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Fairmont Chicago City Guide

Set on the shores of Lake Michigan in the American Midwest, Chicago is known for its creative culture, awe-inspiring skyscrapers, distinctive neighborhoods and warm hospitality. Learn about the Windy City’s complex past, tour its urban canals, play on beaches and relax in over 600 lush parks. Explore your curiosity at spectacular world-class cultural attractions or treat yourself to retail therapy at famous shops and malls. Welcome to our great city! We can’t wait to show you around.

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Museums & Culture

The Windy City is home to significant collections in the areas of science, contemporary art and natural history. Plus, many attractions offer special days with free admission or discounts. Explore our top recommendations for the curious Chicago visitor who wants to explore art, nature, industry and history in Chicago.

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Urban Parks

Take a stroll through Chicago’s legendary urban parks and discover why there’s so much to see and do year-round. Visit some of our most iconic park landmarks, including The Bean and Buckingham Fountain, to take a vacation selfie. From free cultural events and family entertainment to opportunities to sweat, play or unwind, Chicago’s parks offer endless opportunities to explore.

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From luxury flagships to local boutiques, you can find the perfect shopping experience in Chicago. Stroll along the world-renowned Magnificent Mile or hunt for brand-name bargains at our many malls and outlets. Whatever your preferred shopping style, your next favorite piece might just be waiting for you in Chicago.

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Chicago is a world-class theater destination famous for its small independent companies, large international productions and iconic venues. Take in award-winning shows starring many of America’s most renowned performers, any night of the week. Comedy, drama, musical, opera or dance – whatever your preferred theater genre, you’ll be cheering for an encore in Chicago.

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Columbus Tap

Experience the neighborhood charm and welcoming spirit of Chicago at this quintessential Windy City tap house.

Walking Distance: 1 minute
Field Museum of Chicago

Founded in 1893 for the World’s Fair. Explore over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Walking Distance: 32 minutes
Macy's State Street

The third largest department store in the world, this spectacular building is on the National Historic Register and features a Tiffany ceiling.

Walking Distance: 9 minutes
Oak Street Beach

A top spot for sunbathing, swimming and volleyball, right downtown.

Walking Distance: 29 minutes
North Avenue Beach

An iconic Chicago beach that is great for cycling, city views, and water sports.

Walking Distance: 49 minutes
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

Our partner sports facility features 120,000 square feet for weights, swimming, indoor climbing, basketball and more.

Walking Distance: 12 minutes
Goodman Theatre

Chicago’s largest and oldest non-profit theater, featuring some of the city’s best-known actors.

Walking Distance: 12 minutes
Chicago Theatre

An icon from 1921, this glamorous theater in the Loop hosts all the greats when they come to Chicago.

Walking Distance: 10 minutes
Joffrey Ballet

A boundary-pushing ballet company synonymous with uncompromising excellence in traditional and modern dance.

Walking Distance: 10 minutes
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Famed for over 75 years, this opera house features one of the world’s best opera companies.

Walking Distance: 23 minutes
Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s world-famous shopping district, featuring a dazzling array of upscale shops, stunning architecture and top dining and attractions.

Walking Distance: 17 minutes
Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Get designer deals for less at this chic outlet center near O’Hare International Airport.

Macy's North State Street

The third largest department store in the world, this spectacular building is on the National Historic Register and features a Tiffany ceiling.

Walking Distance: 9 minutes
Shops at North Bridge

Nordstrom is the anchor store at this four-level shopping area featuring 50 brands and 20 restaurants.

Walking Distance: 13 minutes
Water Tower Place

An anchor on the Magnificent Mile, shop over 100 stores and explore the Chicago Sports Museum and diverse dining options.

Walking Distance: 21 minutes
Grant Park

Known as “Chicago’s Front Yard,” this massive park includes several smaller parks and provides superb views of Chicago’s skyline and plenty of public art.

Walking Distance: 19 minutes
Maggie Daley Park

Featuring winter ice-skating and summer roller skating, this 20-acre park is perfect for family fun and travel selfies.

Walking Distance: 4 minutes
Millennium Park

This combination urban park and public art gallery covers 25 acres and includes the famous Bean sculpture and Lurie Garden.

Walking Distance: 7 minutes
Lurie Garden

Stroll the floating boardwalk and take in stunning skyline views from this tranquil urban garden.

Walking Distance: 7 minutes
Navy Pier

There’s always something happening at Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s top attractions for events and dining.

Walking Distance: 23 minutes
Shedd Aquarium Chicago

Discover the many wonders of this legendary aquarium, including sharks, dolphins and sea otters.

Walking Distance: 31 minutes
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

With one of the country’s biggest contemporary art collections, MCA Chicago “champions the new and unexpected.”

Walking Distance: 20 minutes
Field Museum of Chicago
Walking Distance: 32 minutes
Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago’s most revered and well-known art institution, famous for its 300,000 works.

Walking Distance: 9 minutes
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