About Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, is the third largest city in the United States. Only New York, and Los Angeles, have more residents. Chicago is a center of industry, transportation, culture, and education. The modern skyscraper was born in Chicago. The city has some of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Willis Tower (formerly called the Sears Tower) and the Aon Center.

Chicago is in the Midwest region of the United States. The city lies on Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes. Beaches and parks line the long lakefront.

The arts are a significant part of life in Chicago. The city has many museums and theater companies. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute of Chicago are world famous. Outdoor concerts, including large blues and jazz festivals, are held at Grant Park and Millennium Park.

Sports are also important to city life. Chicago’s devoted fans cheer on the Cubs and the White Sox (baseball), the Bulls (basketball), the Blackhawks (hockey), and the Bears (football).

Chicago is made up of more than 200 neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods developed as a result of immigration. Over the years immigrants arrived in Chicago and settled in areas with people from their same country. Neighborhood names like Little Italy, Chinatown, and Ukrainian Village describe from where these immigrants came. Others—such as Lincoln Square (German), Devon Avenue (South Asian), Pilsen and Little Village (Hispanic), and Beverly (Irish)—are not as descriptive. Even though the makeup of every neighborhood has changed over time, many neighborhoods still have festivals, parades, and even museums that celebrate their heritage.

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Conference Venues

Field Museum of Natural History

Conference sessions – Exhibition – Science Café

The Field Museum is one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, hosting a collection of nearly 40 million specimens and artifacts. These include remnants of world cultures, interactive exhibits on natural conservation, and one of the biggest and most complete fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex.

The museum is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, a vibrant cultural area of Chicago near the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Institute of Art, and the famous “Cloud Gate” sculpture, better known as the Bean.


Explore the Chicago Lakeshore Area