In just a few short months, we’ll be gathering in America’s second city for first-rate education at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2023. As we get closer to May, you may want to think about building some downtime into your itinerary to explore this year’s host city. Below, we’ve put together a list of just a few of Chicago’s iconic activities that you don’t want to miss.
Don’t forget, we teamed up with Choose Chicago to create a special landing page just for DDW attendees. Check it out for more recommendations on Chicago attractions, dining and more.
1. Check out Millennium Park.
One of Chicago’s most-visited sights, you don’t want to miss a trip to see the famous Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as “The Bean.” See the city skyline reflected on the sculpture’s surface, then wander around the Lurie Garden or browse other works of public art in the park.
2. Visit the Navy Pier.
The Navy Pier is another top tourist destination — and for good reason. Add a trip to this waterfront destination into your schedule for dinner, shopping, sightseeing tours or a ride on the Ferris wheel.
3. Explore a museum.
Recreate that famous scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Art Institute of Chicago or discover what lies at the bottom of the sea at the Shedd Aquarium. If you’re looking for more science, the Museum of Science and Industry is not to be missed.
4. Take an architecture tour.
The Windy City’s skyline is home to many architectural marvels, such as the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), Tribune Tower and more. Taking an architecture boat cruise is a great way to see the sights and learn more about the city’s landmarks.
5. Enjoy the outdoors.
After a long day of sessions, don’t forget to get some fresh air and relax. Chicago offers an 18-mile-long Lakefront Trail, plus plenty of public parks and beaches.