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Local Attractions - Things to Do in Chicago

The Willows Hotel is perfectly situated whether looking for something off the beaten path or a taste of classic Chicago. Things to do nearby include days out at Lincoln Park, trips to beautiful Lake Michigan or catching a game at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

We're also surrounded by popular Chicago restaurants and shopping destinations, many within easy walking distance. For those looking to really delve into the history of our magnificent city, good-friend Sawyer J. Lahr of
The Friendly Greeter offers a collection of historical walking and shopping tours, step-on bus tour guides, educational tours, and e-book travel guides. If you're headed to downtown or the Loop, hop the Metro at Diversey Station just a short walk away and be downtown in minutes.

View public transportation options to our North Chicago area hotel.

Lake Michigan Chicago

Plan a relaxing afternoon at beautiful Lake Michigan, located just two blocks east of The Willows Chicago Hotel. The Chicago lakefront is lined with quiet beaches, public parks, marinas and scenic storefronts with no end of variety. Cruise Lake Shore Drive to find your perfect spot, or if you have something specific in mind, don't hesitate to ask our friendly front desk team for suggestions.

Lincoln Park Chicago

Beginning just two blocks away, Lincoln Park is a premier destination for a little outdoor fun, not to mention some of the most popular Chicago events and attractions. Top things to see in Chicago at Lincoln Park include the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the nation's oldest and always admission free, and also the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, beloved for its live butterfly house.

DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

The Willows is proud to be one of the top-rated Chicago hotels near DePaul University, the largest private university in Illinois. Find us just 1.5 miles from the historic Lincoln Park campus, or get easy access to the Loop campus via the Metro at Diversey Station. Prospective students and visiting faculty enjoy the utmost service and comfort when staying in our boutique Chicago accommodations.

Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago

We are proud to be a trusted partner of Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, located in easy walking distance for able guests. Saint Joseph is one of North Chicago's leading full-service hospitals with state-of-the-art medical equipment and an operating staff of over 800 physicians. The Willows offers affordable negotiated rates for guests of Saint Joseph and several other hospitals in Chicago.

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More Fun Stuff to Do in Chicago

Wherever you go, a classic Chicago experience is waiting for you. Visit any of these nearby attractions, or hop the Brown or Purple line at the Diversey metro station for a short and inexpensive trip downtown. The United Center is very easy to get to using the Halsted bus. Don't miss this fun stuff to do in Chicago:
  • Lincoln Hall - 0.8 miles
  • Wrigley Field / Chicago Cubs - 1.2 miles
  • Chicago History Museum - 1.7 miles
  • Second City Improv - 1.7 miles
  • Aragon Ballroom - 2.6 miles
  • Riviera Theatre - 2.6 miles
  • John Hancock Center - 2.9 miles
  • Magnificent Mile - 2.9 miles
  • Water Tower Place - 3.1 miles
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower) - 4.2 miles
  • Navy Pier - 4.4 miles
  • United Center - 4.7 miles
  • Grant Park - 4.7 miles
  • Soldier Field - 4.8 miles
  • Shedd Aquarium - 5.3 miles
  • Field Museum - 5.5 miles
  • Adler Planetarium - 5.9 miles
  • McCormick Place - 6.6 miles

Whatever brings you to Chicago, choose a superior stay at a superior rate at The Willows Hotel Chicago. Book here on our official site for our Best Internet Rate, or browse our Chicago vacation packages for even more savings.

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