City Guide
Things to Do In & Around Chicago

While in Chicago, why not stay a while and take part in one of the many activities our beautiful city has to offer? There's no better way to complement a great competition than to take in the sights of the city and nearby attractions, taste the local cuisine, and embark on an adventure you'll never forget!

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    Take a Walk in the Park

    Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. In Millennium Park, you'll find a new kind of town square... a lively, spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the city and a destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike.

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    Visit a Museum
    Art Institute of Chicago
    (312) 443-3600 |

    As one of the country's largest art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see for people of all ages. From their world-renowned French Impressionist collection to American art favorites like Grant Wood's American Gothic and from ancient treasures from across the globe to modern masterpieces by Dalí, Matisse, and Picasso, the museum has something for everyone... art experts and new museum-goers alike.

  • Float Down a River
    Architecture Foundation River Cruise
    (312) 922-8687 |

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified volunteer tour guides, called "docents", interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world's most important crossroads in less than 100 years.

There are many incredible restaurants but check out the Erie Cafe for a classic Chicago restaurant or if you want to do dinner and latin dancing try Rumba Nacional 27. Check out Summer Dance in Grant Park, sponsored by the City of Chicago, live music and outdoor dancing in our beautiful lakeside park.

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