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Chicago Dining + Attractions

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Come Early or Extend your Stay 

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and with dozens of cultural institutions, historic sites and museums, over 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, more than 7,300 restaurants and 552 parks in Chicago there is so much to see and do. Below are just a few of the many attractions Chicago has to offer. With all there is to see and do in Chicago, it would be our hope that attendees would come early or extend their stay to see all that Chicago has to offer!

Appetite Required

Celebrity chefs? Check. World-renowned restaurants? Check. Ethnic dining from around the globe? Check. Chicago's dining scene is unparalleled. From lavish cuisine to deep dish pizza, one thing is for certain in Chicago: an appetite is required.
Restaurants near Host Hotel:

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - $$ · Pizza
Family-owned local chain for Italian classics & Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with butter crusts.

Mercat a la Planxa - $$$ · Spanish
Creative Catalan-focused tapas, tasting menus & inventive cocktails in a stylish, swanky setting.

The Gage - $$ · American
Inventive American eats plus a long list of beers in a lively space with Millennium Park views.

Yolk - South Loop - $$ · Brunch Restaurant
Cafe chain serving creative breakfast dishes & sandwiches in a cheery, contemporary atmosphere.

Seven Lions - $$$ · American Restaurant
Elevated takes on classic American fare plus wine & seasonal cocktails in a chic, spacious setting.
Other neighborhoods to dine:

The city of Chicago is made up of over 70 neighborhoods and below are some suggested neighborhoods to stop in for a bite to eat:

Old Town
River North
West Loop
Gold Coast

Millenium Park

Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you will find a new kind of town square - a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike. On April 6, 2017, Chicago's Mayor Emanuel announced Millennium Park is now the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S.

Cloud Gate

Located in Millennium Park, this 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago's famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives. Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the People's Pier, Chicago's lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Chicago Cultural Center

Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.