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When you’re not shopping in Chicago, here are some top attractions to check out. They’re part of the reason Block Thirty Seven is the intersection of life and style.

Cloud Gate

A reflective steel sculpture built by artist Anish Kapoor and inspired by liquid mercury, made of 168 stainless steel plates welded together to form a highly polished exterior with no visible seams, The Bean’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline.

Millennium Park

Hailed as Chicago’s premier green space and considered the world’s largest rooftop garden due to its 25 acres of awe-inspiring landscape, architecture and public art, Millennium Park hosts dozens of free events including art installations, outdoor concerts, films screenings, alfresco workouts.

Pritzker Pavilion – Summer Concert series

A bandshell that hosts the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival; it offers its stage to mainstream rock bands, classical music, opera, but also physical fitness activities such as yoga.

Crown Fountain

Jaume Plensa’s The Crown Fountain is an interactive work of art and video sculpture composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of transparent 50 feet glass brick towers that use light-emitting diodes behind the bricks to display digital videos on their inward faces.

Chicago Grant Park

Located in Chicago’s central business district, between the downtown Chicago Loop and Lake Michigan, and originally known as Lake Park, Grant Park is often called “Chicago’s front yard”. It contains performance venues, gardens, artwork, sporting, and harbor facilities and it hosts public gatherings and several large annual events.

Art Institute of Chicago

Founded as a free art school and gallery, the AIC is an encyclopedic art museum featuring a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection that includes American art, Old Masters, European and American decorative arts, Asian art, modern and contemporary art, architecture, industrial and graphic design.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

One of 5 American orchestras commonly referred to as the “Big Five and hailed as one of the greatest in the world. it performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival where it is in residency each summer.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

One of the world’s greatest opera companies, founded in 1954, the Lyric has distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions. The orchestra comprises of 75 musicians considered among the finest in the world.

Oriental Theater

Located at 24 West Randolph Street and built in 1926 as a deluxe movie place, it was closed in the 80s to reopen in 1998 with the Chicago premiere of Ragtime. It housed a sit-down production of Wicked between 2005-2009, making it the most popular stage production in Chicago history.

Cadillac Palace Theater

Located at 151 West Randolph Street, it opened as part of vaudeville’s Orpheum Circuit, but was converted into a movie palace in 1931. It is home to pre-Broadway tours and world premieres since the opening of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in 1999.

Bank of America Theater

Located at 18 West Monroe Street, it opened in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre and has hosted an astounding array of classic plays and musicals. Formerly known as the LaSalle Bank Theatre and the Sam Shubert Theatre, it has been home to many pre-Broadway tours and World premieres.


Built in the 1980s, it is the central library for the Chicago Public Library System, named in honor of Harold Washington, the city’s first African American mayor. It is located just south of the Chicago Loop ‘L’, at 400 S. State Street and it is a full-service library with free wifi Internet service.

Joffrey Ballet

World-class ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, it was hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts”-  the first dance company to perform at the White House, to appear on TV, on the cover of Time magazine, to inspire a movie and to livestream a rehearsal video on YouTube.

Harold Washington Library

Built in the 1980s, it is the central library for the Chicago Public Library System, named in honor of Harold Washington, the city’s first African American mayor. It is located just south of the Chicago Loop ‘L’, at 400 S. State Street and it is a full-service library with free wifi Internet service.

Chicago Cultural Center

Opened in 1897, it is considered one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States. As the nation’s first free municipal cultural center, it features more than 1,000 programs and exhibitions covering a wide range of the performing, visual and literary arts yearly.

Daley Plaza

Chicago’s first major public building to be constructed in a modern architectural style, it was intended to house court and hearing rooms, the Cook County Law Library, the City and Cook County. Its Picasso sculpture was the Loop’s first monumental sculpture and its installation began the transformation of downtown with works by world-renowned artists.

Chicago Theater

Built as part of a large chain of opulent motion picture houses and located on North State Street, its distinctive marquee appears frequently as an unofficial emblem of the city. Currently it serves as a landmark performing arts venue for stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, and popular music concerts.

Chicago Riverwalk

Located on the south bank of the Chicago River and spanning from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street, it is an open pedestrian waterfront with restaurants and seating, popular for boat rentals and other water-related activities. Plans for its expansion include floating gardens, a bridge and fishing piers.