Magnificent Mile and Chicago Water Tower
Also referred to as the Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue's shopping district is a one mile area of tree-lined streets, from the Chicago River North to Oak Street. The Magnificent Mile covers 3.1 million square feet of retail, two unique museums and the historic Chicago Water Tower.
Discover a magnificent collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide a stunning backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programmes including concerts, exhibitions and family activities. Millennium Park is also home to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Anish Kapoor’s famous Cloud Gate sculpture and more. In Millennium Park, you’ll find a new kind of town square – a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for both Chicagoans and visitors alike.READ MORE
Architecture River Cruise
This 90-minute river cruise places you at the feet of over a hundred skyscrapers, each designed or inspired by the Modernists of nearly a century ago. As you travel through the birthplace of modern architecture, a specially trained guide describes the work of those who revolutionized the building arts, and how they are linked structurally and architecturally. 2014 cruises begin in April.READ MORE
All tours depart from Riverside Gardens, Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. (Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge).
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute is one of the most renowned art museums in the world, particularly known for its collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by artists such as Monet and Courbet. Other galleries feature the art of ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, decorative arts, textiles of the world, prints and drawings, architecture and photography. The Art Institute regularly hosts world-class exhibitions, attracting audiences from around the globe. Free public lectures and tours are offered throughout the week.
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago and a must-visit for music lovers, the Civic Opera House is a hybrid of Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Built in 1929 and recently restored, it offers excellent sight lines and premium acoustics. Home to the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, it has played host to numerous Broadway shows including Sunset Boulevard and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as celebrated musical artists ranging from the legendary Frank Sinatra to the innovative Björk.READ MORE
Broadway In Chicago
Few may know, but a number of Broadway’s biggest hits were born by Broadway In Chicago, including The Pirate Queen, Mamma Mia!, Tallulah to name but a few. Broadway In Chicago is also responsible for bringing many long-running productions to the city and it operates in five venues in the city including The Bank of America Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.READ MORE
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Museum
Tours of the home and studio designed and inhabited by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright show how his family, his house and his conception of architecture evolved in the 20 years that he lived in Chicago. Visitors can witness Wright's modern use of flowing space, how light was as important to his architecture as the design itself, and the moods that he could create with space, colour and materials.READ MORE
Museum of Contemporary Art
One of the nation's largest modern art museums, the MCA features artworks created since 1945. Its permanent collection includes work by the likes of Franz Kline and Andy Warhol. It highlights the Surrealism of the 1940s and 50s, the Minimalism of the 1960s, conceptual art and photography from the 1960s to the present, and art by Chicago-based artists.READ MORE
Developed exclusively for The Peninsula Hotels by stylish travel publisher LUXE City Guides, PenCities is a unique, luxury lifestyle journal spanning all nine Peninsula cities, featuring the finest in dining, entertainment, shopping, design, nightlife, spa and wellness. Updated weekly, PenCities presents a tightly edited selection of opinionated and informed recommendations, covering the latest openings, classic favourites, special events, seasonal celebrations and smart things to do. Welcome!
by Maria Razumich-Zec - Regional Vice-President and General Manager
Founded in Chicago, Sidney Garber has been a staple for quality and attention to detail in the jewellery business since 1946. Sidney Garber started the jewellery store when he was in his 20s, passing the passion and love for beauty to his daughter Brooke, who inherited the company in 2008. Admirably, the company gives all its profits to not-for-profit organisations dedicated to children’s mental health and wellness, education and the arts.
Open Mondays – Saturdays, 10:00 AM and 5:30 PM CST
118 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
855-SGarber (855) 742 7237
by Mike Wehrle - Executive Chef
The market of choice for eco-conscious Executive Chef Mike Wehrie is the Green City Market. The mission of Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community. Farmers at Green City Market play their part in reducing the environmental and health impacts of pesticides by eliminating them or selecting effective materials with fewer known environmental health hazards. They also treat animals humanely and strive to preserve the soil, water and wildlife habitat for future generations.
The Green City Market's outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1790 N. Clark). The Chicago Green City Market's indoor market is located at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park).
Photography Credit: Christina Glass Gelder (top)
by Gianna Bamonti - Supervisor & Concierge
Designed by famed American architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, this architectural gem serves today as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. Tours are available every Wednesday and Saturday.
1365 North Astor Street, Chicago, IL 60610
+1 312 915 0105
Photography Credit: David Schalliol
by Gregory Hyder - Director of Catering and Conference Services
Brimfield is a treasure trove for one-of-a-kind clothing, tabletop pieces, lighting, vintage signage and furniture. Lovers of vintage will be inspired by Brimfield, with its antique homewares and quirky repurposed and upholstered pieces made by owner Julie Fernstrom herself – the name Brimfield is a tribute to Fernstrom’s favourite plaid.
5219 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
+1 773 271 3501