933 S. Riverside Drive , Elmhurst, IL, US, 60126
- Phone: (630) 279-0700
- Fax: (630) 279-0131
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 Sculpture 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cadillac Club at Soldier Field is for the privileged few who can afford the tickets. Watch the various sporting events here in absolute luxury. This stylish, three-tiered private seating area is located on the east side of the stadium. Comfortable seating, bars, concession stands and 138 TV screens make this hard to beat. Watch the players sweat it out and cheer them in sheer comfort. You can even take guided tours of the Cadillac Club and other areas of Soldier Field. Get your tickets for events and tours that are organized here as well as for special events for kids.
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.
The Soldier Field Stadium was built in the 1920's as a memorial to American soldiers who had died in war. A world-class stadium, it is the home to the Chicago Bears football team. The stadium also hosts a varied number of events from concerts to bizarre events like tractor and truck pulls to ski-jumping off a 13-story platform. If you're in the area, check out the 250-foot granite wall sculpture in honor of the men and women who served in the American armed forces. The stadium conducts tours from 9a-5p, but only if prior reservations have been made.
It was once believed that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by a cow, owned by a woman named O'Leary, which when she tipped over a lantern. A competing legend exonerates the hapless bovine, placing guilt on Peg Leg Sullivan, who not only started the blaze, but also framed the cow. The Fire Truck Tours recount these stories and fill in any missing details. Climb aboard a vintage fire truck and view the damage caused by Chicago's famous conflagration.