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Chicago Attractions

Posted By Alan Frohlichstein, Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012


 (Alan Frohlichstein)

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:

 (Alan Frohlichstein)

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.

For 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 well.

 (Alan Frohlichstein)


Alan Frohlichstein, BFA, BS, CRA, FOPS Chicago resident

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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, October 26, 2012
Thanks for the great info Alan! Very nice photos.
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Cornelia Beyer CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Thank you for sharing this great information and the beautiful photos.
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