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KBIS 2012 - Back in the Windy City Indulge your senses with the sights, sounds and tastes of Chicago.

By Annette Gray

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

KBIS 2012 – the annual industry event you won’t want to miss, is returning to Chicago’s McCormick Place. Plan some free time while you’re attending the networking event of the year. Chicago boasts countless entertainment, dining, theatre, and museum options or tour the city on foot, bike or Segway. Historic Navy Pier offers 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions. And originating from Navy Pier, depending on whether you want to dine, or are going for speed, select any one of numerous boat tours on the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue, or Seadog. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, the nation’s most historic zoo, and also one of the last remaining free admission zoos. It’s home to 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds. See some of the world’s rarest creatures including wild dogs, pygmy hippos and black rhinos, along with an impressive primate exhibit.



Enjoy peaceful gardens indoors at Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Conservatory. There is no shortage of amazing sights in the Windy City. If shopping is what you do, take in the view along the Magnificent Mile. Consider the world from overhead – and gain a birds-eye view from the 103rd floor of Skydeck Chicago in Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower or the 94th floor Hancock Observatory. Walk the lakefront along 29 miles of scenic paths following the shore of Lake Michigan, in a city that’s considered to be one of the world’s most walk-able and beautiful cities. Enjoy alfresco dining, music, art, landscape design and architecture as part of Millennium Park’s offerings. See the light show at Buckingham Fountain. Chicago is home to legendary Chicago Theatre on State Street, Steppenwolf Theatre, Broadway Playhouse, Royal George Theatre – so nightlife in the city is varied and whether comedy, music or

Broadway productions are your preference, it’s all here for the taking. Don’t miss out on anything you want to see and do in Chicago, while you’re in town for KBIS. Stop by the Chicago Cultural Center – Chicago’s Architectural Showplace for the Lively and Visual Arts and the city’s official Visitor Center. You’ll want to check out dining options ahead of time, with so many cuisines and restaurants to choose from, advance planning may be in order. In addition to well-known favorites of Chicago-style pizza, hot dogs, and steaks, ethnic cuisine from around the world can be found in the city, and nearby outlying neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on the chance to attend KBIS and spend some time in Chicago, our welcoming Midwestern host city!

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