Fun things to do in Chicago in your downtime during NFPA Conference & Expo

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jun 5, 2015

While you prepare your agenda for NFPA’s C&E, you may have a little downtime to get out of the hotel and enjoy the great city of Chicago. If you do, here are some recommendations for taking in some of the city’s best attractions:

Millennium Park: Millennium Park is a 24.5 acre space Millennium Park showcasing cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping, and serves as a backdrop for concerts and festivals. The park is located in the Loop Community area of Chicago. 

Brookfield Zoo: Also known as the Chicago Zoological Park, the zoo located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, Illinois. Encompassing 216 acres, this zoo houses around 450 species of animals. While you’re there, make sure to check out Tropic World, the first fully indoor rain forest simulation, one of the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the world!

The Field Museum: Recognized as one of the largest natural history museums in the world, the Field Museum’s some of the earliest fossils, including the Triceratops skeleton and skull. You can also expect to learn past and current cultures from around the world, such as life in ancient Egypt, and even get a glimpse at twenty-three human mummies are on display as well as many mummified animals.

Wrigley Field: Located in the north side community area of Lakeview, Wrigley field is the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs. It is the oldest National League ballpark and is the second-oldest active major league ballpark.

Grant Park: Located in the Loop Community area of Chicago, the 319 the park's most notable features include Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. The park contains performance venues, gardens, beautiful art work, sporting and harbor facilities.

360 Chicago: 360 Chicago holds the most magnificent views of the city. Right above Lake Michigan and the city’s majestic skyline, this excursion offers visitors the most breathtaking views of downtown Chicago, the lakefront and four neighboring states, from 1,000 feet in the air! TILT – The thrilling new feature is known to forever change the way visitors see Chicago.

Navy Pier: The 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. Its primary purpose was as a cargo facility for lake freighters, and warehouses were built up and down the Pier. However, the Pier was also designed to provide docking space for passenger excursion steamers, and in the pre–air conditioning era parts of the Pier, especially its outermost tip, were designed to serve as cool places for public gatherings. Enjoy their parks, gardens, shops, restaurants and other shore entertainment.

Willis Tower Skydeck: The 108-story tower, commonly referred to as Sears Tower, is one of Chicago's most popular tourist destinations, and stands as the second tallest building in the United States. Step outside the building, at 1,353 feet in the air, on the Ledge’s glass boxes which extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, offering spectacular views spanning up to four states.

The Magnificent Mile: The Magnificent Mile is an upscale section of Chicago's Michigan avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North side. Currently Chicago's largest shopping district, you can find various mid-range and high-end shops line this section of the street. Also occupied by great restaurants, museums and hotels.

Shedd Aquarium: Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago containing over 32,500 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water. The aquarium also holds 1500 other species including marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.