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5 Things To Do While In Chicago for the Mid-Winter Dental Meetings

“This is my kind of town, Chicago is

My kind of town, Chicago is

My kind of people too

People who smile at you” Frank Sinatra, My Kind of Town

In just a few days dental professionals from around the country and the world will converge in Chicago for the annual Mid-Winter dental meetings. While many of you will most likely be occupied during the day attending meetings and continuing education courses, don’t forget to leave time to experience all the great things the city has to offer. Below is a list of just a few of the many activities you can do while you are in the city:

1. Visit a Museum

If you are looking to take in some art, culture, nature and history during your stay, Chicago has you covered with its vast assortment of museums. A few of the most popular museums include, the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planateruim, the Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute of Chicago.

2. Go to Navy Pier

While probably a more popular destination during the warmer months, this iconic pier has something for everyone year-round. While you won’t be able to ride the Ferris wheel, you are still able to eat at the restaurants or view an Imax movie to name a few. On Saturday, February 27 in the Grand Ballroom Navy Pier is hosting the 4th Annual Cider Summit. The Cider Summit will feature over 140 ciders including regional favorites and international classics from countries such as England, Scotland, France, and Spain.

3. Attend a Blackhawks or Bulls Game

Chicago is home to three professional sports team spanning football (The Bears), basketball (The Bulls), and hockey (Blackhawks). While the football season just ended, you can still catch a Blackhawks or a Bulls game.

  • Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards, 2/24 – United Center
  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators, 2/25 – United Center
  • Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trialblazers, 2/27 – United Center
  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals, 2/28 – United Center
4. Chicago Food Fare

No doubt the one thing everyone experience is the Chicago food scene. The city has everything to offer from fine dining to the famous Chicago style deep dish pizza. Some of the top restaurants in Chicago, according to Yelp, include Hub 51, Bandera Restaurant and Au Cheval. Looking for some famous deep dish pizza, I always recommend Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. If you are looking for a sweet treat, you have to try Garrett’s Popcorn, whether it’s one of their traditional flavors or seasonal recipes like Spicy Cheesecorn.

5. Shop the Magnificent Mile

A trip to Chicago isn’t complete without a little shopping. The 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue is home to 460 stores and 275 restaurants, there is sure to be something for everyone.

This is just the short list of activities you can do while you are in the city, as Chicago has so much for you to do and see. If you want to see what else is going on, download the app DoStuff from the iTunes or Google Play store. See you in Chicago!

Marc Radziewicz

Marc Radziewicz has over 14 years of dental lab experience as a dental technician at Elmhurst Dental Laboratory in Elmhurst, IL. Marc received his Bachelors Arts and Science in Marketing Communications from Columbia College in Chicago.