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Restaurants and Recreation

Restaurants

Park Grill

Park Grill is an award-winning contemporary American restaurant. Located at the gateway to Millennium Park, it gives you a great Chicago experience on Michigan Avenue. The menu includes a unique flavor in everything from flat breads, pasta, burgers, steak and sustainable fish.

11 N. Michigan Ave
(312) 521-7275
http://www.parkgrillchicago.com/


The Gage


Only steps from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, this restaurant and tavern serves upscale comfort food, along with a great selection of wine, beer, and whiskey. The Mussels Vindaloo and Hanger Steak Salad are strongly recommended.

24 S. Michigan Ave
(312) 372-4243
http://www.thegagechicago.com/


Eleven City Diner

Eleven City Diner is an old school diner that meets Jewish delicatessen. It is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner. For brunch, try the Lox and Latke. Otherwise, you will not go wrong with matzoh ball soup and a corned beef on rye.

112 S. Wabash Ave
(312) 212-1112
http://11.elevencitydiner.com/



The Tortoise Club

Serving American fare and classic cocktails, this restaurant with a clubhouse feel features live jazz and an enjoyable lounge. House favorites include Brussels Sprouts Salad and Pheasant Pie.

350 N. State St.
(312) 755-1700
http://tortoiseclub.com/


 
Girl and the Goat

Girl and the Goat is a contemporary American restaurant that is widely recognized and loved by the Chicago foodie population. Serves fun food, craft beers, and wine in a rustic environment. Reservations usually need to be made in advance.

809 W. Randolph St.
(312) 492-6262
http://www.girlandthegoat.com/


The Publican

The Publican features hand-selected and sustainably raised fish, seafood, and pork. Their menu also includes an extensive international beer list with more than 100 ales, lagers, stouts, and ciders.

837 W. Fulton Market
(312) 733-9555
http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/



Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s Crab House is an upscale seafood restaurant that includes a fun, upbeat oyster bar. Their steamed Alaskan red king crab legs are delicious. Or if you are feeling bold, try their fresh oysters. On Sunday, there is an outstanding brunch that mixes seafood with breakfast.

21 E. Hubbard St.
(312) 527-2722
http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/

 

Deep Dish Pizzeria’s

You cannot visit Chicago without ordering deep dish pizza at least once. Strong opinions exist about who serves “the best” deep dish pizza, but at the end of the day, you will not go wrong with any of the big three:
Giordano’s, Gino's East, or Lou Malnati's


Giordano’s 

Giordano’s began in northern Italy by Mama Giordano’s renowned stuffed pizza recipe. In 1974, Chicago was in need of authentic pizza so her two sons moved to the city and brought their mama’s recipe with them. They are now known as the best stuffed pizza in Chicago!

730 N. Rush St.
(312) 951-0747
http://giordanos.com/


Lou Malnati’s

Lou Malnati started working with pizza in 1940 and opened his first pizzeria in 1971. Lou Malnati’s is now considered to be the oldest family name in Chicago pizza. It continues to be a huge success with pizza made by scratch using the freshest ingredients.

805 S. State St.
(312) 786-1000
http://www.loumalnatis.com/


Gino’s East

In 1966, two taxi drivers were sitting in rush hour traffic and had a sudden realization that they should open a pizzeria together. That is a unique start to a business, but Gino’s East has been a legend ever since. Each pizza is made by hand with a secret, golden crust and fine ingredients.

521 S. Dearborn St.
(312) 939-181
http://www.ginoseast.com/

 

Treats

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Have a taste for the best diner pie you have ever had? Hoosier Mama Pie makes their pies by hand with the best ingredients. On Friday nights, they offer plated flights of three small pie slices that you select from six different flavors.

1618 W. Chicago Ave
(312) 243-4846
http://hoosiermamapie.com/


Sprinkles Cupcakes

Popular across the United States, the Chicago Sprinkles cupcake boutique is located in the Gold Coast’s shopping district near the Magnificent Mile. This location also features a 24-hour “Cupcake ATM” for quicker service or after-hour indulgence.

50 E. Walton St.
(312) 573-1600
www.sprinkles.com


Glazed and Infused

Glazed and Infused is not a typical doughnut shop with their unique, gourmet doughnuts. The maple bacon long john, a doughnut with a peppered strip of bacon right on top, is something you must try! There are multiple locations throughout downtown Chicago.

