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The Peninsula Chicago Unique Chicago Experiences

The Peninsula Chicago announces its newest initiative, Keys to the City, an experiential program that provides guests with complimentary access to incredible “only-in-Chicago” experiences. This exclusive program is launching in conjunction with the hotel’s comprehensive room and suite renovation, which includes a complete redesign of the hotel’s guest rooms including advanced tablet based technology, touch-control lighting and bedside charging for smartphones. Now, not only does The Peninsula Chicago’s room key open the door to a stunning new guest room, the key “opens doors” to VIP access to experiences not available to the public – and only to guests of The Peninsula Chicago.

*Validity and Terms and Conditions

Keys to the City programs are seasonal, based on availability and can be booked via the Concierge. Each offer is complimentary, however some programs require the purchase of an admission ticket in order to fulfil the experience. Please call +1 (312) 573 6530 or toll-free at +1 (866) 288 8889 for reservations and inquiries. 



  • Stand among larger-than-life soldiers in The Field Museum’s newest exhibition, China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. Tasked to guard Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb for eternity, archers, infantrymen, and armored officers hold watch over a striking underground model of China’s first empire. Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished his rivals, unified China’s many warring states, constructed the first Great Wall, built roads throughout his vast territory, and standardized China’s script, currency, weights, and measures. Learn about his desire to reign over the universe and his obsession with immortality. See priceless treasures from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, including the fierce warriors that are so revered The Field Museum is the only place in North America they can be seen this year.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS:  Purchase your ticket through the hotel and enter the exhibit at your preferred date and time, skip the long lines and receive a complimentary collector’s edition book.

  • Since opening its doors, Studio Paris has redefined nightlife in Chicago. Blending the allure of an exclusive cocktail lounge with the vibrant energy of a premier nightclub, it’s become one of the most sought-out hot spots and event spaces. Boasting a state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system and an unrivaled audio-visual experience, Studio Paris has hosted some of the biggest names in the electronic music: Tiesto, DeadMau5, Avicii, Kaskade and Calvin Harris. On any given night a mix of celebrities, top athletes and influencers from the world of fashion and entertainment can be found partying beneath the room’s glass roof, making Studio Paris unlike any other venue in Chicago.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Reserve your experience with our Concierge and receive VIP access, complimentary admission before midnight, and a complimentary cocktail on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

  • The Underground, located in River North, has elevated the Chicago nightlife scene to unprecedented heights since its inception in 2007 and continues to be the go-to hotspot for notables, celebrities and international DJ’s including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Usher and Afrojack.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Reserve your experience with the Concierge and receive express entry, complimentary admission before midnight, and a complimentary drink on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. 

  • Founded in Chicago, Vosges Haut-Chocolat is the premier luxury chocolatier. These intriguing chocolate creations are made from the finest ingredients from around the world, sourced by Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff. Katrina’s fusion of indigenous spices, flowers, roots, herbs and liqueurs with premium chocolate creates a sensory experience that nurtures awareness of and appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Not normally open to the public, Peninsula guests are invited to experience an exclusive tour and tasting at the Vosges Haut-Chocolat “Chocolate Temple” factory. This experience offers a sneak peek into how their bespoke confections are created. Hours and days are limited, terms & conditions apply.


  • Chicago is famous for its skyline, but there's only so much sky you can see from the ground. Chicago Helicopter Experience provides a truly unique and spectacular way to see the city. Fly high above Chicago in a private 20-minute tour.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Reserve a private tour through the hotel Concierge and receive preferred pricing as well as a complimentary photo of your experience.


  • A Chicago tradition since 1949, Garrett Popcorn Shops freshly handcrafts gourmet Popcorn in old-fashioned Copper Kettles. Every small batch is hot air popped throughout the day before being mixed into secret family recipes.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Visit the storied Popcorn Shops’ locations at 625 North Michigan Avenue, 151 North Michigan Avenue, or Water Tower Place, 7th Floor and you’ll receive a complimentary Chicago Skyline Quart Tin filled with our world famous Garrett Mix with the purchase of any One Gallon Tin.


  • The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and Revolution Brewing is proud to stand tall in this new crowd. Located in the city’s Avondale neighborhood, Revolution is Illinois’ largest craft brewery. Additionally the Rev Brewpub, which produces about 50 different beer styles each year as well as a full food menu, is situated near the brewery in Logan Square.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Guests who reserve a tour of the brewery will receive an additional complimentary beer and keepsake glass. Hours and days are limited, terms & conditions apply.


  • The original Ferris Wheel was designed as a landmark for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. In honor of Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary, a new, 196 ft. tall Ferris Wheel has been erected. The new Ferris Wheel features temperature controlled gondolas that can hold up to 10 guests.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS: Purchase your ticket through the hotel and receive a “Fast Pass” to skip the lines and guaranteed access to the coveted single glass bottom gondola that seats four guests.


  • A notable dining spot in the West Loop known for top notch tasting menus and refined dishes, Grace received a Michelin three-star rating after its first year of operation. An added connection to The Peninsula Chicago: Chef Curtis Duffy and Partner Michael Muser met and worked together at The Peninsula Chicago’s Avenues restaurant where they received their first Michelin rating. 

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS | Guests who arrange via Concierge will enjoy a private tour of the restaurant and wine cellar with Partner Michael Muser, followed by an experience in the kitchen working alongside Chef Duffy and the culinary team preparing an amuse-bouche, learning a technique or plating a dish. The experience is completed by enjoying a wine tasting paired with the delicacy prepared. Hours and days are limited.


  • One of the most renowned art museums in the world, The Art Institute of Chicago features 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection. In fact, the museum was named “Museum of the Year” by reviewers of Trip Advisor in 2014.  

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS | Guests who purchase tickets to The Art Institute of Chicago via Concierge will receive Fast Pass access and a complimentary guidebook.


  • For guests interested in a rare theatre experience, Broadway in Chicago presents a full range of musicals and plays and is best known for pre-Broadway productions. Upcoming shows include The Book of Mormon, The Sound of Music, Disney's Beauty and The Beast, Disney's Newsies and The World Premier Pre-Broadway of The SpongeBob Musical.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS | Guests who purchase Broadway in Chicago theater tickets via Concierge will receive amazing house seats and complimentary private VIP intermission.


  • There is no better way to view the architecture of the city than along the Chicago River via Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. The official Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruise highlights more than 50 architecturally significant buildings and is led by passionate volunteer guides. 

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS | Guests who book their cruise ticket via Concierge will receive a complimentary beverage on board while enjoying the architectural sights of Chicago.


  • Located adjacent to The Peninsula Chicago, Saks Fifth Avenue is a revered shopping destination along the Magnificent Mile. 

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS | Guests who book a private shopping session via Concierge will enjoy a dressing room with merchandise preferences waiting, customized refreshments, express complimentary alterations including delivery to their hotel room or free shipping within the continental United States, makeup touch-ups and a complimentary cosmetic basket.


  • One of Chicago’s most iconic buildings, the John Hancock tower and 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock’s Observatory) is famous for offering unparalleled day and night views of the city.

    KEYS TO THE CITY ACCESS | Guests who purchase Sun and Stars specially priced tickets via Concierge will receive access to return for a second visit to the observatory within 48 hours of first visit, enabling guests to see both sunrise and sunset.