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About Chicago

The 2008 Applied Superconductivity Conference invites you to join us in the Windy City- Chicago, Illinois. Besides being a great convention destination, Chicago offers an assortment of entertainment and sightseeing opportunities.

Chicago is an American cultural capitol as it is home to some of the country's most incredible museums. The Museum of Science and Industry is a must see as it is the largest science museum in the Western hemisphere offering over 800 interactive exhibits. Take the chance to see the most complete and well preserved T-Rex fossil on the planet at the famous Field Museum. If you prefer live animals head over to the Shedd Aquarium which is the home to 2,100 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.

A trip to Chicago is not complete without venturing down to the shores of Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is the place where families and tourists come to enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. Spend an afternoon on the 3,000 foot Navy Pier which houses Pier Park featuring a giant 150 foot-tall Ferris wheel, promenades, gardens, museums, retail, restaurants, auditoriums, theater, boat cruises, and entertainment. During the summer every Wednesday and Saturday night people gather at Navy Pier for the great fire work display. The Illinois-Grand Corridor Transportation Management Association offers a free trolley service between Stetson Street and Navy Pier. The Trolley schedule is Mondays through Thursday 10a.m. to 9p.m.; Friday and Saturdays 10a.m. to 11p.m. Service runs every 20 minutes.

To get a view from the sky, venture over to the Sears Tower (tallest in the U.S.) or the John Hancock Center, both views depict the city's vast sprawl and the enormous size of Lake Michigan.

For those wanting a true authentic sports experience, Wrigley Field is where you must venture. Hop on the 'L', Chicago's rapid transit system, to the Addison stop where you'll find Wrigley Field home of the Chicago Cubs. Enjoy some Chicago's signature foods that reflect the city's ethnic and working class roots as you watch a baseball game. These famous local favorites include deep-dish pizza and the Chicago hot dog made with Vienna beef.

As for the weather, Chicago experiences four distinct seasons. In August, you can expect average temperatures around 76F (24C) with possible periods of precipitation.

Chicago Restaurants:
http://www.chicagorestaurants.com or http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants

For additional information on Chicago, including where to go before and after the conference, please click here.

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