Things to Do in Chicago
Discover exciting things to do in Chicago. Our Chicago hotel is conveniently located near a Pulaski Orange Line train station that provides direct access to downtown Chicago attractions. We’ll help you experience the best of Chicago, from arts and sports, to festivals and Chicago attractions for kids. Whether you are a business or leisure traveler, using our hotel as a Midway Airport Hotel or as a McCormick Place Hotel, you’ll find the below attractions and our custom curated Chicago events calendar to be useful tools to get the best out of your visit.
In the city of iconic architecture, a sightseeing boat along Lake Michigan offers guests insight into how Chicago grew from a small back country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. Chicago architecture river cruises are a top activity for visitors.
Having a strong art museum presence in Chicago, visitors love to explore the art scene in the city. From the hotel, just board the Orange train to reach downtown for The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Or catch the same train for Pilsen for a rich experience at the fascinating National Museum of Mexican Art and the neighboring independent, ethnic art galleries.
There is no shortage of fun Chicago attractions for kids near Carlton Inn Midway. The world-class Children’s Museum at Navy Pier is a must see. The Brookfield Zoo, which is a short ride from our hotel, is an exciting combination of indoor and outdoor fun for children. On a fine sunny day, make sure to visit the free Lincoln Park Zoo located in the heart of Chicago. Explore Chicago events here.
If you love to eat, the Taste of Chicago is one mouthwatering summer festival to attend. From turkey legs to local gourmet food, the Taste of Chicago satisfies all palates. Be sure to catch cultural Chicago fairs centered on music, arts, ethnicities and holidays, and you won’t be disappointed. Book a room at Carlton Inn Midway for easy access to Chicago’s festivities, including the Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Wells Street Art Festival, and Printers Row Lit Fest. Explore Chicago events here.
The well-known University of Chicago is located a short distance from the city center in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side. Campus tours are available or enjoy a leisurely, self-guided tour. University of Chicago offers a variety of public programs including lectures, professional development, entertainment and opportunities for personal enrichment.
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the largest and most diverse underwater exhibits in North America. The diversity at Shedd Aquarium has made it one of the most visited aquariums in the US. Shedd offers a combination of entertainment, knowledge and fun. Make sure to discover this aquatic beauty in Chicago.
The Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue is a shopper’s fantasy. Filled with world-class department stores, boutiques, specialty shops, and more, the Magnificent Mile provides adventures in store for everyone. If you love shopping, you’ll shop till you drop here.
For many years, Navy Pier has been the place where most tourists in Chicago come together to enjoy all the fun and beauty of a day on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is host to a wide range of family-oriented events and entertainment including more than 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions.
Chicago is famous for its music and theatre. Easy to access from our hotel, downtown Chicago has 13 major theaters including the Cadillac Palace, Ford Oriental, Congress Theater, Chicago Theater, and Goodman Theater. Downtown Chicago theatres are easily accessible from Carlton Inn Midway on the Orange Line train.