Things to Do in Chicago

Viceroy Chicago, located in the exclusive Gold Coast neighborhood, brings the best of the city to your guest room door. Whether you’re visiting on business or pleasure, Chicago is the ideal destination for travelers seeking top entertainment, dining, and cultural experiences. Allow our expert concierges to plan a perfect experience for your family to make the most of the city and discover how easy it is to access activities all year long.

Local Attractions

Art & Culture

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. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually. Its collection—stewarded by 11 curatorial departments—is encyclopedic, and includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, and Grant Wood's American Gothic. Its permanent collection of nearly 300,000 works of art is augmented by more than 30 special exhibitions mounted yearly that illuminate aspects of the collection and present cutting-edge curatorial and scientific research.


The Riverwalk offers a variety of opportunities to find the beauty and spirit of the Chicago River. Any way you decide to take on the Riverwalk, you will be delighted with the choices you have to enjoy this treasure. Live performances from local musicians, public art exhibitions, and special events will be offered throughout the season. Chicago's Navy Pier, which juts an entire six city blocks from the heart of downtown into Lake Michigan, is made up of an outdoor boardwalk adjacent to corridors of exhibits and attractions. More than 8 million people visit it every year. Dare to stand out on the 103rd floor of Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower. A glass boxes extends four feet from the Skydeck, providing never before seen views of Chicago from 1,353 feet above it.


The Magnificent Mile encompasses the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue. The Magnificent Mile district extends a full square mile from North Michigan Avenue, including east to the scenic lakefront. A spectacular showcase of style, flavor, and entertainment, it’s home to more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and unique entertainment packed and stacked along its length. Just steps away from Viceroy Chicago, located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, Oak Street is Chicago's most prestigious shopping street with a mix of international couture houses, American luxury brands, and local boutiques.


Wrigley Field, built in 1914, is a true baseball treasure with over nine decades of rich history and home to the 2016 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs. United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. It’s the site of major concerts and events throughout the year.

Chicago Activities


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

November 29, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, festive holiday experience featuring hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities.

The Art on The Mart

November 29, 2020 - December 30, 2020

The 30-minute program of projections will be shown nightly at 7:00 and 7:30 PM.