Choose the comfort and closeness of the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront hotel - formerly Hotel 71 - for your next visit to Chicago. If you are traveling to Chicago for business, rely on this downtown Chicago location for proximity to exciting attractions, as well as corporate offices and business districts. The following area attractions represent just a sampling of the many wonderful things to see and do, which await guests of the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront hotel.
Arts & Cultural
Art Institute of Chicago
Boasting one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and the second largest art museum in the US, the Art Institute of Chicago - located in the Loop - offers art aficionados over 300,000 works of art housed in eight buildings totaling nearly one million square feet, with diverse holdings including American art, Old Masters, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and much more.
Noted for its distinctive marquee which often appears in film, television, and photography as well as its Neo-classical architecture, this Chicago Landmark theater is located in the Loop, and hosts a variety of stage events, concerts, dance, comedy and special events.
Ford Oriental Theatre
Located in the Loop and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre originally opened in 1926 as a deluxe movie place and today is operated by Broadway In Chicago, which has hosted a number of renowned stage productions, including the Chicago premiere of the musical Ragtime, a sit-down production of Wicked, and the 2009 Tony-award winning Billy Elliott.
Established in 1925, the Goodman Theatre is Chicago's oldest currently active nonprofit theater organization, and has won international renown for the quality of its productions, both classic and contemporary, including a Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
Museum of Contemporary Art
As one of the world's largest contemporary art venues, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago contains thousands of Post-World War II visual art objects, including late surrealism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, sculpture, photography and video, and counts among its distinctions the debut exhibition of Frida Kahlo's work in the US.
Points of Interest
Located in the center of Grant Park and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, this Chicago landmark is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan, is one of the largest fountains in the world, and operates from April to October with regular water shows and evening color-light shows.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Founded in 1868 and one of the oldest zoos in the US, this free, 35-acre zoo is located in Lincoln Park and houses over 1,200 animals representing 230 species, and also features a children's zoo, a carousel, paddle boats and more.
Sometimes referred to as The Mag Mile, this world-famous street is the main thoroughfare between Chicago's Loop business district and its Gold Coast, and contains a mixture of upscale department stores, restaurants, luxury retailers, commercial buildings and hotels, and hosts more than 22 million visitors annually in its more than 3 million square feet of retail space, 275 restaurants, and its host of sightseeing and entertainment attractions.
Made famous by mentions on Sex and the City and Saturday Night Live, the famous New York bakery that specializes in vintage American desserts now offers up its delectable pastel-hued cupcakes, icebox cakes, banana pudding, cookies, coffee cake and a wealth of other tasty goodies every day at their Chicago location at Block 37 in the Loop.
Originally intended to celebrate the millennium, the recipient of the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is a 24.5-acre state-of-the-art park in the Loop community that offers visitors stunning architecture, landscape design and art, all of which provide a beautiful backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, family activities and more.
Situated in front of Lake Michigan, this 57-acre park was created to transform the vicinity of three of the city's top cultural draws - the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History - into a scenic pedestrian-friendly area, complete with lush green landscaping, flora, jogging paths and walkways.
Located on 34 acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is Chicago's and the Midwest's number one tourist attraction, welcoming over 8.6 million visitors a year with its restaurants, exhibitions, entertainment, shopping, tour boats and rides, which include the notable 15-story tall Ferris wheel and the 44-foot high musical carousel with its 36 hand-painted animals.
Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique
With two locations in Chicago, this bakery bakes up over 20 different varieties of delicious cupcakes and cake pops decorated with a signature Sugar Bliss bloom and is a must-taste for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Sports & Entertainment
Originally opened in 1924 and named as a memorial to American soldiers who had died in past wars, Soldier Field is located in the Near South Side of Chicago, seats 61,500 fans and serves as the home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.
US Cellular Field
Built in 1991, U.S. Cellular Field seats 40,615 fans for Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox, and the stadium includes a replica of the former Comiskey Park's famous exploding scoreboard, as well as several enhancements to give the stadium a retro feel.
Home to the NBA's Chicago Bulls and the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks, the United Center has also provided a Chicago home for Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, and was also the venue of the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
Nicknamed the Friendly Confines, the historic Wrigley Field has been the home ballpark of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs since 1916 and is known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall, the iconic red marquee over the main entrance, the hand-turned scoreboard and for being the last major league park to have lights installed for evening games.
American Girl Place
Located at the famous Water Tower Place, the flagship and first American Girl Place store has been touted as a pilgrimage for the under-10 set and a doll-lover's dreamland, and features the famous My American Girl® dolls, specialty shops, private dining and a host of fun activities.
Macy's State Street
No visit to the Windy City would be complete without a visit through this Macy's flagship destination store, which bears the distinction of being both a National Historic Landmark and the second largest department store in the world, with a legendary twelve floors of merchandise.
Home of the largest collection of Jordan merchandise in the world, the first Nike Digital Hub and the newest "brand experience store" in the U.S., this 4-story mega sports store is a must-shop for sports gear devotees.
Colleges and Universities
- DePaul University
- Loyola University
- Northwestern University
- Roosevelt University
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois - Chicago
Corporations, Hospitals and Convention Centers
- America Online
- Bank of America
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Charles Schwab
- Chase Bank
- Crain Communications
- Ernst and Young
- Harris Bank
- McCormick Place Convention Center
- Miller Coors
- Northern Trust
- Tribune Media
- University of Chicago Medical Center
- WMS Gaming
- Windston and Strawn
- AON Center
- Chase Tower
- Chicago Sun-Times Building
- Chicago Water Tower
- John Hancock Center
- Merchandise Mart
- NBC Tower
- Richard J. Daley Center
- Tribune Tower
- Water Tower Place
- Willis Tower
- Wrigley Building
- Millennium Station / Metra
- Ogilvie Transportation Center / Metra
- Union Station - Metra