Cultural Destinations

  • Art Institute of Chicago – Take a brisk walk around to view Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and one of the finest impressionist collections in the U.S.
  • Buckingham Fountain - Among the world’s largest, Grant Park’s 3-level rococo fountain, dedicated in 1927, offers light & water display shows daily.
  • The Field Museum – If Raptors and Tyrannosaurus Rex fascinate you, you can get “up close and personal” with their remains here.
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium – Enjoy one of the most popular indoor aquariums in the country, housing more than 8,000 aquatic animals in realistic waterscapes.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo – Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo, founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in the United States.
  • Millennium Park – One of Chicago’s state-of-the-art parks features a gorgeous backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities.
  • Navy Pier – Chicago’s lakefront playground features 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions.
  • Soldier Field - Chicago's football stadium hosts Chicago Bears, as well as runs & incredible concerts year-round.
  • Adler Planetarium  - Chicago's Adler Planetarium is America's first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers.
  • Chicago Children’s Museum - Located on Navy Pier, the Chicago Children’s Museum offers “hands on” exhibits and activities that inspire kids to play, imagine and discover.
  • Chicago History Museum - This museum features an estimated 20 million items, including photos, drawings, diaries, letters, newspapers and more.
  • Museum of Science & Industry - Discover interactive exhibits celebrating innovation, technology, science and the natural world at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.

 

Gold Coast

Chicago's Gold Coast is a historic district found north of Navy Pier along Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago.

  • The Archbishop’s Residence – Residence was built in 1885 and several spiritual shepherds of Chicagoland’s Catholics have called this historic residence home. 1555 North State Parkway
  • Charnley-Persky House - Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1892, this house is at the corner of Schiller and Astor Streets.

 

River and Lake Tours

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise – View Chicago’s magnificent skyline from the decks of Chicago’s First Lady or Chicago’s Little Lady, the fleet of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Allow our knowledgeable and efficient concierge to book your advance reservations for this popular 90-minute cruise.
  • Chicago History Museum (Chicago Line) – Learn about Chicago’s architecture and history, as over 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges and historic sites are presented throughout the tour.
  • Mercury Skyline Cruiseline – Experience the best of Chicago and take in the Chicago River and Lake Michigan Skyline, it’s the perfect family-friendly tour.
  • Shoreline Sightseeing – Explore Chicago’s skyline with a guided architecture tour, classic tour on Lake Michigan, fireworks tour or enjoy a shoreline charter.
  • Wendella Sightseeing – Cruise at twilight and see the Chicago skyline as the city lights up for the evening. They also offer a river architectural tour and a combined river and lake tour.

 

Other Cultural Attractions

  • National Museum of Mexican Art - Half art museum, half cultural exploration, this is the largest Latino museum in the country.
  • Oriental Institute - Find the largest collection of Iraqi antiquities and amulets, mummies, limestone reliefs, gold jewelry, ivories, pottery and bronzes from the 4thmillennium BC through the 13th century AD.
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago’s home to nature, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum offers endless fun and learning.

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