The Willis Tower (3 blocks from the hotel) was once the world's tallest building (1,454 ft). It is still the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and even has its own zip code. Take a tour of the Skydeck - the highest observatory in Chicago and experience the amazing skyline the City has to offer. On a clear day, you can see area landmarks such as the Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building, as well as Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The entrance for the Skydeck is located on Jackson Blvd. Discounted tickets are available at the Concierge.
Millennium Park (4 blocks from the hotel) is an award-winning center for art, music, architectural and landscape design. This 24.5-acre park features the work of world-renowned architects, artists and designers. One of the Park's most notable attractions is the Cloud Gate sculpture on the AT&T Plaza more commonly known as the Bean Sculpture - a 110-ton elliptical sculpture, forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. The park is open daily from 6am - 11pm and admission is free.
Symphony Center (3 blocks from the hotel) is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's home base. It is also the site for many other events, including concerts by visiting orchestras, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Youth Symphony, Saturday morning children's concerts, recitals and a flourishing jazz series.
For information on scheduled events and tickets, please visit their website at www.cso.org
The Art Institute of Chicago (4 blocks from the hotel) holds one of the world's greatest art collections. The contemporary American and European exhibit is probably the most popular and includes pieces by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Also, the two bronze lions at the entrance of the museum are one of the most photographed landmarks in Chicago. The Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Grant Park (5 blocks from the hotel) is Chicago's principal downtown park and host to some of Chicago's biggest festivals such as the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago Marathon. The main attraction in Grant Park is the Clarence Buckingham Fountain which features a central jet shooting water up to 150ft. It is best seen at night when it is animated with computerized choreography of color spotlights. The Park also features many shaded walking trails and Lake Shore Trail, a paved multi-use path running along Lake Michigan which is great for summertime walking, jogging and biking.
Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark since it first opened in 1916. Attractions include a permanent 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, a musical carousel and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Navy Pier Park also includes a 1,500-seat Skyline Stage outdoor performance pavilion. The Family Pavilion is home to 40,000 square feet of exciting restaurants and retail shops. Just past the Pavilion, visitors can discover the Crystal Gardens, a 32,000-square-foot indoor botanical park, which provides a year-round center for family activities. Just east of the Family Pavilion is the South Arcade, home to numerous shops, restaurants and attractions including the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
Enjoy a cruise on the Chicago River and learn about the City's architectural heritage - considered to be among the finest in the world. Tours depart from the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge by the Wrigley Building. Sunset Tours, Wine Tasting Tours and combined Lake & River Tours are also available. Ticket prices vary depending on the cruise. Discounted tickets available at the Concierge.