Wednesday, July 27, 2011
For Chicago Concert-goers
We want to provide some information for those fans traveling to Chicago for the Libera concert. Most of you whom we've heard from will be staying downtown on or near Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile). This is a beautiful area with lots of shopping, restaurants and museums. A good site with lots of information about this area is http://www.themagnificentmile.com/
How to get to the concert.
By car - take Lake Shore Drive South. There are lots of entrances onto it, but I like Monroe or Jackson which are south of the Chicago River.
Drive south about 6 miles.
You can take the 53rd Street exit, go west, turn left on Woodlawn and drive south to Rockefeller Chapel at 5850 S. Woodlawn. This will take you past some nice homes in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Park on the streets around the chapel. Rockefeller is on the northwest corner of Woodlawn and 59th Street.
Or you can take the 57th Street/Museum of Science and Industry exit as shown on the map below. Curve south around the museum, turn right on Midway Plaisance and park along that street or turn right on Woodlawn and look for parking around the chapel.
By bus - you want CTA #6 Jackson Park Express. You get on at Wacker & Columbus. You get off at 57th Street for the University of Chicago/Museum of Science and Industry. Walk west on 57th Street, turn left on Woodlawn and walk south to Rockefeller Chapel. Click here for the schedule brochure.
By train - take the Metra Electric commuter train from the Millennium Station at 151 N. Michigan Avenue or the Van Buren Station at 132 E. Van Buren. Train schedules can be seen here.
Get off the train at the 55th-56th-57th Street Station or the 59th Street/University of Chicago Station. Walk west to Woodlawn.
Sightseeing - see http://www.explorechicago.org for all the museums and attractions.
The #1 tourist site in the city is Navy Pier. There is a Ferris wheel, carousel, wave swinger, mini golf, boat cruises, crazy Seadog speedboats, IMAX theater, Shakespeare theater, Cirque Shanghai show, restaurants, a few shops and fireworks every Saturday night at 10:15 pm.
The Skydeck at Sears Tower (Willis Tower) is a good place to go. You can go out on The Ledge. See http://www.theskydeck.com/ for ticket information.
Millennium Park is the place to get your picture taken in front of the Bean (Cloud Gate). Check out the Pritzker Pavilion, Lurie Gardens and Crown Fountain, too.
Hope you have fun in Chicago, especially at the Libera concert!