As you enjoy your final hours in New Orleans, keep in mind that it’s never too early to start making preparations for next year’s event. CHEST 2020 will be held October 17-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Here’s a glimpse of what to look forward to in the Windy City.
Vibrant, Sprawling District
The McCormick Place convention center district continues to grow, thanks to The Collection at McCormick Square. The area boasts many specialty shops, breweries, and restaurants offering everything from Chicago-style pies to barbecue. Visit the lakefront for a selfie or explore Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, where you’ll find landmarks such as the Nine Dragon Wall, which is made of glazed tile from China, and the 12-acre Ping Tom Memorial Park.
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, head to the south bank of the Chicago River to explore the Chicago Riverwalk, a pedestrian waterfront trail stretching from Lake Shore Drive to Lake Street. You’ll get to see breathtaking architecture, enjoy fine dining, and access kayak rentals, pier fishing, shopping, and water taxis.
Chicago features a plethora of world-class restaurants, celebrity chefs, and ethnic cuisine. Home to 25 Michelin-starred restaurants, the city hosts the James Beard Awards Gala, celebrating the best and brightest culinary professionals in America, through 2021.
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The Art Institute Of Chicago
Escape for an inspiring day at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world’s great museums.
Chicago Botanic Garden
Explore this world-renowned garden located right in Chicago’s backyard. This 385-acre, living museum features 23 specialty gardens and three natural areas set on a series of islands and lakes. The Garden is always in bloom, featuring year-round exhibits, festivals, tours, and special events.
A Chicago landmark with more than 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, and entertainment attractions. Enjoy the Centennial Wheel, musical carousel, and Wave Swinger. Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum or take a tour boat ride. Many dining options are available.
Get out on the ledge—if you dare—for the best view of Chicago from one of the world’s tallest buildings. The Skydeck Experience offers 360-degree views of up to four states plus a short movie detailing Chicago’s rise to prominence in the world of architecture.
The Second City
Since 1959, The Second City has established itself as a Chicago landmark and a national treasure offering the best in Chicago comedy every night of the week.
The Shedd Aquarium offers more than 8,000 animals from around the world. New at the Shedd is Underwater Beauty, featuring 100 species from around the world that embody living art shaped by the unmatched forces of nature and time. Discounted pricing is available for groups and Chicago city residents.