Downtown Hotel Near Chicago Museum Campus
The Windy City plays host to some of the finest cultural institutions in the country—ah, who are we kidding? In the world! And several of the best-known anchor Museum Campus, only a hop, skip, and a jump from the Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection luxury accommodations we provide here at Hotel Chicago.
Chicago’s Museum Campus: A High-Class Lineup
Situated along mighty Lake Michigan in Grant Park, Museum Campus hosts the stomping ground of our beloved Bears, Soldier Field, and the nation’s biggest convention center, McCormick Place.
It also plays host to a trio of world-famous cathedrals of learning (and awe): the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. These are absolutely must-see attractions, and all three reward many repeat visits!
Among the biggest and best natural-history museums on the globe, the Field Museum easily absorbs a full day of exploration. Its iconic Stanley Field Hall welcomes you with, among other displays, a famous pair of enormous African bush elephants and the even-more-enormous loom of a Titanosaur skeleton, “Máximo.” The Evolving Planet exhibit includes another celebrity dinosaur: SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever uncovered.
From Inside Ancient Egypt and Underground Adventure to chillingly up-close looks at the notorious lions known as the Man-eaters of Tsavo, the Field Museum dazzles at every turn.
The Shedd Aquarium plunges you into underwater ecosystems that come magnificently evoked just a stone’s throw from Chicago’s very own superlative body of water. See belugas, sea lions, and Pacific white-sided dolphins cavort against a Lake Michigan backdrop in the Abbott Oceanarium, eyeball anacondas and piranhas in Amazon Rising, and watch cruising sharks, winging-along green turtles, and gaping morays in Caribbean Reef. Kid-friendly touch pools, meanwhile, await in the Polar Play Zone and Stingray Touch exhibit.
Explore the vastness beyond Earth’s atmosphere in the Adler Planetarium, host to such fascinating exhibit halls as Mission Moon, Our Solar System, and The Universe: A Walk Through Space & Time.
Multiple theaters, including the grand Grainger Sky Theater, present mind-boggling shows that sweep you across the cosmos, while telescope setups, as in the Dome Observatory, show off real-time celestial bodies.
Explore the Lakefront’s Museum Campus on a Getaway to Hotel Chicago
From toothy sharks and high-flying dolphins to prehistoric beasts, archaeological wonders, and galactic sightseeing—not to mention NFL football!—Museum Campus ranks among the most impressive attractions in all of Chicago. With an Autograph Collection room or suite here at Hotel Chicago in River North, you’ll be just minutes away from it all!