National Summit 2020

July 20–23

Enjoy Chicago

Chicago has been home to the Uncharted Learning professional development Summits since 2014. It’s central to member schools who join from each coast and a vibrant, diverse and dynamic city - the perfect place to convene our community of vibrant, diverse, and dynamic educators. We hope you can take some time to enjoy Chicago on your own while you’re here.

Catch a Ballgame at Iconic Wrigley Field (July 20th and 21st)

Even our hometown ball clubs are participating in this year’s summit theme of “intersections” with the Crosstown Classic (Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox) happening at Wrigley Field on July 20 and 21! Catch a night game under the lights at the iconic “Friendly Confines” or check out one of the Wrigleyville Rooftops for a unique, all-inclusive viewing experience. 

Experience Chicago-Style Magic

Head up to Andersonville, a northside neighborhood, and be dazzled by a distinctly Chicago tradition: close-up, parlor magic in a swanky, secret lounge setting.  "Chicago-style" magic, also known as restaurant and bar magic, has roots in the city going back to 1915 - and was only recently revived in 2015 with the opening of the Chicago Magic Lounge.

Admire Chicago Architecture by Boat

A favorite among locals, the 90-minute Chicago Architecture River Cruise is a great way to appreciate the city’s unique architectural style and see more than 50 riverfront buildings from aboard Chicago’s First Lady.

Stroll Along the Chicago Riverwalk

Check out this new addition to the downtown Chicago dining and cultural scene! The Chicago Riverwalk is a 1.25-mile long path including four distinct districts with dozens of dining options and outdoor activities - cycleboats, urban kayaks, fishing, and more.

Be Dazzled by Art on theMART

Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART. Projections are visible to the public from Wacker Dr. and along the Chicago Riverwalk for two hours beginning approximately 30 minutes after sundown, five nights a week (Wednesday–Sunday).

Sing the Blues

No one sings the blues quite like Chicago. Come hear the distinct sounds of electrified, urban blues in the city where it was born. Check out the Chicago Blues Guide for tips on where to find the best clubs and musicians.

Watch a Movie Under the Stars in Millennium Park

Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30 PM
Take part in a classic (and free) summer-in-Chicago tradition - the Millenium Park Summer Film Series! Pack a picnic and grab a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or spread out a blanket on the Great Lawn to watch a lineup of popular classics and recent hit movies on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen.

Enjoy Live Jazz at the Shedd Aquarium

Wednesday, July 22 from 5-10 PM
Jazzin’ at the Shedd features a festival-worthy lineup of three of Chicago’s top jazz ensembles each week - as well as admission to the aquarium. Come meet all sorts of marine life, watch the sunset over the lake, have a cocktail on the terrace, and stay for the weekly fireworks display.

Take a Time Out and Taste Chicago

Even though the official “Taste of Chicago” is happening the week before the summit, you can still enjoy all the amazing food the city has to offer. Pro Tip: For a quick way to try several dishes at once, check out the Time Out Market in the Fulton Market District - a food hall featuring the best bites in Chicago, curated by Time Out Chicago’s editors.