We are gearing up for the end of registration with just 10 more days….
We have told you about our A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. speakers….
We have told you about the hotel….
We have told you about the funshops…..
We have told you about the family dance….
The working schedule of events….
Yoga with Cara….
The teen room…..
The conference shirts….
The vendor hall….
Very importantly… our SPECIAL OFFER….
You may just very well wonder what is left for me to tell you about….. Don’t you fear! I have an EARful for you 😉
In honor of our last 10 days of registration, let me tell you about the top 10 things I feel you may want to do while you are here in Chicago…. These will be in proximity to Key Lime Cove, and then into the city. Depending on how long you plan to stay, these will all be worth your while!
(1) Closest to Key Lime Cove is Gurnee Mills Mall. (Key Lime Cove does offer a free shuttle from the hotel to the mall should you care to indulge!)
Gurnee Mills is an indoor mall, established in Gurnee, Illinois, a village west of Waukegan, Illinois. It is located about halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 40-minute drive either way, and near Six Flags Great America. It is a single-level Z-shaped mall. At 1,912,969 square feet (177,720.6 m2) of gross leasable area, it is the third largest mall in Illinois, and is visited by more than 20 million people each year. Gurnee Mills opened on August 8, 1991.
(2) Jelly Belly Factory: Get your FREE factory tour and samples!
Jelly Belly Candy Company, formerly known as Herman Goelitz Candy Company and Goelitz Confectionery Company, manufactures Jelly Belly jelly beans and other candy. The company is based in Fairfield, California, with a second manufacturing facility in North Chicago, Illinois and a distribution center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. In October 2008 the company opened a 50,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand where it produces confectionery for the international market.
(3) Enjoy a winter hike at Illinois State Beach Park.
Illinois Beach State Park – stretching 6.5 miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in northern Illinois – offers a full range of recreation opportunities at one of the most unique and beautiful natural settings in America.
Illinois Beach is the only remaining beach ridge shoreline left in the state, with dunes and swales, sprawling marshes, forests of oak and vast arrays of animal life and vegetation.
(4) If you’re into the outdoor-sy winter stuff…. The Chicago Botanic Gardens is another place for you!
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands and featuring 26 display gardens and surrounded by four natural habitats: McDonald Woods, Dixon Prairie, Skokie River Corridor, and Lakes and Shores. Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, United States, the garden is open every day of the year. Admission is free, but parking is $25 per car.
(5) Visit Bahai Temple:
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(6) The Chicago History Museum:
Not so long ago this vibrant museum was the stodgy ol’ Chicago Historical Society, which let you cull through thousands of archived photographs and curio. Well, that library still exists, but joining it are several permanent and temporary exhibits, the largest of which is “Chicago: Crossroads of America,” a treasure trove of historical objects, including a chunk of the original Fort Dearborn. Other exhibits include “Sensing Chicago” (kids swarm around the giant Chicago hot dog) and revolving displays showing off one of the world’s largest costume collections.
(7) 360 Chicago:
Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers dining, sights and an interactive tour far above the city streets. From 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor, you can see up to 55 miles out and four states—you’ll feel as if you’re along for the ride as you watch airplanes whiz by. A recent addition is the Tilt attraction, which allows visitors to step onto an enclosed platform that extends from the building at a 30 degree angle.
(8) Navy Pier:
This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, plus an old-fashioned swing ride and 18-hole mini-golf course. You’ll also find the Chicago Children’s Museum and a rotating roster of live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage. Most offerings may not turn locals on, but the seasonsal events, indoor activities and great people-watching provide plenty of entertainment, no matter what the weather.
(9) The Art Institute:
You could spend the next four years getting to know this encyclopedic institution, which owns more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the present. Our favorite pieces include the Japanese prints, fragments of local buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Thorne Miniature Rooms. We’re also in love with Renzo Piano’s light-filled Modern Wing, which is the perfect place to enjoy the Art Institute’s architecture and design collection, modern and contemporary art, and gorgeous views of Millennium Park.
(10) The Field Museum:
Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, this massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet. Inside the permanent displays, you can see glowering dinos, marvel at ancient artifacts from a royal Egyptian tomb, undergo a lesson in cannibalism in the “Pacific Spirits” gallery or take a stroll through the newly rehabbed Halls of Gems and Jade.
AND…. this is just to name a FEW! Chicago and surrounding is LOADED. There is no loss for things to see and do in this amazing city. Do visit THIS website to see just how much more you could pack into your trip!!!
There are just 10 more days to register. As mentioned, we do still have a 2-payment special you could jump on. We want to have as many of you friendly folks as possible….. Remember this diddy???
It’s TRUE! 😉 THAT’s what UP is all about!!!
See you in February!!!
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