Things to Do and See in Chicago

Explore Our Exciting City

Chicago is magnificently unique among American cities. It may not get the attention of New York or Los Angeles, but in many ways, its history and character exemplify the history of the whole country. The historic Whitehall Hotel, an independent boutique property, stands nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast, just moments away from Chicago's most iconic attractions. With sites from Lincoln Square and the Old Town Triangle District to Near South's Museum Campus in between, you can discover a town filled with life, history, and culture.

Step outside your hotel room and find yourself in easy range of the many things to do and see in Chicago, from famous attractions to lesser-known draws The Whitehall Hotel is your perfect base for your Chicago vacation. Our boutique Chicago hotel features a convenient location near North Lake Shore Drive, the Lake Shore Trail and Lincoln Park, and a short walk through the expanses of downtown will bring you to Goose Island, the Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Congress Plaza, Grant Park and more.

Learn about the many things to do and see in Chicago below.

Chicago Travel Guide

Our Chicago travel guide highlights the very best our city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for the tourist standards or hidden gems, let us recommend our favorite things to do and see in Chicago.

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The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is a center of sophistication, and style, featuring the best in shopping, dining, and more. With your stay at our standout among Magnificent Mile hotels, a world of luxury is just outside. Explore Mag Mile and indulge in a luxurious Chicago experience.

Read about things to do in the Magnificent Mile.

Dining & Nightlife

A noted gastronomic hub, Chicago is a smorgasbord of delectable cuisine. Sample local delights and international dishes in the many restaurants our city has to offer. The Whitehall houses gourmet offerings mere steps away from your room with Fornetto Mei, featuring tantalizing Northern Italian plates, and Mei’s Corner, an institution of Mandarin, Szechuan, and Taiwanese cuisine.

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Learn more about Fornetto Mei and view menus.

Learn more about Mei’s Corner and view menus.


The best in shopping sits mere steps away on the Magnificent Mile. From Saks to Saint Laurent, the neighborhood houses large department stores, fashion houses, tailored boutiques, and more.

Learn about the best places to shop on the Magnificent Mile.

Culture & Museums

From the Field Museum to the Art Institute of Chicago, culture and learning thrive all throughout the city with our many museums. Whether your interests lie in natural history, visual arts, or anything in between, Chicago is bound to have a museum to your liking.

Learn about the best in culture and museums.

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O'Hare International Airport 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666 18.66
Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 1.34
Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 1.62
Kohl Children’s Museum 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026 18.41
Six Flags Great America 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031 39.29
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Magnificent Mile N Michigan Avenue & E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 0.08
Magnificent Mile
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The Purple Pig 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 0.63
David Burke’s Primehouse 616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611 0.49
Rosebud on Rush 720 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611 0.31
Mei’s Corner 105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 0.04
Fornetto Mei 107 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 0
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Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 2.7
Field Museum

When you enter the doors of the Field Museum, you’ll meet Sue the T. Rex, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered. From here, the Field Museum experience begins, with a number of artifacts and dioramas tracing the chapters of human history.

Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637 8.38
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 1.46
Chicago Children’s Museum 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 1.23
Shedd Aquarium 1200 S Lake Shore Dr 2.73
Adler Planetarium 1300 S Lake Shore Dr 3.13
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Midway Airport 5700 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638 11.05
Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 1.34
Navy Pier

Straddling the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is a requirement for any Chicago vacation. Housing an array of attractions and activities, delectable dining, and much more, the Pier is sure to make for a memorable time.

The Whitehall Hotel
105 E. Delaware Place, Illinois, 60611, USA
Phone: 312-944-6300