About Chicago

Chicago … Your Kind of Town

The Windy City … The Second City … City of Broad Shoulders … whatever you call it, Chicago is guaranteed to complement your conference experience. No other conference will ever provide you with the most convenient access to a variety of attractions to make your ACUI conference that much more exciting. We hope you take the time to venture out of the conference hotel and check out all that Chicago has to offer, including:

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  • Food: No need to hail a cab; you can walk to one of the countless number of local and national chain restaurants in the area. Whet your appetite by checking out “The Urban Spoon” interactive restaurant map (for the restaurants closest to the Marriott, check for the “Loop” and “Magnificent Mile” areas).
  • Shopping: For those looking for a shopping fix, some of the best shopping in Chicago is within walking distance of the Marriott. The Shops at Northbridge is located one block away from the hotel and houses plenty of stores (including one of the few Lego stores in the country). A plethora of popular stores are also located on Michigan Avenue (a.k.a. Magnificent Mile).
  • Culture: Interested in learning more about your heritage? Want to immerse yourself in another culture for a few hours? The Chicagoland area is home to a number of ethnic communities, including Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy, Pilsen (Mexican-American), and many more!
  • Museums: Some of the largest and most unique museums in the world are located in Chicago, including the Art Institute of Chicago, DuSable Museum of African American History, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Shedd Aquarium. Consider staying an extra day (or two) to enjoy all of Chicago’s offerings.

Want to learn more about Chicago on your own?

City tours

To facilitate the Chicago experience for conference attendees, four types of tours will be offered for the conference:

  • Preconference social tours: Get to Chicago early and “unite” with friends on Saturday night or Sunday morning in one of our pre-planned opportunities. Advance registration will be required. Check back soon to see these offerings!
  • Self-guided city tours: “Aspire” to explore on your own and discover Chicago at your own pace. Interactive maps for your PDA will provide walking directions and options for transportation. Also, a 24-hour conference hotline will be available for directions, attraction information, and other help.
  • Spontaneous group tours: “Collaborate” with friends and colleagues every day of the conference and venture into the city as a small group! Interactive maps for your PDA, as well as printed maps and transportation suggestions, will be provided.


Enjoy Chicago without spending a dime

There are lots of world-famous attractions in Chicago that cost money—and each one is worth it. But you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to enjoy a host of wonderful experiences! It’s part of what makes Chicago a great town.

As one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States, the Chicago Cultural Center is a landmark building providing visitors a great place to start their journey. Expect to find exciting daily programming covering a wide range of the performing, visual, and literary arts. From an extensive visitor center to admission-free exhibitions, this beautiful jewel of Chicago is a must-see!

Come to Lincoln Park Zoo, the wildest spot in Chicago, where in the shadow of skyscrapers, you can see gorillas climb trees, sea lions frolic in their pool, and lions roar in the open air to no one in particular. Best of all, this wonderful zoo is open every day of the year and always free!

One of the largest gardens under glass in the nation, Garfield Park Conservatory features five permanent collections, an indoor children's garden, outdoor gardens, and five annual flower shows. Admission and parking are free. Also, the peaceful and enchanting gardens in the Lincoln Park Conservatory, at the heart of Lincoln Park, is free.

Why not let a friendly local show you around? You can make a reservation and a Chicago Greeter will gladly take you on a tour of the city. More than 100 Chicago Greeter volunteers speak 13 different languages. The Chicago Greeter registration system matches greeters with visitors based on language and interest. This service is entirely free!

Visit choosechicago.com for more great ideas to see Chicago for less.

Updated Nov. 24, 2010
Updated Nov. 24, 2010

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