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Enjoy Local Experiences and Outdoor Activities in Chicago

Chicago is known for its resilience and inspirational comebacks. A mix of neighborhoods, attractions, beautiful parks, and plenty of outdoor activities, the windy city is a socially distanced friendly place to visit. The IVY Hotel puts you within minutes of safe, outdoor fun. Pack the car and get on the road to come and reconnect with Chicago’s natural beauty.

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See the city from Lake Michigan on a boat tour by Shoreline Sightseeing. Cruise the coastline and view Chicago’s downtown skyline with properly spaced seating to allow for safe social distancing. 

If you’re more of an architecture buff, tour the city’s historical landmark buildings on all three branches of the Chicago River. There are over 40 Chicago landmarks on the 75-minute architecture boat tour for you to discover.


Chicago Greeter has resumed its free guided walking tours for Chicagoans and visitors alike. With a Greeter Visit, a friendly and knowledgeable local will help you experience historic landmarks and explore a unique neighborhood of your choice, all while avoiding heavily populated areas and remaining socially distanced.

Request a Greeter Visit

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view of chicago along the chicago river


The Chicago Riverwalk is now open from 6AM to 11PM. The 1.25 mile long path allows for close access to the waterway and world-famous architecture. Whether you want a picturesque walk through the gorgeous downtown, grab a bite to eat, or want to get out on the water, the Riverwalk is a local and traveler favorite.

View the Chicago Riverwalk Map


The Field Museum is open and ready for you to explore in a socially distanced manner with one-way paths on their exhibits. Most of their exhibition spaces are open including the alls of Evolving Planet, Inside Ancient Egypt, and the Grainger Hall of Gems. The Rice Native Gardens are outdoors and perfect for a mini-nature walk or a peaceful break.

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ivy hotel rooftop events


The Sky Terrace Rooftop Lounge on our 16th floor is open for dining. As one of the very few open-air concept rooftop bars in downtown Chicago, we pride ourselves on all the ways we are keeping everyone safe. Enjoy signature cocktails, delectable eats, and beautiful downtown views.