NRA 2013, the International Foodservice Marketplace, is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 21 at McCormick Place, with events open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 21). How do you plan to spend your downtime in Chicago between NRA 2013 events? We suggest visiting some of the city’s most unique sites and attractions. Here are the top five must-sees in Chicago.
1) Shedd Aquarium
It’s easy to see why this cultural attraction is Chicago’s most visited: 80 exciting habitats acquaint curious explorers with 1,500 different animal species. Sea life from around the world makes an appearance at the aquarium, from California sea lions and Caribbean reef marine life to Pacific white-sided dolphins and Alaska sea otters.
2) Skydeck Chicago
As the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) offers tourists the chance to overlook the city on its Skydeck. This observation area takes visitors to the 103rd floor, offering a view nearly 1,400 feet above the street. The Ledge, a glass-enclosed balcony, is not for the faint of heart, but it offers a view unlike any other.
3) Navy Pier
Have a spare afternoon? Spend it at Navy Pier, the city-within-a-city that offers shopping, dining, parks, museums, stages and other attractions, including a 150-foot Ferris wheel. Fireworks light up the sky two nights a week in the summer, including May 18 at 8:30 p.m., giving you the perfect way to spend the evening after enjoying NRA 2013 during the day.
Travelers and locals alike visit this destination for live music and the gorgeous garden. The dramatic outdoor Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the city’s foremost destination for free concerts, and the garden spans an immense 5 acres. Millennium Park is also home to “The Bean,” a famous sculpture you’ll want to visit if you’re a fan of the arts.
5) The Magnificent Mile
For high-class shopping, stunning historical architecture, fine dining and more, look no further than the aptly named Magnificent Mile. This strip spans a mile between the Chicago River and Oak Street on Michigan Avenue, bolstering Chicago’s claim to be one of the finest cities in America.
Register for NRA 2013 today to secure your place, and enjoy these great attractions during your downtime. Just keep in mind, since the event is quickly approaching, your badge won’t be mailed to you after registering; instead, plan to pick it up at one of
McCormick Place’s registration desks when you arrive at NRA 2013. And don’t forget to visit us at booth 1640 and watch live interview with GeekBeat TV and well-known industry professionals!