Conference registration will include an architectural riverboat tour of downtown followed by dinner on-board.  Weather permitting, during dinner we will cruise along the lakefront of downtown Chicago to view the specular city lights. Conference attendees are also encourages to stay Saturday and explore the many downtown Chicago attractions: you will receive a Chicago area visitor's guide which lists local attractions and provides useful offers (see also the list of Chicago attractions below).

Conference Banquet Cruise (Thursday Night)

Thursday evening conference attendees will experience an unforgettable banquet cruise in downtown Chicago. We will travel to the center of the downtown Chicago to board a riverboat on the Chicago River. Enjoy a three-hour escape to an relaxing entertainment experience: view the city and learn about the architectural history; dine on creative appetizers, sumptuous entrees, and delicious desserts prepared fresh on board; listen to music; or simply watch the magnificent Chicago skyline views drift past your table. Board at dusk, watch the sun set over the city and the city lights come on as you enjoy dinner. A open bar with beer, wine, and cocktails will be provided throughout the cruise.

Chicago city nighttime skyline and cruise ship

Chicago City Tourism (Saturday)  

Arrangements are being made with the Chicago Board of Tourism to provide a variety of options for transportation to downtown Chicago and access to the Museum of Science and Industry and Grant Park and the Historic Lakefront Museum Campus.

Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Science and Industry Museum of Science and Industry • 5700 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60637 • (773) 684-1414 • Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Museum of Science and Industry is the largest Science center in the western Hemisphere. MapWiki • Admission: $15
Grant Park and the Historic Lakefront Museum Campus
Grant Park & Millennium Park Grant Park & Millennium Park • 55 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois • Millennium Park is the World's Largest Rooftop garden at 24.5 acres (99,000 m²). It houses the Cloud Gate sculpture (left), Laurie Gardens, and Crown Fountain. This is just a small part of the larger 319 acres (1.3 km²) Grant Park facility. Grant part contains the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium—all in a pedestrian friendly green-scape. • MapWiki • Admission: Free
Field Museum of Natural History (Tyranasarus Rex Sue) Field Museum of Natural History • 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois • (312) 665-7683 • Founded in 1893, the Field Museum has a collection of more than 21 million artifacts with permanent displays and special exhibits. • mapWiki • Admission: $29
Adler Planetarium Adler Planetarium1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL •  (312) 322-7827 • The first planetarium built in the western hemisphere, and among the oldest in existence, this historic Chicago landmark houses an astronomy museum and three full size theaters as well as the original historic Sky Theater which projects an accurate model of the night sky. • MapWiki • Admission: $27
Shedd Aquarium Shedd Aquarium • 1200 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60605 • (312) 939-2438 • Built in 1927, the Shedd Aquarium is a historic Chicago landmark. The Aquarium has been full restored and updated and houses a wide assortment or saltwater and freshwater tanks. Whales, dolphins, and a new underwater reef are among the highlights of this visit. • MapWiki • Admission: $27
Art Institute of Chicago Art Institute of Chicago • 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL • (312) 443-3600 • At one million square feet (92,000 m²), this is the second largest art museum in the United States. It houses one of the worlds most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art as well as diverse holding of Old Master works, American art, European and American decorative arts, Asian arts, Modern, and Contemporary art. • MapWiki • Admission: $18

If you will be visiting multiple attractions consider purchasing a City Pass or a Go Chicago Card.
  • City Pass: At a cost of $69, it gives you 9 days to visit the Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, as well as access to the John Hancock Observatory and the Sears Tower Skydeck.
  • Go Chicago Card: At a cost of $67, it is only valid for one day, but allows access to more than 25 attractions (includes everything listed on this page and much more)

last updated 11/15/2010