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From the Magnificent Mile to the Cultural Mile—You Are Here.

In downtown Chicago, it’s never a matter of wondering what to do. It’s a matter of deciding what to do. From the front door of the Hilton Chicago, you can easily reach any of the many events and attractions that will make your stay here one to remember.  Here are some of the fun things to do & see in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

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Shoreline Water Taxi

Shoreline Water Taxis are the fast and fun way to get to Chicago’s top attractions. After visiting nearby Shedd Aquarium, hop on a water taxi and head to Navy Pier and enjoy scenic skyline views along the way.

Chicago Loop -Things to Do

Public art installations of the South Loop area are like hidden gems — explore the Wabash Arts Corridor living canvas of large scale murals, numerous public art installations, landmark buildings, Grant Park’s seasonal Buckingham Fountain and the Chicago River Walk’s Art on the Mart nightly installation.

Soldier Field

Home to the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field is located within Grant Park—only six blocks from the Hilton Chicago.

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Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain

Located only one block from the Hilton Chicago, Grant Park consists of 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and is home to attractions including Buckingham Fountain, the Lincoln Statue, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, and Millennium Park. It also hosts a variety of events and concerts throughout the year.

McCormick Place Campus

Guests of the Hilton Chicago are conveniently located walking distance or a quick bus ride from the McCormick Place Campus – the largest convention center in North America.

Museum Campus

The Museum Campus is a pedestrian-friendly park consisting of 57 acres along the edge of Lake Michigan. It is home to three of Chicago’s most popular museums: the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has showcased magnificent art collections for more than 150 years. Known for its Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings, the institute houses more than 260,000 works of art. At one million square feet, it provides a fascinating journey into the more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.

Millennium Park

Sitting atop a parking garage and the Millennium Station commuter rail, Millennium Park is considered to be the world’s largest rooftop garden. Located within the northwestern section of Grant Park, Millennium Park features a variety of public art, post-modern architecture, an ice-skating rink, and a variety of others attractions. Numerous events, concerts, and cultural activities are held here throughout the year.

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State Street Shopping

One of Chicago’s historic shopping destinations, State Street became famous when Frank Sinatra sang its praises in his song “Chicago”. Today, it’s home to a pedestrian mall and a variety of well-known stores. Visitors here can see the Chicago Archbishop’s Mansion, the Original Playboy Mansion, the Chicago Theatre, and more.

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Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre was built in 1921 and was the first large movie palace in the United States. Its stunning French Baroque style, magnificent lobby, and grand staircase provide ample reason for a visit while you’re in the area. Simply walking by is an experience in itself as the Chicago Theatre marquee and six-story-high CHICAGO sign are striking icons on State Street. Stage plays, magic shows, comedy, concerts, and more are performed here throughout the year.

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Magnificent Mile

Considered one of the Great Avenues of the World, Magnificent Mile is home to shops, restaurants, outdoor exhibits, and much more. Officially Michigan Avenue, this is a definite must-see during a visit to Chicago.

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Navy Pier

Only two miles from the Hilton Chicago, historic Navy Pier is Chicago’s premier tourist attraction. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, visitors here can ride on a 15-story Ferris wheel, eat at one of the many lakeside restaurants, take a boat tour, watch a 3-D movie at the IMAX Theater, visit the Chicago Children’s Museum, listen to live music, and much more.