Like a sleek, modern ship with its prow in the water.
This 1,200-room hotel boasts a fine convention and business location. It also offers imposing public spaces and a grand promenade along the Chicago River --- views of which are spectacular from the hotel's upper floors. Among the conveniences offered to conventioneers are a separate registration area and a 35,000-square-foot exhibition hall. The 44 club-level rooms have large desks, printers, fax machines and copiers, plus access to the two-story club lounge, which offers complimentary continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, Internet and office supplies, not to mention separate check-in. All accommodations are pleasantly decorated and the amenity list is long, including voice mail, data ports, two-line phones, free weekday newspaper, safes and mini-bars. Restaurants on the premises include Shula's Steak House, Chicago Burger Company and LB's Bistro & Pâtisserie. A decent fitness room and a heated indoor swimming pool are complemented by the jogging trails along Lake Michigan. The hotel is a short walk to popular Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue shopping, and across the street from a 21-screen movie theater and bowling alley.