Provisional Cultural Program

Architectural River Cruise

Tours and Guest Events

  • Chicago Theatre District in the Loop
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier
  • River cruises
  • Walking/Segway tours
  • Loop the Loop: discover downtown Chicago through free audio walking tours of the “The Loop” – the Art Loop, Theater Loop and Landmark Loop.
  • Visit Oak Park, birthplace of the Prairie School of Architecture, with many homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Observation Deck for a bird's eye view of the city at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) or the John Hancock Tower
  • The Magnificent Mile – North Michigan Avenue
  • Art Institute of Chicago: Stellar collection of impressionist art and more
  • Field Museum of Natural History:
    • See Sue, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever unearthed.
    • The Field Museum has devoted considerable attention to the Native peoples of North America. The result is a series of unique collections of striking depth, strong in recent history and contemporary culture. Staff collaborate actively with Native American groups, who come regularly to visit and study the collections of their nations.
    • The Museum holds a large collection of material from the Hopewell Culture of Ohio dating back more than 2,000 years. One of the largest and most comprehensive collections in any museum comes from the Plains Cree, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Sioux, and Crow.
    • Steven Spielberg thought the Field Museum of Natural History was a suitable home turf for the intrepid archaeologist and adventurer hero of his Indiana Jones movies
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium - world's largest indoor aquarium
  • Millennium Park Tour in Chicago
  • Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier
  • Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum: the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere


Ethnic Food Tours

  • Greek Town
  • China Town
  • Little Italy


Post-conference Tours

  • Architectural River Cruise
  • Modern Skyscrapers Tour in Chicago
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Ghosts and Gangsters Tour of Chicago
  • A Little Bite of Chicago: a Tasting Tour
  • Chicago Hop on & Hop off Trolley Tour
  • Night of Comedy in Chicago at Zanies
  • Historic Hyde Park & Kenwood Mansion Bicycle Tour in Chicago


Technical Tours

  • Argonne National Lab
  • Portland Cement Association