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  • Friday, October 18
    Eat. Shop. See the sights.

  • Trip options  

    • Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Federal Reserve Bank (limited to 30)
    • *Double Decker Bus Company- on and off privileges all around the Loop, Navy Pier, Field Museum, The Magnificent Mile shopping, etc.
    • Chicago Art Institute (tour guide included)
    • *Lincoln Park Zoo (Faculty and students will be available on site for questions.) 
    • Field Museum of Natural History
    • Pacific Garden Mission tour with optional stop at Chinatown (limited to 30)
    • US Cellular Field (White Sox Stadium) behind the scenes tour. Sorry, no game included. Optional stop at Chinatown (limited to 25)

    (* tours that are more self-guided)

    If you cannot go to Chicago, some local options will be available.  You may stay on campus and network, or relax at the hotel.

    Free destinations

    After you finish your chosen event or tour, there are many free places and events you can enjoy before dinner, such as: 

    • Millennium Park
    • Chicago Cultural Center
    • The Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue shopping
    • We will also be offering a hospitality room with refreshments in the Hotel Inter Continental on North Michigan Avenue from 1 to 6 p.m.

    Dinner on your own in the city 

    Considering the busy Friday nights in Chicago, we suggest you make early reservations for 5 or 5:30 p.m. Following is a list of popular restaurants: 

    • More than a dozen restaurants in the Chinatown area, available on the Red Line
    • Michael Jordan’s Steak House
    • Walnut Room at Macy’s
    • Lowry’s Steak House
    • Grand Lux Café
    • Berghoff Restaurant
    • Billy Goat Tavern, original and at Navy Pier
    • Ed Debevic’s
    • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    • Mike Ditka’s Restaurant
    • Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, both in the Loop and at Navy Pier
    • UNO Chicago Grill
    • Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill
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