CHICAGO – From iconic architecture and stellar museums to breathtaking lakefront views and fabulous shopping, this quintessential American city offers some of the best sightseeing in the world.

Park Hyatt Chicago.

WHERE TO STAY

Park Hyatt Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast and overlooking Lake Michigan and Water Tower Square, just steps from the city’s finest shopping and cultural institutions, the hotel offers affluent travellers an extraordinary experience with distinctive interiors, exclusive artwork and award-winning cuisine. Our seventh floor lifestyle retreat houses various dining experiences including NOMI Kitchen, private dining rooms, a Chef’s Table and a comfortable, chic outdoor terrace. 

Architectural River Cruise. Photo by Agnieszka Szymczak.

PARK HYATT CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS

Architectural River Cruise

Bask in architectural splendour as you delight in a unique view of the city’s stunning structures via the waterway on a Chicago Architectural River Cruise. Enjoy the memorable stories shared by the knowledgeable docents who will be your guide.

Driehaus Museum

For a dose of history, visit the Driehaus Museum, converted from a late 19th-century home and located steps from Park Hyatt Chicago. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Gilded Age as they examine decorative arts and period pieces from the Driehaus Collection.

The Willis Tower Sky Deck and Ledge

Formerly the world’s tallest building, the Willis Tower offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

Chicago Sports Museum

Water Tower Place is now home to the Chicago Sports Museum, which opened in April 2014. At 8000 square feet, the Museum contains an exceptional amount of Chicago sports memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Also included is the Hall of Legends, which allows visitors to try their hand at sports-themed games.

Navy Pier

For more than ten years, Navy Pier has been the place where Chicago natives and tourists come together to enjoy a day of fun and beauty on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is a tradition, and when you look at all there is to do and experience, it is easy to see why that tradition grows and improves
with every year.

Michigan Avenue

The home of the Chicago Water Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and high-end shopping on the Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue is a destination for Chicago natives and tourists alike.

Millennium Park. Photography by Charles Cook.

CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute, founded as a museum and school for the arts in 1879, features a vast array of both traditional and contemporary artworks in a collection of more than 300,000 works of art. The structure boasts classic architecture constructed in tandem with the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Millennium Park

The 24.5-acre public space for residents and visitors is in the heart of downtown Chicago, and showcases the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue designed by Frank Gehry, contemporary art installations including the Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa and Cloud Gate, otherwise known as The Bean, by artist Anish Kapoor.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is located in the Hyde Park neighbourhood between Lake Michigan and The University of Chicago. 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 (U-505) captured during World War II, a 3500-square-foot model railroad, the first diesel-powered streamlined stainless-steel passenger train (Pioneer Zephyr) and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.

Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. The museum cares for, showcases and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. The ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present and compellingly informs the future.