July 15, 2006 | Barb Carr

TapRooT® in Chicago, September 18 – 22

Chicago . . . a perfect representation of U.S. heritage, one that rolls out the welcome mat to people from all over the world. Often referred to as the “City of Neighborhoods”, this town is a sanctuary for a diverse population who celebrate ethnicity. You haven’t fully experienced Chicago until you have visited a few of its 77 communities on a neighborhood tour. However, if staying in the heart of this fabulous City is more interesting to you than exploring communities, you’ll find plenty of places to eat and things to do.

After a great meal, take some time to check out the Sears Tower Skydeck for the best view of the City – 40 to 50 miles on a clear day! When you spot the Ferris Wheel on Chicago’s lakefront, you will be drawn in by the bustling activity on Navy Pier. Admission to Navy Pier is free and attractions on the Pier include Cruise Boats, the IMAX Theater, Miniature Golf, the Children’s Museum and much more!

Speaking of lakefront activities, here are two more that you don’t want to miss: Shedd Aquarium and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Shedd Aquarium is the world’s largest indoor aquarium. The Oceanarium not only boasts a spectacular view of Lake Michigan, but is also the home to dolphins, seals, Beluga whales, and sea otters. TIP: Order your tickets through Ticketmaster a day ahead.

Lincoln Park Zoo is definitely the best value in the Windy City. The zoo is open every single day and admission to enjoy a beautifully maintained animal paradise is absolutely FREE.

I know I have overwhelmed you with Chicago attractions, but, believe me, I have barely scratched the surface. Let me just mention four world-renown museums before I go: Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and Field Museum of Natural History.

Hope to see you in September! (Update: Sorry, this course is closed.)

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