Outdoor Cultural Favorites

Get outside, and enjoy some of the concierges’ favorite outdoor cultural attractions.

Ross Barney
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To all those who suffer Chicago-like winters, do not let one minute of sunshine escape you. Those fortunate enough to live in warmer climates you’ll realize no one knows how to celebrate spring like those who experience so little of it. So get outside, and enjoy some of the concierges’ favorite outdoor cultural attractions.

Terrific Tours

There’s nothing wrong with walking aimlessly as the city is beautiful to just take in, but you never know what important landmarks you might be missing and that’s where tours come in. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has been highlighting one of the city’s best features for 50 years. Experience the food and buildings that came out of the 1893 World’s Fair, tour the new 606/Bloomingdale Trail, or learn more about the vision behind new concierge favorite Maggie Daley Park. However, do not leave Chicago without doing their River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises where you’ll get an immersive view of all our quintessential skyscrapers along the gorgeous Chicago River.

ChicaGO24

ChicaGO24. Photograph courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.

Chicago History Museum houses a lot of great exhibits inside their Lincoln Park building, but in May they host ChicaGO24. The museum holds 40 expert-led tours in 24 hours where visitors will learn
about all the great stories that live in the city. Learn about Chicago’s rich and famous on a running tour, walk through the beautiful Graceland Cemetery, discover the street art and graffiti of Logan Square, relive the 1950s Loop nightlife, and more.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Chicago Architecture Foundation Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. Photograph by Adam Alexander Photography.

If your feet get tired of hitting the pavement cruise through the city on Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours. This concierge favorite provides unique looks at public art, architecture, city lights, neighborhood, and gangster tours. “Absolutely Segway Tours have such incredibly knowledgeable and friendly tour guides that I know when I send my guests on tour with them they will come back raving about their experience,” said Jennifer Brody, concierge at the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

On the Riverwalk

Last summer the city saw the grand opening of the Chicago Riverwalk. This new, urban oasis, which is still being expanded, is separated into themed rooms. Last year we experienced the great eateries in The Marina with its outdoor public seating, the peaceful stairs of the River Theater, and the kayak opportunities at the Cove. They’ll be opening up in May with more rooms to come during the rest of 2016. “The riverwalk is a perfect stroll with tons of great eats along the way and beautiful architecture surrounding you from every angle,” said Gertruda Popinara, concierge at the Hotel Allegro.

Go Wild

Lincoln Park Zoo has been a treasure in Chicago since 1868 housing animals that represent more than 200 species. Many Chicagoans will tell you that if they could go every day they would as the zoo also provides an excellent space to just rest and relax. The zoo also hosts great events like their after-hours Zoo Challenge where your costumed-team takes part in a scavenger hunt for prizes, and their Food Truck Social where you can enjoy delicious food from 5411 Empanadas, The Fat Shallots, DönerMen, Pierogi Street, Happy Lobster Truck, and more.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo


Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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4 years ago

I love that there are so many different activities available in Chicago – both indoors and outdoors. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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