Fun Things Around Chicago

From iconic architecture, to world-class cuisine and culture, to recreation and relaxation along our 26 miles of lakefront,to the undiscovered treasures hiding in our 77 communities — Chicago delivers this and more.

Musts While in Chicago

Enjoy Being In the Heart of It All

Situated near Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, Hyatt Regency Chicago is surrounded by downtown’s premier landmarks and attractions.Take a stroll along Michigan Avenue, the main boulevard of this bustling area. Here you’ll find leading designer boutiques (think Gucci), flagship stores like Ralph Lauren and upscale shopping centers, including 900 North Michigan Shops. The Magnificent Mile area is also home to some of the best restaurants and entertainment in the city.

A Bird's Eye View

Located 1,000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, 360 CHICAGO observation deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. 360 Chicago observation deck is also home of TILT – Chicago’s highest thrill ride – an enclosed moving platform that literally tilts you out over Michigan Avenue from the 94th Floor. 

Field Museum

Founded in 1893, the Field Museum has spent more than 120 years in the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the world around us. Explore dozens of exhibits, interactive labs, 3D movies and so much more.

Free to See

Millennium Park

Millennium Park has an unprecedented combination of stunning architecture, sculpture and landscape design. Perhaps the most famous attraction is Cloud Gate, the 110-ton elliptical sculpture forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates which reflects Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds above. You may also know it as "the bean."

Lincoln Park Zoo

As one of only a few free zoos in the country, Lincoln Park Zoo covers more than 35 acres and features polar bears, lions and more than 230 other species of animals. The Farm in the Zoo and Nature Boardwalk get you up close and personal with the animal world. From new babies being welcomed to the world to new habitats like Regenstein Macaque Forest to favorites like Farm-in-the-Zoo, this year-round option always pleases. 

Garfield Park & Lincoln Park Conservatories

As one of the nation’s premier displays of rare plant species, the Garfield Park Conservatory has a half dozen greenhouses and two large exhibition halls. And in the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see some of the most stunning flowers and rare plant life. No matter the season, a walk through this storied greenhouse will always feel like a stroll through paradise.

Navy Pier

You can’t truly experience Chicago without a trip to Navy Pier. This 50-acre playground of entertainment, museums, activities and shops is the perfect place for a family outing. Take a spin on the taller, faster Centennial Wheel, which was upgraded in 2016, and dine at exciting new additions like Tiny Tavern and The Original Rainbow Cone.