It’s no question that Millennium Park is a public attraction for many tourists, but it’s what lies beyond the park that makes it a hidden gem. Separated from the city bustle by a 15-foot-high hedge of conifers and trees, the Lurie Garden is an understated natural beauty that serves as the perfect environment for reading a book or having a summertime picnic.
Around sunset, head up to the Signature Lounge at the 96th in the Hancock. During the summer, you can catch the fireworks at Navy Pier as you get off the elevator. And the bathrooms have the best view!