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Venue & Accommodations

Union League Club of Chicago

The IES Abroad Annual Conference is returning to the historic Union League Club of Chicago for the 2019 Conference.

The Union League Club continues to be a dedicated partner of our Annual Conference, allowing us to keep costs low and quality high. This partnership, combined with having no conference registration fee, means we can dedicate even more funds to scholarships and financial aid for our students so they can experience the life-changing benefits that come from studying and interning abroad.

For nearly 140 years, the Union League Club of Chicago has promoted honesty and efficiency in government, supported cultural institutions and the beautification of the city, and assisted our nation’s military and their families.

What to Do in Chicago

Chicago, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, is among the largest cities in the country. Famed for its bold architecture and world-renowned museums, it is a city that should not be missed! If you have time to explore our great city of Chicago before or after the conference, be sure to check out these highlights:

Millennium Park

Located a short 15-minute walk northwest from the Union League Club, this 24.5-acre park might be one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, known for its free concerts, famous public art installations and its proximity to the Loop. Home to Cloud Gate (a.k.a “The Bean”), Maggie Daley Park, the Lurie Garden, and more, Millennium Park is Chicago’s front yard.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Located within 10 minutes of the Union League Club, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see. Recently ranked as the top museum in the world by TripAdvisor, the museum is home to more than 300,000 pieces of art, including everything from Japanese prints to ancient Greek sculptures, masterpieces by Monet & Seurat, Woods & O’Keeffe, an expansive modern wing, and much, much more.

The Field Museum

The Field Museum is approximately a 30-minute walk from the Union League Club, and one of Chicago’s most beloved institutions. There more than 350,000 square feet of permanent exhibitions to explore displaying thousands of artifacts. Visitors can peek at ancient Egyptian mummies, marvel at rare jewels in the Grainger Hall of Gems, and come face-to-face with Sue, the largest most complete Tyrannosaurs Rex skeleton that has ever been uncovered.

Second City

Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City, a short 20-minute cab ride from the Union League Club. This is the place that put both sketch and improvised comedy on the map while launching the careers of many distinguished comics including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell.

Willis Tower Skydeck

If you're looking to see more of Chicago than you'd be able to take in on a walking tour, the Skydeck is your best bet. Located within the second tallest building in the States, views from the 103rd floor are expansive, allowing guests to see up to four states and 50 miles out. The best times to visit are just after opening and at sunset, when you'll be able to look out at the glassy skyscrapers' sparkly lights against the night sky.