Things to Do in Chicago

Explore Chicago's amazing attractions, landmarks, and dining scene during your upcoming stay at Kinzie Hotel! Located in the heart of River North, Kinzie Hotel puts you in the center for the very best of our vibrant, energetic, and exciting city. Whether you're exploring the city's museums, treating yourself to a Mag Mile shopping adventure, or catching a game at Wrigley Field, one thing is for certain: Chicago starts at Kinzie Hotel.

Take a look at our boutique River North accommodations, start planning your sightseeing itinerary, and get ready to explore Chicago!

Explore River North

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Eat & Drink

Take in the sights, sounds, and energy of Chicago as you explore the city's bustling River North neighborhood. The epicenter of Chicago's eclectic dining scene, River North's world class restaurants and boutique cocktail bars make it a true destination for epicurean adventurers. With the thoughtful, contemporary steakhouses like Bavette's Bar & Boeuf, modern seafood experiences like Ocean Cut, and iconic Chicago institutions like Harry Caray's, River North boasts an unrivaled variety of restaurants within steps of Kinzie Hotel.

Check out our River North dining guide and start planning your gastronomic exploration of River North!


River North Dining Guide

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Shop the Mag Mile

Just a ten minute walk from the world-famous Magnificent Mile, Kinzie Hotel provides the perfect home base for an unparalleled Chicago shopping getaway. During your River North shopping spree, indulge in some retail therapy as you stroll up and down Michigan Avenue, treat yourself at Water Tower Place, and hunt down killer deals at the Shops at North Bridge. After a long day of shopping, grab a complimentary cocktail and hors d'oeuvres at the Double Cross Lounge, take inventory of your Mag Mile finds, and get ready to hit the town's coolest bars and cocktail lounges!

For a truly awesome Chicago shopping adventure, treat your inner shopaholic with our Retail Therapy Package, which includes a $5000 Visa shopping card, exclusive shopping coupons, and more!


See Our Retail Therapy Package

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Explore Chicago Landmarks

Explore Chicago's most famous attractions and landmarks to see what makes Chicago such an iconic and historic city. Take in breathtaking skyline views from the Skydeck at Willis Tower or the John Hancock Building's 360 Chicago, spend the day at the Art Institute of Chicago, or catch a cool lake breeze on the carnivalesque Navy Pier. Whether you're stopping by Millennium Park for your requisite selfie in front of the Bean or seeing a show at the legendary Chicago Theatre, Kinzie Hotel will put you front and center for Chicago's most important historic landmarks.

Iconic Chicago Landmarks

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Explore the Museum Campus

You'll find many of the city's most iconic and acclaimed museums on Chicago's Museum Campus, located along the city's picture-perfect lakefront. Home to The Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, McCormick Place, and Soldier Field, the Museum Campus also features tons of urban greenery, panoramic city views, and plenty of open space for an afternoon picnic or stroll. Before you head back to River North, keep in mind that no trip to the Museum Campus is complete with a stop at Kim and Carlo's Chicago style hot dog cart, located at the south steps of the Field Museum.

To make the most of your Museum Campus excursion, book our Explore Chicago Package, which includes a CityPASS that will give you VIP access to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium.

Explore Chicago's Neighborhoods

To experience the city like a true Chicagoan, explore the city's neighborhoods. Each Chicago neighborhood has its own personality, unique energy, individual history, and great restaurants, architecture, and people.

Explore the West Loop

Embark upon a bonafide foodie adventure along Chicago's Restaurant Row in the West Loop! About a mile and a half from Kinzie Hotel, the city's West Loop neighborhood is home to some of the city's hottest restaurants. From Top Chef Stephanie Izard's playful take on fine dining at the Girl & the Goat to the Publican's pork and oyster emporium to wood-fired baja seafood at Leña Brava, the West Loop brings innovative takes on global flavors to the heart of Chicago.

You'll find no shortage of amazing places to grab a drink either. After your spectacular West Loop dinner, enjoy creative takes on classic cocktails at Moneygun, sample great stouts and IPAs at Haymarket Pub and Brewery, or taste homemade spirits at CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar.

Wicker Park/Bucktown

For vintage stores, tons of hipster tacos, and an abundance of bars and restaurants, don't miss the city's alway-bustling Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. Grab a doughnut and coffee from Stan's, take a walk down the lively Milwaukee Avenue, and stop in at neighborhood favorites like Big Star, Piece Pizza and Brewery, or the Urban Belly for some food, drinks, and fun.

Logan Square

To get to know Chicago's arts community, look no further than the Logan Square neighborhood. Located just off the CTA Blue Line, Logan Square is home to a bounty of hipster cocktail lounges, street art, boutique coffee roasters, art galleries, creative restaurant concepts, scenic tree-lined boulevards, and the always-buzzing Revolution Brewpub.


Old Town

For upscale boutiques, historic Victorian architecture, and a sophisticated-yet-charming atmosphere, head to the Chicago's Old Town Neighborhood. In addition to iconic bars like the Old Town Ale House and Twin Anchors, Old Town is also home to the Chicago History Museum, Second City, and Zanies Comedy Club.

Welcome to Chicago

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Beginner's Guide to Chicago

Traveling to Chicago for the first time? Check out our Beginner's Guide to Chicago for travel tips, information about the local culture, and a crash-course in all things Chicago. You'll be living like a local in no time.


Beginner's Guide to Chicago

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Chicago Transportation Guide

Whether you plan to drive, take the El, or hail a cab, some help navigating Chicagoland is always useful. Take a look at our Chicago Transportation Guide for tips on using Ventra, traveling to the airports, and getting around Chicago.

Chicago Transportation Guide