Local Attractions

With all the snow we've been getting this winter, Chicago may not be highest on your list of cities to visit right about now.  But keep in mind that springtime in Chicago is really beautiful.  Attending the rally could be a really good excuse to take a long weekend and explore the many attractions the city has to offer.

Overview

Chicago is the largest city in the heartland and third largest city in the U.S..  It is situated on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan, the second largest of the Great Lakes.  Read this Wikipedia overview article about the history, cultural offerings, and economy of Chicago.  The Chicago Convention & Tourism Board invites you to Choose Chicago with news & updates, maps, travel resources, maps and sweet deals.

Museums

Adler Planetarium

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Field Museum

Chicago Children's Museum and Navy Pier

Museum of Science and Industry

DuSable Museum of African-American History

Chicago History Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Institute of Chicago

The Adler, Shedd and Field museums listed are a short cab distance or a 15 minute walk from the location of our rally in Grant Park.  If you're bringing the kids along, the Chicago Children's Museum is at Navy Pier, both of which offer a lot to see and do.  Navy Pier is a short cab ride or a fifteen minute walk from Grant Park.  The major cross streets are Lakeshore Drive and Grand Avenue.  The Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see.  It's near the lake, about seven miles south of Grant Park.  It is also the location of the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, also known as the White City.  If you do make it down here, you will also have the luxury of getting to drive around the beautiful campus of the University of Chicago in lovely Hyde Park. It's a mixture of old historic homes, including President Obama's home in Kenwood, and some rougher parts of the city, so make certain you know where you are going.  The DuSable Museum, also in Hyde Park and a great way to learn about Chicago's beginnings, and the incredibly rich African American history of Chicago.  The Chicago History Museum is a rich place to learn about the Windy City's interesting history.  And if you're an art buff, check out the Museum of Contemporary Art (about one mile north of Grant Park) and the Art Institute of Chicago (on Michigan Avenue, two blocks from Grant Park).

Tours

Segway Tours are a fun way to explore the city if the weather is nice.  All of these tours start fairly close to Grant Park:

Chicago Segway Tour

Absolutely Chicago Segway

City Segway Tours

Chicago is a lakefront city and boat tours are a popular way to take in the sights.  You can compare a selection of Chicago Boat Tours or just choose one of the most popular: The Architecture Tour.

Sports

No trip to Chicago would be complete without a Cubs game in Wrigley Field, located in the Wrigleyville Neighborhood, approximately five miles North of Grant Park.  The Cubs are playing the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25th, 26th, and 27th and the St. Louis Cardinals the 28th, 29th and 30th.  For more information on their schedule, click HERE.

If you're a White Sox fan, check out U.S. Cellular Field, located on the South Side.  It looks like they will be out of town for the week, but you can check out their schedule HERE.

Observation Decks and More

Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower)

John Hancock Building

Chicago Architecture Society

Lincoln Park Zoo (located three miles north of Grant Park, and accessible by bus, it's a walking zoo in Lincoln Park and it's free!)

Broadway in Chicago

Tourism Websites

Official Website of Chicago

Enjoy Illinois

Choose Chicago

Go Chicago

Chicago Traveler

 

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