InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
After a scrumptious breakfast buffet at the hotel’s Center Court, head out to discover Chicago’s Magnificent Mile with soaring skyscrapers and stunning architecture. Walk to the John Hancock Center and take in sweeping views of Chicago from the rooftop observatory. Visit The Shops at North Bridge and Water Tower Place. Take a morning stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, a blend of nature and glistening cityscapes. Browse public art, dine at a riverfront restaurant, or rent a kayak and paddle on the Chicago River. If you have children, head over to Navy Pier, the city’s waterfront playground on Lake Michigan, and visit the Chicago Children's Museum.
Spend your day discovering Chicago’s culture, arts, and architecture. Explore the Art Institute of Chicago, boasting an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, including masterpieces by Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. Head over to Chicago’s amazing Museum Campus, a tranquil 57-acre park with iconic museums and exhibits. Immerse yourself in natural history and world culture at the Field Museum of Natural History and Shedd Aquarium and see far-out galaxies at the Adler Planetarium. Make your way across Frank Gehry’s winding bridge to Anish Kapoor's famous Cloud Gate sculpture in beautiful Millennium Park. Take your own iconic Chicago photo capturing the skyline in The Bean, as the locals call it. Millennium Park is an oasis in the city with public art and the magnificent Lurie Garden. Finish your afternoon with a bike ride on the Chicago Lakefront Trail along the western shores of Lake Michigan.
When the sun sets on the Windy City, experience Chicago's vibrant nightlife and entertainment. Located in downtown Chicago, steps from the Magnificent Mile, our hotel puts you within walking distance of the city’s best restaurants and Broadway in Chicago in the iconic Theatre District. Wind down at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center. Panoramic views of Chicago provide a stunning backdrop for enjoying cocktails and light fare. Our concierge will be delighted to provide recommendations and make reservations for your Chicago nightlife adventures.
More than a Chicago attraction, Millennium Park reflects the life, culture, and experiences of the Windy City. This beautiful 8.5-acre park is an urban oasis with stunning architecture and landscape design, public art, gardens, and iconic sights. Millennium Park offers many seasonal events and festivals, including the Chicago Blues Festival in June and the Chicago Jazz Festival in early September. Enjoy the city’s musical heritage at the Millennium Park Summer Concert Series. Grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy views of the soaring Pritzker Pavilion and the glowing city skyline. Experience the Family Fun Festival with music, arts, and crafts during the summer. Watch movies on the lawn at the Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesday nights. A few of our favorite things to do in Millennium Park are: Relax by the Crown Fountain. Take a memorable photo at the Cloud Gate sculpture, locally called The Bean. Walk around Lurie Garden with stunning landscapes, gardens, and living art. Stop at one of the restaurants around Millennium Park, including the Plaza at Park Grill.
Michigan Avenue Bridge
The DuSable Bridge, popularly known as the Michigan Avenue Bridge, is a 256-foot-long bridge that carries traffic and pedestrians across the Chicago River. Built in 1920 in Beaux-Arts style, the double deck bridge showcases iconic architecture more than a century old. The sweeping view of the bridge with lovely lampposts and period pieces is worth a photograph. An engineering marvel and a designated Chicago Landmark, the Michigan Avenue Bridge depicts public art that marks the arrival of the French explorers James Marquette and Louis Joliet. Enjoy impressive sculptures that restore historic integrity and aesthetics. Visit the exhibits in the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. View the extravagant design that connects the North and Southside Boulevards. Explore restaurants, entertainment, and Michigan Avenue shopping near the bridge. Hop on the Wendella Architectural Boat Tour for a fun day on the water soaking in Chicago's rich history.
Located on the south bank of the Chicago River, from Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan to Lake Street, the Chicago Riverwalk showcases the city’s iconic architecture, art, and history. See beautiful public murals and sculptures as you explore this urban playground. Get a taste of the city at the many restaurants, cafes, and bars and enjoy a few pours at City Winery at the Chicago Riverwalk. Here are a few suggestions on things to do on the Chicago Riverwalk: Take a cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady and see the city’s distinguished architecture and majestic buildings from the river below. Enjoy a moonlit stroll while viewing the public artwork on the Chicago Riverwalk. Visit the Riverwalk Getaway, a 27-foot-long concrete walkway connecting the Riverwalk with the lakefront. View 28 ceramic panels that depict the rise of Chicago and the significance of the river. See Art on the MART, the world’s largest video projection art installation covering 2.5 acres of the MART’s river facing façade. Tour the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, which celebrates the Chicago River and its famous movable bridges.
Art Institute of Chicago
Located in Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago has an impressive collection of world art and more than 3,00,000 masterpieces. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the world, ranging from early Japanese prints to contemporary American art. Explore impressive galleries of paintings, sculptures, and drawings that span cultures and centuries. See an incredible collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by masters, including Claude Monet. Explore European art forms of paintings and sculptures. Marvel at ceramics, jades, woodblock prints, and miniature paintings from China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southwest Asia. Be amazed by the collection of modern artists like Pablo Picasso and contemporary works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. See an entertaining show at the Harris Theatre amidst the museum’s striking art.
Chicago’s Navy Pier
Designed by the famous architect D. Burnham in 1909, Navy Pier is Chicago’s waterfront site on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is full of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, tours, and Chicago’s most exciting places to visit. Enjoy Chicago’s culinary spirit at Navy Pier restaurants with scenic lake views. Ride the Centennial Wheel with soaring views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. See a play by the Battle of the Bard at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Take the children to the Chicago Children’s Museum. Ride the historic Navy Pier Carousel. Shop for souvenirs and artisan creations at the shops, stores, and kiosks at Navy Pier. Admire Chicago’s iconic skyline and architecture with sightseeing cruises on Lake Michigan.