Ivy Hotel is perfectly situated downtown, whether you’re looking for something off the beaten path or a taste of classic Chicago. Things to do nearby include shopping on Magnificent Mile, a day out at Navy Pier, trips to beautiful Lake Michigan, or admiring the city’s iconic architecture on a relaxing boat tour down the Chicago River. See below for more of what Chicago has to offer.

Sue the T-Rex skeleton in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

Field Museum

A natural history museum, the Field Museum is one of the largest museums in the world of its kind. Dinosaurs, ancient artifacts, and groundbreaking science fuel this staple in Chicago attractions.

Chicago Boat Tours

Whether you want to view Chicago’s famous architecture up close or take in the downtown Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, a Chicago Boat Tour should be on your itinerary. Witness the beauty of Chicago from the water and take in Chicago’s amazing landmarks like the Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, and Vista Tower.

Chicago River Boat Tour
A silhouette of a mother and child looking at a large aquarium full of coral and tropical fish.

Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium hosts as many as 32,000 animals and brings you face to face with their habitats including rugged rivers to wild reefs. Immerse yourself in a variety of colorful marine ecosystems and discover the wonder of the aquatic animal world.

Magnificent Mile

See what makes Chicago an international destination when you explore this eight-block stretch of downtown North Michigan Avenue, just walking distance or a short ride from the Ivy! This bustling area is filled with upscale shops, fashion outlets, and amazing restaurants. Explore the Magnificent Mile today.

Beautiful red, yellow, and purple spring flowers in the parkway along Chicago's Magnificent Mile.
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Art Institute of Chicago

As one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, the Art Institute of Chicago is recognized as one of the finest collections of paintings produced in Western culture with more than 300,000 pieces of art within 11 exhibits. Works of art range from early Japanese prints to contemporary American art.