Chicago Attractions

What to do in Chicago after STEMCON

When you’re in town for STEMCON, we sincerely hope you spend the weekend enjoying the city that our staff members or organizers call home! Chicago has so much to offer when it comes to attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping. We’ve put together a list of places and things to do over the weekend, but Chicago has even more to offer. We hope you explore our city and enjoy your time as much as we do living here.

Art Institute of Chicago – You can spend an entire day getting lost in all the stunning artwork this museum has to offer.

The Field Museum of Natural History  – Whether you’re a science buff or just interested in the world around you, you’ll find amazing exhibits and learning experiences in one Chicago’s most prestigious museums. Say hi to Sue, the T-Rex!

Navy Pier Centennial Wheel – Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most famous attractions and its Centennial Wheel can give you one of the best vantage points of the city at its highest point.

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Lincoln Park Zoo – On a sunny day in Chicago even locals like to stroll around this zoo, which is free and open to the public.

Museum of Science and Industry  – See the science of storms or a U-505 submarine at this iconic museum in Chicago. Its building was actually built for the Columbian Exposition or the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893!

Millennium Park – Set in the vibrant Loop area, Millennium Park is more than a park! It has art and architecture like the famous Cloud Gate or, as the locals call it, “The Bean.”

The Magnificent Mile – If you really want the whole Chicago experience, the “Mag Mile” is where everything comes together: shopping, dining, attractions, etc.

Odyssey River Cruise – Take a glass-windowed boat out on the Chicago River to admire the beauty of the city’s unique architecture.


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The Willis Tower – Skydeck – Unless you’re acrophobic (fearful of heights), you’ll definitely want to experience what it’s like to live on the edge with the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the renowned Willis Tower.

Museum Campus – The Museum Campus is the gateway to all of Chicago’s important museums as well as Soldier Field and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place.

iFly Indoor Skydiving – You won’t have to go far from STEMCON’s venue to try skydiving at iFly!

Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour  – In less than two hours, you can see why Chicago is world-renowned for its architecture with this informative tour.

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum – If the universe has always fascinated you, then this museum will astound and captivate your mind in every way!

Shedd Aquarium – Want to pet a penguin or a beluga whale? Then, you’ll want to visit the Shedd Aquarium to have these encounters and more!


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