813 W. Fulton Market
(312) 226-5556
http://www.goglazed.com/locations/



Vosges Haut Chocolat
 

Vosges Haut Chocolat’s mission is to express creativity through the art of chocolate. Their vivid and innovative flavor combinations will give you a new take on what chocolate can be.

520 N. Michigan Ave
(312) 644-9450
http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/category/boutiques#chicago

 

Activities 


Chicago Food Planet Food Tours

This foodie tour in Gold Coast visits seven food tasting locations. Destinations include Chicago’s first Japanese-style restaurant, Chicago’s top rated deep dish pizzeria, and a homemade fudge shop.

830 N. Michigan Ave
(212) 209-3370
http://www.chicagofoodplanet.com/
Tickets are $47 per person



Architecture Boat Tour

You can experience Chicago from the river on this 90-minute tour. Chicago Architecture Foundation docents discuss more than 50 buildings located along the Chicago River. The tour demonstrates how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in fewer than 100 years. The tour is a favorite among both tourists and Chicago residents.

Boarding is at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge, along East Wacker Dr. (view website for detailed directions).
224 S. Michigan Ave
(312) 992-868
http://www.architecture.org/tours/boat-tours
Tickets are $37.85 per person


The Magnificent Mile

Shopping along Michigan Avenue will not disappoint. Go ahead and stroll the length of the avenue from the Drake Hotel to where it crosses the Chicago River. Along the way, you’ll encounter the shops at the Water Tower Place, numerous boutiques, and department stores; including Cartier, Ann Taylor, the Disney Store, the Apple Store, Burberry, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.

The Magnificent Mile is a 13 block stretch of Michigan Avenue that runs along the Chicago River from the south to the north and ending on Oak Street.
http://www.themagnificentmile.com/



International Museum of Surgical Science

The IMSS is housed in a lakefront mansion built in 1917, modeled after the Petit Trianon château at Versailles. In 1950, it was acquired by the International College of Surgeons and opened four years later as the IMSS under the direction of Dr. Max Thorek. The permanent collections include artifacts as well as paintings and sculptures that portray the milestones that have shaped modern surgical science.

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
(312) 642-6502
https://www.imss.org/

 

Family Fun


Family Bike Tours

There are hundreds of bike sharing stations around Chicago. Each station includes a payment kiosk, a station map and the bikes that can be released by using the ride code given when you purchase. You can then ride the bike to explore downtown Chicago!
The closest station to the Sheraton hotel is at the corner of Cityfront Plaza and North Water Street (view website for further directions).

(855) 553-4889
https://divvybikes.com/


Harry Caray’s Chicago Sports Museum

If you are a sports fanatic, you have to come here! There are several interactive activities for everyone to enjoy while learning the history of Chicago sports. The museum also includes a renowned restaurant, Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. You cannot go wrong with classic American comfort food.
This recent addition to the Magnificent Mile is located on the seventh floor of the Water Tower Place.

835 N. Michigan Ave
(312) 202-0500
https://www.harrycarays.com/chicagosportsmuseum/SportsMuseumHome.aspx


Chicago Children’s Theatre 

Since 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre has provided families with professional theatre programming throughout different venues. Starting October 9, A Year With Frog and Toad will begin at the Ruth Page Center for Arts. Based on the books, the show follows two best friends, the cheerful frog and the grumpy toad, while they endure their friendship through each weather season. This is a great show that will keep children engaged while learning life lessons. Check out the website for other showings.

1464 N. Milwaukee Ave
(773) 227-0180
http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/


Ruth Page Center for Arts

1016 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543
http://www.ruthpage.org/


Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is primarily dedicated to providing animals with high quality care. They have a large assortment of animals from mammals, birds to reptiles. Visit to meet their adorable new arrivals that include a baby white-cheeked gibbon and a baby black rhinoceros, plus many more!

2001 N. Clark St.
(312)742-2000
http://www.lpzoo.org/



Kohl Children's Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum is a place where families and caregivers with infants and children are encouraged to create, explore, and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health.

Located at Navy Pier- 700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-3428
https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/

 

Museum Campus

Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium gives you a behind the scene view of what happens in the sea. It includes several exhibits and 32,500 animals; sea creatures from an octopus, whales, penguins to sea turtles.

1200 S Lake Shore Dr.
(312) 939-2438
http://www.sheddaquarium.org/
Tickets range from $6 to $34.95


Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium’s mission is to create exploration and understanding of our Universe. It includes interactive exhibits that are great for both children and adults to learn more about stars, planets, and undiscovered worlds.

