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Experience first-rate fun in America’s second city

Chicago offers DDW® attendees unparalleled sophistication and style, not to mention breathtaking views from Navy Pier and two of the tallest buildings in North America. The city boasts world-renowned museums, historic architecture, nightlife and music in every style and world-class theaters. The Windy City has something for everyone.


Crown Hall

3410 S. State St.


Crown Hall is widely considered to be the finest work of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, one of the pioneers of modernist architecture. Built to house the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, Crown Hall is considered a jewel of mid-century modernism.

Admission: Free.

SkyDeck at Willis Tower

233 S. Wacker Dr. • 312-875-9447


The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is one of the tallest buildings in North America. Standing 110 stories tall, its black aluminum and bronze-tinted glass exterior has become emblematic of Chicago, a city crazy about its architecture. Visit Skydeck Chicago atop the tower and step onto The Ledge if you dare. The Ledge is a transparent box with endless views over the city and Lake Michigan.

Admission: $23 for adults.

Performing Arts

Broadway in Chicago



Step into the bright lights of Broadway In Chicago’s bustling downtown Theater District, which features world premieres and unforgettable, award-winning musicals. Broadway In Chicago operates five venues in the district, including the Bank of America Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. These large theaters often host pre-Broadway productions and the industry’s most anticipated stage shows.
Ticket prices vary.

Kingston Mines

2548 N. Halsted St. • 773-477-4647


Founded in 1968, Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. Its two stages have been graced by the likes of Magic Slim, Koko Taylor, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, and scores of other musical greats, and are packed with the finest nonstop blues seven nights a week.

Admission prices vary.

Museums and Aquariums

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. • 312-922-7827


Adler Planetarium is America’s first museum of its kind. The museum campus is home to some of the most detailed space exhibits in the world.

Admission: $10.50 to $20.50.

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave. • 312-443-3600


The Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photography and textiles includes the largest compilation of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works outside the Louvre in Paris.

Admission prices vary.

The Museum of Science and Industry

5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. • 773-684-1414


The largest science museum in the western hemisphere offers more than 800 captivating interactive exhibits, including the U-505 submarine, a working coalmine, a Boeing 727 airplane, and much more.

Admission: $18 for adults.

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. • 312- 939-2438


From whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, you’ll meet 32,500 creatures from aquatic habitats around the world at Shedd Aquarium. See the aquatic show starring the dolphins, belugas and more, and don’t miss the “Jellies” special exhibit.

Admission: $30.95.

Parks and Zoos

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N. Clark St. • 312-742-2000


See roaring lions, playful meerkats and majestic gorillas just minutes from downtown Chicago. Lincoln Park Zoo is free, open and amazing every day of the year. Visitors can go nose-to-nose with gorillas and chimpanzees, howl with red wolves, peer into a black bear den and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Africa with wild dogs, pygmy hippos and black rhinos. Lincoln Park Zoo operates one of the largest zoo-based conservation and science programs in the country.

Admission: Free.

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St. • 312-742-2963


Located in the northwest corner of Grant Park, the 24.5 acres of Millennium Park have been described as an “urban icon of beauty and culture.” The park’s unique attractions include the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain, Lurie Garden and Cloud Gate, the iconic sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” because of its bean-like shape. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the park’s stunning architecture, sculptures and landscape design.

Admission: Free.

For more to see and do during your stay in Chicago, visit the DDW Choose Chicago website at www.choosechicago.com/ddw17.

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