Year-Round Events Make Chicago a Year-Round Destination
Chicago is full of life, and downtown Chicago is the center of all the action. With the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza Hotel as your vacation home base, you can fill your days and nights with sports, conferences, festivals, and shows throughout the year. With six professional sports teams — the NFL's Chicago Bears, the NBA's Chicago Bulls, the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, the MLS's Chicago Fire, and MLB's Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs — plus collegiate sports and the Chicago Marathon, Chicago is a sports lover's heaven any month of the year and our hotel near the United Center is near it all. Chicago is also a popular conference destination, and home of celebrated music and culinary festivals. Here are some of our favorite Chicago events. Make your plans to visit soon.
Polar Play Zone
Kids have a place at Shedd that they can call their own—Polar Play Zone. It’s cool as ice and twice as nice! The penguins think so, too.
Play! Splash! Pretend! What would you like to be? A sleek sliding penguin? A deep-sea explorer? How about both? In Polar Play Zone, you can slip into a penguin suit and try being a bird in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore the belugas’ Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. Don’t forget to shake hands—or is it arms?—with colorful sea stars in the touch pools. In Polar Play Zone, you’ll learn about polar opposites—big and small, fast and slow, shallow and deep, even north and south—while you play.