Chicago is a world-class city with so many amazing sites and attractions to offer. It may be hard to squeeze in everything you could want to see and do during your visit to the Windy City, so to help, we’ve put together a map of the local South Loop Attractions, as well as major sites you won’t want to miss in the Downtown Area.
South Loop Feature Attractions
The Field Museum
One of the largest natural history museums, check out award-wining exhibits and Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.
Tommy Gun's Garage
Get transported back to Chicago’s roaring twenties at Tommy Gun’s Garage Dinner Theater Show. You’ll enjoy an unforgettable night at this Chicago Speakeasy with music, comedy and classic Chicago gangsters!
Glessner House Museum
National Historic Landmark designed by American Architect Henry Hobson Richardson and built in 1887.
This church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and designated as a Chicago Landmark in 1977 by the City Council. Among the artistic works, there are more than twenty stained glass windows by artists such as Louis C. Tiffany, Healy, Millet, William Fair Kline and Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Dedicated to the achievement of world peace through individual happiness, the SGI promotes peace, culture and education based on the Buddhist teachings of Nichiren Daishonin.
Built in 1870, The Wheeler Mansion is one of the last remaining stately mansions that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Mansion is a Chicago Landmark as well as a National Landmark because of its architectural attributes and important historical significance.
Chess Records was an American Record Label. It specialized in Blues, R&B, Soul, Gospel Music, earl Rock-n-Roll, and occasional Jazz releases. The Rolling Stones recorded an instrumental at this location during their first US tour in 1964.
The Clarke House Museum is Chicago's oldest house, built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke. The house shows what life was like for middle-class families in Chicago during the city's formative years prior to the Civil War.
Recreational Park that houses Clarke House Museum & the Glessner House.
America's First Planetarium, founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to one of the world's most important antique astronomical instrument collections.
The Field Museum is home to world-famous Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton. It also houses remnants of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, as well as many other natural artifacts.
The John G. Shedd Aquarium is among the world's largest indoor aquariums, with more than 32,500 aquatic animals from waters around the world.
The Motor Row District is a historic district in Chicago's Near South Side community area. Auto rows developed in numerous US cities shortly after 1900 as car companies sought to create districts where the sale and repair of cars could become an easy urban shopping experience.
One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945.
The Art Institute is a world-renowned art museum, whose collection of European paintings is considered one of the finest in the world.
Running through the heart of Chicago's Downtown, Michigan Avenue is lined with upscale shopping, fine dining, luxury hotels and some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
With its unprecedented combination of Frank Gehry Architecture, Anish Kappoor art and tremendous landscape design, the 24.5 acre Millennium Park is widely considered the crowning achievement for Chicago. best known for "The Bean," also known by its official title "Cloudgate."
Grant Park, often called Chicago's "font yard," is home to Buckingham Fountain, respectively "Chicago's Front Door." Both sit along Chicago's lakefront.
Once the tallest building in the world, the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower offers visitors a height-defying experience 103 floors above the ground.
Offering lake cruises, a 150ft ferris wheel, a children's museum, Shakespeare Theatre and IMAX theatre (among much more), Navy Pier is Chicago's premier spot for recreation and fun.
With sweeping views spanning 4 states - Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois - there's a whole lot to see!
Expanded in 2013 to over 30,000 seats and repositioned with a view of Chicago's skyline, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is a huge outdoor amphitheater that has hosted artists such as Phish, Jack Johnson, 311, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Matthews Band, The Backstreet Boys and more over the years.
Home of the Chicago Bears, as well as many other sporting events, concerts, run/races, festivals and events throughout the year.
See a world of culture and delicious cuisine exploring Chicago's Chinatown.
Home of the Chicago White Sox. Catch a ball game while you're in town or just watch the fireworks from your guestroom!
Completed in 2012, this harbor and beach includes 1,000 boat slips, a 63,000 sq. ft. green roof, rentable indoor community space, playground, and outdoor public beach with amazing views of the Chicago skyline.
The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.
A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally known architectural treasure in Chicago.
91-acre peninsula with skyline views, hiking, fishing, & live music.
Fixed-price American dining with a gangster, flapper show in prohibition-themed speakeasy digs.
Two-level theater and event space
Beautiful beaux-arts building with vaulted lobby, mosaics and stained glass features. Open to the public featuring art and shows.
Free Zoo featuring lions, primates, reptiles and farm exhibit.
French Baroque-Style, 3,600 seat auditorium
184 acre park with fishing lagoon, athletic fields, tennis courts and more!
Thousands of plants from tropical species to seasonal flowers in a glass-domed structure.
The largest arena in the US, home to Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks.
10,000 seat Sports Venue scheduled to open Fall 2017