These optional activities are available to Adult and Children Guests who have purchased a full event pass for TIS. We recommend signing up for these when you register on-line. Prices are higher if you sign up for these on-site and you run the risk of them being full.

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Family Guest Program Monday
All ages welcome. Kids 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by  Harmonic

Museum of Science and Industry - $30 pp - After 7/21 $40 pp
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Shuttle bus offered at about every 60 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Last shuttle departs Museum at 3:00 p.m.

The only remaining building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. Floors of exhibits will entertain you for hours as you explore throughout the museum.


Family Guest Program Tuesday
All ages welcome. Kids 16 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsored by  Harmonic

Shedd Aquarium - $30 pp - After 7/21 $40 pp
11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shuttle bus offered at about every 30 minutes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Last shuttle departs Aquarium at 3:00 p.m.

The Shedd Aquarium is home to over 25,000 fish and comprised of 1,500 species of marine animals. Situated on Museum Campus, the Shedd Aquarium offers a unique vantage point of both the city skyline and Lake Michigan. You’ll be able to explore the Aquarium Galleries, the Abbot Oceanarium, Wild Reef, and Polar Play Zone. Guests will get to enjoy an Aquatic Presentation, a special exhibit, and a 4-D Experience.


Tuesday Night Children's Activity

Tuesday Night Kids Party - $50 pp - After 7/21 $60 pp

Tuesday evening Viacom is hosting a party just for the kids. While you enjoy an elegant dinner and comedian with your industry peers, we’ll entertain your kids. From Infants to Teens, there will be a special entertainment, their own dinner buffet, and great memories!



Adult Guest Program Monday - 18 and older

Architecture Boat Cruise - $40 pp - After 7/21 $50 pp
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

See Chicago from a completely different perspective! Birthplace of the modern skyscraper, as well as home to some of the world’s tallest buildings, the Chicago River skyline is populated with buildings new and old, providing something for fans of all architectural styles.

Guests will enjoy a unique, private boat tour from knowledgeable Chicago Architecture Foundation tour guides. Learn Chicago’s history and the stories behind the beautiful buildings and those who designed them.

Planning note: To give more attendees the opportunity to enjoy this unique Chicago experience, we're offering the option to take the boat cruise on Wednesday. The Wednesday boat tour is a public tour, so the cost is $10.00 less than Monday's private tour. Please book the one that best fits into your show and travel plans.


Adult Guest Program Tuesday – 18 and older

Shopping Tour and Lunch - $50 pp - After 7/21 $60 pp
10:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NCTC Spouses will be whisked off to the Magnificent Mile Shopping area on Michigan Avenue for an afternoon of shopping. Each guest will be supplied a map, and a Tour Guide can give suggestions on where the most popular shops are.

During this tour, you will enjoy a 3-course private lunch at the Signature Room on the 99th floor of 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly John Hancock Center).


Wednesday Activities sponsored by  eSpial

Best in Chow Food Tour - $50 pp - After 7/21 $60 pp

Join your industry peers for a fun 3-hour adventure as you devour four of the iconic Chicago-style dishes from the eateries that perfected them.

We’ll depart the Sheraton by bus and start at Lou Malnati’s for the best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. After you’ve had your taste there, we’ll walk to the rest of the stops to take in some of the sights and sounds of Chicago and burn some calories!

The following stops on the tour include famous popcorn, Italian beef, an infamous hot dog and of course the dessert that was invented in Chicago -- brownies!

The last stop is just a few blocks from the hotel, so you're welcome to continue touring Chicago on your own, walk back to the hotel with the group or grab a cab! Just a bit of warning, this tour may fail to hold young children’s attention. Also, be aware there is a good amount of walking involved between the locations.

For planning purposes, you should expect to be done with the food tour and back at the hotel by 3:30 p.m.


Architecture Boat Cruise - $30 pp - After 7/21 $40 pp

We’ll walk a short distance to board one of “Chicago’s Architecture” 90-minute cruises to see this amazing city from a unique perspective. The views are unbeatable! Docents point out the fascinating sites along the way and you’re sure to experience a lot of “I didn’t know that!” moments. Children under 6 are free. Complimentary Starbucks Coffee, Twinings Tea, Coca-Cola soft drinks, lemonade and cookies are also included.

Planning note: To give more attendees the opportunity to enjoy this unique Chicago experience, we're offering an additional sailing of the boat cruise on Monday. The Monday boat tour is a private tour, so the cost is $10.00 higher than Wednesday's public tour. Please book the one that best fits into your show and travel plans.

For planning your return travel, you should expect to be done with the boat tour and back at the dock by 2:30 p.m.


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