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Concierge Picks

Concierge Picks

Inspiring Your Chicago Adventure

The mission of our Concierge is to ensure your stay is exactly as you envisioned it. You can count on us to point you in the right direction, whether you’re looking for a fascinating exhibition at one of Chicago's renowned museums, the best foodie festivals around town, or a sensational Broadway show in the Chicago Loop. Make the most out of your stay in downtown Chicago with our exclusive Concierge picks.

GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Experience one of Chicago’s most well-known musical events, the Grant Park Music Festival. Held each summer, this event in Chicago features classical music, performed by world-class orchestras and performers. All performances offer free seating open to the public.

June 13 – August 18, 2018

CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE

Take part in the largest annual outdoor dancing series at the Chicago SummerDance festival. This free event transforms Grant Park into an urban dance space, featuring 48 live bands and DJs as well as dance lessons before the performances.

Thursdays and Sundays from June 28 – August 25, 2018.

JOHN SINGER SARGENT AND CHICAGO'S GILDED AGE AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

This summer at the Art Institute of Chicago, John Singer Sargent, a highly sought-after painter in the late 19th century, will be featured in a large exhibition featuring around 100 works from his collection. The exhibition examines Sargent's impressive range, artistic accomplishment, and Chicago's Gilded Age. 

July 1 September 30, 2018

VIEW FINDER: LANDSCAPE AND LEISURE IN THE COLLECTION

Experience a new and limited-time exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Photography.This exhibit shows through images how outdoor spaces—particularly national parks—have enhanced the human experience throughout history.

July 19 September 30, 2018

CHICAGO DUCKY DERBY AT THE CHICAGO RIVER

An iconic Chicago summer activity, the Chicago Ducky Derby returns once again to the Chicago River. This annual event is a fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois and brings together thousands of spectators to watch as over 50,000 yellow rubber ducks race down the river towards the finish line. You can adopt your own rubber duck for just $5.

August 9, 2018

CHICAGO HOT DOG FEST

A staple of summertime in Chicago, the Chicago Hot Dog Fest returns for the sixth year, promising a weekend full of family fun and delicious eats. Head over to Stockton and LaSalle Drive to sample a famous Chicago-style hot dog from the festival's lead sponsor, Vienna Beef.

August 10 – 12, 2018 

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Immerse yourself in the world of jazz this summer at the annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Through quality live performances, this festival seeks to inspire an appreciation for all forms of jazz. Witness local Chicago talent as well as performers from around the world for free this Labor Day weekend. 

August 30 – September 2, 2018

YEAR OF CREATIVE YOUTH FESTIVAL

Held across the Millennium Park Campus this September, the Creative Youth Festival showcases teen artists in the areas of dance, theatre, music, poetry, visual arts and more. Admission to this event will be free and open to the public.

September 22, 2018

Want more suggestions on things to do in Chicago during your stay? Call our Concierge at 312-542-3415 for more information or visit our Calendar of Events page.