Anytime is a great time to visit Chicago. But if you’re
looking to experience new Chicago attractions, we’ve got six that you won’t
want to miss. Besides being must-see points of interest, they also offer great Chicago
meetings and events venues you’ll want to check out.
Riverwalk is complete after its newest phase, which includes the Riverbank,
opened last fall. Now extending all the way from Lake Shore Drive to Lake
Street, this 1.25-mile pedestrian walkway along the Chicago River offers dining,
outdoor activities, sightseeing cruises, a museum and amazing water views. Meeting
and event planners will particularly be interested in offerings such as the fun
Island Party Boat, which can be
privately chartered; City
Winery Chicago, with its craft wines and beautiful outdoor patio; and the Chicago
Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises,
one of the city’s most popular architecture cruises that is also available to
The hotly anticipated American Writers Museum is set to
open its doors on May 16 on the Chicago Cultural Mile. The first museum of its
kind in the United States, the American Writers Museum will celebrate writers
(past and present) who have influenced our history, culture and even daily
lives, from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss. The high-tech museum’s multiple galleries
will feature interactive exhibits and rotating exhibitions that delve into the
minds and works of some of the world’s greatest writers. Readers Hall is a
unique event space that will host talks, author readings and signings,
workshops and other special events.
Scheduled to open this summer, the newly renovated Theater on
the Lake offers a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan in Lincoln Park.
Formerly a summer-only theater venue, historic Theater on the Lake will now be
a year-round multiuse facility. The revamped building will include a 330-seat
main theater, two event spaces with access to a lakefront terrace, and a new
restaurant with a patio offering panoramic skyline views. The building dates
back to 1920, and was designed by Prairie School architect Dwight H. Perkins,
who also designed Lincoln Park Zoo’s Café Brauer and the
nearby North Pond restaurant.
Marisol restaurant will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in June as
part of an extensive $16 million redesign. Run by Jason Hammel, chef/owner of
Chicago’s popular Lula Cafe in Logan Square (one of the city’s first
farm-to-table eateries), the street-level restaurant will feature a private
dining room and large-scale artwork by renowned British painter Chris Ofili.
The museum’s redesign will result in 12,000 square feet of new public gathering
spaces and a state-of-the-art education wing with expansive Lake Michigan
Scheduled to open this spring, The Park at Wrigley Field is an outdoor
plaza planned to host fun events such as farmers markets, live music shows, movie
nights and a winter ice skating rink. Restaurants, retail shops and an office
building will anchor The Park. Historic Wrigley Field, home base for the Chicago
Cubs World Series Champions, will also host 10 summertime concerts this year. Book
a private VIP tour for a look
behind the scenes of this venerable century-old ballpark or rent out
Wrigley Field for a corporate event. The 175-room Hotel Zachary is planned
to open across the street from Wrigley Field in early 2018.
Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, an exciting new year-round theater
venue, opens in fall at Navy Pier. The unique crescent-shaped theater design is
made up of mobile towers (comparable in size to a city bus turned on its end)
that can be configured into a variety of shapes and sizes, accommodating
audiences ranging from 150-850 people. The Yard joins Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s
other two venues: a 500-seat, courtyard-style theater and the 200-seat Theater
Upstairs. Plan a private party
or champagne reception prior to the show in one of Chicago Shakespeare’s
lobbies or in the English-style Pub.
Wrigley Field 1060 W. Addison St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 404-4200