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Conference Venue

The conference venue for IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) and Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE) is the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, USA.

NOTE: There are two (2) Hyatt Regency Hotels in Chicago - the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is NOT downtown.  By choosing to stay at the conference hotel, you have the convenience of not paying for a taxi roundtrip each day. In addition, we have negotiated free wifi internet in the guestrooms.


Chicago Attractions

Official Visitors Web Site  

Explore the City

Boat Tours: There are several boat tours of the Lake Michigan waterfront and the Chicago River, which offer panoramic views of the city’s skyline, and feature architectural and historical points of interest. bt
Walking Tours: Or, take a walking tour of the loop with the Chicago Architectural Foundation from the Santa Fe building at 224 S Michigan (312 922 TOUR). Downloadable self-guided tours in PDF format are available at a nominal cost. mich-ave
Sightseeing Bus Tours:  Sightseeing bus tours are also available, operated by Chicago Double Decker Co. (312 251 3100) or Chicago Trolley Company (773 648 5000). ct
Towers: See Chicago from the top of the Hancock Tower or the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower; the tallest structure in the USA.) tv
Navy Pier: Enjoy the view of the city from the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, one of many attractions at one of the largest entertainment piers in the USA. For more information visit np
Millennium Park: Chicago’s lake-front attraction. It is adjacent to Grant Park, a 24.5 acre wonderland, which includes the Gehry Music Pavilion, the new home of the Grant Park Music Festival, with free outdoor classical music performances. For more information visit mp
The Art Institute of Chicago, located in Grant Park, is one of the great museums of the world. Its collection spans 5000 years of visual expression, and contains one of the largest collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings outside France. For more information visit art
Museum Campus, at the south end of Grant Park, includes the Field Museum of Natural History (home of “Sue,” the world’s largest complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton.) Over 20 million artifacts inhabit the nine acres of exhibit halls. mc
The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is the oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere, and is renowned for its collection of historical astronmical instruments and its splendid sky shows. Its location commands outstanding views up and down the lakefront. ap
The John G. Shedd Aquarium is the world’s largest indoor aquarium, housing some 8000 aquatic animals of 650 species. The Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. sa
Lincoln Park Zoo access is free. Founded with the gift of a pair of swans from New York’s Central Park in 1868, the zoo now encompasses 35 acres housing 1000 animals. (Take the Lincoln Park Trolley from Navy Pier or CTA bus 151 on Michigan). For more information visit lion


Magnificent Mile: N. Michigan Avenue, north of the Chicago River to the Water Tower, is Chicago’s most prestigious street, lined with exclusive shops and boutiques. (During daytime catch the free Navy Pier Trolley.) The Water Tower was the city’s tallest building when erected in 1869, and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. (From Navy Pier take CTA bus 66.)


Food and Restaurants

The city is also known for various culinary dishes, notably the deep-dish pizza, the Chicago-style hot dog and the Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich. Although well known as a steak town, Chicago’s diverse ethnic influences provide opportunities to sample a host of other cuisines. Near Navy Pier, the River north area (west of State St, North of the river) is home to many world class restaurants.


Arts & Nightlife

Chicago provides a variety of music and entertainment year-round. Close to 100 theatres host dramas and musicals for any taste. Dance, symphony and opera productions are performed at venues throughout the city. For calendar of events visit
House of Blues Chicago opened in 1996 and is located in the historic Marina City complex on the Chicago River. Modeled after the spectacular “Estavovski” Opera House in Prague, the spectacular views from the exclusive Opera Boxes are a unique and unforgettable experience.


Getting Around

The City of Chicago provides free tourist trolleys from Navy Pier to Michigan and State Streets and Lincoln Park, although these are often crowded.
The Chicago Transit Authority provides train (“the L”) and bus service throughout the city. Visit the CTA home page for the latest fare information.  You can purchase a day or weekly pass for EL trains and Buses. Visit for more information. 

Beyond Chicago

The Chicago Botanical Garden is located in north suburban Glencoe. Established in 1965, there are 25 garden areas arranged around a series of man-made lakes. Brookfield Zoo covers 216 acres, 14 miles west of downtown. This zoo has specialized in providing natural outdoor habitats for the animals since it was opened in 1934. The Morton Arboretum, founded in 1922, covers 1700 acres in the Chicago suburb of Lisle, located 25 miles west of downtown.  Some 3300 species are represented in this scientific laboratory of woody plants.

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