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The Best Things to Do in Downtown Chicago In Our Backyard

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is one of the world's most vibrant and exciting cities in the US. Packed with an energetic culture, amazing attractions, magnificent architecture, world-class museums, championship sports teams, incredible food, and beautiful parks, Chicago's downtown offers endless things to do for the whole family. Spend the day in Millennium Park taking selfies at The Bean. Ride the Centennial wheel at Navy Pier or stargaze at Adler Planetarium. Take a boat tour on the Chicago River, or soak up sweeping views from the Skydeck of Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the country.
The Best Western Grant Park Hotel is perfectly situated across from the Museum Campus, within walking distance of the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Explore all the exciting attractions in downtown Chicago and let the sounds and sights of captivate your spirit. 
Shedd Aquarium in Illinois

Shedd Aquarium

Home to an incredible collection of sea creatures from all over the world including whales, penguins, sharks, sea lions, and jellies, the Shedd Aquarium is the world's largest aquarium located in downtown Chicago.
Millennium Park at Chicago

Millennium Park

Joining Grant Park via a 935-foot-long footbridge, Millennium Park is an urban oasis made up of iconic landmarks including the Pritzker Pavilion, Lurie Garden, Crown Fountain, and the famous Cloud Gate, AKA The Bean.
Field Museum at Chicago

Field Museum

From the world's largest Titanosaur to the exploration of ancient cultures, embark on an awe-inspiring journey through 4 billion years of life on Earth and discover over 20 million artifacts that make up history as we know it.
Buckingham Fountain in Illinois

Buckingham Fountain

Check out the dazzling water display at this iconic his attraction in Grant Park. One of the largest fountains in the world, Buckingham Fountain attracts visitors to see an impressive show with lights and music every hour.
Northerly Island at Illinois

Northerly Island

Jetting off the tip of Museum Campus, this 91-acre peninsula features grassy fields, beautiful strolling paths, fishing spots, and casual play areas. Catch a summer concert at Huntington Bank Pavilion with skyline views.
Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Adler Planetarium

Take an out-of-this-world adventure through space at America's first planetarium in downtown Chicago. Explore the universe through exciting exhibits, 3D movies, and impressive sky shows of our galaxy and beyond.
McCormick Place at Illinois

McCormick Place

As the nation's largest event venue, this state-of-the-art convention center in downtown Chicago features 2.6 million-square-feet of space, high-tech amenities, and shopping and dining - all in one premier event destination.
Soldier Field in Chicago

Soldier Field

See the NFL's Chicago Bears score a touchdown at this legendary stadium in downtown Chicago. Take a stadium tour to see the historic "doughboy" foot soldier statue and the Veteran's Memorial water wall.
Navy Pier at Chicago

Navy Pier

Celebrate the maritime pride of Chicago at this landmark pier on Lake Michigan. Featuring fun things to do all year long, enjoy waterfront attractions, sightseeing cruises, art, theater, and the Centennial Wheel.

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

One of the world's largest art museums, this encyclopedic museum houses over 5,000 years of timeless paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints by renowned artists from the Renaissance to modern art.
Skydeck Chicago

Skydeck Chicago

Marvel at views from The Ledge, a glass balcony that extends over the edge of the Willis Tower Skydeck, 1,353 feet in the air with breathtaking panoramic views that span up to four states.
Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

This family-friendly museum features interactive exhibits that teach kids about everything from tornadoes to Tesla coils to robotics in a fun, hands-on environment that promotes learning.
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