Attractions in Chicago?

1. Skydeck in the Willis tower

The Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the 14th-tallest in the world. Skydeck is in the 103rd floor of Willis Tower and has clear observation boxes & views extending to four state. It also has the all-glass boxes, informally called as "The Ledge", which allows visitors to look through the glass floor to the street 1,353 feet (412 m) below.

Address: Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Hours: October through February from 10am-8pm. Last entry 30 minutes prior to close.
Ticket: Adult - Ages 12 and up: $22.00
Fast Pass: Save time with express line to elevators! $49.00

2. Millennium Park, Cloud gate (The Bean) (Free entry)

Millennium Park is a public park located in the downtown (very near to the conference location).. The Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the "bean," is one of the highlights of Millennium Park. It is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates - giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago. The Cloud Gate Sculpture has thus become a tourist hot spot and is the perfect place to take your snapshots.

Address: 25 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 6am-11pm

3. Navy Pier (Free entry)

Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Navy Pier currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the one of top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.

Address: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Hours: September 6 – October 31 Sunday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

4. Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium is a gateway to an underwater world filled with 32,000 fascinating marine animals from a range of diverse habitats. Visitors will see animals from freshwater, marine, terrestrial, and even aerial environments at the Shedd’s award-winning exhibits and be able to get up close to sharks, dolphins, piranhas, beluga whales, turtles, and more.

Address: 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Hours: Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close. Weekdays: 9 am to 5 pm Weekends: 9 am to 6 pm
Tickets: Adult $30.95, Child $21.95
Notes: - 3:00 PM Early close for CIW YOU(th) on October 6 - Illinois Residents can enjoy free general admission and discounted ticket prices on October 3, and 4

5. Chicago Architectural Boat Tour

75 minutes boat tour that will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while a professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today.

Address: 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Hours: 10am-8pm
Tickets: 75 Minutes long. Adult: $35.50 | Senior (65 & up): $32

6. Art Institute of Chicago

Located in Chicago's Grant Park, this is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present.

Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Hours: Daily 10:30–5:00, Thursdays until 8:00
Tickets: Free on Thursday nights, and Adult: $20.00 (Chicago), $22.00 (Illinois), $25.00 (Out of State) Senior: $14.00 (Chicago), $16.00 (Illinois), $19.00 (Out of State) Student (College/University): $14.00 (Chicago), $16.00 (Illinois), $19.00 (Out of State)

7. Buckingham Fountain (free entry)

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. It is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan. It operates from April to October, with regular water shows and evening color-light shows. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with festival lights.

Address: 301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

8. 360 Chicago

Previously called the John Hancock Center, 360 Chicago boasts the world’s fastest elevator, reaching the 94th floor observatory in 40 seconds. From there, we can enter a stunning observatory with 360-degree views and on a day with good visibility we’ll be able to see no fewer than four states

Address: 875 N Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
Hours: 9am–11pm

9. Lincoln Park Zoo (free entry)

Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre zoo located in Lincoln Park and is one of the oldest zoos in the US. The zoo's exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas,reptiles, monkeys, and other species totalling about 1,100 animals from some 200 species.

Address: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Hours: 10am–5pm

10. The Field Museum

Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet. Inside the permanent displays, you can see glowering dinos, marvel at ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb, take a stroll through the Halls of Gems and Jade or relax in a Chinese rock garden.

Address: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Hours: 9am–5pm
Tickets: Adult: $38, Student: $32

11. Museum of Contemporary Art (Free events frequently announced on website)

The Museum of Contemporary Art houses one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits, displaying work by the likes of Doris Salcedo, Simon Starling and Daniel Clowes. The museum's regular Chicago Works series makes space for pieces by local artists, showcasing rising talent while hosting workshops and discussion.

Address: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Hours: Tue: 10 am–8 pm Wed–Sun: 10 am–5 pm Mon: Closed
Tickets: Adults: $12, Students and seniors: $7

12. The Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world—is home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.

Address: 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
Hours: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tickets: Adult - $18, Child (ages 3-11) - $11, and Members - FREE

13. The Adler Planetarium

Chicago's Adler Planetarium is America's first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers.

Address: Museum Campus, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
Hours: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday & Sunday
Tickets: Adult - Anytime All Access Pass (Ages 12-64) $34.95

14. The Lakefront Trail (free entry)

The Chicago Lakefront Trail is a foreshore way for walking and cycling, running 18 miles (29 km) along the coast of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois . The path connects various beaches and recreational amenities located along the lakefront and also serves as a route for bicycle commuters.

Address: Extends from 7100 South/2560 East to 5800 North/1000 West; 16 minutes’ walk from the conference location


The Chicago City Pass (Good for saving if you plan to visit more than one attraction) Tickets: $98 Admission Includes:
  • Shedd Aquarium - VIP ENTRY
  • Skydeck Chicago - FAST PASS
  • The Field Museum - VIP ENTRY
  • Museum of Science and Industry - VIP ENTRY OR 360 CHICAGO - EXPRESS ENTRY
  • Adler Planetarium - VIP ENTRY OR Art Institute of Chicago - FAST PASS

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