The Ultimate Chicago Guide for 'Hamilton' Fans

'Hamilton' Chicago Opening Night
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This spirited hip-hop musical is based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda--and The Roots' Questlove and Black Thought behind the soundtrack--this production debuted its first engagement outside New York in September 2016 at The PrivateBank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.). The entire cast in Chicago differs from the New York production.​

Hamilton in Chicago is a very big deal as the official Broadway show is sold out every night. The thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation is set to play here for at least a couple of years. Tickets are hard to come by, so Broadway in Chicago has set up a daily lottery system in which 44 day-of-show tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. Seat locations vary per performance and some seats will be located in the front row and the boxes.

For those visiting Chicago to catch performances of Hamilton, we've put together an important guide to additional attractions to check out throughout the city—including the all-new Hamilton: The Exhibition, which just opened in Chicago. Included highlights are restaurants, landmarks and even other well-regarded theaters. 

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Hamilton: The Exhibition

Hamilton: The Exhibition

Hamilton fans: rejoice! Brought to you by the creators of the mega-hit play, a Hamilton-style experience has been developed—the adventure just opened this past April. Located on Chicago's Northerly Island, Hamilton: The Exhibition gives visitors an immersive and interactive experience. Huge displays, hands-on games, lager-than-life sculptures and more give fans an in depth museum-quality look into the life of Alexander Hamilton. Ticket prices start at $39.50. Audio tours are available to enhance your experience. 

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Hotels

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel: The historic luxury hotel has played host to 12 U.S. presidents, including Warren G. Harding, who infamously met with a group of powerful Republicans in what's known as the "Smoked Filled Suite" to arrange his nomination for president in 1920. The hotel also welcomed a number of celebrities and high-profile gangsters such as Al "Scarface" Capone since it opened in 1910. With a special breakfast package, families can feel like VIPs, too. It includes a contemporary American breakfast for two adults and children 12 and under at Mercat a la Planxa.

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Top Restaurants & Bars

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Revival Food Hall: Those who do not have time to scour the city looking for the best local eats and craft cocktails can get them under one roof at Revival, which is within walking distance to "Hamilton." The massive downtown venue is set on the first level of The National, a 20-story, restored historic 1907 Daniel Burnham-designed building. Guests will find 15 fast-casual stalls featuring neighborhood restaurants in a grab-and-go setting, such as Antique Taco, Black Dog Gelato, Furious Spoon and Smoke BBQ.

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What to Do If You're in Chicago for 'Hamilton:' Family-Friendly Fun

Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery

Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery: The Magnificent Mile gallery showcases artwork from Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The Water Tower Place-based, the family-friendly gallery serves as dedicated space for Dr. Seuss's artwork. Visitors may view the various collections--which include sculptures, illustrated art and "secret" art--and have the option to buy. Some of the works have never been exhibited before.

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Top Attractions

Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium: Built in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium is one of the premier aquariums in the country and home to an impressive collection of underwater life. Since opening, the Shedd has added several permanent exhibits to the main aquarium, effectively doubling its size. They include the Caribbean Reef, Oceanarium, and Wild Reef.

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Other Performances

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group: There's no need to go all the way to Vegas to see the Blue Man Group. The long-running show has been in Chicago since the late 1990s, and it features an exciting experience that changes often at Briar Street Theater. It's only a few blocks from Villa Toscana Guest House.

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Shopping

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Shops at North Bridge: The Near North shopping center located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile boasts 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels, and Nordstrom. Many of the stores and restaurants are not located within the main structure; they encompass seven blocks in the immediate area.  

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