In the midst of Obama-mania Chicago is now a tourist gold mine. The Illinois Bureau of Touism is even offering the “President-elect Obama Trail,” a three-day Getaway itineray that includes Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood where his family’s favorite bookstore is–57th Street Books.
The tour includes:
- Grant Park
- Illinois State Capital
- Oriental Institute Museum
- Museum of Science and Industry
- US Cellular Field
- Smart Museum of Art
- DuSable Museum of African American History
- Frank Lloyd Wright Frederick C. Robie House
- Old State Capitol State Historic Site
- University of Chicago Law School
- Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
- South Shore Cultural Center
- Hyde Park neighborhood
- Kenwood neighborhood
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to experience Chicago. Chicago’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Navy Pier is a five-hour frenzy of music, drinks and dancing and promises to be an unforgetable event. This celebrity-heavy party will be celebrating more than just a New Year this year.
On New Year’s Day watch as the Chicago Polar Bear Swim Club hosts the annual New Year’s Day Swim at North Avenue Beach. Hundreds of crazy, brave souls will strip down to their swim suits (no whining allowed) and jump into the frigid water. Some of the not-so-brave will go whimpering back to the spectators, who will accept them with laughter and understanding.
The all-suites Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown offers a full breakfast buffet every morning, and complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a fully equiped fitness center, high-speed Wifi, and a sophisticated Enoteca with an extensive wine list.
Celebrate the New Year in America’s most celebrated city.