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Things to Do in Chicago

Nestled along the shores of the magnificent Lake Michigan, Chicago boasts a sophisticated, urban sensibility that seamlessly combines innovation with tradition. With world-class museums, iconic architecture, lively nightlife a vibrant culinary scene, and a proclivity for the performing arts, Chicago offers endless opportunities for unique cultural experiences. During your upcoming visit to Chicago, we encourage you to enjoy the city like a local, explore its diverse neighborhoods, and seek out the limitless wealth of things to do.

Chicago's World-Class Museums

Chicago is home to some of the most acclaimed and iconic museums in the world. Featuring the largest, best-preserved tyrannosaurus rex on Earth, the Field Museum of Natural History provides visitors with a detailed look at the history of civilization, the formation of our planet, and the origins of life itself. The Field Museum also hosts a series of constantly-rotating, world-class exhibits that unveil the most recent research in natural history. Just down the street, the Shedd Aquarium offers a beautiful and mesmerizing view of the world's aquatic ecosystems. Regarded as one of the greatest museums in the world, the Art Institute of Chicago is home to some of the rarest and most awe-inspiring galleries on Earth. In addition, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Adler Planetarium all feature engaging and informative exhibits that help to establish Chicago as one of the greatest cities in the world.

Dining in Chicago

From its neighborhood hot dog stands to its truly innovative Michelin star restaurants, Chicago boasts the most passionate, diverse, and delicious restaurant scene in the America. Under the guidance of the country's most dedicated, creative, and inspired chefs, each of Chicago's kitchens tells a unique and compelling story. From Rick Bayless's refined take on traditional, regional Mexican fare at Topolobombo to Stephanie Izard's playful reinterpretation of fine dining at the Girl and the Goat to Grant Achatz's fearless foray into culinary artistry, Chicago is at the forefront of flavor and creativity. Some of our favorites include Gibson's, Carmine's, Le Colonial, RA Sushi, and Pizano's Pizza. The endless variety of restaurants that populate Chicago's River North and West Loop restaurant districts provide world-class dining experiences for every occasion, price point, and palate. Just come hungry and our city's brilliant chefs will take care of the rest.

A Haven for the Performing Arts

Chicago has a long and storied history of innovation in the performing arts. From the juke joints that birthed the electric blues to the comedy clubs that introduced the world to generations of comedy legends, Chicago has maintained a unique identity in America's creative landscape. On any given night, one can find world-class acts peppered throughout the city. From the Empty Bottle and the iO Theatre to the Joffrey Ballet and the Goodman Theatre, Chicago's performing arts scene is second to none. Take some time to explore the city's theatres and clubs, and we promise that you'll find compelling, engaging, and inspiring shows at every turn.

Explore the Neighborhoods

Chicago is a big city and many of its best bars, restaurants, and attractions are distributed throughout its diverse and eclectic neighborhoods. We highly encourage you to hail a cab or hop on the El and explore. The culinarily-focused West Loop, upscale Lincoln Park, energetic Wicker Park, artsy Logan Square, and diverse Uptown neighborhoods each offer their own, unique options for dining, nightlife, and entertainment. There are brilliant restaurants, breweries, shops, and parks scattered throughout Chicago and, if you take the time to look around, you're bound to a gem.

Experience the Lakefront

Despite its reputation for cold and snowy winters, Chicago is a city that celebrates the outdoors. Affectionately known as America's "Third Coast," the beautiful and powerful Lake Michigan provides Chicagoans with stunning views and limitless opportunities for lakefront activities. The city's bustling beaches, lively lakefront jogging and biking trail, picturesque parks, and architectural boat tours allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy the scenery of the Great Lake. Located steps from our 67 E. Cedar and 68 E. Cedar properties, the spectacular Lake Michigan offers a relaxing, natural counterpoint to Chicago's tall buildings and crowded streets. Pack your walking shoes, head to the Lakefront Trail, and experience everything that Chicago has to offer.

River North

A stylish urban neighborhood that borders the Magnificent Mile and is just across the bridge from the Loop, River North is the go-to district for those who appreciate fine art and design. And for those who appreciate fine dining and drinks, the momentum behind the latest trendsetting openings continues to build and the late night energy swells.

Dormant factories and industrial warehouses began their transformation in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming work spaces and studios for artists and entrepreneurs. What followed was an influx of new businesses that densely concentrated the area and have made River North a hub for creativity and entertainment. Anchoring the area is the massive Merchandise Mart, with its endless trade showrooms for furniture and design wholesalers, and surrounding this epicenter are eye-catching galleries, home stores and antique shops. And architectural standouts are plenty, from the twin corn cobs Marina City to its neighbor the stately, steel and glass 330 N. Wabash building by Mies van der Rohe

Cultured by day, River North shifts into high gear by night. The dining scene is always buzzing-from knockout noodles and Spanish small plates to high-end steakhouses and famed pizzerias. Just about every type of cuisine is covered in this mix of award-winning restaurants and local favorites. And for some after-hours revelry, slip into any of the sleek new clubs, upscale wine bars, and craft cocktail lounges that dot the scene.

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