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Things to Do in Chicago


Featured Picks * Dining * Nightlife * Arts * Shopping * Museums * Outdoor * Free Things * Transportation

Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel

NDEO with the help of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel recommends the following local attractions to help make your stay in the windy city even more enjoyable. Below you will find our top destination picks. Click on the mileage, and discover google map directions that will take you a short distance from the hotel. Keep this web site LIVE on your cell phone, iPad, or laptop at conference for quick and easy access to Chicago after-conference-hours fun.  

Featured Event


One Hour: Two Works 

Sunday, November 6, 7 & 8 | 8:00PM
1306 S. Michigan Ave.

Discount code for NDEO/ADTA conference registrants is HLD20. 

It can be used to receive a 20% discount ($24) via both phone sales, 312-369-8330, and web sales


Heidi Latsky, a former dancer with Bill T. Jones, is acclaimed for her work with mixed ability dancers. Along with her company, Latsky presents two powerful and energetic dance works at The Dance Centerread more 

Featured Attraction


Skydeck Chicago

232 S. Franklin St. (2.6 miles)

Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck.

Local Dining 
1610 North Wells St. (5.8 miles)
A cut above the average taco joint, Adobo Grill showcases the flavors of Mexico in a bright, contemporary setting. If you don't mind noise, join the action on the first floor; head upstairs for a quieter meal.

140 E. Walton Place (4.2 miles)
There's nothing nouvelle about the Cape Cod Room, which is part of the draw for old-timers; the restaurant, located on the lower level of The Drake Hotel, is dimly lit and hasn't changed much since it opened in the 1930s.
Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. (3.1 miles)
A shrine to the legendary Cubs play-by-play announcer, this landmark building is a repository for Harry's staggering collection of baseball memorabilia. The main dining room, with its high tin ceilings and brick walls, has a certain retro charm, and the food is better than you'd expect from a celebrity restaurant.
Hyatt Regency Dining & Grocery Stores (all locations are 5-7 minutes by taxi)

4802 N. Broadway, Far North Side (9.7 miles)
Opened in 1914 - enjoy passionate jazz in dark-wood booths.
26 W. Division St., Near North (4.1 miles)
Since 1960 it’s been a local favorite for cutting edge music and dance 'til you drop partying.
1301 N. State Parkway, Near North (4.3 miles)
Live piano music and a small dance floor.

Arts & Entertainment
McAninch Arts Center 
College of DuPage

Fawell and Park boulevards (28.9 miles)

Glen Ellyn, IL

Nov. 7th, 7:30p
1616 N. Wells St. (5.7 miles)
Sketch comedy and improv company

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and, over the past 14 years, has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Company, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well over 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. 


150 W. Roosevelt Rd. (1.7 miles)
Located in the heart of Chicago’s sophisticated South Loop, Roosevelt Collection is an open-air, mixed-use development that has redefined how Chicagoans experience shopping and living south of the Loop.
845 N. Michigan Ave. (4.2 miles)
Macy's, Lord & Taylor, and seven floors of shops. Their food court is unusually good.
873 N. Rush St., Near North (3.9 miles)
New and vintage fashion icons from Alexander McQueen to Zac Posen.
220 E. Chicago Ave. (3.8 miles)
The MCA claims to be the largest contemporary-art museum in the country, emphasizing experimentation in a variety of media -- painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, dance, music, and performance.
600 S. Michigan Ave. (2 miles)
Ensconced in a ground-floor space at Columbia College -- a progressive arts- and media-oriented institution that boasts the country's largest undergraduate film department and a highly respected photography department - the Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibits, collects, and promotes modern photography.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave. (2.1 miles)

Come for the country's best collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. (See an entire room dedicated to Monet.) Linger over the comprehensive photography collection and the fine American works. Discover paintings, drawings, sculpture and design spanning the ancient to contemporary world.


Outdoor Activities
Ride along the 20 mile lakefront bicycle path to see the city from another perspective. Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is a great source of information on biking in the city.
They will deliver a bike to your hotel and pick it up after your ride.
Sailboat lessons and rentals.

Free Things

These 2.5 hour easy walking tours are the perfect introduction to Chicago and a great way to learn about the history, culture, and lifestyle. No reservations required. Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am in front of the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E.Washington. Look for your guide in a bright orange t-shirt.
Celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary in 2014, Millennium Park is Chicago showplace for cutting edge art, landscape design, music and more. View the full Millennium Park schedule here. Open daily 6am-11pm.
Soak up the sun, inline skate, or play sand volleyball at Oak Street Beach or North Avenue Beach, popular spots to see and be seen in Chicago. 

Chicago’s bus system is quite extensive and is a very clean public transportation system favored by many locals. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place has three bus lines that service the location.  Bus fare is $2.25 per person per ride. Transfers may cost an additional $.25.  
CTA "L" Train

Chicago’s famous “L” Train system is a popular way to get around the downtown Chicago area. Train fare is $2.25 per person per ride. Transfers may cost an additional $.25. The closest "L" stop to Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is the Cermak/Chinatown Red Line Stop about 6 blocks West of the hotel. 

Purchase bus and train passes through the Ventra card.
Download the Uber app, and a car will pick you up from the hotel within minutes. Prices vary depending on type of transportation you choose. There is also a taxi line at the front of the hotel.

For a more comprehensive list of local attractions recommended by the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel, visit the Hyatt South Loop Guide.