Located in the hustle and bustling Lakeshore East neighborhood just east of Michigan Avenue and south of the Chicago River, the Fairmont Chicago is a perfect home base for a weekend out in the city. Whether you’re coming from another corner of the city or from farther away, it’s the place to relax and also do a bit of local exploration.
Rooms with A View (and a Bit of Luxury)
Within its glimmering glass facade, the Fairmont Chicago has 687 contemporary hotel rooms that provide warm comforts to their guests. Many of the rooms have stunning views of nearby attractions, including Grant, Millennium, and Maggie Daley Parks. Of course, some also feature Lake Michigan, and one could easily spend many hours just reading a book and looking out the window.
Along with their 24-hour fitness studio, there are a number of excellent amenities—including within each room such as printed throw pillows and original floral artwork by renowned photographer Warwick Orme. Additionally, guests can take advantage of fine linens, a spacious dressing area, and a separate soaking tub and shower.
200 N. Columbus Drive // RESERVE A ROOM
Go Down Under with a Pedway Tour
While many locals know about the Chicago Pedway, the casual tourist may be much less familiar with this elaborate series of underground tunnels and walkways. All told, there are over 40 blocks of tunnels that wind their way around the Loop and beyond, connecting CTA stations to major retailers, public buildings and so on.
And what a surprise: there’s a connection beneath the Fairmont! All the more reason to take a tour with Margaret Hicks, noted explorer and founder of Chicago Elevated, an award-winning tour company. You can book her 90-minute tour here, and the price is $20. The tour provides a unique view of this truly hidden Chicago secret and bonus: the Saturday tours start in the lobby of the Fairmont.
Pedway tour starts in the Fairmont Chicago Lobby // PURCHASE TOUR TICKETS
Explore Maggie Daley Park
Any time of year is perfect for visiting Maggie Daley Park, which features a climbing wall, a free skating ribbon, tennis courts, a play garden and picnic groves. Since opening two years ago, the park has received great attention from urban designers as well as visitors young and old. It's fun for the whole family.
337 E. Randolph Street // LEARN MORE AND PLAN YOUR VISIT
Relax at the Columbus Tap
After a long day of wandering around Chicago’s Pedway and running all over Maggie Daley Park, find some time to kick back and relax at the Fairmont’s Columbus Tap. With their large windows and airy atmosphere, visitors can sit around the bar or pull up to a cozy corner and order from their ambitious and tasty gastropub menu.
The dinner menu has a number of thoughtful favorites, including their designer crispy corn (drizzled with citrus mayo, fancy peppercorn and smoked sea salt) along with the stunning grilled asparagus salad. Moving on to mains, you can go all-in with one of their New York strip steaks or see what’s on offer in terms of their market fish selection.
If you’re staying overnight on the weekend, you might venture back for brunch. Here you can find the Orchard (an oversized pancake with cinnamon roasted apples) and a generous selection of designer Bloody Marys, including the Garnish, which features candied bacon and a spicy dill pickle.
200 N. Columbus Drive // Walk-ins welcome, or RESERVE A TABLE