Chicago has a great deal to offer
for those of you visiting for the OPS annual meeting and educational program
and the AAO. Among the not to be missed sites, are the museums, especially the
Art Institute of Chicago, a 10 minute walk down Michigan Avenue from the
Intercontinental Hotel. The Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry
are also exceptional.
If time allows, a stroll along
Michigan ave. (the Magnificent Mile ) is enjoyable and offers shopping options available
in very few cities. A walk along the lake, time to look at the architecture,
and a trip through Millennium park are always interesting, and relaxing as a
break from the city side of Chicago.
If you arrive by plane, stop at the
Visitor Kiosks at O'Hare or Midway airports located near the baggage claim carrousels,
and pick up the latest visitor information material there. Be sure
to check out the Chicago Convention and Visitors web site:
or go to the web site
below for current Chicago tourism brochures to help plan your itinerary ahead
of your arrival:
Chicago is a world class city for
dining. Many restaurant guides are available, and the hotel concierge will be
more than happy to make recommendations based on the type of food preferred.
Pick up a copy of Chicago magazine for an extensive restaurant review listing.
For a taste of Chicago, Deep dish pizza is a must, as well as the Chicago Dawg,
and Italian Beef. OK, so maybe not the healthiest choices, but it's not like we
have it every day... Reservations are usually advisable, especially for the
high end range of restaurants.
the most up to date events in the city, pick up The Reader, or The Red Eye, (
read it, don't catch it ), both free at many stores, hotels, and street corner
news racks. The City has great Jazz, Blues, and other music venues to offer. If
you are after theater, be sure to check the current offerings. Many shows begin
in Chicago before they move to Broadway. The main Chicago theater district is
within walking distance of the Intercontinental.
Chicago has an excellent rapid
transit system. If you plan to explore beyond the loop area, check the rapid
transit system of trains and buses. Transit service is also available from both
airports. The Orange line will take you from Midway into the Loop, and
the Blue line runs from O'hare airport. Maps and schedules may
be found at the link below:
With all the cultural offerings
available, make sure you leave time to attend the OPS Educational Program as
Alan Frohlichstein, BFA, BS, CRA,