2018 NFPC National Convocation of Priests
Wednesday Afternoon/Evening Ideas
with “Presidential Preferences”
- Catholic Church Bus Tour – 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Designed by the Archdiocese of Chicago and the NFPC Board – docent tours of three beautiful, historic Chicago Catholic churches:
Chicago Tourism Websites
Check out these websites to design your free time, or use your favorite search engine:
- Chicago Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours
A tour around the extended Loop downtown area – 14 different stops, 2-hour tour with departure every hour – you can get off to stroll or sight see anytime and hop back on the next bus. Classic ticket – $36 for the entire day. Check website for stops and times.
- 875 N. Michigan Avenue (formerly John Hancock Center)
One half block from Millennium Knickerbocker on Michigan Avenue
Top floor = 360 Chicago ($21), beautiful views of the city 1000 feet up, plus if you choose, the TILT experience ($7)
- Chicago Architectural Boat Tours
A Chicago River Tour of the city’s amazing architecture – several companies available, but we recommend:
Chicago Architectural Foundation Tour
If that is full, second choice is Wendella
- Millennium Park/Chicago Cultural Center/Art Institute Chicago
Millennium Park is 1.5 miles south on Michigan Avenue – one of Chicago’s most visited sights, home of the Cloud Gate (more commonly known as The Bean)The Chicago Cultural Center is on the corner of Washington and Michigan on the west side of the street – beautiful interior, some docent tours of Millennium Park offered, picture displays, and free internet and restrooms.If art is your thing, the Art Institute Chicago is the place to be. Just past Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue. (Note: For another art venue, Loyola University Museum of Art (free admission) is located at 800 N. Michigan Avenue, just 3 1/2 blocks from the hotel.)
- Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
Top of the line shopping from the John Hancock Center to the Chicago River – if you like to shop, or just feel like a stroll to people-watch. Don’t miss the Chicago Tribune building with stones from across the world.
- Navy Pier
The Navy Pier is a Chicago landmark with shopping, restaurants, people watching, and the beautiful Centennial Ferris Wheel – 1.5 mile walk from the hotel.
- Chicago Museum Campus
This area includes three of the city’s most notable museums, all dedicated to the natural sciences: Adler Planetarium, Field Museum of Natural History, and the Shedd Aquarium, plus Soldier Field. The 146 CTA bus goes there and back. ($2.50/ride)
- Chicago Theatre District
Located within 2 miles of our hotel are several excellent Chicago theatres.
Check your favorite search engine for what’s playing, costs and availability.
Note: Hamilton is playing at the CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) during the Convocation week: tickets.
PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCES (from their years of living in Chicago)
- Current NFPC President – Fr. Tony Cutcher (2012-2018) recommends
- Former NFPC President – Fr. Richard Vega (2006-2012) recommends
- Former NFPC President – Fr. Don Wolf (1997-2000) recommends some unique downtown and North Chicago sights:
- Chicago Public Library – Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.
Fr. Don: “Highlights the beauty and vitality of the downtown area, and to come upon it with the gargoyles looking out toward you is a big thrill.”
Staff Note: Above and Beyond Exhibit – over 58,000 hand-stamped replicated dog tags representing U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
- The Rookery, 209 South LaSalle Street
Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972 after being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, The Rookery is universally considered an architectural masterpiece. Fr. Don: “…highlights the beauty of the city in ordinary places.”
- The Baha’i Temple, 100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL
This sacred space is for all people to commune with God. Fr. Don: “It’s a beautiful and quiet place.” About an hour north via public transport or 30 minutes by car.
- St. Clement Catholic Church, 642 W. Deming Place, Chicago
Fr. Don: “I always liked visiting inside of St. Clements and their mosaics.” About 30 minutes north via public transport, or 10 minutes by car.
- Former NFPC President – Fr. Nick Rice (1994-1997) recommends
All NFPC Staff are available for questions and/or recommendations:
Terry Oldes – Chicago resident for 25 years
Vill Harmon – Chicago resident for 30 years
Connie Awrey – Chicago tourist for 5 years