Museums & Historic Sites

The Art Institute of Chicago

Housing one of the world’s premier art collections, the Art Institute of Chicago is the jewel in Chicago’s cultural crown. The works of art history’s most preeminent masters live on here: Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Grand Wood and hundreds more. An impressive variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions graces the museum’s grand and glorious galleries.

111 S Michigan Ave | Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles

The Field Museum

Between its ancient Egyptian mummies and Sue’s skeleton — the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found — The Field makes for a full day. Be sure to budget enough time to see it in its entirety.

1400 S Lake Shore Dr | Distance from hotel: 2.3 miles

Museum of Science and Industry

Standing within the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition’s Palace of Fine Arts, this Hyde Park institution has a number of fascinating exhibits on display. Highlights include Apollo 8’s command module and U-505, a German submarine captured during World War II. Come witness where science and history converge!

5700 S Lake Shore Dr | Distance from hotel: 8.2 miles

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Restored to its appearance in 1910, this elegant example of the Prairie School style was started by the renowned architecture in 1889. Wright designed more than 100 structures from his studio here as he raised six children with Catherine Tobin. The house today is a National Historic Landmark.

951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL | Distance from hotel: 12.6 miles

The Loop

A stroll around the Chicago Loop right outside our doors showcases some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers. The area was quickly rebuilt with steel after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, starting a boom of skyscraper construction across the country. The late 19th-century Chicago School architecture is especially notable here. It soon became one of the world’s largest commercial areas and was soon served by a streetcar loop and an elevated railway loop that gave the area its name.