Chicago Fireworks 50

From towering skyscrapers overlooking sandy beaches, to sun-filled baseball games at Wrigley Field, twilight concerts in Millennium Park and free fireworks at Navy Pier — summertime in Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement! When visiting Chicago for our 32nd Annual Conference, you will find world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment, all just steps outside our conference hotel, the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Outside of our conference there is no shortage of things to do. Enjoy the great outdoors with a Chicago Architecture Foundation river boat tour; a play date with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo; or an alfresco lunch with the stellar skyline in view on a rooftop patio. Indoors, unwind at a leisurely pace at a luxurious spa; jet set through downtown shopping malls; or dance the night away at a club.

In Chicago, dining is an activity in itself, with over 5,500 restaurants that line the culinary landscape and boast star chefs and endless accolades. The summer season is ripe for arts and culture as well. Immerse yourself in the vibrant theater scene at Steppenwolf, Goodman or Broadway in Chicago. Explore museums and galleries of every variety, like the beloved Shedd Aquarium and esteemed Art Institute of Chicago. And take in sensational performances — from live music, comedy, dance and opera.

With the sparkling lakefront setting the scene, plan your stay around can’t-miss Chicago summer events like Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and the Air and Water Show on North Avenue Beach.