The Park at Lakeshore East
The 6-acre park at Lakeshore East provides a botanical centerpiece. It's wide open green space might best be described as a special front yard. Featuring more than 500 planted trees of more than 20 varieties and more than 100 varieties of plants and flowers the park at Lakeshore East is the crown jewel of the neighborhood. Park amenities include a children's play as well as an enclosed dog park.
Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.
A city centerpiece much like New York’s Central Park, the site of three world-class museums -- the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium-- the park includes the museum campus, a 1995 transformation of paved areas into beautiful contiguous greenspace. Grant Park's centerpiece is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's breathtaking lakefront views. The park also contains baseball diamonds, tennis courts and plays host some the city's largest food and music festivals.
Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot (1,010 m) long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. The pier was built in 1916 at a cost of $4.5 million, equivalent to $96.1 million today. It was a part of the Plan of Chicago developed by architect and city planner Daniel Burnham and his associates. Navy Pier was planned and built to serve as a mixed-purpose piece of public infrastructure. Its primary purpose was as a cargo facility for lake freighters, and warehouses were built up and down the Pier. However, the Pier was also designed to provide docking space for passenger excursion steamers. Today, Navy Pier is Chicago's number one tourist attraction.
Recreation & Activities
Urban Kayaks is owned by two brothers and a life long friend in their mid 20s. As native Chicagoans and avid adventurers, they all set out to create an experience that showcases their hometown in an amazing and unique way. From courteous and helpful staff to their lovable pooches hanging out at the shop, this experience will leave a smile on your face. They love Chicago and work hard every day to share the city that raised them and the adventure that inspired them.Urban Kayaks offers Chicago’s premier kayaking experiences on the Chicago River. They offer various trips based on any skill-level and group type.
Columbia Yacht Club
Since 1892, Columbia Yacht Club has been known as more than a ship on the Lake, as more than a sailing organization, as more than a dining room. It has been known and continues to be celebrated as the club that fosters a deep sense of pride and camaraderie among its members, officers, and staff.
Maggie Daley Park
In 2012, the Chicago Park District began transforming the northeastern part of Grant Park into Maggie Daley Park. For many decades, an expansive surface parking lot occupied this site with a portion of the Illinois Central’s sunken rail yard extending along the northwestern edge. In the mid-1970s, the Chicago Park District replaced the old park lot with the Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Plaza, a complex that provided a new 3700-car underground garage with major recreational facilities. Dedicated to Chicago’s former Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 – 1976), the facility included a new fieldhouse for indoor recreational programming as well as several outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, an ice skating rink, picnic areas, and Grant Park’s first playground.
The Art Institute
Located in the heart of Chicago, just a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute is composed of eight buildings and covers nearly one million square feet. Their eleven curatorial departments and over 500 employees not only care for our illustrious permanent collection but also present 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year. Enhancing all this is our research library for art and architecture, one of the finest in the country, and our state-of-the-art conservation facilities that both safeguard our collection for future generations and continually uncover new and exciting revelations about it.
The Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium is dedicated to a number of conservation programs and initiatives, including research on West Indiana Rock Iguanas started in 1994, coral conservation, Project Seahorse, Right Bite sustainable seafood program, Great Lakes conservation and many more. This is currently one of the largest indoor aquariums in the country.
Chandler Summer Party
Experience the wonderful tastes of moroccan and spanish food while listening to the comforting theme music of Hector Fernandez. August 26, 2016 7pm-10pm.
The Mid-America Club is the only club in Chicago with a panoramic view of the city’s distinctive skyline. Membership provides advantages to personal and professional enrichment throughout the year. The Club is Chicago’s premier venue for building diverse relationships and networks.