4 Tips for a Better Business Trip to Chicago


Tony Hshieh, Executive Chronicles |   Combine work with a bit of relaxation and sightseeing to have a better business trip to Chicago. You can squeeze in visits to Chicago’s top attractions during your stay and still get your work done.

Take Advantage of Co-Working Space

Stay productive on the road without staying cooped up in your hotel room. Frequent Chicago business travelers can create an office away from home in a co-working space. Some Chicago hotels cater to business travelers and offer shared meeting space and Wi-Fi for a monthly membership fee. 

Virgin Hotels Chicago’s Commons Co-Op includes access to a kitchen plus discounts at hotel restaurants. Dedicated co-working spaces, including Free Range office and SPACE, provide added benefits such as conference rooms, mail delivery, and event space.

See the Sights During Your Time Off

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You may not be on vacation, but you can still see the sights during your stay in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Take a midday break and get some fresh air at Millennium Park located right off North Michigan Avenue. Walk through the Lurie Garden which is known as an urban oasis dedicated to plants and landscape design. Don’t miss the park’s architecture and art highlights including the Cloud Gate Sculpture and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  

When you have a free evening, catch a baseball game at Wrigley Field or watch the Chicago Bulls at United Center. If you’re a soccer fan, head to Toyota Field to watch the Chicago Fire. 

Choose Hotels With High-End Fitness Centers

Don’t stop working out every day when you travel to Chicago. If you’ve been disappointed with hotel gyms, find a Chicago hotel with a high-end fitness center. At the center of Chicago O’Hare Airport, you’ll find the Hilton Chicago O’Hare which has a professional athletic club. The Intercontinental Chicago, The Radisson Blue, and Soho House Chicago also make the list of hotels with impressive fitness centers.

If your favorite Chicago hotel doesn’t have a quality gym, you can still maintain your fitness routine. The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Athletic club sells day passes so you can work out even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Do some research to find national chains that offer passes or memberships that let you work out at any location.

Unwind and Socialize

When you have time at night, relax and mingle with clients and other business travelers over happy hour or dinner. Rooftop bars offer a place to unwind and enjoy incredible views of the Chicago skyline and river. Noyane on East Erie Street has comfy couches and delicious sushi. Head to Raised at the Renaissance Hotel on West Wacker Drive to enjoy an inviting space that overlooks the Chicago River. 

If the weather keeps you inside and you want to hang out at a fun bar, try Henry’s on West Hubbard Street. Enjoy weekday happy hour specials and dance the night away with a DJ spinning tunes on Friday and Saturday nights.

Follow these tips to enjoy the nightlife, maintain your fitness routine, and stay productive during your next Chicago business trip.