Near North Side Vacations

A magnet for visitors to the bustling city of Chicago, Near North Side has much to offer sightseers. Near North Side can be found 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Chicago’s downtown area. If you are flying in, Near North Side is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Midway International Airport.

Gold Coast, Magnificent Mile - River North and Chicago, are nearby areas which are also worth discovering.

Chicago’s central area is also home to Willis Tower and McCormick Place. Before heading back to Near North Side, it’s worth checking out Millennium Park and Hancock Tower.

Near North Side has a number of museums and theaters nearby that allow visitors to really get a feel for the area. There are many excellent places where you can spend a morning such as the Chicago History Museum, Driehaus Museum and the Chicago Children's Museum. Go and see a lively show at the House of Blues Chicago, Chicago Theater and Second City. Aspiring artists should check out the exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Loyola University Museum of Art.

If you are here with little ones, visit Navy Pier, Harpo Studios and Skydeck Ledge. Animals lovers will love the incredible animal encounters at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

If you are into nature, plan a trip to the nearby parks and reserves. These are good spots to relax. Watch as the birds wheel overhead, throw a ball and catch some sunshine at nearby the North Avenue Beach and the Ohio Street Beach.

A number of Chicago’s attractions are in and around the Near North Side area, including the Holy Name Cathedral, Buckingham Fountain and Pritzker Pavilion. Step back in time by seeing some heritage sites, such as Cloud Gate and the Chicago Water Tower.

Enjoy window shopping and spoil yourself with a new wardrobe in the nearby shopping venues such as the Water Tower Place and the Chicago Place Mall.

If you're a fan of college basketball, don’t miss the opportunity to see local legends, the UIC Flames, take to the field in nearby UIC Pavilion. Look like a local and pull on the indigo blue and flame red, the colors of the UIC Flames.

Finding somewhere comfortable to base yourself around Near North Side is easy. Whether you’re staying for a night or a few weeks it’s hard to go past the Congress Plaza Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and the popular Palmer House Hilton.

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