary happy hour

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Concierge gave us inaccurate info or didn't know answers to simple questions (ie transportation options to the museums).

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Great location, good bar and breakfast

        • Average rating
      • Older travelers

        We both thought all staff were friendly, helpful and genuine.

        The electronic keys were 'fussy' and we often spent a few minutes trying to get into our room.

        • Average rating
      • Single

        The room was very spacious. I also liked that they offered complimentary food during the evening and for breakfast.

        Some of the outlets and the bathtub faucet were faulty.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        The hotel is in excellent location and the service is excellent.

        The price of the room dropped %40 after i did the booking in less than 12 hours, i have contacted embassy suits and Booked.net, however unfortunately the price did not change and i had to pay $507 instead of &299 without taxes.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        The breakfast, pool and hot tub were all great. Plus very nice rooms.

        There weren't any phone books in the room, and for out of town people, this made it difficult to know how to get around and where to go.

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        Always at E. Suites....2-room suites & free bkfast included! Nice, clean hotel.

        Too bad with construction being done in the middle of lobby, but thats temporary. Staff not overly friendly, one male employee could barely offer the most minimal information-at front desk!

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends


        Look behind the tv console in the room...t has not been vacumed for a long time...that was a bit disappointing

        • Average rating
      • Couple

        The room was big and very clean. The hotel was well located. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

        Although the breakfast was very good, queuing to get it took a bit too long.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        Very family oriented, great breakfast in the morning, great room, and great location!

        • Average rating
      • Single

        The free Evening reception with drinks and snacks plus friendly staff is absolutely unique and great ! The Breakfast ( included) is "worldclass".

        all o.k. The rooms could maybe use a "fresh-up" soon.

        • Average rating
      • Family with children

        The location is absolutely marvelous; the general staff is helpful and the cleaning staff is extremely helpful and accomodating. Breakfast was delicious and fast but you had to be early.

        There was nothing we did not like, except maybe the long lines for the manager's reception. And oh yes, there was something else: since every room is equiped with a kitchen, it would be nice to stack the cabinets with a few plates and cuttlery.

        • Average rating
      • Group of friends

        Staff super nice

        Lines for breakfast n drinks but breakfast spread was huge!

        • Average rating
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