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
(312) 922-7827
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/
Tickets range from $8 to $28


Field Museum

The Field Museum was formed in result of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. It was first named Columbian Museum of Chicago but in 1905, the name changed to honor Marshall Field, the Museum’s first major benefactor. This historic museum includes several exhibits: The Machine Inside Biomechanics, Before the Dinosaurs, Titans of the Ice Age 3D, plus many more!

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
(312) 922-9410
http://fieldmuseum.org/
Tickets range from $18 to $31


Museum of Science and Industry

MSI is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Among its diverse and expansive exhibits, the Museum features a full-size replica coal mine, a German submarine, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) model railroad, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.

Nightlife

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is not just an ordinary bar; it is a dueling piano bar! Piano players and vocalists battle each other with any song that the audience suggests, and they might even call you on stage!

26 W. Hubbard St.
(312) 863-7427
http://www.howlatthemoon.com/



The Second City

For more than 50 years, The Second City has provided Chicago with sketch comedy and improv shows. If you are looking to have a great laugh, this is the place to go! Open seven nights a week, the comedy shows include short scenes, songs, and improvised comedy sketches.

1616 N. Wells St.
(312)337-3992
http://www.secondcity.com/
Tickets range from $28 to $48

 

Off The Beaten Path- Chicago Neighborhoods

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is only about three miles north of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel.  With 1,208 acres of green space, it is also full of boutiques, cafes, ethnic restaurants, taverns, museums, theatres, and a year-round open zoo! 

http://www.choosechicago.com/neighborhoods-and-communities/lincoln-park/

  

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is primarily dedicated to providing animals with high quality care.  They have a large assortment of animals from mammals, birds to reptiles.  Visit to meet their adorable new arrivals that include a baby white-cheeked gibbon and a baby black rhinoceros, plus many more! 

2001 N. Clark St.
(312)742-2000
http://www.lpzoo.org/  

 


Visual Art

Chicago has four distinct art districts scattered throughout the city. You can read about each one and download gallery maps here

  


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is located in an eco-friendly building while providing people of all ages a hands-on experience.  Visit to interact with live animals and learn about the ecology of Chicago!

2430 N. Cannon Dr.
(773) 755-5100
http://www.naturemuseum.org/

  

Café Ba Ba Reeba

Café Ba Ba Reeba is a well-known Spanish restaurant in Chicago.  It features many choices of tapas and pintxos in a lively Mediterranean style atmosphere. It also offers an authentic Spanish style brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

2024 N. Halsted St.
(773) 935-5000
http://www.cafebabareeba.com/

 


Lincoln Park Nightlife


Kingston Mines

Since 1968, Kingston Mines has been a Chicago institution for music. It’s open seven nights a week until 4 a.m. Come enjoy live blues and southern comfort food.

2548 N. Halsted St.
(773) 477-4646
http://kingstonmines.com/


J. Parker

This rooftop lounge is located on the 13th floor of the Hotel Lincoln, overlooking Lincoln Park and offering spectacular views of the city. Small plates are offered and it is perfect for an evening cocktail.

1816 N. Clark St.
(312) 254-4747
http://www.jparkerchicago.com/


http://www.choosechicago.com/neighborhoods-and-communities/lincoln-park/




Wicker Park and Bucktown 




Wicker Park is only about four miles northwest of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. In 1837, it began to be a part of Chicago and has provided enjoyment ever since! Throughout Wicker Park there are plenty of art exhibits, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and soulful music entertainment.

http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/

 

Farmers Market:

Wicker Park provides a special Farmers Market every Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., through October 26. Its mission is to provide the public with local and sustainably grown food and give local farmers the opportunity to do so.

It is located on Damen Ave, between Schiller St. and Wicker Park Ave.

http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/farmers-market/about



Feast

Feast is in the heart of the neighborhood surrounded by beautiful boutiques and shops. They are specially known for their exquisite, interesting brunch. The menu includes Eggs Portobello, Potato Skins with Eggs, and Crab Benedict.

1616 N. Damen Ave
(773) 772-7101

http://www.feastrestaurant.com/


ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation

ARC Gallery was opened in 1973 during the women’s movement as an alternative art gallery. It remains to be a non-profit, woman-run gallery with the mission to provide both men and women the opportunity to display their innovative artwork.

2156 N. Damen Ave.
(773) 252-2232

http://www.arcgallery.org/

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