Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, sometimes known as The Second City or The Windy City, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
Since you’re going to be in town, make this trip a vacation. There is so much to see and do, and the Chicago Refuge Recovery Sangha is really excited to host you for this year’s RefCon!
Chicago is served by two major airports, O’Hare International (ORD) and Midway International (MDW) and both are served directly by the Chicago “L” Trains, which is our super cool version of elevated trains & subways.
When it comes to getting around town, Chicago has plenty of options! It is a walkable city (we walk a lot!) with lots of options for public transit. Whether it be a ride on the iconic Chicago “L” through The Loop, a quick ride on our bike share system, or a low-cost car-sharing ride, we got you covered!
There are no shortage of places to stay while you are in town, and, considering the conference is during the busy tourist season, it is best to book your rooms sooner than later. There are a myriad of options to choose from from AirBnb, to local hostels, and local hotels. In terms of price, AirBnb and local hostels will be your best bet. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to old friends and find a couch to crash on, too!
There are so many things to do and see while you are in town, so grab some folks from the sangha and take some time to enjoy this cool, diverse, cultured, and historic city. Some of the most popular attractions are listed at the link below.
And, it wouldn’t be a Chicago Tourism pitch if we didn’t mention the Architectural Boat Tour on the water, it is an absolute MUST!
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