If you register as a spouse/guest attendee, below are a few of the events included in the registration fee that you won’t want to miss.
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There will also be a local chapter representative there to answer questions about the things to do in the Chicago area.
Interested in things to do in Chicago? The Hyatt Regency Chicago is situated on the Magnificent Mile and in close proximity to much of what Chicago has to offer.
Michigan Avenue & The Magnificent Mile
Stroll the exclusive northern half of Michigan Avenue – home to some of the most elegant boutiques, department stores and shops found around the world. Indulge in some of the little luxuries you can’t find anywhere outside of Milan, or Paris in the comfort of vertical shopping malls that allow you to shop to your hearts content without a care about the weather.
The Blues Scene
Listen to the soundtrack of the Windy City. The music flowed through the waters of the Mississippi and landed on the shores of Lake Michigan where legendary talent like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, and Koko Taylor bent it and reshaped it to the sound that became unmistakably Chicago. Today, you can still hear the blues in the South Side clubs where it all began, or check out the current scene on the North Side.
Once you've visited the obligatory tourist spots, it's time to act like a local. Visit an ethnic neighborhood and experience Chicago with all five senses. Each neighborhood has its own flavor, reflected in its architecture, public art, restaurants, businesses and festivals.
Sears Tower Skydeck – On a clear day you can see forever – well, maybe to Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana from the 103rd floor observatory. While you’re up there, visit the interactive exhibits that tell visitors about Chicago’s dreamers, schemers, architects, musicians, writers and sports greats.
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture – Wright’s Prairie School captured the flat, expansive Midwestern plains he saw around him. Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, has many fine examples though one of the best is Robie House in Hyde Park, which is open for tours daily.
Millennium Park – Gaze into the Bean – a luminous polished-steel sculpture – as it plays tricks with the reflection of Chicago’s skyline. The Park is also home to Jay Priztker Pavilion, where an incredible audio system allows audiences to enjoy concert-hall sound in the great outdoors.
Shopping on the Magnificent Mile – Stroll the exclusive northern half of Michigan Avenue – home to some of the most elegant boutiques, department stores and shops found around the world. Indulge in some of the little luxuries you can’t find anywhere outside of Milan, or Paris in the comfort of vertical shopping malls that allow you to shop to your hearts content without a care about the weather.
John Hancock Center Observatory – When you want panoramic views of the lake and surrounding skyline – this is the place. At 1,127 feet high “Big John” is the third tallest building in Chicago. Visitors flock to the 94th floor observatory where – on a clear day – they can see four states. But, the observatory isn’t nearly as interesting as the bar that adjoins the Signature Room restaurant on the 95th floor. There’s a little more atmosphere to savor the view and you can purchase a cocktail instead of paying the observatory entry fee.
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum – Space, the last frontier. Visit the planetarium that brought star-gazing to a new level for city’s across America. Older children enjoy the interactive science exhibits and the high-tech Sky Pavilion, while younger visitors get hands-on experience with the cultural exhibits.