Posted by Priya Korrapati on March 8, 2018
Chicago, Illinois is the third most populous city in the US and is home to a great number of medical conferences. eMedEvents, the largest online CME events database in the world, has 337 upcoming conferences in Chicago listed on the site for 2018 and 2019. If you are headed to the Windy City for your next medical conference, we have a few things to know to help you plan for both work and play.
The best times to visit Chicago are late spring and early fall when average high temperatures range from the 50s to the 70s. During the summer months, prices rise and so do temperatures, with average highs in the low 80s. The winters here can be harsh, with average highs in winter in the low 30s.
Chicago is home to two major airports, O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. There are plenty of options for transportation once you get there. Taxi services from the airport to downtown Chicago range on average from $30-$50, depending on the airport. Chicago is also home to the Chicago Transit Authority(CTA), the 2nd largest public transportation system in the United States. The “L” train services both airports and is an easy and affordable way to get to your conference destination. The 24-hour Blue Line connects directly to O’Hare. The Orange Line connects directly to Midway. There are also many rental car companies to choose from, as well as Uber and Lyft.
Once you reach downtown there are so many different ways to get around. Chicago is a walking city, with the streets laid out in an easy-to-navigate grid. The CTA has numerous rail and bus routes available. You can pay cash for a single trip or purchase a reloadable ride pass. Chicago is known for its “L” trains, but not all 8 lines are elevated. They connect via above ground, street level, and subway lines. Want to try a more adventurous way to navigate the city? Chicago has a bike sharing program and even water taxis to get you where you want to go.
Here are a few of our recommendations depending on your mood.
Fine Dining: Smoque BBQ, Alinea, or Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab.
Cheap Eats: Shake Shack or Portillos Hot Dogs
Chicago Style Pizza: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
The Second City
Chicago Magic Lounge
Lagunitas Tap Room
The Rec Room
Chicago is home to the Magnificent Mile, a 13 block stretch of upscale shopping. You can also find top-tier brands on Oak Street, similar to 5th Avenue in NYC. Looking for local designers and vintage shops? Try Wicker Park and Bucktown. River North is home to a great selection of original art and home furnishings. Finally, Fashion Outlets of Chicago is an outlet mall with all your favorite brands.
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (the Bean)
Wrigley Park-home of the Cubs
Navy Pier- Ride the Ferris Wheel and visit the Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Shedd Aquarium- Home to more than 1500 marine species and award-winning exhibits
Lincoln Park Zoo- one of the oldest zoos in the US, where more than 200 species reside
The 606- a previously abandoned railway line converted to a one of a kind green space
Skydeck Chicago/ Willis Tower- See Chicago in a whole new way from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere through a glass floor
Chicago Architecture River Tour- Chicago is known for its amazing architecture. Get a guided view from the Chicago River