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Plan your July 4th Celebration in Chicago

Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Chicago steps from holiday festivities, Grant Park, the lakefront, museums and more.   Watch the Independence Day fireworks display at Navy Pier, take in the sounds of Grant Park Music Festival’s free concert in Millennium Park,  check out Shedd Aquarium’s Jazzin’ at the Shedd, then stop by Kitty O’Sheas patio and select a flight from the new whiskey menu featuring over 100+ blends.

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Captivate the whole family with endless exploration during the best time to visit Chicago – summer!  There’s so much to see and do in Chicago when the sun is shining.  Start each morning with a splash in the pool, venture out for a bike ride along the lake shore path to Navy Pier for a spin around the Centennial Wheel.   Cruise along the Chicago River, view the city from the top of the John Hancock at Tilt Chicago, satisfy your pizza craving with a slice of deep dish and reveal in endless festivals and events in our front yard, Grant Park.

Plan ahead for must see + do experiences while in Chicago:

Independence Day Festivities

Fireworks at Navy Pier, concerts in the park, parades in the city…celebrate the red, white and blue in Chicago on July 4th!

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Jazzin' at the Shedd

Jazzin’ at the Shedd is back with a festival-worthy lineup of three of Chicago’s top jazz ensembles each week. As the sun goes down and the music heats up, relax with a drink on our breezy terrace.

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The Dish on Chicago's Pizza

Bite into the pizza that Chicago is known for, deep dish!  Check out our local favorites!

Chicago's Best Pizza Places

360 Chicago - Home of TILT

360 CHICAGO observation deck, located 1000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile in the iconic John Hancock Building, offers breathtaking 360 degrees views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. 360 Chicago observation deck is also home of TILT – Chicago’s highest thrill ride – an enclosed moving platform that literally tilts you out over Michigan Avenue from the 94th Floor.

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Museum Campus

Walk on over to explore the Museum Campus, which is comprised of Shedd Aquarium where you can play with the penguins,   meet T-Rex Sue at the Field Museum of Natural History, or gaze at the stars when you visit Adler Planetarium where just outside you can take a selfie at the best location in the city!

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Divvy Bike Rental

Take a ride around the city on a Divvy Bike while you explore the sights and sounds of Chicago.  Divvy Bike has a rental station conveniently located across the street from the hotel at the corner of Michigan Avenue & 8th Street.


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Buddy Guys Legends

Take in the sounds of the blues at Buddy Guys Legends, located across the street.  View the calendar to see who will be jamming live while you are in town!


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  • Chicago Architecture Boat Cruise on the Chicago River

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF-certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history.



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  • One of many installations nearby

Wabash Arts Corridor

Surrounding Hilton Chicago is the Wabash Arts Corridor, regarded as a “living urban canvas” due to its ever growing number of large-scale mural installations and collaborative projects.  Feel inspired as you walk the neighborhood to take in the art, some of which adorns the Hilton Chicago on the west side of the building, featuring large scale images captured by Columbia College students photographing within the hotel…a must see!


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Grant Park Music Festivals -- Pritzker Pavilion

Located in Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion is an open air concert venue that features music from many genres.

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  • Chicago Water Taxi

Most Scenic way to get around town- Chicago Water Taxi

Take in the sights along the Chicago River as you travel from point A to point B in a Chicago Water Taxi.  Stops are located at Willis Tower and Navy Pier–

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  • Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain

The fountain is on and ready for you to make your summer wish!  Buckingham Fountain is a short stroll from the hotel and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon taking in the sunshine of Grant Park and Chicago’s lakefront.

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Visit Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, designed by Anish Kapoor, is one of the world’s largest outdoor installations. It is made of highly polished stainless steel that reflects the activity and lights of the park and surrounding city Skyline and is a must see on your Chicago trip!

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