Places to Explore in Chicago During Sage Summit 2016

Top Places to Explore in Chicago
Sage Summit 2016 | July 25-28

Many of our clients and business partners are heading to Chicago this July 25-28 for Sage Summit 2016.  This event is sure to be a success in helping small and medium sized companies improve business efficiencies and learn from top industry experts.  If you have yet to purchase a ticket to this event, please contact DSD Business Systems for a discount code to register for this event.  While the event itself will have exciting sessions, speakers, networking, and a concert by The Killers, you might also be looking for activities in Chicago outside of the conference.  Here is our list for top places to explore in Chicago.

1. Coldplay In Concert

If you’re looking to arrive to Chicago early before Sage Summit and enjoy the weekend in the city, there will be lots to do!  Coldplay will be playing Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24 at Soldier Field Stadium.  The concert will be taking place within less than a 10 min drive from the Sage Summit conference location.

2. Wrigley Field

Make sure to stop by and check out this legendary stadium, home of the Chicago Cubs.  The stadium was built in 1914 and provides daily tours.  You can also check out a home game while in the area, the Chicago Cubs play the White Sox on Wednesday, July 27th and Thursday, July 28th.

3. Grant Park

This is considered Chicago’s “front yard”, a public park that’s covers 319 acres within Chicago’s central business district.  There are so many places to explore within Grant Park.  Keep an eye out for a separate blog from DSD Business Systems on places to explore within Grant Park.  The large park has performance venues, sports facilities, gardens, art work, and hosts large public gatherings and events.  While exploring Grant Park, be sure to check out Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.

4. Buckingham Fountain

Located within the center of Grant Park, this is one of the largest fountains in the world and is considered a Chicago landmark.  The fountain was built in 1927 to provide a focal point for Grant Park, while also protecting the park’s beautiful lakefront views. The fountain was actually inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles.  The fountain is meant to represent Lake Michigan, with the four sea horses symbolizing the four surrounding states that border the lake.  The fountain will be operating in July, 8:00am-11:00pm; with regular 20 minute water shows every hour on-the-hour and color-lights during the evening.

5. Willis Tower Skydeck

Built in 1973, many know this landmark as Sears Tower, but in 2009, the name was changed to Willis Tower.  This 1,454 feet high landmark is the second-tallest building in the U.S. and takes up 2 city blocks.  The Skydeck’s newest features is called The Ledge, which allows visitors to enter into a glass cube structure and take in views from 1,353 feet off the ground.

We hope this list of places to explore in Chicago will be of assistance while attending Sage Summit 2016.  Obviously, there are many more than 5 exciting and worthwhile attractions in Chicago, but hopefully this will provide you a good list to start.

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Written by Leah Weston
, Marketing Manager at DSD Business Systems

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