So Much to do, Let's Make the TimeThis vibrant neighborhood offers an abundance of stunning diversions, from trendy shops to dazzling dining to exciting theater and nightclubs. As one of Chicago's more established lakefront neighborhoods, Lakeview East is a diverse place to visit and explore. For the baseball fan, our hotel is blocks from historic Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs. Outdoor enthusiasts can embrace the lakefront beaches, get things moving on the running and bike paths or launch a boat at Belmont Harbor. It's also host to some of Chicago's biggest annual events including Halsted Street Market Days, the Annual PrideFest and Pride Parade, and the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts for all day (and night) art, live music and outdoor dining. Of course, there is no lack of night life with the Elbo Room, The Vic and Park West boasting some of the greatest musical talent the city has to offer. If you're a theater buff, Blue Man Group performs at the Briar Street Theatre just blocks away, and continues to thrill audiences year after year.
Given the current situation around the world, many events in Chicago have been postponed and some attractions have been temporarily closed.
However, there are still so many ways to enjoy the city! Just remember, masks are required at all public places in the city. And many of the attractions listedbelow require reservations to enhance social distancing.
INDOOR DINING NOW OPEN!Have you missed going to your favorite restaurant for a relaxed night out? Well, Good News! because indoor dining is OPEN! Capacities are limited to 25%, so a reservation might be required for most places . . . By the way, that goes for bars, taverns and breweries as well (as long as they serve food)! So call your local watering hole for reso's today! Keep in mind, masks are still required as is social distancing . . .
FILL YOUR SOUL . . .Finally, Chicagoans and visitors can get back on the culture trip we've been craving . . . with restrictions lifted, most area museums are open or opening soon. Of course, like dining, capacities will be limited, and masks and social distancing are still required, but isn't it worth it . . . just for a taste of Monet? Or to see the frolicking dolphins once again? Check out the schedule of openings below! Check out what's happening at your favorite museum by hitting the links below!
- Field Museum
- Shed Aquarium
- Art Institute
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Chicago History Museum
Speaking of culture trips . . . If you're a big fan of Super Heroes (or own a cape yourself, you'll want to check out Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrating 80 years of Marvel at the Museum of Science and Industry. Here you'll find a huge collection of costumes and props from your favorite Marvel films, as well as a plethora of other stuff filled with super powers! Reservations are required, so hit the link and reserve your spot. This Exhibit takes flight October 25th, so book it now!
If art is more your thing, you're not going to want to miss the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit that has been enchanting audiences worldwide. It's at the Lighthouse ArtSpace in Chicago's Gold coast and only through September. Book yourself some tickets and GOGH!
CONCERTS ARE BACK AT WRIGLEY FIELDIf you're like most people, you can't go another summer without a concert at Wrigley Field . . . well, lucky for you, and the rest of us, concerts are back!!! Coming July, you can check out Chris Stapleton (July 17), or Guns & Roses (July 21) . . . August is jammed packed with the likes of The Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Wheezer (Aug 15), Lady Gaga (August 27, Def Leppard & Motley Crue (August 29), and wait for it . . . Maroon 5 (August 30). Tickets are going fast. Get yours!!
Just because it's winter, that doesn't mean you should neglect the great outdoors! Chicago is home to amazing parks and recreation, even during the winter months. Check out Lincoln Park, Millennium Park, and Grant park all with a dramatic skyline backdrop. And for a little excitement, ice skate the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daly Park . . . it's a thrill a minute as you wind and dip through the park. Reservations are required.
Shopping in Chicago never really closed . . . all major department stores and most boutiques are open for business and on the ready to welcome you! There is a 25% capacity limit, so come prepared with a mask and be ready to distance!