Activities and Attractions

Top 6 Activities and Things To Do In Chicago

Chicago Activites

You won’t get a more convenient Chicago hotel downtown than The Blackstone hotel. We’re located on Michigan Avenue — across from Grant Park, just blocks from the lakefront, and central to all the fun things to do in downtown Chicago.

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Grant Park

Often called Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park is a 319-acre recreational haven and the setting for one of the city’s most iconic attractions: the magnificent Buckingham Fountain. Among hotels near Grant Park, The Blackstone makes it easy for you to enjoy the many annual festivals and events that take place in the park, from the Taste of Chicago to the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Marathon and more.

Millennium Park

Located in the northeast corner of Grant Park, Millennium Park encompasses 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. A lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate — famously known as “the bean” sculpture — as well as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, setting for the Grant Park Music Festival and other concerts. Stroll the gardens or go ice skating in the winter. There’s always something going on.

Lake Michigan

Chicago’s lakefront is not to be missed. Walk, bike or jog the 18-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail. Hit the beach. Take advantage of opportunities to boat, fish and more.

Art Institute of Chicago

The second-largest art museum in the country, The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the most impressive collections of impressionist paintings and surrealist works of art in the world. You can spend an hour or two spotting Georges Seurat and Edward Hopper, although art lovers will want to spend much longer.

Navy Pier

From its Ferris wheel to an IMAX theater and a beer garden, Navy Pier is one of the most popular Chicago attractions. Beat the heat with a breeze from the lake, and stop by on Wednesday and Saturday evenings during the summer for the fireworks show.

Magnificent Mile

Many of the most upscale shops in Chicago are conveniently located, as the name suggests, within a one-mile-long shopping strip along North Michigan Avenue. Swing by the high-end chains for all of your shopping needs, from fashion to electronics and more.

Museum Campus

What do whales, our solar system and the world’s most famous T-Rex fossil have in common? All can be seen at Chicago’s museum campus, which includes the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. If you’d like to explore further, you can catch a water taxi from the museum campus to Navy Pier.

Chicago Theatre District

Head to “Broadway in Chicago” to catch the most exciting touring productions while they are in town. The Chicago Theater District includes the historic and lavish Chicago Theater. The Oriental Theater and the Cadillac Palace Theater. Chicago’s local theater scene is also vibrant – find out what’s on stage at www.theatreinchicago.com.

McCormick Place Convention Center

The Blackstone hotel is the closest luxury hotel to McCormick Place Convention Center, the premier convention facility in North America. If you’ll be attending a trade show, conference or convention at McCormick Place, our location gives you the best of both worlds: convenience to McCormick Place without sacrificing proximity to downtown.