Chicago Highlights

(Distances from the Palmer House are approximate. Use caution if walking and check routes prior to starting your trip.  Routes may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.)

Places of Interest

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St., (0.5 miles)
Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. Its prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion; the interactive Crown Fountain; the contemporary Lurie Garden; and the popular Cloud Gate sculpture.

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., (0.2 miles)
No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the Art Institute. Consistently rated among the world’s top museums by TripAdvisor travelers, the Art Institute of Chicago is home to the greatest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris, including works by Monet, Renoir, Seurat, and Van Gogh. The museum is open daily 10:30–5:00; Thursdays 10:30–8:00.

360 Chicago
875 N. Michigan Ave., (1.4 miles)
Soaring 1,000 feet over Chicago’s legendary Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is one of the city’s most unique attractions. Located at 875 N. Michigan Avenue on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, magnificent skyline and four neighboring states.

Chicago Lakefront Trail 
East of the Palmer House to the coast of Lake Michigan, (1.3 miles)
Lake Michigan makes Chicago ever the more beautiful, and the city’s Lakefront Trail provides the greatest view of all. The 18-mile path stretches across multiple lakefront neighborhoods, and is the most scenic route you can take to Chicago’s hotspot destinations.

The Magnificent Mile

North of the Palmer House on Michigan Ave., (1.1 miles)
Aptly named, The Magnificent Mile is a mecca for tourists and shoppers of all ages and interests.

Things to Do

Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field (6.2 miles)
The Chicago Cubs will be home for several baseball games over the course of the Transactional Clinical Conference. (The Chicago White Sox will not be in town.) Situated in the middle of the restaurants, bars and homes of the Wrigleyville community in Lakeview is legendary Wrigley Field, the second-oldest Major League Baseball stadium in the country. It’s a mecca for baseball lovers and true-blue Cubbie followers who visit from around the world.

We strongly encourage you to use public transportation to get to Wrigley. The CTA Red Line provides direct service right to the stadium by train via the Addison stop. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and from most east-west bus routes as well.

Watch the game with the die-hard fans in the bleachers for a truly authentic Chicago experience. This lively section offers sweeping views of the stadium and gives you the chance to soak up the sun while following the game. Get there early though — seats are unassigned.

April 26: vs. Brewers (@7:05pm)
April 27: vs. Brewers (@1:20pm)
April 28: vs. Brewers (@1:20pm)
April 29: vs. Brewers (@1:20pm)

Chicago Architecture Tours

Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you tour downtown or a neighborhood, expert guides will tell you the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels, and/or legendary houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Urban Axe Throwing

Bad Axe Throwing
165 N. Loomis Street

Exactly what it says on the tin. Experience the thrill of a traditional Canadian pastime right here in downtown Chicago.

Chicago Magic Lounge

Chicago Magic Lounge
Enter through the laundry at 5050 N. Clark Street

Cool venue for seeing impressive “Chicago-style” close-up magic.  Typically sells out so buy tickets as early as you can.

Nearby Places to Dine

American Contemporary

Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard
Park Grill,11 N. Michigan Avenue
Tavern at the Park, 130 E. Randolph


Sushi Taku, 1904 W. Division St.
Oysy, 888 S. Michigan Ave.


Bongo Room1152 S. Wabash
Eleven City Diner1112 S. Wabash
Yolk1100 S. Michigan Ave

Fast Food

Epic Burger, 517 S. State St.
Flaco’s Tacos, 725 S. Dearborn Street
Panera Bread Company, 501 S. State St


Brightwok Kitchen, 21 E. Adams St.


Café Bionda, 1924 S. State Street
Gioco, 1312 S. Wabash Ave.
Quartino, 626 N. State Street


Mercat a la planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave
La Cantina Grill, 1911 S. Michigan Avenue


Frontera Grill, 445 N. Clark Street


Lou Malnati’s, 805 S. State St
Gino’s East, 521 S. Dearborn St
Pauly’s Pizzeria, 719 S. State St
Giordano’s, 130 E. Randolph St


Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark
Bar Louie, 47 W. Polk
Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash
The Gage, 24 S. Michigan Avenue


Hugo’s Frog Bar, 1024 N. Rush Street


Chicago Firehouse, 1401 S. Michigan Ave
Gibson’s Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush Street
Smith & Wollensky, 318 N. State Street