Hearing loss in Chicago | Be part of the conversation
Chicago’s hot-air politicians may have given the Illinois hub its Windy City nickname in the late 1800s, but today’s travelers appreciate the moniker for different reasons. Make plans to visit and you can be wind-swept along Lake Michigan or feel like you’re in a whirlwind if you try to see all the sites in one, short weekend. Just to make it a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best attractions with services for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
See state-of-the-art aquarium exhibits and enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Michigan at the same time when you visit the Shedd Aquarium. The largest aquarium in the world is home to more than 8000 aquatic animals, including a baby Pacific white-sided dolphin born in June 2015. Get your groove on during Jazzin’ at the Shedd, held every Wednesday evening June 17 through Sept. 9 beginning at 5 p.m.
Sign language interpretation is available at no additional charge. Services, provided by the Chicago Hearing Society, require a minimum of two weeks’ notice.
233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60606
If you enjoy towering over everyone, consider a visit to the Chicago Skydeck, open daily with views spanning four states. Explore the museum-quality exhibits and theater presentation on your way up to The Ledge, a glass balcony experience extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis tower.
Hearing assistance receivers are available for Skydeck’s “Reaching for the Sky” theatre presentation upon request at the Skydeck cashier.
Art and culture
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Voted Best Museum in the World by TripAdvisor visitors, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the largest permanent collections in the United States with more than 260,000 artworks and artifacts. In addition, the museum features 40 special exhibitions per year along with daily lectures, gallery tours and special performances.
Fullerton Hall is equipped with hearing assistive devices, available at the Michigan Avenue checkroom. The museum’s audio guide ($7) is compatible with T-coil hearing induction loops. Audio tours and printed transcripts are available for special exhibitions. Please check at the audio guide desk for more information. Sign language interpretation for the museum’s scheduled gallery talks is available with a two weeks’ advance notice by calling 312-443-3680.
CityPass will save you 52 percent on VIP admission to five of the best attractions in Chicago: Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry (or 360 Chicago) and Adler Planetarium (or Art Institute of Chicago).
1901 West Madison St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612
The United Center is home to the Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls as well as a variety of festivals and entertainment including Madonna and Luke Bryan. Visit the bronze statue of legendary basketball players Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, hockey greats Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita and longtime team broadcaster Johnny “Red” Kerr. Shop the Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls team stores.
Assistive listening devices are available free of charge at the Guest Relations Booth. Sign language interpretation is also available free of charge with a two weeks’ advance notice by contacting guest Relations 312-455-4509.
333 W. 35th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60616
No trip to Chicago would be complete without a visit to Cellular Field — especially if you’re a White Sox fan. Formerly known as Comiskey Park, U.S. Cellular Field is one of Chicago’s premier concert venues. Shop for White Sox gear, eat a variety of great ball park food or visit the White Sox Legends Sculpture Plaza while you take in a baseball game or be part of the game yourself by participating in one of 30 unique fan experiences (prices vary).
Assistive listening devices are available free of charge at the Guest Relations booths located behind home plate on all three concourses.
2001 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Since 1916, CHS has empowered deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people to communicate and collaborate by providing an array of social services, advocacy, support programs and assistive technology products. They provide hearing health clinic and hearing aids, sign language interpreter and translator services, free amplified telephones and information and referral.
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