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Chicago Hotspots

The coolest places to hang out at ClueCon 2017

We have a slew of epic activities planned for the week but if you find yourself with any free time, check out this list of ClueCon Hotspots. Everything on this list is less than 30 minutes from the hotel.

Millennium Park music series:

Head down to Millennium park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion to catch these free concerts. Bring a picnic blanket, some sandwiches, and family and friends while you listen to the various genres of featured music.

Monday, July 23, 6:30pm

Willie Colón (Salsa)

Canalón de Timbiquí (Pacific Afro Colombian)

Thursday, July 26, 6:30pm

The Kingston All Stars featuring Sister Nancy (Vintage Reggae)

Funkadesi(Funk and Percussion)

Millennium park features many other attractions to check out during the day. Take a selfie with The Chicago Bean, stroll through Lurie garden, or wade in the Crown Fountain art installation featuring 50 foot towers that project human faces.

10 min walk

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Movies in the Park:

Millennium Park also presents free outdoor movies for everyone to enjoy. The park is only 10 minutes from the Swissotel which makes it easy to get to at any time of day. Make the most of the beautiful Chicago summer weather and spend some time outside!

Tuesday, July 24, 6:30pm

Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Get Out:

“2017, rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references, 104 minutes)

Young African American Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) visits the white family of his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. The Oscar-winning film for Best Original Screenplay was written and directed by Jordan Peele.”

ChicagoMade Short: Portraits by Philip G Anderson

10 min walk
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Chicago is full of different bars of all shapes and sizes. Two that stood out are listed here, but if you discover any cool bars comment below and we can add them to this list!

The Drop Lounge

An underground bar with DJ and cave-like decorations. Before 12:00am it is the perfect place to lounge and chat with your friends, after 12 the dance atmosphere picks up. There is no cover and it is open until 4 am.

10 min drive

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Lizzie Mcneill’s Irish Pub

Over the river and through the woods to Lizzie Mcneill’s we go. What makes this bar special is that it is a short 10 minute walk from the Swissotel and sits on the beautiful Chicago river. This Irish pub offers a variety of delicious foods until 11:00 pm and any drink you can dream up until 2:00 am.

10 min walk

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Emporium Arcade Bar Milwaukee Ave

Emporium Arcade Bar is the perfect hub for anyone who loves alcohol and classic video games. They have 47 different arcade games, 11 pinball machines, live music, 28 draft beers, and a full bar. Each game is a quarter to play…just like the good ol’ days.

18 min drive, 30 min bus

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Navy Pier:

Navy pier is a Chicago Landmark and is home to several great attractions. Build forts at the Chicago Children’s museum, listen to live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, watch a show at Chicago Shakespeare, witness the magic of outdoor summer ice skating, and of course, ride the giant ferris wheel! Be sure to watch the fireworks show on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 9:30 pm

5min drive 13min walk

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Art Institute of Chicago:

The Art Institute is located at the heart of Chicago and two bronze lions welcome you inside to take in all of the beautiful exhibits. This is the perfect place for a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off photoshoot, but sorry, selfie sticks are not allowed.

10:30am-5:00 pm

10:30am-8:00pm on Thursday

5min drive 12 min bus

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Lincoln Park Zoo:

This free zoo is a breathtaking and fun juxtaposition of the Chicago skyline. See hundreds of animals from around the world all taken care of by leaders in wildlife conservation. A big hit with adults and kids

10:00am – 5:00pm

10 min drive 30 min walk

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Shedd Aquarium:

The Shedd Aquarium is home to 32,000 different aquatic animals from rivers and reefs all around the world. You can purchase tickets online to avoid waiting in any lines. Pet a Sting Ray, stare at the Jellyfish, or come face to face with a shark, all from from the heart of Chicago.


9 min drive

25 min bus

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Magnificent Mile:

You can’t fully experience the joys of Chicago without stopping for a small shopping spree. Magnificent mile features over 460 different retailers and three different vertical shopping centers. If you’re not sure where to stop first, check out Water Tower Place, home of the LEGO Store, Sephora, the American Girl Place, Coach, Lids, and many many more!

6 min drive

15 min walk

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Ohio Street Beach:

Ohio Street Beach is the closest beach to the Swissotel and is fully equipped with a snack bar, restrooms, and an on duty lifeguard. Lake Michigan is beautiful during the summer, it’s impossible to resist wading in the water to cool down on a hot day.


17 min walk

10 min drive

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Urban Kayaks:

Go on a wild boating adventure, right outside the Swissotel! Take a guided tour of the Chicago river or just rent a kayak for an hour and explore on your own. Don’t forget to wave up at those of us relaxing in the penthouse fitness center jacuzzi.

1 min drive

5min walk

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Chicago is well known for its active theatre scene. There are so many great shows going on this summer so be sure to catch one before you leave! The famous Hamilton is playing this August, as well as Comedy Sports, or free Shakespeare in the park put on by Chicago Shakespeare. This year they are doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare in the park

Wednesday, July 25 and 26, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

City Stage In Polk Bros Park

5 min drive, 20 min walk

For the kids: Madagascar a Musical Adventure

Navy Pier

5min drive 13min walk

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Register now for ClueCon 2018 if you haven’t already. Check out the activity calendar on our ClueCon website to see all the cool activities we have planned for this year, including: Fun, food and festivities by Flowroute and FreeSWITCH, the Gigabit Reception, the SignalWire Bowling Bash, the VoiceTel sunset boat cruise, and all of our After9 activites. Also make sure to keep updated on who will be speaking this year! There are exciting talks in the works.