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Viceroy Chicago Concierge's Recommended Activities

Our team of concierges are familiar with all things in Chicago. Below are several of their favorite events and activities. Visit their desk in our lobby to learn more about the services they can provide.

Alex's Pick

The history of our beloved city’s urban development and civic planning was punctuated by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and shaped by countless hands and public policies. Those that are historically inclined would certainly appreciate wandering through our historic landmark districts, our house museums, and getting lost in our labyrinths underground pedestrian walkways—beware the failure of GPS and the roaming Chicago Bulls, and be sure to grab a map or a ball of thread.

The Prairie Avenue Historic District

  • The historic district is comprised of 11 residences, one of which dates back to the early 19th century, having survived the Chicago Fire to become the oldest surviving house in the city, and the rest built in the late 1800s for a collection of the wealthiest families of Chicago. A stroll through the residential district should include tours inside the Clarke and Glessner house museums (times are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and Wednesday—Sundays respectively), and the Chicago Women’s Park and Garden. Some of the houses have actually been moved in their entirety from other places in the city!
  • A visit to the area should include a tour of the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago, the only national historical landmark church in the entire city, for its notable architecture and its stained glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, of Tiffany and Co.
  • A hop and a skip down the road brings you to Motor Row, home of the remainder of the buildings built for the center of Chicago's once thriving automobile sales industry. An area once shared by Ford, Cadillac, and showrooms from other makers both still existing and defunct, the area saw a revival from incoming recording studios such as Chess Records, producing and hosting Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones, Willie Dixon, and many other musicians that would shape the future of music first in Chicago and then across the nation.

The Chicago Pedway

Downtown south of the Chicago River. Should one feel in the mood for an urban adventure, to see Chicago's literal underbelly, our city's business, financial, theater, and historic shopping district, along with the political nucleus all lie around and above a network of subterranean passageways and indoor passages that spans dozens of blocks cumulatively and allow a pedestrian to stroll through the downtown area sheltered from the elements, during business hours.

Largely utilized by Chicagoans both native and transplant to commute to and from work, the Chicago Pedway has access to the historic Marshall Fields Macy's, the Thompson Center, City Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park, and gets you within dashing distance of many other points of interest in the Loop.

Find the thought of an over and underground maze daunting? Perhaps consider one of the guided tours of the Pedway or beginning your adventure at the bar we have down there.

Meet Alex

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A humanist first, a host second, and a concierge third, he has 9 years of hospitality under his belt and fills out a suit exceptionally well. Most importantly, he wants more than anything that travelers enjoy themselves wherever they go, and hopes that those same travelers would wish him the same.

Emily's Picks

Chicago has over 75 different neighborhoods with very unique identities. If you’re willing to explore outside of downtown, there are many gems to be discovered.


Band of Bohemia

Band of Bohemia is a “culinary brewhouse” located on the north side of Chicago, and is the first ever brew pub to attain a Michelin star. They brew in house session ales that are artfully crafted to pair with food. While beverages are at the heart of this establishment, the cuisine and décor are just as elegant. While in the neighborhood, you may like to stop by the Old Town School of Folk Music to catch a concert or the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center for a cooking or language class.

Billy Sunday

In true flâneur fashion, take a leisurely stroll along the stately boulevards of Logan Square and make a stop at Billy Sunday to partake in some vintage amaro or fernet. While on the square, you may enjoy taking in a flick at the historic Logan Theatre, or shopping at one of the many independent shops like Wolfbait for locally crafted jewelry, clothing and greeting cards.

National Museum of Mexican Art

Located in the Pilsen neighborhood, on the south west side of the city, the National Museum of Mexican Art has over 9,000 permanent pieces and does not charge admission. They also host cultural programs including dance, theatre, and music. Pilsen is home to a strong artistic community which can be witnessed in the murals found along 16th Street and many others, but make time for some of the best tacos you’ll ever eat at Carnitas Uruapan.

Meet Emily 

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Southern by birth, Chicagoan by choice, Emily has called Chicago home since 2006. She spent most of her time in Chicago working in some of the city’s best restaurants but now enjoys sharing her perspective and passion for Chicago’s dining scene with guests.