Things to do in Chicago
Concierge Recommends: Chicago
The Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago shares these tips and more to make your stay memorable––from the best place to sample Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza to the most family-friendly ways to explore the Windy City.
Things to Do in Chicago With Kids
Cupcakes, polar bears and ships—if you’re looking for the kid-friendly variety, you’ll find your fill at these top Windy City attractions.
Historic Water Tower
The old Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station are the only public buildings to survive in the area destroyed by the Fire of 1871. Both buildings have come to symbolize Chicago's fierce drive to continue, and serve as rare monuments to the 19th century.
John Hancock Center
Located across the street from the Hotel, one of Chicago’s tallest buildings houses a variety of attractions, including 360 CHICAGO and the TILT!, which gives guests a new perspective on the city. Once there, you will have an excellent view of Lake Michigan, the city skyline and, on a clear day, four different states.
The former Sears Tower, now Willis Tower, is currently the third-tallest building in the world. Willis Tower offers the best views in the city: into four states and out 50 miles (80 kilometres) on a clear day. Step onto the glass-bottomed "Ledge" and take in the view from 103 storeys above Chicago!
Located in the Streeterville neighbourhood, Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists alike come together to enjoy the fun and beauty of a day on Lake Michigan. Don’t miss out on the summer fireworks, the Children’s Museum, the Shakespeare Theater or the famous Ferris Wheel.
Magnificent Mile Shopping
The Magnificent Mile is a glittering stretch of shopping on Michigan Avenue, with stores such as Bloomingdale's, Cartier, Chanel, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co.
Oak Street Shopping
Just around the corner from the Hotel, Oak Street is a bit like New York's Fifth Avenue and Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive rolled into one. Whether your passion is Bulgari jewellery, Prada bags or Salvatore Ferragamo footwear, you'll find it on this stretch of concrete.
John Shedd Aquarium
The world’s largest indoor aquarium features 4,500 underwater creatures – representing 500 species – housed in six freshwater and saltwater tanks.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is provides a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago. The zoo operates one of the most significant zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country and attracts an estimated 3.5 million visitors per year.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Find tropical palms and ancient ferns right in the heart of Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Conservatory was designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks. No matter the time of year, the Conservatory is always green and lush.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Located next to Water Tower Place, the Museum of Contemporary Art documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. It also has a 300-seat theatre, a Wolfgang Puck café, and a terraced sculpture garden with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Insitute houses one of the world's largest and finest collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Works by El Greco, Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali, Renoir, Van Gogh, Seurat and Monet are displayed. The new modern wing – designed by Renzo Piano – is an architectural work of art in itself, allowing the Institute to showcase even more of its modern and contemporary collection.
The Field Museum was primarily an outgrowth of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Today you can take part in a variety of educational and scientific programs, as well as view the museum's extensive scientific specimen and artefact collections.
Museum of Science + Industry
It is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Among its diverse and expansive exhibits, the museum features a full-size replica coal mine, a German submarine captured during World War II, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the moon.
Ping Tom Park
Ping Tom Park has been transformed from an old railyard into a beautiful rolling green space with impressive river views. The park offers a boathouse with kayak rentals, a children’s playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.
Laughs & Tunes
Chicago's premier comedy theater has served as a training ground for leading comedic talent in the US. These Iconic entertainment options have put Chicago on the map. See our concierge team for suggestions of their favourite blues and jazz clubs, or for help securing tickets.
A Chicago landmark since 1914, this classic ballpark – the second-oldest in the nation – is a monument to America's national pastime: baseball. The field is home to the famed Chicago Cubs. See our Concierge about tickets and box seats.
U.S. Cellular Field
From the Party Deck and the XFINITY Fundamentals area to the Home Plate Club and Club Level, U.S. Cellular Field has a lot to offer Chicago White Sox fans.
The official home of Chicago Bulls basketball and Chicago Blackhawks hockey, United Center also plays host to more than 200 annual events and concerts, which in the past have included concerts from The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen, as well as college basketball tournaments, performances from Disney on Ice and visits from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.