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The 2017 Annual Conference is located within walking distance of the Rosemont entertainment district, casino and shopping, to make your stay during the conference even more enjoyable. In addition, the short commute to downtown Chicago provides access to the cities best attractions.


 Near the Westin O'Hare



Rivers Casino

Fashion Outlets of Chicago


 Allstate Arena


 MB Financial Park


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center


 Rosemont Theatre










 Off the Blue Line


 The Loop/Jackson:





Art Institute of Chicago - Founded in 1879 as both a school and a museum, the Art Institute currently owns approximately 300,000 works of art, housed in eight buildings covering nearly one million square feet.


Auditorium Theatre - A theater in the grand old style, this 1889 architectural gem stages dance, ballet, and rock shows.


Buddy Guy's Legends - Classic blues club with up-and-coming and famous acts 7 nights a week, plus New-Orleans-inspired grub.


Exchequer Restaurant and Pub - Decades-old pub with pizza, ribs, burgers, and other American grub plus a large beer selection.


Grant Park - 319-acre centerpiece of Downtown housing some of the city's best attractions, including Buckingham Fountain, Petrillo Music Shell, and multiple gardens.


Miller's Pub - Chicago institution since 1935 serving up traditional American grub and craft brews in a warm space. 


Revival Food Hall - Huge, industrial-chic food court and bar with counter-serve outposts of many popular Chicago eateries.


Russian Tea Time - Upscale Russian food and house-infused vodkas are served in an elegant, wood-accented dining room. 



The Loop/Monroe: 




Millennium Park - 24.5-acre green space with a video display, the reflective "Bean" sculpture, and an outdoor theater. 


The Gage - Inventive American eats plus a long list of beers in a lively space with Millennium Park views.


Grant Park - Alternative stop.


Italian Village - Opened in 1927, this romantic Italian restaurant serves classic dishes and has an extensive wine list.


Jewelers Row - A designated Chicago landmark, Jewelers Row was built up between 1872 and 1941 and includes buildings designed by Adler & Sullivan and D.H. Burnham & Co.


State Street shopping - A'Gaci, Air Jordan, Akira, Aldo, DSW, Forever 21, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Urban Outfitters 


Sullivan Galleries - School of the Art Institute gallery focused on contemporary art by established and emerging artists.




The Loop/Washington: 




Chicago Cultural Center - Free art and shows in an 1897 Beaux-Arts building with vaulted lobby, mosaics, and two stained-glass domes.


Block 37 - A hip and urban shopping, dining, and entertainment destination, spread out over an entire block in the heart of Chicago’s Loop.


Chicago Theatre - French Baroque-style 3,600-seat auditorium showcasing national musical and comedy acts since 1921.


Gene Siskel Film Center - Modern space at the Art Institute hosting indie, foreign, and classic films, plus artist appearances.


Goodman Theatre - Original and familiar shows, staged in 2 theaters, draw top actors to this modern, minimalist venue.


Macy's State Street - Department store chain providing brand-name clothing, accessories, home furnishings, and housewares, housed in the historic Marshall Field's building. 


Maggie Daley Park - Popular recreational area with winter ice skating, a climbing wall, and playground equipment.


Millennium Park - Alternative stop


Oriental Theatre -  2,253-seat theater hosting touring Broadway shows in a renovated historic cinema built in 1926.



 River North/Clark & Lake:





Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise - You’ll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years on this 90-minute cruise along the Chicago River.


Eately - Chef Mario Batali's sprawling, modern outpost, a combination of high-end food hall and specialty grocery store.


Chicago Riverwalk - The Riverwalk offers a variety of opportunities to find the beauty and spirit of the Chicago River.


Frontera Grill - Chef Rick Bayless' always busy flagship where creative Mexican fare is served in a festive space.


Great Escape Room - The Great Escape Room is an exciting Sherlock-themed escape adventure that has proven to be a favorite around town. Rooms are part scavenger hunt and part puzzle-solving.


Harry Caray's Italian Steak House - Steaks and basic Italian dishes in an old-fashioned setting filled with lots of sports memorabilia.


Lou Malnati's - Family-owned local chain for Italian classics and Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with butter crusts.


Michigan Avenue shopping - Ann Taylor, Apple Store, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Cartier, Coach, Disney Store, Dylan's Candy Bar, MAC Cosmetics, Neiman Marcus, Nike Store, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, The Shops at North Bridge, Stuart Weitzman, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama, Zara


Navy Pier - Former Navy training center draws crowds with carnival rides, restaurants, shops, and fireworks.


Pops for Champagne - Cocktails and an impressive champagne list pair with refined bites and live jazz at this sleek haunt.


Portillo's - No trip to Chicago is complete without a stop at this Chicago-born chain for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and more.


Purple Pig - Adventurous small plates plus house-cured meats and a lengthy wine list in small, lively quarters.


Quartino - Bustling space where groups go for small and large plates, plus cocktails and carafes of wine.


Three Dots and a Dash - Tiki drinks (flaming options included), 200+ rums, and luau bites in a retro Polynesian-island setting.



Off the Beaten Path


 Wicker Park:





The 606 - Chicago's take on New York's High Line, this elevated, 2.7 mile landscaped trail draws runners and bikers.


Big Star - Mexican street food, plus margaritas and other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.


Piece - Thin-crust pizza pies and house brews in a sports-bar setting with karaoke and live bands some nights.


Quimby's - Indie bookstore offering offbeat titles, graphic novels, and magazines, plus readings and special events.


Reckless Records - Old-school record store for new and used, imported and domestic vinyl, plus CDs, games, and DVDs.


Sultan's Market - Middle Eastern spot with falafel, gyros, and more, plus a large salad bar.



 Logan Square:




Logan Theater - Built in 1915, this 906-seat movie house sports vintage decor and includes a full bar and lounge.


Emporium - Decades of games, dozens of beers, and 60-plus whiskeys in a classic tavern setting with a tin ceiling.


Jam - Sleek upscale diner serving up gourmet American breakfast and lunch dishes.


Longman & Eagle - Hipster spot with modern farm-to-table fare and nose-to-tail eats, plus whiskey and craft cocktails.


Revolution Brewing - Renovated warehouse in Logan Square serving up house-brewed suds and inventive bar bites.




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