Chicago

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...

See the Chicago hotspots in the music video from the link on the left too!

 

THEATER 

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:

Improv Olympics:  ioimprov.com/chicago/
Second City:  www.secondcity.com/

FOOD

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/

ICE SKATING

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

WHIRLY BALL

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/

WILLOW CREEK CHURCH

Willow Creek Community Church offers a midweek service if you'd like to see the church facility and get a little more worship time. Transportation can be arranged if you're interested. Just email us!

MUSEUMS/ATTRACTIONS

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...

Michigan Avenue

  • “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
From Hotel:
                 By car: 1.89 miles, approx. 7 minutes
                 By transit: at most 40 minutes

Field Museum of Natural History

Shedd Aquarium

Alder Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Soldier Field

Water Taxi

  • $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
Website: http://www.chicagowatertaxi.com/SitePages/Tickets%20and%20Fares.aspx

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
Website: http://www.willistower.com

French Market

  • 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
Website: http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com

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More Ideas

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!