InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
Some of Chicago’s top eateries are near the hotel, so why not enjoy brunch around the corner at Labriola bakery or at Yolk, a few blocks away. You can easily walk to Navy Pier on Lake Michigan and follow the water to explore the city’s lakeside parks. If you have kids with you, look out for the innovative Play Garden in Maggie Daley Park, then cross Frank Gehry’s winding BP Bridge to discover Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture, a huge metallic bean that reflects the city’s famous skyscrapers.
After lunch, you can visit the Art Institute of Chicago, famous for its major collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, to admire work by Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and Picasso. From there, a walk or bike ride along the Lakefront Trail will take you past the huge rococo Buckingham Fountain to Museum Campus. Here you’ll find dramatic digital shows at the Adler Planetarium, natural history exhibits at the Field Museum and sharks, dolphins and sea lions at the Shedd Aquarium.
Just steps from the hotel you can dine on seafood, steak or creative global cuisine at several world-class restaurants – ask our Concierge about making reservations. A 10-minute walk up the Magnificent Mile, the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center is a great place to enjoy a cocktail with stunning city views. Afterwards, if you still have some energy, there are some hot spots for late-night dancing just a short walk away, including Studio Paris and The Underground.
Chicago meat industry history
The Chicago meat industry spawned a number of inventions over time, like the refrigerated railroad car. This was designed in order to ship pre-cut meat instead of livestock to the East Coast.
Chicago River Reversal
In 1900 the flow of the Chicago River was permanently reversed in order to protect the quality of the drinking water at the time.
March 17 - Irish National Holiday
Not just a rumour, the Chicago River gets tinted green on Saint Patrick's Day.
Some of the best deals for visiting the city can be found during the winter months. This goes for not only the hotel rates but the sightseeing tours around the city and the surronding suburbs