Events Around Town

We’ve gathered a list of some area attractions and events close to our hotel. The Michigan-Wacker Historic District is a National Registry of Historic Places district and offers many cultural, historical and interesting attractions residents and visitors alike. Feel free to check with our front desk staff, who are more than willing to help you with getting to your destination.

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Attractions Near River Hotel

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Events Around the City

The Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is one of the great avenues of the world and is at the center of all that makes Chicago an international destination. A 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun. With more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and unique entertainment and attractions packed and stacked along its length, the Magnificent Mile has an indulgence for every passion and every pocket.

American Beer Classic

American Beer Classic is the ultimate opportunity to celebrate and experience America’s finest beers. Sample and learn from a diverse lineup of breweries while connecting with other beer enthusiasts at iconic Soldier Field. DATE: Saturday, May 9, 2015


Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA also offers a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Blues Fest

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World”. This year, Buddy Guy headlines the festival which takes place at Grant Park. DATES: June 12 through 14, 2015


Skydeck at Willis Tower

The Skydeck offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music

The Freedom Principle links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture. Combining historical materials with contemporary responses, the exhibition illuminates the continued relevance of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ engagement today. DATES: July 11 through November 22, 2015


Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers.

360 Chicago

Conveniently located along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, 360 Chicago – formerly John Hancock Observatory – soars 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline to offer visitors the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states. DATES: Ongoing


Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore.

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. DATES: August 15 through 16, 2015