Food & Fun in the Windy City: What To Do in Chicago at Our National Forum

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We’re so excited to be in Chicago for the National Forum on Family Philanthropy! This city has a rich history of family philanthropy and we can’t think of a better place to be. We look forward to engaging with you during our three days together. Our Host Committee helped us curate a list of activities that you may enjoy during your visit to Chicago.



Here’s a great list from the Chicago Tribune: People ask us all the time where to eat when visiting Chicago. Here’s what we tell them.

In another Tribune article, explore brunch options.


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55th Chicago International Film Festival

October 16-27

Catch the latest films from the US and internationally during this arts extravaganza.

Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 19-January 5

Explore an extensive program of lectures, site visits, and artistic performances that celebrate Chicago’s architecture.

Destinos – Chicago International Latino Theater Festival

September 19-October 27

Watch Latinx theater artists display the talents of their community through stage performance.

Chicago Museum Exhibitions

Various dates

Enjoy special exhibitions at Chicago’s art museums.

Chicago Ideas Week

October 12-17

Learn from global thought leaders that are passionate about public health, technology, and more.

Open House Chicago

October 19-20

Explore behind the scenes of 350+ Chicago buildings.

Year of Chicago Theatre

Various dates

View the best in Chicago theatre this fall.


Autumn in the park

Navy Pier

Take a walk along the 3,300 foot long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Lake Shore Park

Schedule your morning run through this recreational park.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Biking and bird watching are only two of the exciting activities offered at this nature hotspot.

John Hancock Center

Savor the view from the observation deck of this 100 story skyscraper.