Half Day Activities

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Museum Campus

Everything that defines Chicago-world-class museums, vast expanses of public parkland, sports, a dazzling skyline and that big, big lake-can be found on 57 acres called the Museum Campus.  The John G Shedd Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world featuring an Oceanarium, a Wild and be sure to see Shedd's aquatic show.  Or, gaze into the vast sky at the Adler Planetarium, the first modern planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, housing one of the world's finest collections of antique astronomical instruments including sundials, telescopes, astrolabes and more.   And be sure to check out the Field Museum. Dating back to the Columbian Exhibition of 1893, the Field is home to Sue the Dinosaur.

Frank Lloyd Wright Museum

Experimenting with forms and materials, Frank Lloyd Wright developed a distinctly American form of architecture. The forward-thinking Wright began his career in Oak Park, Illinois, and came to be recognized as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. Every structure he created was informed by his belief that beautifully designed buildings make a difference in our lives.  The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909-the first 20 years of his career. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Located just 8 miles from downtown, guided and audio tours are available daily.  

Ride a Bike

Choose from a southbound trail through Millennium and Grant Parks, through the Museum Campus and past Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears. Continue southbound past McCormick Place and through China Town and the Chicago Blues Museum. Or head Northbound along the lakefront path and ride along Oak Street Beach, past the swanky condos of the Gold Coast and through Lincoln Park to view the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the last free zoos. From the zoo, riders can go off-trail to cycle up Clark Street for great local shopping. The north side of the path also offers at least six different beaches and golfing options. Reserve a bike with our concierge, and see the city at your own pace. Choices range from sporty mountain bikes to comfortable beach cruisers. Helmets and locks are included.

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