Iconic architecture, a thriving culinary scene, beautifully landscaped public spaces and an array of museums are just part of what draws visitors to the Windy City.
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Here you’ll find one of the world’s largest and finest collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Works by El Greco, Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali, Renoir, Van Gogh, Seurat and Monet are displayed. The modern wing, designed by Renzo Piano, is an architectural work of art in itself, allowing the Institute to showcase even more of its modern and contemporary collection.
Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404.
Contact: (312) 443-3600 | Website
Primarily an outgrowth of the World’s Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893, the museum offers educational and scientific programs, as well as extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections.
Address: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496.
Contact: (312) 922-9410 | Website
JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY
Take in the best views of the city across the street at 360 Chicago atop the John Hancock Building.
Address: 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Contact: (888) 875-8439 | Website
JOHN SHEDD AQUARIUM
The world’s largest indoor aquarium features 4,500 underwater creatures (representing 500 species) housed in six freshwater and saltwater tanks.
Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605.
Contact: (312) 939-2438 | Website
LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY
Designed to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands needed for Chicago’s parks, the conservatory is lush year-round.
Address: 2391 N Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL 60614.
Contact: (312) 742-7736 | Website
Just steps off of world-famous Michigan Avenue shopping.
Address: Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street. Website
Take a picture at Cloud Gate (the ‘bean’), watch concerts and more!
Address: 201 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
Contact: (312) 742-1168 | Website
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Just next to our hotel, the museum documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video, film and performance. It also houses a 300-seat theater, Wolfgang Puck café and terraced sculpture garden with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.
Address: 220 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
Contact: (312) 280-2660 | Website
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE + INDUSTRY
The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere features diverse and expansive exhibits with a full-size replica coal mine, German submarine captured during World War II and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the moon.
Address: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60637.
Contact: (773) 684-1414 | Website
Dining, events, Ferris Wheel and fireworks on Wednesday & Friday Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
Address: 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611.
Contact: (800) 595-PIER (7437) | Website