SPRING 2018 – Don’t let rainy weather get you down. Sure, you may need to carry an umbrella and wear tall rubber boots, but trudging around Chicago in the rain just adds to the fun of exploring this vibrant city. Besides, there are plenty of places you can escape to — and even take a taxi or ride share between locations — to duck inside away from the rain.
If you’re staying at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, you truly never have to leave if it’s raining. The hotel has a plethora of things to engage you — or not if you simply want to kick back. Need room service? We have 24-hour in-room dining — and that includes ordering up from Shake Shack when you just can’t get out of bed, but need a burger and milkshake. You can dine at our seven restaurants and cafes, including Fairgrounds, Cindy’s, Cherry Circle Room, Milk Room, Game Room and, of course, Shake Shack. You can relax in the Drawing Room by one of our grand stone fireplaces, play bocce or billiards in the Game Room, get your sweat on in the gym or even grab one of our Heritage Bicycles (available in the warmer months) and head out in the rain.
Want to shop? There’s no shortage of quality retail close by. You can hit Block 37 for shops like Zara, Akira and Anthropologie — and if you’re feeling a little peckish, pop up to the Latinicity food hall for tacos, seafood, salads and more. Swing by the 900 Shops on the north end of the Mag Mile. Here you have multiple floors of upscale boutiques including Gucci, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Sur La Table, Bonobos, J. Crew, Luxury Garage Sale and, of course, Bloomingdale’s. Not to mention a variety of restaurants and cafes and the Spa at Equinox on the lower level. And then there’s the iconic Water Tower Place where you’ll find American Girl Place, Abercrombie & Fitch, Coach, Banana Republic, DavidsTea, Free People, Tourneau, a Garrett Popcorn outpost, Foodlife and Foodease restaurants and market and more.
Obviously one of the best things to do on a rainy day is to soak up culture and Chicago has one of the best collections of museums, including the Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, National Museum of Mexican Art, the Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Driehaus Museum and countless more to keep yourself — and the kids — occupied.