Sadly, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox are both out-of-town over the dates of the conference. Still, there’s plenty to do in Chicago in the summer. Here’s a running list of things that will be going on:
The Grant Park Orchestra has its final concerts of the season on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights (August 14, 16, 17) in the beautiful Jay Pritzker Pavilion in nearby Millennium Park. And they’re free. Here’s the schedule.
The Second City Comedy Club offers live shows every night of the week. The club is a short, ten-minute ride from the Chicago downtown area. www.secondcity.com
Art on the Mart, “the world’s largest digital light projection” will be lighting up the Merchandise Mart on the Chicago River each night at sunset around 8 pm. It’s free and it’s a short ten-minute walk from the conference area. https://www.artonthemart.com/
Chicago SummerDance Blues Concert is close to the conference location and a great Friday evening post-conference party for anyone who doesn’t need to leave for home. Enjoy a live blues band in a lovely garden setting just a few blocks from the DePaul Conference Center Friday at 6 p.m.
The Chicago Air and Water Show is going on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18 on the lakefront, and we’ll likely hear the planes practicing during the conference. While the official headquarters is at North Avenue Beach, you can enjoy the show from just about anywhere on the Chicago lakefront. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html
Want to See a Theater Show? Native Chicagoans know to keep an eye on the HotTix web site for discounts for most of the current shows in town.