Sharing the Chicago landmark status is the second-oldest ballpark, Wrigley Field. The field is home to the famed Chicago Cubs. Visit our concierge for information on tickets and transportation.
Lincoln Park Zoo provides a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago. The zoo operates one of the most significant zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country and attracts an estimated 3.5 million visitors per year.
Our beachfront property offers direct access to Oak Street Beach, a popular summer hotspot. Bask in the sun on Lake Michigan and enjoy amenities that include chair rentals, food and beverage options at Oak Street Beach Café, bike rentals, volleyball rentals, and a one-of-a-kind view of the city skyline.
Just a few blocks south of The Drake are two of the only public buildings to survive the area destroyed by the Great fire of 1871, The Old Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station. Both buildings have come to symbolize Chicago's fierce drive to continue, and serve as rare monuments to the 19th century.
A block down the street from the hotel is one of Chicago's tallest structures, the John Hancock Center. It is home to a variety of attractions, including 360 CHICAGO and the TILT!, which gives guests a new perspective on the city. Once there, you will have an excellent view of Lake Michigan, the city skyline and, on a clear day, four different states.
Navy Pier is Chicago's premier tourist attraction where fun can be enjoyed by all. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan, visitors can ride Chicago's famous Ferris wheel, dine at one of the many lakeside restaurants, explore the city through boat tours, visit the Chicago Children's Museum, and enjoy fireworks in the summer.
The former Sears Tower, now Willis Tower, is currently the third-tallest building in the world. Willis Tower offers the best views in the city: into four states and out 50 miles on a clear day. Step onto the glass-bottomed "Ledge" and take in the view from 103 story’s above Chicago.
The official home of Chicago Bulls basketball and Chicago Blackhawks hockey, United Center also plays host to more than 200 annual events and concerts. Visit our concierge for information on upcoming events.
Millennium Park is considered to be the world’s largest rooftop garden and a lively gathering spot for Chicagoans and visitors alike. Discover a collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide a stunning backdrop for concerts, exhibitions and seasonal activities. Millennium Park is also home to Anish Kapoor’s famous Cloud Gate sculpture.
At one million square feet, the Art Institute provides a fascinating journey into more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.
Grant Park consists of 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and is home to attractions including Buckingham Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, and Millennium Park. Discover the true pulse of the city through numerous outdoor events and concerts. A scenic route can be taken via Lakefront trail by utilizing the Chicago’s Divvy bike system.
Placed alongside The Drake Hotel on the National Register of Historic Places, the John G. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium and is home to over 1,500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. With over 2 million annual visitors, The Shedd Aquarium boasts its copious accolades including best exhibit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
As one of the largest natural history museums in the world, The Field Museum maintains its status through the size and quality of its educational and scientific programs, as well as its extensive scientific specimen and artifact collections. 2 million annual visitors enjoy a range from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today's urgent conservation needs.
Boasting its prominence as America's first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. Located on the Northeast tip of Northerly Island at the shore of Lake Michigan, Adler has fulfilled its mission of inspiring exploration and understanding of the Universe for over 80 years.
The newest addition to Michigan Avenue features an array of fun activities for the whole family! The magnificent lakefront recreation center, is located in the northeastern part of Grant Park where Daley Bicentennial Plaza previously stood. The park features rock-climbing walls, playgrounds, an open lawn area, and in the winter a quarter-mile-long ice skating ribbon.
Home to the Chicago Bears and Chicago’s largest event venues, Soldier Field is located within Grant Park. Picturesquely situated along Lake Michigan, and a short CTA ride from the hotel.
Located just blocks from the hotel is one of the nation’s largest modern art museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art. MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. It also has a 300-seat theatre, a Wolfgang Puck café, and a terraced sculpture garden with a panoramic view of Lake Michigan.