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Enjoy endless things to do in Chicago, all walking distance to voco Chicago Downtown
voco Chicago Downtown

Local Area Guide

Chicago is always offering new attractions, festivals and events. A stay at voco Chicago Downtown puts you close to the city’s beachfront for the Air and Water Show, and Millennium Park for the Summer Music Series or artisan dishes at Chicago Gourmet.

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Discover endless entertainment near voco Chicago Downtown. Take in a show in the Chicago Theatre District or dine on Restaurant Row. Explore the upscale shops of Magnificent Mile. Spend the day at Navy Pier and stroll lakeside or take a ride on Centennial Wheel. Admire the city’s impressive architecture on a boat tour and feel the thrill of stepping on the Willis Tower Skydeck.

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Local Attractions & Events In Chicago

Chicago is home to notable sports teams, renowned architectural tours, annual tradeshows, parades, festivals and more. Visit us at voco Chicago Downtown and explore a city that has something for everyone.

Get Outdoors

Woman and child viewing downtown Chicago

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Spend a day (or three) exploring all the things to do on Navy Pier, one of Chicago's most famous attractions. Built in 1916, the 3,300-foot-long pier offers oodles of fun on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ride into the sky on the Centennial Wheel for unbeatable views of the lake and city. Get lost in Chicago's 4,000-foot Funhouse Maze. Explore the Chicago Children's Museum with the kids. Sail away on a cruise of Lake Michigan. With so many possibilities, you'll keep coming back for more. 

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Chicago Riverwalk

370 W Wacker Drive


Enjoy a stroll on the Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile path along the Chicago River. This path meanders through four districts—the Confluence, the Arcade, the Civic, and the Esplanade. Pop into the many restaurants along the way for local cuisine with a riverfront view. Rest on a bench to admire the urban canyon of downtown Chicago. Our hotel is within walking distance of the Chicago Riverwalk, where you can embrace the vibe of our city.

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Millenium Park / Cloud Gate

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602


A national treasure and Chicago's urban oasis, Millennium Park features beautiful architecture, landscape design and art. Discover free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family events. Snap a photo with The Bean (err, Cloud Gate), see the magnificent Crown Fountain, or admire the expanse of flowers in Lurie Garden. Enjoy free events like the Chicago Jazz Festival at the stunning Jay Pritzker Pavilion. 

Arts & Culture

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Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 

Located in Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world's great art museums, housing a diverse collection that spans centuries and cultures. The renowned art museum in downtown Chicago houses 300,000 artworks with masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Explore galleries, admire the stunning Beaux-arts architecture and captivating exhibitions.

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Chicago Theater District

175 N State St

With over 250 theaters, including five Tony Award-winning companies, The Chicago Theater District is a vibrant cultural scene that has set the stage for legends like Tina Fey and John Malkovich. Located in the Loop area, it houses the Chicago Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre, and the Oriental Theatre, showcasing Broadway shows, musicals, plays, and performances. As the country's greatest comedy scene, Chicago features iconic venues like The Second City, Zanies Comedy Club, and iO Theater.

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Art on the Mart

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654


Watch Chicago's Merchandise Mart, affectionately dubbed The Mart, light up with innovative digital art through Art on the Mart. The Art Deco structure looks like a palace. It looks even cooler when it's lit up with art. Sometimes you'll hear unique soundscapes that pair perfectly with the artwork displayed on the building, which opened in 1930. 

Shopping & Entertainment

Fulton Market District street

Fulton Market District

West Fulton Market Street

Once a warehouse district, Fulton Market is now a hip corporate and entertainment hub known for its diverse culinary scene. Enjoy cafes serving house-roasted coffee, buzzing breweries, and entertaining cocktail bars. Venues like House of Vans and the Bottom Lounge stage live music. Shop at unique boutiques and dine on global and modern American classics.

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Skydeck Chicago / Willis Tower

233 S Wacker Dr


Experience breathtaking views that span up to four states at this iconic Chicago attraction and a must-visit destination. Discover interactive exhibits and feel the adrenaline rush of stepping onto the Willis Tower glass ledge, 1,353 feet above downtown Chicago. Extending 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, the ledge creates a floating sensation in mid-air.

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Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is Chicago's shopping, dining, and commercial district. The vibrant, bustling area has upscale shops, luxe fashion outlets, fantastic restaurants, lounges, and famous attractions. See landmarks such as the historic Chicago Water Tower, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, and the terracotta Wrigley Building skyscraper. Experience the 100-story John Hancock Center, with a rooftop observation deck and a fine dining restaurant with panoramic city views.