Planning Your Visit
Enhance your Diversity Challenge Experience
We hope you will make the most out of your trip to Boston by partaking in some of its local flair. The following items have been compiled to make planning your visit the most enjoyable experience possible.
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA
Murray Room, Yawkey Athletic Center
*Please be aware that this is the Head of the Charles weekend and, therefore, hotel space is in high demand. Rooms are limited; Rates are subject to change. Reduced rates end 4-5 weeks prior to the conference.
Hotel space in and around Boston is limited so please book early.
DINING ON CAMPUS
The newest Boston College dining experience, this modern facility located in the 1st floor of the lower campus Maloney Hall offers a variety of al a carte lunch and breakfast options, including a full-service coffee bar, gourmet wraps, and desserts. Closed Saturday. $7-10
An attractive, well-planned layout easily accommodates the overwhelming lunch hour rush without feeling crowded or noisy. Probably best known for its made-to-order hot and cold sub sandwiches (try the chicken stir-fry sub) and giant salad bar selection, Lower Live also serves up an impressive array of hot entrees daily and you can always count on a vegetarian selection to be among them. For dessert, or just a quick snack, try the soft-serve Edy's Ice Cream. $7-10
Carney Dining Room
Not quite an intimate little bistro, what it lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in variety. You can eat hearty or light, hot or cold, American or ethnic. Consider the selection: continental breakfast, international entrees at lunch and dinner, restaurant-style plated specials, vegetarian dishes, traditional recipes made with low-fat ingredients, homemade pizza, and a salad bar. $7-10 Eagle's Nest Considered the Crossroads of Middle Campus. The top choices here are the made-to-order premium deli sandwiches, "wrappers," the salad bar and soup. The look is contemporary-cabaret tables with faux granite tops, blue and red neon and lots of white ceramic wall tiling jazzed up with occasional black and red blocks. $7-10
DINING NEAR BOSTON COLLEGE
Flat Breads Café/Sweet Basil
Pizza and Pasta Company
11 Commonwealth Avenue
Within walking distance of Diversity Challenge, near the BC Green line T stop, Flat Breads/Sweet Basil offers a wide selection of gourmet wraps and Italian cuisine made to order. $8-11
22 Union Street
Newton Centre, MA
Nestled in charming Newton Centre 1.1-miles west of BC, Tartufo offers scrumptious Italian cuisine in a warm atmosphere. Lunch entrees cost between $10-12, dinner $15 and higher. On street and city lot metered parking is available. Hours: Lunch 11:30am-3pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm
Directions: Take Beacon Street west from Boston College for 1.1 miles to Newton Centre. Tartufo's is located on the left-hand side.
The Cheesecake Factory
199 Boylston (The Mall at Chestnut Hill)
Chestnut Hill, MA
A great place to go with a group of picky palettes, The Cheesecake Factory's thick menu offers an array of appetizers, entrees, and salads from American and ethnic backgrounds. Portions are usually large, but save room for their award-winning cheesecake, coming in numerous flavors. Lunch costs between $8-15; Dinner $12 and higher. Free parking is available below the Atrium Mall. Expect a wait during prime lunch hours and dinner. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-12:30pm; Sun 12pm-10pm
Directions: Take Beacon Street west from Boston College. Take a left at the second set of lights (Hammond Pond Parkway). You will pass the Chestnut Hill Mall on your right. Go through this set of lights and down the hill. Take a right at the bottom of the hill onto the Route 9 ramp. Follow Route 9 (about 3/4 mile), staying in the right lane, make a jug handle right onto Langley Road and immediately turn left completing the jug handle to reverse direction on Route 9. Atrium Mall is on the right.
354 Chestnut Hill Ave. (Cleveland Circle)
Brighton, MA 02135
Specializing in Japanese Sushi.
Directions: Take Beacon Street east from Boston College around the reservoir (< 1mi). Stay to the right as you approach the 1st set of lights at the intersection of Beacon and Chestnut Hill Ave. Turn right into the metered city lot (entrance just before the light). Walk from the lot north across Beacon, then east across Chestnut Hill Ave. Once across Chestnut Hill head north, up Chestnut Hill Ave. Chef Choy's will be on your right within the 1st block.
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ARTS - MUSEUMS
USS Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution Museum brings to life the stories of the individuals who authorized, built, served on and preserved USS Constitution. Through hands-on exhibits, displays of historic artifacts, computer simulated re-enactments, and public programming, the Museum strives to make a personal connection to our American past and the heritage of USS Constitution
Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum aims for the highest standards of quality in all its endeavors. It serves as a resource for both those who are already familiar with art and those for whom art is a new experience. Through exhibitions, programs, research and publications, the Museum documents and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world.
Museum of Afro American History
The Museum of Afro American History (MAAH) is a non-profit history institution dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans during the colonial period in New England.
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
Open to the public since May 1999, MASS moCA is an extraordinary project to convert a 27-building historic mill complex in the Berkshire mountains of Western Massachusetts into a multi-disciplinary center for visual, performing and media arts.
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
The Museum's goal is to capture, preserve and exhibit for scholars and visitors of future generations the history and essence of President Kennedy's life and career, and to encourage understanding, respect for and participation in public service.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Founded in 1936, The Institute of Contemporary Art is the oldest non-collecting contemporary arts institution in the United States. The ICA strives to share the pleasure of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers by providing public access to art, artists, and the creative process.
The Children's Museum in Boston helps children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. A variety of scientific and cultural exhibits encourage imagination, curiosity, role-playing, and questioning.
As a Broadway in Boston venue, The Wilbur hosts quality touring and pre-Broadway theatre for Boston-metro community and guests.
The Wang Center is known throughout New England as a true community arts center whose doors are open to all. With the belief that arts make and keep us a civilized nation, The Wang Center presents the finest performing artists and cultural attractions from around the world.
Underground Railway Theater
Underground Railway Theater explores a changing landscape of artistic forms and social concerns, combining puppetry, music and acting to engage diverse audiences with images that challenge and delight, inform and celebrate.
Considered Boston's Theatre District's Little Princess, the 1600-seat Shubert Theatre has a rich cultural and artistic history dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.
Shear Madness is a comedy whodunit, where the audience gets to solve the crime. Housed in the Charles Playhouse Stage II, the first production of Shear Madness opened in January of 1980, and holds the Guiness Book of World Record as the longest-running play in the history of American theater.
Blue Man Group is a creative organization dedicated to creating exciting and innovative work in a wide variety of media. Critics have described the Blue Man Group's award-winning theatrical productions as "ground-breaking", "hilarious", "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
Broadway in Boston
Broadway In Boston presents critically-acclaimed Broadway musicals and plays in three historic theatres in downtown Boston: The Colonial Theatre, The Wilbur Theatre and The Charles Playhouse
“Encouraging social justice learning by way of targeting what new behavioral changes I can encourage (as opposed to just attitudinal changes); and working to incorporate more creative approaches to social justice teaching, ie via storytelling.”