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Chicago's Essex Inn

800 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
4.5
5 reviews

Tucked away from downtown in the South Loop ‘hood, the Essex Inn is a gem of a hotel that likely gets passed by often for hotels found closer to the Loop and River North. It’s not the newest hotel, and it isn’t the most luxurious, but it has plenty of style and bonus points. The lobby has contemporary art and ...

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    0.22 mi

    Grant Park

    0.22 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    39 reviews

    Stanley Cup skyline by Buckingham fountain. Grant park provides wonderful views of the Chicago skyline!

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  • 2
    0.17 mi

    Museum of Contemporary Photography

    0.17 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    3 reviews

    I'm a shutterbug myself, and I could spend all day in there and not be done. The works are amazing, and there are more all the time.

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  • 3
    0.24 mi

    Jazz Showcase

    0.24 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    3 reviews

    The oldest jazz club in Chicago, Jazz Showcase has been treating visitors to excellent music since 1947. Though it has changed locations a few times before setting up shop at its current Dearborn Station spot, attentive listeners and an intimate atmosphere have always been there. Talented musicians who have graced the stage here include Dizzy Gillespie, Chris Potter, and Frank ...

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  • 4
    0.13 mi

    George's Cocktail Lounge

    0.13 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4
    2 reviews

    This is truly the finest of dive bars. Filled with drifters, vagrants, service employees, and odd bachelorette parties. Billy Goat night bartender Nick Kapronos got me hooked on this dive bar gold mine.

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  • 5
    0.18 mi

    South Loop Club

    0.18 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    5
    1 review

    Dive bars. Nothing makes me happier. Cheap food that's yummy, all the way until 5 am.

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  • 6
    0.15 mi

    Columbia College Chicago Student Gift Boutique

    0.15 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    5
    1 review

    Get souvenirs of Chicago here -- unusual, inexpensive. Great selection and friendly staff. Support our future artists!

  • 7
    0.75 mi

    Millennium Park

    0.75 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    266 reviews

    In the summer, the free music concerts are great. From jazz to classical to rock to world music. All top-notch and free. Fantastic summer venue.

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  • 8
    0.77 mi

    Willis Tower

    0.77 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    205 reviews

    (Now the Willis Tower) Crowded, touristy, and the only thing it has going for it is the overdone Sky Deck photo. Go to the Signature Lounge at the Hancock instead.

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  • 9
    0.54 mi

    Art Institute of Chicago

    0.54 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    146 reviews

    I love Chagall and they have good Chagall. The museum is excellent and you will be glad you spent time there.

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  • 10
    0.6 mi

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    0.6 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    100 reviews

    Great for the kids. Packed on a Saturday, even when the weather is cold. So many strange fish the kids will love.

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    0.74 mi

    Cloud Gate

    0.74 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    86 reviews

    Gorgeous bean! Especially during the night! I highly recommend checking the bean out during the day and night. The reflection of the famous architecture from the piece is breath taking in person. If you want the best photo then it's best to show up early in the morning or late at night when there are less people (so you can ...

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  • 12
    0.53 mi

    Field Museum

    0.53 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    71 reviews

    This is one of Chicago's best museums and one of America's premier natural history museums. You can easily spend hours here. Be sure to visit the Hall of Dinosaurs, Ancient Americas, DNA Discovery Center, Hall of Gems and Pacific Spirits (ceremonial masks). There are many other fascinating exhibits, both permanent and temporary. Keep in mind that the museum tends to ...

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  • 13
    0.38 mi

    Clarence Buckingham Fountain

    0.38 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    58 reviews

    Walk to the benches southeast of the fountain, and take a seat. It's one of my favorite spots to sit and soak in the city skyline - especially in the warmer months.

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  • 14
    0.76 mi

    Soldier Field

    0.76 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    42 reviews

    Great place! Looking forward to the new season

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  • 15
    0.52 mi

    Chicago Skyline

    0.52 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    5
    28 reviews

    Chicago Skyline is a must see when visiting the Midwestern Area.

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  • 16
    0.79 mi

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion

    0.79 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    30 reviews

    A gorgeous pavilion located in the heart of Chicago's Millenium Park. Acoustics+Chicago Skyline+Outdoors = Bliss

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  • 17
    0.97 mi

    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    0.97 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4
    31 reviews

    Was beautiful to sit around back during winter and just look out at the Lake all frozen and beautiful. Seemed to go on forever, just us and the Lake and Lighthouse. Great place :D

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  • 18
    0.95 mi

    City of Chicago

    0.95 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    17 reviews

    Have you ever visited a city and thought - wow, I could live here? Well, I did and I did just that. 11 years later, I still make a point every week to be a tourist of this town. I think it is the best city in the USA. If you are bored here, you aren't trying. If the weather ...

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  • 19
    0.67 mi

    Crown Fountain

    0.67 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    12 reviews

    Expression of life

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  • 20
    0.47 mi

    Chicago Architecture Foundation

    0.47 mi from Chicago's Essex Inn
    4.5
    14 reviews

    Chicago is not only the birthplace of the skyscraper, it is also where most of the innovations in early skyscraper design and technology originated . We were interested in learning about some of the building seen in downtown Chicago and also learning a bit of Chicago history so took a walking tour with the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The CAF tours ...

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