Sightseeing in Chicago
The Hotel for Grant Park Picnics, Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Rides and more!
If you’ve never stood atop the Willis Tower, biked along Lake Michigan, seen the Cubs at Wrigley or strolled through Grant Park, the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is the perfect hotel for your next visit and to visit the top Chicago sightseeing destinations.
Located just one block from Michigan Avenue, and ½ block from Grant Park and Millennium Park, the Fairmont can show you the Windy City like few other hotels can. Let our knowledgeable Concierge help you put together an unforgettable sightseeing adventure so you can visit the best attractions in Chicago.
The Adler Planetarium — America's First Planetarium — was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world's most important antique astronomical instrument collections on display
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago houses more than 300,000 works of art within its 10 curatorial departments. Among its great treasures are the legendary masterpieces A Sunday Afternoon on La Grand Jatte - 1884 by Georges Seurat, American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Ed Hopper and 33 paintings by Claude Monet. The Art Institute is the second largest art museum in the country and has the largest impressionist collection outside The Louvre.
Chicago History Museum
The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Their 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.
Chicago Theater District
Chicago has long been exciting and prolific stage community and is now getting the recognition it so richly deserves. From Broadway productions to community theater companies, there truly is an experience for every resident and tourist alike.
Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum was established almost 115 years ago to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections that have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase and gifts to more than twenty million specimens. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes.
The Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower
Step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge's glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from Skydeck.
Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. Grant Park's centerpiece is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's breathtaking lakefront views.
John Hancock Observatory
Located high above The Magnificent Mile, the breathtaking 360° views from the John Hancock Observatory stretch across 4 states –Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois– including stunning views of Lake Michigan and a beautiful night cityscape.
Named for one of our Illinois' heroes after his death, Lincoln Park began as a small lakefront park, has evolved to its now venerable 1208 acres along Lake Michigan. Stretching 5 miles along the lakefront from North Avenue to Foster Avenue, Lincoln Park is a destination not to be missed. Established in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the world's largest free zoo. For over a century, the Lincoln Park Conservatory has been one of the most popular free attractions for plant enthusiasts in Chicago. The collections include the Palm House, The Fern Room, The Orchid Room and The Show House features four season floral displays annually. The opening of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Cannon Drive in 1999 heralded new opportunities to build on the Chicago Academy for Science's 100 year legacy of scientific inquiry, offering the public much more than dioramas and taxidermied animals. Complete with permanent exhibitions including a Butterfly Haven, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an interactive experience for adults and children alike.
The Magnificent Mile
Each of the Great Avenues has its own unique features, distinguishing it as a premier commercial center, while all provide visitors, local employees and residents with a world-class urban experience. This experience is the result of seven values: historic setting, spectacular streetscape, innovative architecture, distinctive retail, high-quality fine dining, world-class hotels and premier office space. For example: The Magnificent Mile is rooted in the 1909 Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham’s historic vision for a great metropolis and features spectacular gardens along a tree-lined boulevard with some of the world’s most distinctive buildings, both old and new. The retail, dining and hospitality venues are diverse and exciting, and the office space is some of the most highly valued in the world.
Located only minutes from the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, McCormick Place is North America's premier convention facility attracting more than 3 million visitors annually. McCormick Place comprises four state-of-the-art buildings. These buildings have a combined total of 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, making it the nation's largest convention center.
The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building, wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, The Mart spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories and is epicenter for high design and luxury goods.
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago and one of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance.
Museum of Science and Industry
Converted from the Palace of Fine Arts after the 1893 World’s Fair, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
Navy Pier and Children's Museum
Historic Navy Pier is Chicago's lakefront playground. And it's the Midwest's #1 tourist and leisure destination, attracting more than 8.6 million visitors a year. There's so much to do in our 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other! Chicago Children’s Museum was designed to be a place where families are encouraged to create, explore and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts and health.
Shedd Aquarium contains over 25,000 fish with 5,000,000 US gallons of water and contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. You'll find something wet, wild and wonderful wherever you walk at Shedd. Galleries are home to creatures from the Waters of the World - rivers and reefs, Great Lakes and small ones, and the global ocean. Want to explore a little deeper? Experience Shedd's permanent exhibits: Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising's flooded forest, the Abbott Oceanarium's Pacific Northwest coast and Wild Reef's Indo-Pacific reef. Go totally polar in Polar Play Zone and be sure to see Shedd's aquatic show.
Exciting world class professional athletics in amazing venues are what you expect when it comes to Chicago sports. Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White SoxWrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs
Local Chicago Culture
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is proud of the legacy of support for local culture.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Bawdy comedy. Rousing history. Classic romance. Show-stoppingmusicals. Chicago theater doesn't get any bigger, bolder, brighter,or better than this.
Experience the artistry of the Tony Award-Winning ChicagoShakespeare Theater on Navy Pier with a night at the theater. Spend quality time with the most iconiccharacters to leap from page to stage-Cyrano, Falstaff, Henry V, orGypsy Rose Lee. In their gusto, glory and gall, they are eachShakespearean.
Founded in 1987 in response to the lack of opportunity for minority classical musicians, composers and soloists, the Chicago Sinfonietta remains as the national model and true trailblazer for promoting diversity and inclusiveness in orchestral music. The vibrant and very real connection between orchestra and audience exudes an undeniable energy and life to each performance, reinforcing the rich culture that exists in Chicago’s communities.
Grant Park Music Festival
The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only remaining free, outdoor classical music series. Each summer, the Festival is committed to providing free classical music to all of Chicago in its new venue — the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Endowed by Joan and Irving Harris Foundation, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance’s mission allows the performing arts organizations using the Theater to attract broader, larger, and more diverse audiences, encourage artistic synergy between groups, and increase opportunities to offer educational programs. The Theater serves as a national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations.
Millennium Park Summer Concert Series
To compliment the Grant Park Music Festival, the Millennium Park Summer Concert Series hosts a variety of other musicians in genres including world music, jazz and blues so that Chicagoans and tourists alike can enjoy free music every day.
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Long recognized as one of the area’s top classical groups, the ensemble focuses much-deserved attention on repertoire that is often neglected by larger music organizations.