Your Guide to Chicago

Discover something new and exciting during your stay at Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel. Our hotel is located near a number of local area attractions, including the Chicago Botanic Garden and Illinois Holocaust Museum, as well as Northwestern University and the Chicago Midway International Airport.

Stay at Our Hotel near the Chicago Botanic Garden & Northwestern University

No matter what brings you to the north Chicago area, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see during your visit. Spend the day riding roller coasters and thrill rides at Six Flags Great America. Attend the legendary Ravinia Festival at nearby Ravinia Park. Satisfy your inner shopper at Northbrook Court. These, along with the items listed below, are just a few of the ways to spend your time in Chicago.

Chicago Botanic Garden, 0.5 mile

Stroll through 27 spectacular gardens and four natural areas—including the Aquatic Garden, English Oak Meadow, Cove, and Spider Island—throughout this 385-acre garden. The garden is open daily (hours vary) and admission is free.

Kohl Children’s Museum, 5 miles

Treat your kids to a day of fun, hands-on learning at the Kohl Children's Museum. The museum offers 17 interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 8. Tickets are $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors (55+), and free for infants under 12 months.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 6.5 miles

With a mission to “Remember the past. Transform the future,” this museum in Illinois preserves the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference. The museum features a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits.

Northwestern University, 9.5 miles

This private research university is “committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.” The university is comprised of 3 campuses, 12 schools and colleges, 19 athletic teams, and 500+ student organization and clubs, and is home to more than 21,000 students and more than 3,000 full-time faculty members.

Downtown Chicago, 23 miles

So much awaits you in downtown Chicago. Top attractions like The Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Skydeck at Willis Tower are all just a drive or train ride away.