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THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

Don't miss out!! If you only have a limited time to visit the great city of Chicago, make it easy and stay in the heart of it all at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel! Depending on your tastes, here are just a few of the many, exciting options:

Chicago Sports

Chicago is a town with a storied sporting history. From the world famous Chicago Marathon to baseball greats to the giants of hockey to the Monsters of the Midway, as our football team is called, there is something that everyone can enjoy in the Windy City.

Head to the South Side of the City to visit US Cellular Field and cheer on the 2005 World Series Champions, the White Sox. If you want a truly timeless ballpark experience, head to the ivy-covered confines of Wrigley Field on the North Side to visit the curse-breaking Cubs, the 2016 World Series Champions.

The United Center plays double-duty hosting both the Chicago Bulls basketball team at the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. The “Madhouse on Madison”, as it was dubbed by Hawks fans, is the place to be for excitement. Whether you are cheering on the Bulls or watching one of the Blackhawks score another hat trick, this is the place to be for some serious adrenaline.

In the fall, there is no better place to be than on the lakeshore at Soldier Field cheering on Da Bears. (or The Bears, as you might know them) Between the sweeping views of downtown Chicago, and the action on the field, Soldier Field offers everything that you need for the perfect day out.

From cleats to running shoes and everything in between, Chicago is the place to be for sports fans.

Chicago Arts & Culture

From first class museums to the hallowed stages of hundreds of theatres, Chicago has something to satisfy every palate, no matter the season. Whether you are looking to explore some of the finest museums in the world, or catch the hottest show in town, we have everything that you need to get your adventure started. 

There is no better place to start your Chicago adventures than Millennium ParkWith 25 acres of awe-inspiring landscape, breathtaking architecture and an iconic collection of public art, Millennium Park is Chicago’s premier green space, and is located on the lakefront in the heart of downtown Chicago. Whether you want to take a selfie at “The Bean”, as the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture is fondly known to locals, or simply see how Chicago lives up to the nickname “The City in a Garden”, Millennium Park has something for everyone.

The famous Art Institute of Chicago was voted the #1 museum in 2014 in the world by TripAdvisor, and is located just steps from Millennium park. Home to renowned masterpieces and new groundbreaking exhibits, a visit to the Art Institute is a feast for the senses. Navigate your way through over 300,000 works of art ranging from ancient etchings to modern marvels. Travel tip – be sure to get a photo with the iconic lions who stand guard over the front entrance to the museum.

Slightly further north in the famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor is the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MCA as it is known locally. Home to thought-provoking art, the MCA is the place to find artistic masterpieces that were created after 1945 including pieces ranging from canvas and sculpture to live performance art. 

If art is not your cup of tea, fear not! Chicago is home to a host of world class museums that can please any critic. Head over to the stunning Museum Campus, and take your pick of cultural curios. Check out the Shedd Aquarium to get up close and personal with over 32,000 creatures from aquatic habitats around the word including beluga whales, dolphins, jellyfish and many more. Also on the museum campus is the Field Museum where you can visit Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex ever found. At the Field Museum, you can do everything from ‘Walk with the Dinosaurs’ to explore thousands of years of history from the Egyptians to the Aztecs and everything in between. 

Follow Lake Shore Drive south of the Museum Campus to discover the world famous Museum of Science and Industry. The MSI is the largest museum that is dedicated to science in the Western Hemisphere, and contains everything from a forty-foot tornado machine to a coal mile to a World War II German submarine. This is the place to be for a truly hands-on museum experience.

What do Tina Fey, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Bonnie Hunt, Chris Farley, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner and Amy Sedaris have in common? They all got their start at the iconic Second City comedy club.

Chicago is famous as the home of improv and sketch comedy in America, and no venue has churned out more comedy superstars than the Second City. Buy a ticket at the Second City or one of the city’s other comedy venues like iO or Comedy Sportz, and get a front row seat to see the comedy superstars of tomorrow live and in person.

If you are looking for something with a more dramatic flair, fear not! Chicago is home to over two hundred theatre companies that offer a myriad of dramatic delights. From award-winning local theatre companies like The Goodman TheatreThe Steppenwolf Theatre, the Lookingglass Theatre Company and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier, to the best of Broadway with Broadway In Chicago, you are sure to find something that will move you. 

For world-renowned classical musicians, you need look no further than the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the CSO performs at the Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue, when they are not off touring the world that is, and seeing a performance is a truly magical experience. If you prefer your music to be paired with some of the top voices in the world, get over to the stunning Civic Opera building to catch a performance by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. With a schedule that includes a multitude of both operatic performances and concerts, you are sure to find something that will make you shout “Bravo!”

After exploring all that Chicago has to offer, you will know why Frank Sinatra called it “my kind of town!”