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Points of Interest

Architectural Boat Tour

Chicago is known for architecture and there is no better way take in the views and history of each building than through an architectural boat cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Tours range from 60-90 minutes and the knowledge of the volunteers – mostly from Chicago’s Architectural Foundation – is vast.

Address: Along the Chicago River
Distance: Less than two miles/5 minutes

Art Institute Of Chicago

Award-winning art museum located in Chicago’s Grant Park area. The museum features an array of impressionist and post-impressionist works of art. The museum will host various collections for display throughout the year. Included is a large selection of architectural and industrial designs. The most recent addition features the new modern wing.

Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue
Distance: Less than two mile/5 minutes

Lincoln Park

This is a quaint upscale shopping district with a neighborhood feel to it. Many of the shops are in converted Victorian row homes along tree lined streets. You can browse for everything here, from clothing for men, women, and children to shoes, home decor, stationary and gifts. There are chic local shops and eateries as well. The Lincoln Park district sits on the historic Route 66 and you can see the signage along the road while you shop.

Address: Armitage/Halsted Corridor Chamber of Commerce 2534 North Lincoln Avenue
Distance: Less than 3.5 miles/15 minutes

Magnificent Mile Along Michigan Avenue

The mecca of Midwest shopping where you can find just about anything. This area is cosmopolitan as well as historical. Our Chicago winters will not even dull this experience, with five department stores and three indoor shopping malls, there is something for everyone. It can take more than one day to see everything!

Address: Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street

Millennium Park & The Bean

This public park is located just east of Chicago’s Loop, near Lake Michigan. Millennium Park spans across 24.5 acres of the northwestern portion of Grant Park. The area was previously home to the Central Rail Yards of Illinois. A variety of public art is featured throughout, the most famous being the chrome sculpture, Cloud Gate. However, because of its shape it is affectionately called The Bean by locals and tourists alike.

Address: 155 North Michigan Avenue
Distance: Less than one mile/10 minutes

Navy Pier

This 3,300 ft. long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan was first constructed in 1916 by famed architect, Daniel Burnham. Its original purpose was as a cargo facility for freight boats on the lake and as a docking facility for passenger excursions. Over the years it has evolved and is now home to many tourist attractions including, Chicago Children’s Museum, Ferris Wheel and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. It is now considered the number one tourist attraction in Chicago.

Address: 600 East Grand Avenue
Distance: Less than two mile/5 minutes