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2008 Unity Conference

Stories Tagged ‘fun things to do’

What’s Going On?

By Dioni L. Wise

UNITY News Online

By next Wednesday, McCormick Place West will be abuzz with thousands of journalists. It’s hard to believe that anything will be happening outside of those conference walls, but a city as cosmopolitan as Chicago continues to offer several diversions during the week of UNITY. Take a look at what simultaneous events will occur during the convention:

July 23

  • The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents the second annual Chicago Sidewalk Sale. The two-day fashion event will bring dozens of Chicago boutiques and designers to one spot – the Daley Plaza, (next to Chicago City Hall).
  • As the 2005 World Series championship team, the Chicago White Sox end a three-game home series against the Texas Rangers in a midday showdown at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • The mellow sounds of U.K.-based band Coldplay will flow from the United Center.

July 24

  • Topping the National League’s Central Division, hometown favorites the Chicago Cubs begin a four-game home series against the Florida Marlins at historic Wrigley Field.
  • You can take a one-hour tour of The Chicago Theatre at noon for $5. The tour highlights the history and architecture of the building, including the grand lobby areas, auditorium and backstage area.

July 25

  • California-based rap group Cypress Hill, most noted for its 1993 hit “Insane in the Brain,” will perform at the House of Blues Chicago.

July 26

  • Hundreds will celebrate the contributions and culture of the disabled in the 5th Disability Pride Parade on Saturday morning. For these participants, p.r.i.d.e. means “Pride Realized Is Destiny Empowered.”
  • A setting sun doesn’t mean the lights go out on Saturday night, as Chicago celebrates its 51st Annual Venetian Night. Thirty-five boats will be aglow with lights and props as they sail along beautiful Lake Michigan. A musically synchronized fireworks display will follow the parade.

July 27

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Chicago For First-Timers

By Amy Phan

The Unity News Online

With UNITY 08 just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your escape from the convention hall. Many convention attendees, like me, will be first-time visitors to Chicago. Here’s what’s on my list to see. Hit the comment link and post your own list!

  • Shedd Aquarium - Get your zen on watching the dophins swim by at the “world’s aquarium.” www.sheddaquarium.org
  • Magnificent Mile - Shop ’till you drop and eat your heart out! Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the magnificent mile is a stretch along Michigan Avenue of retail stores offering divine inspiration to the aspiring fashionista. With 3.1 million square feet of retail space, 460 stores, 275 restaurants, museums and entertainment, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
  • Giordano’s - Giordano’s claims to deliver taste-bud rapture to locals and visitors alike, serving up Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza. giordanos.com
  • Harold Washington Library Center - When it opened in ‘91, it was listed as the world’s largest library in the Guinness Book of World Records. With all that space, they’ve got more than books here. Check the list of speakers and special events before you drop by to use the free wi-fi. www.chipublib.org
  • Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze - A lot can change with the help of a few slightly altered reflections. Enter into the city’s funhouse and walk out feeling good sans mirrors. Navy Pier. amazingchicago.com

Happy exploring!


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What’s Going On?
It’s hard to believe that anything will be happening outside of the UNITY Convention, but a city as cosmopolitan as Chicago continues to offer several diversions during the week of UNITY.
Chicago For First-Timers