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Chicago’s Urban Parks

Experience all the year-round fun of Chicago’s urban parks. Take in free cultural events, family entertainment, film festivals, music, theater and art. Join a workout group or go on an educational walk. Attend a concert, bike to major attractions or relax on a bench and take in the city’s glorious skyline. You can do it all in the Windy City’s scenic and diverse green spaces.

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Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a unique combination of an urban park and art gallery. Covering nearly 25 acres, the park’s crown jewel is the Frank Gehry Pritzker Pavilion, where you can watch outdoor movies, attend free concerts, and take selfies at The Bean, a world-famous art installation and Chicago landmark.

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Grant Park

Head to Grant Park for superb skyline vistas and inspiring public art. With 319 acres of Lake Michigan lakefront, this giant park includes several others, including Millennium and Maggie Daley, three museums and the Shedd Aquarium. Crowds flock here every summer for festival season, including Lollapalooza.

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Maggie Daley Park

Situated amidst skyscrapers and water, this park features an 18-hole mini golf course that doubles as Chicago in miniature, perfect for travel selfies. Families love the artsy Play Garden, huge pirate ship, massive slides and places for kids to climb, slide, swing, run and skate.

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Lurie Garden

Stroll the floating boardwalk, take in the skyline views and watch butterflies from a bench in this urban garden oasis. Fifteen-foot-high hedges flank showy flower beds all year long. After you explore all the dramatic floral displays, look behind the hedges at the native plant garden, a tribute to the state’s prairie lands.

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Chicago Museum Guide

Explore Chicago’s many illustrious cultural institutions. Choose your topic—science, art, nature, industry, history—and match it to one of the Windy City’s can’t-miss attractions.

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Chicago Shopping Guide

Shop for brand names or haute couture on the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street, discover historic department stores, bargain hunt at outlets, or explore Chicago’s malls.

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Chicago Theater Guide

Take in award-winning dramas, cabarets, musicals or comedies, or go to the ballet or opera. You’ll be treated to some of the country’s best performances.

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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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