320 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 384-1208
Fax: (312) 204-6910
This downtown rink is festive and unusual, located in Millenium Park. In addition to the fun of gliding and spinning about, you will be in the middle of the city, so make a day of it. After a few brisk turns around the rink, you may want to stop in the warming area and fill up on hot refreshments. Free admission. Skate rental available, skates must be rented on a per session basis.
Millennium Park is one of the newest additions to Chicago's many wide-open urban spaces, and is host to a range of indoor/outdoor activities for the entire family. You can listen to top musical events at the outdoor pavilion, or glide across the bustling ice skating rink come winter. For a bit of the park's history, be sure to take a peek at the Peristyle, a replica of the curving row of paired Greek columns that were on the corner of Grant Park near Michigan and Randolph from 1917 to 1953. While in the park one cannot afford to miss the Cloud Gate Sculpture, a three-storied structure built with 110 tons of steel. It is called The Bean by the residents.
Enjoy Cycling? Bobby's Bike Hike offers you the chance to see Chicago's major attractions on an informative cycling tour. They offer a variety of tours including the 'Lakefront Neighborhoods Tour', 'Kids Edition' and 'City Lights at Night Tour'. The tours are leisurely paced, so you don't have to worry about not being able to keep up with the cycling group. The cycles provided are 'Schwinn Beach Cruisers' and helmets are also offered. People of all ages will enjoy these tours and it is a great and informative way to experience the sights and sounds of the city of Chicago.
Chicago's Lakefront Trail stretches across 18 miles (28.97 kilometers) and is connected to beaches, parks and recreational spaces. This foreshoreway is used by walkers, cyclists, runners and joggers. You can also rollerblade on this lakeside greenway. Soak in the scenic views of the blue waters, skyline and green sanctuaries. Some of the interesting sites you will come across on its way are the Grant Park, Theater on the Lake, Belmont Harbor, Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, Jackson Park, South Shore Cultural Center, Museum of Science and Industry, and McCormick Place.
Located in the campus of the prestigious Northwestern University, the Center for Genetic Medicine is dedicated to research in the field of genetics. The center organizes educational activities for students as well as visitors, for the better understanding of genetics and the related science and technology. Being affiliated to the prestigious Nothwestern Memorial Hospital in the vicinity, the center conducts research for genetic disorders and their treatments.
Wrapping around the entire Chicago Metropolitan area, the Cook County Forest Preserve District is one the earlier examples of American landscape conservation at its best. Cemented as an undisturbed collection of natural spaces in 1913, the park's 68,000 total acres of space is broken into nine different regions that snake north to south, near-parallel to the Gold Coast. Containing an abundance of natural spaces, lakes, streams and wetlands, Cook County Forest Preserve is a testament to the natural spaces our cities inhabit.
This family entertainment complex on Lake Michigan offers all-day fun with more than 50 acres (20 hectares) of parks and gardens, first-rate shopping, restaurants and exciting attractions. Ride the 15-story Ferris wheel, watch world-class performers at the Skyline Stage and tour three floors of interactive fun at the Chicago Children's Museum. For some culture amongst the commercialism, check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During the summer, free entertainment is available on Dock Street. During the winter, rent skates and take a spin on the open-air ice rink.
At Chicago Children's Museum, fifteen permanent exhibits and programming spaces provide innovative learning experiences for children and their caregivers to create a community where play and learning connect. The museum serves more than 500,000 visitors annually and also reaches out beyond its walls by making a significant investment of resources in neighborhoods across Chicago, particularly to children who might not otherwise have access to the museum's rich array of resources.
The Family Pavilion At Navy Pier, located in Chicago is one of the most popular places in the city when it comes to family outings. There is a lot to choose from at the Family Pavilion, go watch a great movie at the IMAX Theatre or pay a visit to the Chicago Children's Museum. Take a stroll through the indoor botanical park or just check out the various shops and restaurants in the area.
You cannot afford to miss the Navy Pier's most visible attraction, the 150 foot-high Ferris wheel. This fun ride is open year-round. It is not only fun for kids but for all age groups. It is modeled after the very first Ferris wheel, which was built for Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. On the Navy Pier Ferris wheel you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and lake-front. During the evening, the illuminated Ferris wheel with thousands of sparkling lights is a sight that one must not miss.
With access points to Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain, and various museums, its no wonder that this paved two-lane attraction draws countless outdoor enthusiasts, tourists, and sunbathers, basking in the natural beauty of Lake Michigan. Whether its a stroll along the shoreline or simply just enjoying the view, Chicago's Lakefront Path is the city's international icon to the world.
This school teaches a style of Chinese kung-fu known as Wing Chun: an art known for enabling smaller, weaker fighters to overcome stronger, bigger and heavier opponents. Among its most famous practitioners was a young Bruce Lee, whose exploits applying the art are still talked about. Yet the practice and learning of the art is amazingly relaxing, fun, and gentle. This is the only school in Chicago and the best school in the Midwest teaching Wing Chun in its pure, undiluted form. Traditional Chinese breathing exercises (Qigong) are also taught.