The Peninsula Chicago Announces 2018 “Keys To The City” Program

The Peninsula Chicago announces its updated Keys To The City program for 2018. Not only does a Peninsula guest room key open the door to an incredible room experience, the key “opens doors” to some of Chicago’s best and most popular destinations: dinner and a behind the scenes look into the kitchen at the two Michelin-starred Smyth; a priority pass and complimentary guidebook to The Art Institute of Chicago; and amazing house seats to a favorite Broadway In Chicago performance are among just some of the offerings in the Keys To The City program.  The best and brightest of Chicago’s unique offerings have been selected for Peninsula guests and carefully curated to provide one-of-a-kind experiences throughout the city, encompassing the highlights for which Chicago has become known, including: art, architecture, theatre, dining, shopping and attractions. Programs are designed to give guests an insight into the various cultures, arts, lifestyles, and cuisines of Chicago. Guests will have private access and VIP arrangements to enjoy these activities in ways not available to the general public. Keys to the City Offers*: 


The Art Institute of Chicago 

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 and has been home to Chicago’s vibrant arts and culture scene for many years. The Access: Guests have privileged access to the museum via a “VIP Pass” and will receive a complimentary guidebook.


Broadway In Chicago 

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. The Access: Guests will experience amazing house seats and complimentary private VIP amenities during intermission. 


Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

There is no better way to view the architecture of the city than along the Chicago River via Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. The Access: Guests will receive a complimentary drink on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady.


360 Chicago Observation Deck

Located in the iconic John Hancock Center, on the cusp of Lake Michigan, 360 CHICAGO offers unparalleled day and night views of the city skyline and lakefront 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile. The Access: Guests will receive complimentary access to TILT as well as the “Sun and Stars” experience.


Saks Fifth Avenue

Located adjacent to The Peninsula Chicago, Saks Fifth Avenue is a revered shopping destination along The Magnificent Mile. The Access: Guests will receive a private shopping session at Saks Fifth Avenue to include a designated dressing room with merchandise preferences waiting, refreshments, express complimentary alterations including delivery to their hotel room, makeup touch-up and a complimentary beauty gift. Guests who make a purchase will also receive a complimentary lunch or brunch for two at Sophie’s.



Named a ‘Best New Restaurant’ by Bon Appetit and Chicago magazines, Smyth continues to earn praise around the globe as the ‘future of fine dining.’ At the two Michelin starred West loop restaurant, husband and wife team John and Karen Shields present a joyful eight course tasting menu journey that transports guests to The Farm, a unique collaboration that is at once the source of the restaurant’s inspiration and its very own living pantry. The Access: Guests who reserve an eight-course dinner will be greeted with a cart side cocktail creation and bites in the lounge before watching the culinary team construct a few special plates followed by dinner. 


Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Chicago’s premier luxury chocolatier, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, was the first to combine exotic indigenous spices, herbs and liqueurs with premium, ethically sourced chocolate.  The Access: Guests can reserve a private “Temple Tour” of the chocolate factory or an exclusive chocolate and wine experience at the Lincoln Park boutique. 


Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago is famous for its skyline, but there’s only so much you can see from the ground. Chicago Helicopter Experience provides a truly unique and spectacular way to see the city. The Access: Guests will receive preferred pricing for a private tour, a printed photo of the experience as well as a complimentary glass of champagne before the flights for parties of 2 to 4. 


The Field Museum

Inspiriting curiosity about life on earth for more than a century, The Field Museum is one of the world’s premier natural history institutions and is home to one of its greatest dinosaur collections. The Access: Guests who purchase their ticket through the Concierge will receive a VIP ticket as well as a collector’s edition book.


 City Winery Chicago

Chicago’s only working winery, City Winery in the West Loop provides a combined culinary and cultural experience offering live music, wine, food and more.   The Access: Guests will receive a complimentary glass of City Winery house-made wine before or after a show with any purchase.  


*Validity, Terms and Conditions

Keys to the City programs are valid now through December 2018, based on availability. All programs must be booked via the Concierge Desk and in most cases require advanced purchase via the hotel. Please call +1 (312) 573 6530 for reservations and inquiries.


About The Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is located on The Magnificent Mile at 108 East Superior Street (at Michigan Avenue), within the city’s premier shopping district. The 339-guest room hotel opened in 2001 and features three distinctive restaurants, a popular bar and a world-class spa. For information on The Peninsula Chicago, please visit


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