Welcome to Chicago! The “Windy City” is the third most populous city in the United States.
Wednesday, January 29th, you have the entire evening free! Which means from about 4pm on, you're welcome to take your group or chapter out to spend some good quality time together exploring the city of Chicago! Here is a very short list with some of Chicago's best...
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel is pretty close to the downtown Chicago theater district, but the only big name show that will be going at the time will be Phantom of the Opera at the Cadillac Palace. If there is interest in comedy, the below are the best in the city and much less expensive options:
If there are any foodies out there, we have a week-long celebration called Chicago Restaurant Week. A good number of restaurants make special menus at fixed prices for people to experience all week long. Here's more info: http://choosechicago.com/articles/view/About-Chicago-Restaurant-Week/180/
There is Ice Skating in Millenium Park, which is a very cool tradition to experience. (Free with $10 skate rental.) If you prefer less crowds, then try the rink at Daley Plaza. Here are a few other rinks close by that offer the same scenery and experience: http://chicago.about.com/od/sports/tp/ChicagoIceSkatingTop5Rinks.htm
It's kind of a Chicago niche but Whirly Ball is a fun time if people want to organize a large group to do something together. Here's a link to the Chicago location: http://whirlyball2.reachlocal.net/locations/
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The Shedd Aquarium! Save time and buy tickets online here!... The Lincoln Park Zoo (who also have ice skating)... Disney on Ice at the United Center is in town... Navy Pier "lakefront playground"... or the John Hancock Center - observatory viewing from 9am-11pm daily!
*The Museum of Science and industry is free for Illinois Residents in January.
Thanks to Tony Au with Metro Chicago Youth for Christ for his contributions.
For even more, check these out...
- “Chicago’s Magnificent Mile”
- Abundance of boutiques and stores
- Shopping centers, designer studios, specialty retail shops, “Trendy favorites”
- 8 blocks of attractions
- 460 stores and boutiques
- more than 200 restaurants
- One block away from hotel, only a minute to reach on foot
- For more info: http://www.themagnificentmile.com
Chicago’s Museum Campus
Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Alder Planetarium, Soldier Field
By car: 1.89 miles, approx. 7 minutes
By transit: at most 40 minutes
Field Museum of Natural History
- Biological, anthropic, natural, historical
- Over 20 million specimens
- Hosts awesome touring temporary exhibits
- For transportation, hours, and summary of exhibits, visit:
- For prices and more, visit http://fieldmuseum.org
- For transportation, hours, and a quick look at exhibits, visit: http://gochicago.about.com/od/zoosaquariums/p/shedd_aquarium.htm
- For prices and more, visit Shedd Aquarium’s website: http://www.sheddaquarium.org
Alder Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
- United States first planetarium, built in 1930
- One of the only that features two full-sized planetarium theaters
- For transportation, hours, and summary of exhibits visit:
- For prices and more, visit: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
- Most parking is here, the best suggestion we can give is to park here
- It’s so large, you’re not going to miss it
- Walk past Veteran’s Memorial water wall
- Many tributes to soldiers
- Major renovation completed in 2008
- For transportation, hours, and summary of exhibits visit: http://gochicago.about.com/od/chicagosportsteamsvenues/p/soldier_field.htm
- For prices and more, visit: http://www.soldierfield.net
- $2.00 a person
- Great way to get from Navy Pier to the Magnificent Mile to Willis (formally Sears) Tower
- Great views of city and often street performers are entertaining pedestrians at stops
Address: The Wendella Ticket Offices are located at 400 North Michigan Avenue and at Trump Plaza. Kiosks are located at our Madison Street dock and Michigan Avenue dock. .82 miles from hotel.
By car: 3 minutes
By transit: 19 minutes
Willis Tower Skydeck
- One of Chicago’s biggest attractions
- America’s tallest tower
- Highest visitor observatory in America
- Skydeck was built in 2005, extending four feet out into the hour
Address: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL. 2.26 miles from hotel.
By car: 7 minutes
By transit: 37 minutes
- Newly opened in 2013
- Booth after booth of chocolates, pastries, foods, etc.
- More affordable than eating in a restaurant, and of course free samples!
Address: 131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL. 14.86 miles from hotel.
By car: 25 minutes
By transit: 1 hour 30 minutes
See a Show
- Chicago is the number 2 stop of Broadways shows when they go into repertory!
- For information on shows, visit:
- Or go see an improve show! Chicago is famous for this!
- Visit: http://chicago.improv.com
Whether you’re a treasure seeker, a nature lover, tour-fanatic, or a museum-aholic, visit: http://local.thecityofchicago.com/things-to-do-in-chicago.html and discover the city!