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Chicago Welcomes the 2011 IACP Conference

The 118th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference will be held in Chicago, Ill. at McCormick Place West on Oct. 22-26, 2011. In 1893, at the Chicago World’s Fair, 51 police chiefs met to discuss the challenges they faced in their departments and organized the National Chiefs of Police Union, later changed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 1902. Today, police chiefs from around the globe come together at the IACP Annual Conference to exchange information and find solutions to current issues they are facing.

More than 150 education sessions are offered to attendees. Law enforcement executives present on current issues and trends while sharing lessons learned. Topics from past conferences include strategies for leading change in police culture, how to survive a vote of no-confidence, online learning and operational support, public law enforcement and private security collaboration, violent crime, use-of-force issues, training, case studies and more. The latest technology and products are on display for law enforcement as well.

The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) headquarters is located at 3510 S. Michigan Ave. CPD’s CLEARpath website offers the community a means to share important information, find the latest news, programs and community oriented services the department offers.

Since the inception of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), the partnership between the department and the community has proved overwhelmingly positive as they share responsibility to keep Chicago’s neighborhoods safe. Mayor Rahm Emanuel named as Chicago’s new police superintendent Garry McCarthy, the former Newark, N.J. police director who debuted innovative and controversial crime-fighting techniques as a deputy commissioner with the New York Police Department.

Tourist Attractions

While in Chicago for the IACP, discover what makes Chicago unique by checking out all the tourist attractions it has to offer. Explore the city’s architectural wonders during a Chicago Architecture Foundation tour. You’re sure to find one that meets your interests among the 85 walking, bus and boat tours. Get unique vantage points of the city’s most significant buildings during the Skyscraper Express tours.

Take the Razzle Dazzle tour to see the bright lights of the theater district. Explore famous art deco interiors and exterior spaces during the Downtown Deco tour. On the Highlights by Bus tour, see architectural landmarks throughout more than 30 miles of the city. And if weather permits, don’t miss the ever-popular River Cruise boat tour.

Chicago Detours cultural walking tours reveal places even the locals don’t know. Upcoming tours will include Chicago Music History and Good Times on the Mag. Tour the city in high style in a luxury vehicle with an expert Chicago Private Tours guide who will point out, explain and answer your questions about Chicago history, attractions and culture. Customizable to meet your particular interests, tours are available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Greek, German, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, and other languages.

In addition to its Signature Architectural + Historical Walking Tour, Chicago Savvy Tours guide you through the works of specific architects, the city’s vast system of underground roads and tunnels, and other fascinating sites. The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. “Hop On, Hop Off Tour” covers miles of city attractions and offers riders the opportunity to jump off the bus for a close-up look and jump back on when they’re ready to go to the next stop.

On the Metrowalkz Self-Guided Walking Tours, set the pace for exploration. Options include Loop Architecture, Millennium Park, Grant Park/Art Institute, Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Museum Campus, and others. Get great views on a Segway sightseeing tour by Segway Experience of Chicago, Absolutely Segway Tours or City Segway Tours.

Since the IACP Conference is in October, tour the city’s haunted side during one of legendary ghosthunter and folklorist Richard Crowe’s Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tours.

Chicago looks great from every angle, whether you’re exploring the city’s astonishing architecture during a guided tour or you’re enjoying the birds-eye view from the 103rd floor of Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) 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.

Often called “the Windy City,” Chicago invites visitors 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.

You’ll find much to do in popular Chicago attractions such as Navy Pier—the Midwest’s top tourist destination—and its boardwalk, 150-foot Ferris wheel, boat and segway tours, and countless dining or shopping options. Millennium Park offers music, art, landscape design and architecture—including the mammoth stainless-steel Cloud Gate sculpture—plus ice skating in the winter, splashing around in the interactive Crown Fountain during summer, and alfresco dining from spring to fall.

There’s usually a sporting event going on in the City of Big Shoulders. Chicago’s sports teams are beloved, from the Bears (football) to the Cubs and White Sox (baseball); to the Bulls (basketball); the Blackhawks (hockey); and the Fire (soccer).

As Saveur

Magazine reported, “The Windy City is America’s new culinary star.” In fact, Chicago is such a food lovers’ paradise that diners face just one dilemma: How to choose from so many delicious options? One way to narrow your dining choices is by type of food. Along with the many restaurants serving Italian, Latin, and Asian foods, countless others offer French, Greek, Indian, Mediterranean, Polish, German, or Ethiopian menus. Want seafood or soul food or barbecue? Find it downtown or in the city’s 77 neighborhoods.

Join Tastebud Tours, the Real Chicago Food Tour in the city of Deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef. On a Tastebud tour enjoy not only the tastes of these iconic dishes synonymous with this great city, but also be introduced to other foods that Chicago has made famous.

Chicago Dine Around offers a Progressive Dining Tour of top eateries with hors d’oeuvres at one restaurant, the main course at a second, and dessert at the third. Chicago Food Planet Food Tours will take you through historic neighborhoods and introduce you to delicious ethnic eateries and mom-and-pop food stores.


Chicago is often referred to as the “Pizza Capital of the World.” Savor the city “one slice at a time” during a delicious exploration of culturally significant and neighborhood pizzerias with Chicago Pizza Tours. Chicagoans are famous for taking their pizza very seriously, whether it be thin, pan, deep dish or stuffed (there’s a difference, you know!). Try one or several during your stay!

