Chicago, IL

Make the most of a long weekend or three-day excursion with this fun-filled itinerary for groups.

Top Activities

Millennium 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.

Willis Tower: It’s a building with retail and commercial office space at heart, but also inspires tens of thousands of visitors to take in the amazing views of the city and experience the breathtaking Skydeck (clear observation boxes & views extending to four states on 103rd floor).

360 Chicago: Observatory on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building with a tilting glass lookout 1000 ft. up.

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States.

Shedd Aquarium: With 32,000 animals to meet (and dozens to touch!), award-winning exhibits to explore and in-depth, hands-on activities to try, the possibilities are almost endless.

 

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Special Events

Chicago Latino Film Festival

The Festival will present 71 feature-length and 42 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival opens Friday, April 20 with the Chicago premiere of the Argentinian comedy ‘One Night of Love’ directed by Hernán Guerschuny and starring Sebastián Wainraich and Carla Peterson and ends Thursday, May 4 with the Chicago premiere of the Venezuelan biopic ‘Tamara’, winner of the Nueva Vision Award for Spanish/Latin American Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. All of the films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles (unless otherwise noted). The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and international filmmakers after most of the screenings.


Global Visionaries

For its annual spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Global Visionaries, a program of three contemporary ballets including a world premiere by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, the Chicago Premiere of The Miraculous Mandarin by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov, created specifically for The Joffrey Ballet, plus the return of Mammatus by internationally renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Global Visionaries is presented in 10 performances only, April 26-May 7, 2017.

Celebrated around the globe for his originality and humor, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman brings his unique cinematic vision to the Joffrey with a new work (untitled). Ekman has collaborated with classical and contemporary companies worldwide with award winning works that both entertain and challenge the observer. Works in Joffrey’s repertoire include the Chicago Premiere of Tulle, which took Chicago by storm in 2015, along with his wild and rhythmic Episode 31, which had its Joffrey premiere during the 2013 Chicago Dancing Festival.

 


Slowdive

See Slowdive live with special guest Japanese Breakfast May 3 at The Vic!

 

Local Transportation

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker: Hop-on/hop-off tours via rubber-wheeled trolleys & double-decker buses covering city highlights.


Big Bus Tours (Chicago): Take in the city’s impressive landmarks whilst our tour guides provide an entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago’s history. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to visit attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.


GO Airport Express is Chicago’s premier door-to-door airport shuttle service.


Windy City Limousine: Now the nation’s fastest growing ground transportation service and the first ground transportation company to be on INC 5000’s list of fastest growing private companies 5 years in a row.  We offer our customers the most diversified and impressive fleet of vehicles in the industry, along with the area’s best chauffeurs.


Aries Charter Transportation: Book a charter bus or private car for travel groups, corporations, weddings, proms, special occasions, sporting events and more. Serving the Chicagoland area for over twenty years, Aries Charter Transportation is your group transportation expert.


Distance from Major Airports

  • ORD – O’Hare International Airport (to downtown) – 19 miles
  • MDW – Midway Airport (to downtown) – 11 miles