It’s been 37 years since the SLA Annual Conference was held in Chicago! Here are 37 ideas for your visit to Chicago! Use the links below or the drop down menu above for more ideas! (Listed in no particular order.)
1. See Sue! Visit the Field Museum, a truly awesome place.
2. Watch the Beluga Whales at the Shedd Aquarium!
3. Browse the world-renowned art collection at the Art Institute!
4. Visit one of the largest science museums in the world! Museum of Science & Industry.
5. Take a hike! Go on any of a large selection of walking tours courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation – and learn about the beautiful and historic buildings for which Chicago is famous.
6. Stroll along the Lake Michigan shoreline!
7. Visit one of our many parks!
8. Hit the hot wheels! There are several companies that will rent you a Segway to tour around the city. Here’s one: Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
9. See Chicago from above! Visit Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), John Hancock Center observation deck (or sip a drink on the 96th floor at the Signature Lounge), or take a spin on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier.
10. Take a self-guided tour of the world’s largest public library building! Chicago Public Library
11. Come early and sample our restaurants! Taste of Chicago is in Grant Park July 11 – 15.
12. Have a laugh! The Second City comedy club.
13. Catch a baseball game! Cubs (Sorry Sox fans, the White Sox are out of town during the conference.)
15. 175 Days in Chicago – Check out the events planned to celebrate Chicago’s 175th Birthday!
16. Visit Greektown – If you prefer your cheese flaming, grab some saganaki in Greektown. http://www.greektownchicago.org/
17. Shop ‘til you drop! Bring your credit card to shop the Magnificent Mile. http://www.choosechicago.com/articles/view/TRULY-MAGNIFICENT/65/
18. Catch a free concert – Bring a picnic for a free concert in Millennium Park! http://explorechicago.org/city/en/millennium.html
19. Wander the historic Pilsen neighborhood – Grab a bite at a local restaurant, tour the murals, peek into the many art galleries, and wrap up with a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art. http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/neighborhoods/pilsen.html, http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/
20. See the stars at Adler Planetarium: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/
21. Bueller? Bueller? Make your own Ferris Bueller moment and engross yourself in “A Sunday on la Grande Jatte” at the Art Institute. http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/27992
22. Discover Chicago’s roots and learn that there is more to Chicago than Al Capone and pizza at the Chicago History Museum. http://www.chicagohs.org/
23. See a sunset from the “third coast” http://www.wendellaboats.com/experience/chicagosunsettour.aspx
24. Soak up the views of modern and historic architectural styles on the Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour. http://www.architecture.org/page.aspx?pid=574
26. Or, visit one of the many storefront theatres in the neighborhoods: http://www.chicagoplays.com/
27. Chinatown’s Summer Fair is on July 15! Haven’t seen enough of the Chicago neighborhoods? Give dim sum (http://chinesefood.about.com/od/diningout/p/dim_sum.htm) a try with a visit Chinatown, only a few blocks from conference center. Visit on the 15th for the annual Summer Fair: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=116
28. Discover nature in the city by a visit just outside the conference facility at the McCormick Bird Sanctuary. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/birding-areas/
29. Bring your suit and go for a swim at 12th street beach. http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/park_district/12th_street_beach.html
30. Roar with the lions at Lincoln Park Zoo. http://www.lpzoo.org/
31. Eat, eat and eat some more. Restaurant Guide
32. Roller Derby! Need we say more? Read up on the sport and then come watch a bout on July 14. http://www.windycityrollers.com
33. Rent a bike and explore! Bike rentals can be found at Navy Pier and Millennium park. http://bikechicago.com/locations
34. Reflect on Chicago! See the city reflected in the mirror-like surface of Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/dca_tourism/MP_orinigal.html
36. Hang out at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park! http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/clarence-f-buckingham-memorial-fountain/
37. Take a behind the scences tour of Wrigley Field! http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/tours/index.jsp?content=daily