- Local places
For an unforgettable experience, check out the famous Willis (Sears) Tower. At the time of its completion, it was the tallest building in the world and held the title for nearly 25 years. You’ll have the chance to step out on a deck of glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet from the building.This 108-story skyscraper is located a mile from Essex Inn.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Ten minutes north of Essex Inn is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Rooftop gardens showcase energy-efficient technology, and rare butterflies are on display in greenhouses. Illinois residents get free admission on Thursdays.
Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is less than a mile north on Michigan Avenue. Located in the building that once housed the Chicago Public Library, the center is considered a neo-classical masterpiece and one of the most splendid structures downtown. Daytime concerts are often staged here in Preston Bradley Hall.
A 15-minute stroll from the hotel, this 57-acre park houses three of the city’s most famous museums. Visit the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum of Natural History.
One of the most popular cultural attractions in the Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium contains 1,500 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.
One of the largest natural history museums in the world, the Field Museum contains gems, meteorites, fossils and cultural artifacts from around the globe.
Don’t leave Chicago without visiting the city’s most famous shopping strip, the Magnificent Mile, just 6 minutes north of the hotel on Michigan Avenue. Considered one of the top 10 dining and retail destinations in the world, this 13-block strip is packed with more than 460 stores and 275 restaurants.
Take a 10-minute stroll to Buckingham Fountain to see free water displays every hour (from mid-April to mid-October). Music and lights accompany the fountain after dark. Located at the center of Grant Park, the fountain is considered one of the largest in the world.
Located a 7-minute drive north, Navy Pier puts on a fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday night in the summer. While you’re there, check out the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, which has free admission.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Are you an animal lover? Don’t miss out on Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the nation’s oldest zoos, which houses 1,200 animals representing 230 species. Located 10 minutes north, the Lincoln Park Zoo offers free admission, seven days a week.
For a breathtaking view of the city, take a 7-minute drive to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory), located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. You can experience the city from 1,000 feet up, and interactive screens allow you to zoom in on different locations.Views stretch across 4 states and Lake Michigan.
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Taste of Chicago
Dates: 7/8/2015 - 7/12/2015Learn More07/08/15Dates: 7/8/2015 - 7/12/2015 http://www.choosechicago.com/event/Taste-of-Chicago/18479/
NIKE National Invitational Tournament 2015
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Dates: 7/10/2015 - 7/12/2015Learn More07/10/15McCormick Place North Dates: 7/10/2015 - 7/12/2015 http://www.niketournamentofchampions.com/calendar/
C3 Presents 2015 Lollapalooza07/31/15Dates: 7/31/2015 - 8/3/2015 http://www.lollapalooza.com/
If you’re in Chicago in August, you won’t want to miss this iconic three-day music festival, which features many of the top alternative rock, punk, metal and hip-hop bands in the country. With an unbeatable location across from the Grant Park fairgrounds, Chicago’s Essex Inn is a top pick for festival goers each year. Our rooms fill up fast, so book your Lollapalooza stay while there’s still time!Learn More08/01/15If you’re in Chicago in August, you won’t want to miss this iconic three-day music festival, which features many of the…
Ace Hardware Corporation 2015 Fall Convention
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GRAPH EXPO 15 & CPP EXPO09/13/15McCormick Place South Dates: 9/13/2015 - 9/16/2015 http://www.graphexpo.com/
PROCESS EXPO 201509/15/15McCormick Place North Dates: 9/15/2015 - 9/18/2015 http://www.myprocessexpo.com/
True Value 2015 Fall Reunion
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Chicago bears game
You can’t truly understand Chicago until you’ve attended a Bears game at Soldier Field – and with the stadium less than a mile from Essex Inn, there’s never been a better excuse to go. Come see this nine-time NFL championship team play on their home turf.Learn More10/04/15You can’t truly understand Chicago until you’ve attended a Bears game at Soldier Field – and with the stadium less than…
Starting and ending right across the street from Essex Inn in Grant Park, the Chicago Marathon is widely celebrated for its flat and fast course. The Marathon runs through 29 neighborhoods and past some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks.Register to run, or cheer alongside 1.7 million fellow spectators.Learn More10/05/15Starting and ending right across the street from Essex Inn in Grant Park, the Chicago Marathon is widely celebrated for…
Bank of America Chicago Health & Fitness Expo and Chicago Marathon
Lakeside Center at McCormick Place
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RSNA 2015 Annual Meeting11/29/15Lakeside Center at McCormick Place Dates: 11/29/2015 - 12/4/2015 http://www.rsna.org/Annual_Meeting.aspx
The Midwest Clinic 2015 International Band and Orchestra Conference12/16/15McCormick Place West Dates: 12/16/2015 - 1219/2015 http://www.midwestclinic.org/default.aspx
CDS Annual Midwinter Meeting 2016
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International Home + Housewares Show 201603/06/16Lakeside Center at McCormick Place Dates: 3/6/2016 - 3/9/2016 http://www.housewares.org/show/future.aspx
America's Beauty Show & Face and Body Midwest 201603/12/16McCormick Place West Dates: 3/12/2016 - 3/14/2016 http://www.americasbeautyshow.com/
USA Girl's Volleyball Qualifier 2016
McCormick Place South
Dates: 3/25/2016 - 3/28/2016Learn More03/25/16McCormick Place South Dates: 3/25/2016 - 3/28/2016 http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/Indoor/Girls/2015-Girls-JNC…