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Conveniently located only minutes from downtown Chicago, IFT18 will be held at the McCormick Place convention center, North America's premier convention facility. Discounted hotel rooms have been secured for our IFT guests.

In July, Chicago has average highs of 84°F (29°C) and average lows of 66°F (19°C). Prior to traveling to Chicago for the meeting, you may wish to check the  Chicago 10-day weather forecast. 

Attire at IFT18 is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, you may wish to wear comfortable shoes, as walking distances within McCormick Place can be long.

Things to do in Chicago

Chicago has unparalleled sophistication, class, and style. Not to mention, breathtaking views. Our prime location and two international airports make Chicago unmatched when it comes to accessibility. And once you're here, you'll find unparalleled meeting space and accommodations, world-renowned museums, nightlife and music for every style, theater that's home to world-premiere shows, and a dining scene that has so many accolades it's in a ranking of its own.

Come experience Chicago and find out why it's truly in a class by itself.

Visit our Choose Chicago IFT18 website to explore and learn more about all the exciting things you can see and do in Chicago.

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  • Natural Beauty Among Manmade Wonders

    Just imagine. Twenty-six miles of uninterrupted lakefront nestled against undoubtedly one of the most magnificent skylines. And that's not all we've got. The lakefront includes 16 miles of sandy beaches and an 18-mile stretch of bike path. Bikers, boaters, sunbathers and volleyball players abound. Turn to Chicago's green space and you'll find even more activity. There are hundreds of beautifully maintained parks, such as Millennium and Grant Parks downtown and Lincoln Park just to the north. And Museum Campus alone has 57 immaculate acres.

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  • City of Broad Horizons

    With 60 museums that engage and enlighten, Chicago's horizons may be even broader than its shoulders. The world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago has a vast collection, including the most Impressionist works outside the Louvre. And the Museum of Contemporary Art puts the thought-provoking art of today front and center.

    But art museums are just a fraction of what Chicago has to offer. Located on the picturesque Museum Campus, The Field Museum is a treasure trove of natural history and home to the most complete T. rex skeleton ever discovered. Right nearby, you'll find 32,500 animals at the Shedd Aquarium and countless stars at Adler Planetarium, America's first. For science buffs, the Museum of Science & Industry is hard to top. Impossible perhaps. It's the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. So, whatever your interest, Chicago has a museum or two to enhance it.

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  • Sites Worth Seeing

    Adults and children alike are wowed by Chicago's awesome attractions. Here, you can walk out onto the water of Lake Michigan with a visit to Navy Pier and its many rides, restaurants, theaters and shops. Visit The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower, and you can practically walk on air more than 1,000 feet in the sky. 360 CHICAGO offers its own variety of breathtaking views of the city and lake. And perhaps Chicago's most out-of-this-world experience is right back at ground level in the form of Millennium Park. The Park's Cloud Gate sculpture ("The Bean"), Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain and other fascinating features are like nothing you've ever seen. Of course, the same could be said for the city as a whole.

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  • Dining that Goes Much Deeper Than Pizza

    Six Chicago restaurants earned the prestigious Five Diamond Award from the AAA for 2015, more than any other North American city. We're home to 24 Michelin star restaurants and 40+ James Beard Award medalists. Plus, Chicago's diverse neighborhoods serve up all kinds of cuisines. Let your taste buds be your guide. And let's not forget our staples. Dive in to some cheesy goodness at one of our famed deep-dish pizza joints or grab yourself a Chicago-style hot dog. Whatever you decide to bring with you, be sure an appetite is first on the list.

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  • We Call it Magnificent for a Reason

    Chicago is a shopper's paradise. Known for its Magnificent Mile, the awe-inspiring architecture definitely makes the name ring true. Retail shops, restaurants, hotels and galleries dot the tree-lined avenue. You'll also discover great finds on State Street. This great street offers a variety of shopping at every price point. And if you're on the hunt for that statement piece, hip boutiques and hard to find vintage shops populate Chicago's diverse neighborhoods giving you an opportunity to bring home that one-of-a-kind find.

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  • For Entertainment, Chicago is Your Kind of Town

    With incredible venues ranging from intimate neighborhood clubs to historic music halls, Chicago is the prime tour stop. From classical to heavy metal, you'll find it here on any given night. And every summer the sounds of Lollapalooza, the Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival, The Stars of Lyric Opera and many more fill the air. Maybe you'd like something a little more theatrical? From glitzy pre-Broadway debuts to more intimate local productions, we've got it all, including five Tony Award®-winning theater companies and the legendary comedy of The Second City.

    Want to catch a game? Sports fans in heaven wish they'd died and gone to Chicago. The Cubs and White Sox, the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Sky, Fire and more keep fans on the edge of their seats. Catch any game, and you'll see the passion for yourself.

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Find out why Chicago is the most magnificent city. Visit www.ChooseChicago.com for more information.

If you’re serious about advancing your career, business, research, or the science of food and technology, then you can’t afford to miss IFT18.