Discover the vast variety of Chicago attractions & fun things to do in Chicago, all located near the Hampton Inn Majestic! Our central location in the Chicago Theatre District is convenient to attractions in downtown Chicago such as Grant Park, Millennium Park, State Street shopping, famous Chicago museums & much more. Two great resources to see what is happening while you are in town are Time Out Chicago These can be a wonderful resource to see what special events, theatre productions & concerts will be happening inthe Windy City.
Chicago Attractions & Things to Do
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me -
We are the closest hotel to the Chase Bank Auditorium, home to WAIT WAIT... DON'T TELL ME. This incredibly popular NPR news quiz is taped in front of a live audience most Thursday evenings at the Chase Bank Auditorium. Remember, tickets sell out fast once they go on sale at 10am Fridays 6 weeks in advance to taping, so if there is a panelist you are looking to see, book quickly! Many people don't know that you can only buy tickets on the WBEZ website, not the NPR website.
DIVVY Bikeshare -
DIVVY is Chicago's bikeshare. DIVVY 24 Hour passes are great for visitors & spontaneous trips. It is a fun, easy way to take short trips around Chicago. Just walk up to a DIVVY station & purchase your pass with any credit or debit card. The closests DIVVY station is located just 1/2 a block from the Hampton Majestic at the Chase Tower Plaza.
Grant Park -
Grant Park is the cornerstone of green space in downtown Chicago & home to world-class Chicago attractions. Scores of fun things to do in Chicago are found here at Grant Park, such as touring the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, & the Art Institute of Chicago. Grant Park also offers walking and jogging paths, play areas, and hosts large festivals and special events.
Millennium Park -
Millennium Park has been dazzling visitors and locals nonstop since it opened in 2004 along Michigan Avenue. The 25-acre park celebrates an innovative collaboration of architecture, landscape design & public art that brings people together. Millennium Park offers many things to do and see including the famous Chicago sculptures "Could Gate," but affectionately known as "the bean" to locals, concerts, seasonal ice skating , performing arts, walking paths, sitting areas, gardens & much more. Millennium Park hosts over 500 free events each year.
State Street Shopping -
The original shopping hub of downtown Chicago, State Street today continues living up to its reputation. Perhaps the most famous State Street retailer is Macy's located in the former & historic, Marshall Field's flagship store building. Shoppers will also find flagship stores for Urban Outfitters, Target and Old Navy. State Street is located just 1/2 a block from the Hampton Majestic.
The Magnificent Mile Shopping -
The Shop at one of the world's top retail avenues & discover 13 blocks of department stores, high-end designer boutiques, eclectic galleries, souvenir shops & more. The Magnificent Mile is the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south, to Oak Street to the north. The Magnificent Mile district extends a full mile on North Michigan Avenue.
Block 37 -
Block 37 is a Chicago renaissance in the making. Encompassing an entire square block in the downtown Chicago Loop area, Block 37 is an exciting 5-story atrium featuring shopping, dining & entertainment. Block 37 takes its name from the Chicago history pages. This 58-block area of downtown Chicago was once identified by individual block numbers.
Navy Pier is the quintessential theme park attraction in Chicago. Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier has a storied past dating back nearly 100 years. Today, Navy Pier offers exciting things to do in Chicago, all in one location. Navy Pier attractions include the historic Ferris Wheel, a 1920's era musical carousel, Chicago Children's Museum, IMAX Theater, Lake Michigan dinner cruises, & the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Water Tower Place -
Watertower Place is a premium shopping mall on Michigan Avenue that offers over 100 fine retailers and Macy's department store. Water Tower Place stores include Betsey Johnson, White House Black Market, bebe, Banana Republic, & American Girl Place. A food court offers a variety of eateries for casual dining or a nice sit-down expereince.
Willis Tower -
Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower enjoys the legacy of once holding the title as the tallest building in the world. Today, while no longer the tallest in the world, Willis Tower remains a favorite Chicago attraction for locals & tourists. The Skydeck is the main attraction at the Willis Tower. Make your way to the 103rd floor for staggering views of the Chicago skyline & three neighboring states. Step onto the glass balcony Ledge for added thrills. Interactive displays & historical timelines tell the story of the Willis Tower. The Skydeck is open daily.
The Art Institute of Chicago Museum -
The Art Institute of Chicago is among the world's top art museums & institutions for art education. The museum's extensive collection spans over 5,000 years of expression from civilizations around the world. Themes include photography, painting, textiles, prints and drawing, decorative arts, sculpture, architecture and design, and culture-specific works.
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