September 2018


2018 AAO annual meeting • October 27–30, 2018
Chicago attractions


Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
The Adler Planetarium is America’s first planetarium and has three different theaters with a number of shows and daily programming. It is open from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Prices range from $12 for general admission for adults to $24.95 for the basic pass to $34.95 for an all-access pass.

John Hancock Observatory
875 North Michigan Avenue
Now called 360 Chicago, visitors can take in views of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile from 94 floors above the ground here. It is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Prices are $21 for adults and $14 for children ages 3–11 (non-peak). You also may want to try TILT, the experience that extends visitors over the Magnificent Mile and Chicago for a downward facing view.

Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street
Visit Chicago’s Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre park in the middle of the city, with museums, events, and works of art.

Cloud Gate
This sculpture, often referred to as “The Bean,” was designed by Anish Kapoor. It is made of stainless steel plates welded together and is 66 feet long by 33 feet high. It features a 12-foot-high arch with a “gate” to the chamber beneath the sculpture, with the entire structure providing reflections of Chicago’s skyline and the sky.

Crown Fountain
This fountain features two 50-foot glass block towers with a reflecting pool between them. The towers show video images to represent the social spectrum of Chicago citizens. It was designed by Jaume Plensa, a Spanish artist.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a 120-foot-high concert venue in Millennium Park, with a stainless steel structure designed by Frank Gehry. Completed in 2004, the pavilion has 4,000 seats, with about 7,000 lawn seats.

Lurie Garden
Lurie Garden is located within Millennium Park and was designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf, and Robert Israel. Visitors are welcome to take guided tours (from May to September) or self-guided tours of the gardens. The garden pays homage to the motto of the city, “Urbs in Horto” or “City in a Garden.” This garden has a 15-foot-high “shoulder” hedge, a footbridge, and the physical representation of Carl Sandburg’s description of the “City of Big Shoulders.”

Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
The Shedd Aquarium has thousands of aquatic animals to see, including stingrays, dolphins, sea lions, and turtles. It is open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on weekends. There are also a number of exhibits and special experiences to explore. General admission for adults is $39.95.

The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
This is open daily (except Christmas) from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The Field Museum was originally called the Columbian Museum of Chicago and was opened in 1893. It aims to explore how the world came to be and how it can be made better. Exhibitions at the museum tell stories of Earth. Basic admission is $24 for adults.

Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
Formerly the Sears Tower, when the Willis Tower was completed in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world. The tower features 108 stories, coming in at 1,451 feet. The Skydeck allows visitors a trip up to floor 103. “The Ledge” experience is 1,353 feet in the air, with glass boxes that expand 4.3 feet for unique views of the city. General admission prices are $24 for adults and $16 for children. A visit to the Willis Tower is also included in a number of tour packages around the city.

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