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Find Exciting Things to Do Near the Magnificent Mile

Chicago is the ideal city to visit in any season. From Bulls games to symphony concerts, there's always something happening here. In the spring, hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom from mid-April until the end of May, while summertime ushers in the "Gardens of The Magnificent Mile" festival event, and winter, of course, continues the four-decades-and-counting tree lighting and fireworks tradition of Christmas on the Mile. Explore all that the Windy City has to offer from your luxury accommodations at The Whitehall Hotel. For more information on these or other events, feel free to stop by our concierge desk to learn about all the things to do near the Magnificent Mile of Chicago.

Taste of Chicago

Just 10 minutes from the hotel you can enjoy the world’s largest food festival for five days each July. Grant Park hosts this fabulous event offering fantastic food and live music – including major national and international stars

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Blues Fest

This exciting free annual event only 10 minutes from the hotel offers three full days and four stages full of incredible blues performances from both established and new blues artists, including major recording stars and top names.

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Air and Water Show

Presented by Shell Oil Products and the City of Chicago, this free show is the biggest of its kind in the US. Viewing is best along the lakefront, with North Avenue Beach, just ten minutes from the hotel, as the principal location.

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Bank of America Chicago Marathon

It takes just 10 minutes to get to the site of this annual IAAF Gold Label race that ranks as the fourth-largest race worldwide among the six World Marathon Majors, including the New York, Boston, Berlin, London, and Tokyo Marathons.

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Lollapalooza

This four-day music festival fills famed Grant Park with music each August. Just 10 minutes from the hotel, you can enjoy live performances from musicians such as The Weekend, Bruno Mars, Jack White, and the Arctic Monkeys.

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Pride Parade

Also known as the Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, this annual two-day event is held on the last weekend of June just ten minutes from the hotel to celebrate the LGBT community with a parade, music, exhibitions, food, and drink.

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Jazz Festival

This popular four-day free jazz celebration is based in Millennium Park only 10 minutes from the hotel. A well-known Labor Day Weekend tradition showcasing artistic creativity, the festival focuses on all forms of jazz with an impressive array of live performances.

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Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Starting the holiday season, this annual festival held only 2 blocks away features Disney characters, colorful floats, brilliant balloons, marching bands, and musical performances accompanied by the incredible glow of over one million lights.

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