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    WELCOME

Welcome to Chicago, the city that hosts the XXIX URSI General Assembly. 

You'll find magic in such sparkling Chicago attractions as Navy Pier - the Midwest's top tourist destination - and its boardwalk, 150-foot Ferris wheel, boat tours, and countless dining or shopping options. Millennium Park offers dazzling music, art, landscape design and architecture - including the mammoth stainless-steel Could Gate sculpture - splashing around in the interactive Crown Fountain during summer.

Chicago looks great from every angle, whether you're exploring the city's astonishing architecture during a guided  tour (on foot or aboard a Chicago River boat, lakeshore cruise or sightseeing bus) or you're enjoying the birds-eye view from the 103rd floor Sears Tower Skydeck and the 94th floor Hancock Observatory. The city's 29 miles of lakefront paths are just one reason Chicago is one of the world's most walkable and beautiful cities.

Chicago is often called a friendly city - and you'll agree when you accept the city's warm invitation to sample such free attractions as Lincoln Park Zoo, home to more than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Enjoy the peaceful gardens under glass at Garfield Park conservatory and Lincoln Park conservatory, or take in one of the free performances at Navy Pier. To make sure you don't miss out on anything the city has to offer, make your very first stop the Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago's Architectural Showplace for the Lively and Visual Arts and the city's official Visitor Center.

We look forward to meeting you.

The Local Organizing Committee.