In 2010, Chicago

Magazine reported the Top 25 Best Pizzas in Chicago… there are so many to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one! However, this author’s personal favorite is Giordano’s Stuffed Pizza. Join in the debate by letting me know if you agree with me after sampling Chicago’s famous cuisine during IACP. Following are a few of Chicago’s most popular pizzas.

Giordano’s (Stuffed & Thin)

According to their website, Giordano’s is “the world’s most famous stuffed pizza. We’re stuffing America one pie at a time.” Giordano’s Pizza was chosen “Best Pizza in America by NBC. Chicago Tribune writes “Giordano’s pizza is a must when in Chicago.” Even with 47 locations in Chicago and Florida, Giordano’s Pizza has made it possible to order the famous stuffed Chicago style pizza with Old World pizza sauce online and delivered to you anywhere in America.

Nancy’s (Stuffed & Thin)

In 1971, Rocco Palese introduced his own pizza, modeled after his family’s recipe for “scarciedda,” an Easter specialty cake, which later became known as “stuffed pizza.” In 1991-92, the Entertainment Publications sponsored a citywide survey and Nancy’s Pizza® was chosen the “Best by Far” pizza in Chicago and its suburbs. This stuffed pizza is similar to Giordano’s but with a sweeter pizza sauce. There are now dozens of Nancy’s Pizza locations in the Chicagoland area as well as restaurants in Georgia and Indiana.

Home Run Inn (Pan & Thin)

Home Run Inn started in 1923, and the Perrino family is still making pizzas. There are eight Chicagoland pizzerias and they have a full line of premium frozen pizzas. (This author thinks they taste as good as the fresh.) With their frozen pizzas, Home Run Inn proudly brings handmade, all-natural pan pizzas to families all over America. In a region where Chicago-style pizza means stuffed pizza, the Home Run Inn pan pizza has carved out a large, loyal following.

Uno’s / Due’s (Deep Dish & Thin)

In 1943, Ike Sewell opened a restaurant at the corner of Ohio Street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago. It was the start of an American tradition: the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. Ike’s Original Deep Dish Pizza has been imitated many times, but never quite duplicated. There are over 150 Uno Chicago Grill restaurants found in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Piero’s (Stuffed & Deep Dish & Thin)

Piero’s started with the Caporossi family, who came from Campofilone, in eastern Italy. North Shore Magazine called Piero’s the “Best Stuffed Pizza on the North Shore” and New Trier News said it was the “Best Pizza on the North Shore.” This is classic Chicagoland stuffed pizza – the cheese is amazing and the crust is especially flaky. Less famous that the bigger Chicago-style pizzerias, Piero’s is among the very best.

Rosati’s (Stuffed & Pan & Thin)

In 1996 Sam Rosati, great-great grandson of Fred Sr. opened his first Rosati’s Pizza location in Belvidere, Ill., marking the fifth generation of Rosati family members serving delicious Italian food. Rosati’s offers Stuffed, Pan and Thin crust pizzas all across Chicagoland. Among the many stuffed pizzas, the Rosati’s sauce sets them apart. Unlike some of the other specialty pizzerias, Rosati’s Pan and Thin crust pizzas are just as compelling as their Stuffed pizzas.

Lou Malnati’s (Deep Dish & Thin)

Lou Malnati’s website proudly boasts: “Lou’s is the home of the BEST Chicago-style deep dish pizza in the world!” If you love a buttery, flaky crust, sweet and tangy tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese, perfectly seasoned sausage, and other fresh ingredients, you’ve come to the right place. Lou Malnati’s prides itself on making each handmade pizza just the way you like it. Don’t be confused by the terms – at Malnati’s, deep dish means stuffed!

Pizano’s (Deep Dish & Thin)

Rudy Malnati Jr. opened Pizano’s in 1991 after learning about pizza from his father, Rudy Malnati Sr., featuring “Deep Dish Pizza,” an innovative creation that made a meal of pizza, which had previously only been eaten as a snack. With that knowledge, he developed their now-famous thin crust pizza that Oprah has called “her favorite” and USA Today listed as one of the Top 10 in the Nation. Chicago Magazine described Pizano’s pizza like this: “irresistible caramelized edges here and there give way to a buttery, pastrylike base that recalls deep-dish without the backbreaking bulk.”

Gino’s East (Deep Dish & Thin)

Gino’s East began in 1966 when two taxi drivers and a friend, frustrated with rush hour traffic, decided to open up a pizzeria in downtown Chicago. The original Gino’s East deep dish pizza became a legend, each made by hand with a secret, golden crust, fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, and loaded with your choice of fresh ingredients. What sets Gino’s apart from all the other Chicago-style pizzas is their use of a classic, cornmeal crust. Customers scribble their names into the wood and stucco walls of their flagship store in Chicago, as well as many suburban locations plus Indiana and Wisconsin.

Aurelio’s (Stuffed & Thick Crust)

In 1959, Joe Aurelio Jr., at age 26, opened a small, four-table restaurant on Ridge Rd. in Homewood, Ill. Currently, there are 43 Aurelio’s locations in six states throughout the country. According to the website, Aurelio’s stuffed pizza is “made the Old World Way with our special sauce and crust.”

Jennifer Gavigan has been contributing to LAW and ORDER for more than eight years, writing on cutting-edge topics in law enforcement. She can be reached at

Published in Law and Order, Oct 2011

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