Thursday, August 15: Optional Millennium Park Event
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Millennium Park is on Michigan Avenue
1. Picnic in the Park
2. Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz Series
Background Information: Chicago is a major center for music in the Midwestern United States and is known for its jazz. The distinctive Chicago style of jazz originated when southern musician moved north after 1917 bringing with them the New Orleans "Dixieland" or "hot jazz" styles. Even in the 21st century, Chicago continues to have a vibrant and innovative jazz scene which is reflected in the annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
Friday, August 16: Optional Chicago Architecture River Cruise
U.S. News & World Report Travel rated Chicago Architecture Foundation #1 on the list of "Best Things to do in Chicago".
During the 90 minute trip, docents will interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world's most important crossroads in less than 100 years.
Dinner SuggestionTravel and Leisure Magazine has rated Chicago number 1 in architecture/cool buildings and pizza!
After your boat trip, consider trying a Chicago style deep dish pizza at Ginoss at 162 E. Superior Street (about 12 blocks north of Millennium Park and close to Michigan Ave.). Phone for Gino'ss East is 312-266-3337. The wait to be seated is sometimes long, especially on a Friday. Gino's does not take reservations, but you could call for a carry out. More information on Gino's Pizza will be provided in the conference packet.