Walk to Chicago’s Unique Attractions & Shopping!
Navy Pier. Navy Pier is Chicago’s playground on Lake Michigan, offering 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, exhibition facilities and family events. Experience the Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier IMAX Theater, Crystal Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel, an old-fashioned swing ride, an 18-hole miniature golf course, Skyline Stage and boat rides and cruises on the lake.
Michigan Avenue/Magnificent Mile
Michigan Avenue – the Magnificent Mile – is Chicago’s unique urban shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment area. The “Mile” features more than 460 world-class stores – along eight downtown Chicago blocks – four shopping centers, including Chicago Place and Water Tower Place, delectable restaurants, unique shops, museums, theaters, art galleries, inspiring outdoor festivals and spectacular skyline views.
Towering above Chicago’s financial district, at a colossal 1,450 feet and 110 stories, Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the second tallest in the world. A triumph of innovation, Sear Tower features 3.5 million square feet of office and retail space and seven wonderful restaurants – from casual to fine dining. This essential Chicago attraction offers interactive displays of Chicago, murals, attractions for children, and the new Skydeck, which offers spectacular views of the city.
Water Tower Place
The pinnacle of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping and dining destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features, a mix of distinctive specialty shops and boutiques, restaurants. Located a few blocks from the Best Western River North Hotel, Water Tower Place is a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else in Chicago!
Field Museum of Natural History
Chicagoâ€™s Field Museum displays over 20 million biological and anthropological specimens and collections of natural history through innovative exhibits and educational programs. Discover Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever found. Get a bug’s-eye view in Underground Adventure, descend into an Egyptian tomb, watch a glowing lava flow, be dazzled by sparkling gems, come nose-to-nose with the man-eating lions of Tsavo, and learn about the worldâ€™s environments.
Located in downtown Chicago on Michigan Ave., Millennium Park is an extraordinary showplace for art, music, architecture, and landscape design. The 24.5-acre Park showcases Chicago as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Surrounding the dazzling Jay Pritzker Pavilion stand astonishing works of art, including Cloud Gate, a mammoth stainless steel sculpture, the Crown Fountain and the precedent-setting Lurie Garden. In addition to inspiring works of art and architecture, Chicago’s world-class attraction offers ice skating and alfresco dining.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Experience the wildest spot in Chicago at Lincoln Park Zoo, a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park, the zoo is a natural oasis for animal lovers to hear a lionâ€™s roar, see gorillas climb trees, and immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, forests and savannas. One of the last free zoos in the country, Lincoln Park Zoo is home to 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds. Visit the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo where tykes can visit animals native to North America. Swing by the Regenstein Center for African Apes, where you can stand nose to nose with silverback gorillas and chimpanzees, and Regenstein African Journey, where hippos swim, monkeys swing, and giraffes graze. Enjoy encounters at the Levine Family Polar Bear Plaza or a magical journey on the Ameritech Endangered Species Carousel.
Experiencethe world’s largest indoor aquarium featuring more than 19,000 aquatic animals from around the world. Exciting exhibits include: Wild Reef, Caribbean Dive, Marine Mammal Presentations, Habitat Chats & Animal Encounters, and Sea Star Quest. See all that Shedd has to offer with the All Access Pass, which includes the original aquarium building, Wild Reef, Amazon Rising and the Oceanarium. Open: 9am – 5pm weekdays, 9am – 6pm weekends.Art
Institute of Chicago
One of the world’s great art museums and schools, Art Institute of Chicago offers 10 departments and 300,000 works of art, including 30 by Claude Monet, that represent the world’s diverse cultures.The Museum presents world-renowned collections dating from 3,000 B.C. through the present, including famous French Impressionist paintings and drawings, 20th-century art, Old Master drawings, Chinese jades, photography and textiles, and architectural drawings and models
John Hancock Center
Located on North Michigan Avenue, the John Hancock Center is the 10th tallest building in the world at over 1,100 feet. This unique Chicago attraction has a remarkable design, and has received numerous awards for its unique architecture and style. The newly-renovated Hancock Observatory, with incredible 94th-floor views, high-tech features and Chicagoâ€™s only open-air Skywalk-1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, offers spectacular views spanning 80 miles and four states.