On Lake Michigan, Chicago is one of the largest and most popular U.S. cities to visit. Renown for its bold architecture, beautiful lakefront beaches, diverse restaurants and history, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to fill your free time. Consider these five options, especially since the projected forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s while you’re in town for the conference.
1. Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Avenue — Conveniently located in “The Loop,” Millennium Park covers 24.5 acres and always features events and activities, many of them free! The Financial Times notes that Millennium Park is “a genuinely 21st century interactive park that could trigger a new way of thinking about public outdoor spaces.” You can also visit Buckingham Fountain and “The Bean,” a shiny sculpture made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together.
2. The Magnificent Mile, North Michigan Avenue — The name says it all! Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is one of the great avenues in all the world, featuring elite destinations for dining, entertainment, hospitality and dining, not to mention historic architecture. You want options? There are more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and dozens and dozens of attractions and entertainment options. The 13-block stretch runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south and to Oak Street to the north.
3. Wrigley Field, 1060 West Addison — Visit the historic home of the Major League World Champion Chicago Cubs! If you come in early, you can watch the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, April 19th. Otherwise, the Cubs start a long road trip on April 21st. Still, even seeing the exterior of baseball’s second-oldest stadium and visiting “Wrigleyville” on the North Side are sure to yield some smiles and awesome pictures, especially near the iconic red marquee over the main entrance to the ball park.
4. The Museums — It would be impossible — and unfair! — to rank Chicago’s museums. Truly it depends on your interests and tastes because there’s something for everyone.
- DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place — Founded in 1961, it is dedicated to the study and preservation of the historical experiences and achievements of African Americans. Among the 13,000 artifacts, books, photographs, art pieces and memorabilia is the desk of activist Ida B. Wells and the violin of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. It became affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute in 2016.
- The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue — Located in Grant Park, its one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S., and boasts one of the most impressive collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world.
- The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive — Located in Jackson Park, its the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, hosting more than 180 million visitors since 1933. Major permanent exhibits include a German submarine captured during World War II, a 3,500 square foot model railroad and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon.
- The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive — One of the largest and oldest natural history museums in the world houses more than 24 million specimens and artifacts. One of the jewels of the Field Museum is “SUE,” the largest (13 feet tall) and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the world. The Shedd Aquarium, at one time the largest indoor aquarium in the world, is next door.
5. 360 Chicago, 875 North Michigan Avenue — Take one of the fastest elevators in the world to the 94th floor of the historic John Hancock Center. 360 Chicago heralds “the best views of the Magnificent Mile,” featuring TILT, an attraction that allows visitors to get a 30 degree angle over Michigan Avenue. For those who love heights, Skydeck at Willis Tower also provides breathtaking views and experiences.
For more information and to learn from the best, join us at the 2017 Missions & Marketplace Conference, April 21–22, 2017 at Living Word Christian Center. Attend the conference in-person or register for a live streaming pass!