Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Some Chicago Tourist Favorites

So, you are making the trip to the Windy City and you would like to see more than the conference hotel? How about some of these stops?
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The Sears Tower is a popular destination. A trip to the SkyDeck is a journey on a fast elevator ending in a terrific view. Don't forget your camera!

Millenium Park is one of the hottest new spots in town. The sculpture Cloud Gate [aka the Bean] is found here.

Not far from Millenium Park is the Art Institute of Chicago. You will find paintings and sculptures by world famous artists, as well as the most interesting Thorne Miniature Rooms.

If you didn't get enough of high places in your trip to the Sears Tower, try out the Hancock Observatory at the John Hancock Center where the view covers 80 miles and four states!

Miss your pets when away from home? Get a dose of fur, scales, and feathers at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

If shopping is for you check out Navy Pier where you can eat, browse, and take a ride on the giant 150' Ferris Wheel. Don't neglect a dockside stroll, where you can see some of the popular lake cruising vessels. Among attractions at Navy Pier are the Chicago Children's Museum, a stained glass museum, and an IMAX Theater.

Shop, shop, shop at Water Tower Place where you will find over 100 stores and restaurants.

If museums are for you don't miss the Field Museum of Natural History. There will be a special exhibit, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs during the time of the conference! Tickets to this event will be in high demand.

Do you prefer science and industry to natural history? Then the Museum of Science and Industry is the place you want to see. Visitor favorites there include a coal mine exhibit and a real U-505 submarine. This beautiful building was converted from the 1893 World's Fair Palace of Fine Arts into the museum we see today.

Not enough creatures? Head back to the lakefront and the Shedd Aquarium, the world's largest indoor aquarium. The Oceanarium is a place to see whales and dolphins, and the Wild Reef exhibit brings you up close and personal with sharks.

Starry-eyed? You can walk from the Shedd Aquarium to the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum.

If you want a landmark photo stop and see Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

Are you torn between all of the great places above or does your budget only allow for one museum? Check out the City Pass which allows visits to six area attractions for one price! At this writing a City Pass is only $49.50 for adults ($39 for children ages 3-11) and it includes admission to the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hancock Observatory, and the Shedd Aquarium! One benefit of having the City Pass is that with it you can avoid waiting in most lines at these venues. The pass expires nine days after first use, giving you plenty of time during the conference week to get your money's worth! If you purchase the pass online they will send it to you in the mail.

The places mentioned are only a fraction of things to do and see in Chicago. We hope that they inspire you to explore the city.

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