Executive Education

Welcome To Chicago

A visit to Chicago is never the same twice. The weather changes, the skyline changes and the lake is in constant motion. Chicago is a study in contrasts, from the 29 miles of lakefront parks, to the hustle and bustle of the "Loop", the business and financial center of the Midwest.

During your free time, world class exhibitions can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Art. The Field Museum of Natural History is the home of "Sue", the largest T-Rex found in history. Architectural tours led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation are as varied as the architecture itself. You can take a river cruise which highlights the mix of 19th & 20th century buildings visible in the striking Chicago skyline, or join a walking tour for a more in-depth look at how the city's architecture was shaped by the 1871 fire which swept the downtown area.

The much beloved Water Tower, which was spared during the great fire, anchors the shopping area on the north end of Michigan Avenue, otherwise known as "The Magnificent Mile". You will find Chicago retail favorites along with world renown shops such as Tiffany & Co. and Gucci. A short walk from your hotel is the Nordstrom department store. You're sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list.

Theater productions abound within the city, from original productions at Steppenwolf Theater to Broadway productions at many theaters in the loop. You may prefer to sample comedy at "Second City", the famous comedy club, which bred such favorites as John Belushi and Bill Murray. For Saturday Night Live fans, a trip to Chicago is not complete without a visit to Billy Goat Tavern, for "no fries chips". The perfect way to wind down a busy day is a trip to a local blues club such as Blue Chicago or Buddy Guy's Legends where you will hear the sounds that Chicago is famous for.