AHIMA is excited to welcome you to Chicago, AHIMA’s hometown, for the AHIMA19: Health Data and Information Conference, taking place September 14-18. You’re bound to be busy while you’re here, but we hope you find some time to explore our city before you go. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see in Chicago to get you started.
Favorite Selfie Spot
Cloud Gate, AKA ‘The Bean,’ recommended by Melanie Endicott, Vice President of HIM Practice Excellence
201 E Randolph Street, in Millennium Park
“You definitely need to check out the bean-shaped stainless steel sculpture, Cloud Gate (or as everyone in Chicago calls it, ‘The Bean’), in Millennium Park. It was made by the artist Anish Kapoor, and its surface captures the cityscape around it in just a stunning way, both during the day and at night. You have to go—it’s a quick walk from the downtown hotels—and you have to get a selfie with your reflection in front of the city in the background.”
Bonus: After you’ve seen the reflection of the skyline above your head, cross Michigan Avenue and look down at the city from Cindy’s rooftop bar in the historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S Michigan Ave).
Photo credit: Alice Achterhof Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago
Maple & Ash, recommended by Tom Murray, Senior Marketing Director
8 W Maple Street, Gold Coast neighborhood
“Even for a steakhouse, this place is a splurge. But in a city full of steakhouses, Maple & Ash is the one the Chicago Tribune calls ‘the most fun.’ You can get a steak that weighs two and a half pounds. Or a tower of grilled shellfish. And finish up with a sundae bar. Plus, you get your very own candelabra at your table.
Photo credit: Adam Alexander Photography Courtesy of Choose Chicago
DuSable Museum of African American History, recommended by Yolanda Simmons-Battle, Senior Meeting Planner
740 E 56th Place, Washington Park neighborhood
“The DuSable Museum is the largest independent museum dedicated to African and African American history and culture. It was founded in 1961, by a Chicago artist named Margaret Burroughs, who started the museum basically in her living room. ‘A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story,’ about Chicago’s first black mayor, and ‘Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces’ are a couple of the permanent exhibits not to be missed.”
Photo credit: Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago
Favorite Lake and Skyline View
John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Avenue, Streeterville neighborhood
“The view from the Signature Room, the restaurant on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, and (sorry, gentlemen) specifically the women’s restroom at the Signature Room, might be the most incredible views of the city and Lake Michigan you’ll find anywhere in Chicago. While you’re in the building, you can also stop at the 360 Chicago observation deck or TILT—the all-glass-enclosed platform that tilts you over Michigan Avenue from 94 floors up.”
Photo credit: Ranvestel Photographic Courtesy of Choose Chicago
Favorite Walking/Running/Biking Path
The 606, recommended by Meghan McLaughlin, Marketing Manager
This 2.7-mile elevated urban trail is named after the first three digits shared by every zip code in Chicago. This used to be an elevated industrial train line from 1913 until the 1980s. But in 2015, the city transformed it into an elevated path with parks, scenic overlooks, and public art, running east-west through four Chicago neighborhoods.
The trailhead is at 1801 N Ridgway Avenue, but there are 12 access points; visit the606.org/visit/maps/map to view them all.
Photo credit: Ranvestel Photographic Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago
Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady, recommended by Colton Gigot, AHIMA Press Production Development Editor
111 E. Wacker Drive
Sure, we have bus tours like other cities. But one of the best ways to see Chicago is by boat. The docents on the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise will introduce you to over 50 historic buildings spanning 100 years of history on the Chicago River (the only river in the world that flows backwards). You can sit out on the deck, or down below. The inside of the boat is air conditioned, and there’s even a bar. You can get tickets at 111 E. Wacker Drive or at architecture/org/tours.
Photo credit: City of Chicago Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago