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Downtown Chicago Attractions

Navy Pier – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Shops and Dining
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
  • Outdoor Sculptures
  • Boat rides
  • Festivals and Events

Sears Tower– short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Area shopping and Dining
  • Third tallest building in the world

John Hancock Center– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Magnificent Views from Signature Lounge
  • Shopping at John Hancock Center and other area shop (i.e. Water Tower Place)
  • Dining at “The 95 th”, tallest restaurant in Chicago with more magnificent views

Field Museum of Natural History – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Area dining
  • See neighbor – Soldier Field (Home of Chicago Bears)
  • Lakefront location

Chicago River– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Architectural River Cruises
  • Other boat tours – Chicago River/Lake Michigan
  • Architectural Boat Tours
  • Many River front restaurants

State Street and The Loop – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Shopping and Dining
  • Library
  • Architecture – State of Illinois Building
  • The Loop

Wrigley Field/Chicago Cubs – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Go see a Cub’s Game (day games are best!)
  • Friendly pubs, restaurants and shopping

Theater and Music– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Second City – for a good laugh!
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Many Great Chicago Jazz & Blues Nightclubs (House of Blues, Biddy
  • Mulligans
  • Kingston Mines, Blues Chicago, and others)
  • See a film or a play

Financial District– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Chicago Fed Visitors Center
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Many area shops and restaurants

Eating and Drinking – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Maxwell Street Polish Sausage
  • Have lunch outside like a local on one of the many large building terraces
  • Incredible variety of fascinating and delicious restaurants
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Rain Forest Café
  • Gino’s East of Chicago
  • Pizzeria UNO and DUE

 

Michigan Avenue – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Water Tower Place (Classic Chicago Shopping and Dining)
  • The Magnificent Mile – More Classic Chicago Shopping and Dining
  • Chicago Architecture
  • Wrigley Building
  • Chicago Water Tower – only building standing after Great Chicago Fire

Art Institute of Chicago – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Area shopping and Dining
  • Right on the Lake

Architecture and Art (Outdoor) – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Corn on the Cob Architecture – Marina City
  • Chicago’s Picasso
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Lake Point Tower
  • Many other significant buildings and artwork

Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Lake Michigan beaches
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Lincoln Park Shopping and Dining
  • Biking along the beaches
  • North Avenue Beach

Millenium Park – Chicago’s Newest Park– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Crown Fountain (Interactive Art)
  • Lurie Garden
  • Multimillion Dollar Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Concerts and Special Events

Adler Planetarium – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Learn about the stars
  • Astronomy Museum

Festivals – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Daley Plaza – Seasonal Events
  • Air & Water Show
  • Ravinia Festival in Highland Park
  • A City of Festivals Celebration
  • Fireworks at Venetian Night
  • 4 th of July Fireworks Display at the Lake Front
  • Many other festivals and events (ask at front desk for info)

Chinatown – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Feng Shui fun
  • Chinese New Year
  • Many interesting and enjoyable shops and restaurants

South side Highlights – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Prairie Avenue Historic District
  • Pullman Historic District
  • US Cellular Field (Home of Chicago White Sox)

Lincoln Park Zoo – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

  • Free Zoo
  • Right on the Lake
  • Open all Year

 

Grant Park / Buckingham Fountain – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

John G. Shedd Aquarium – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

Museum of Science and Industry – A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

Chicago Cultural Center– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

Museum of Contemporary Art– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

Harold Washington Library– A short drive or train ride from Carleton Hotel Oak Park

 

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