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AFTE 2011 Friends and Family Schedule

Welcome to the Friends & Family of AFTE.

Chicago is a world class, international city. There are so many activities to do in Chicago it was difficult to narrow down those that AFTE family and friends will enjoy. Based on input from past meeting participants the following program has been developed and hopefully will satisfy everyone’s needs.
Unfortunately a continental breakfast will NOT be available for those who wish to participate. Due to the food and beverage costs at the host hotel, this planned upon option became fiscally impractical. We did not think anyone wished to pay $50.00 for a cup of coffee and a bagel. Other options are being researched and further information will either be posted to the web sight or will be available at the registration desk.

The Friends and Family Committee has developed a two tiered approach to deal with the dilemma of trying to satisfy everyone’s wishes. Events have been planned and may be purchased ala carte to suit your individual needs. Additionally, information and material has been provided for those who wish to explore our wonderful city on their own.




AFTE 2011 Friends and Family Program Update


Due to a lack of interest, a couple of the F&F Program events have been canceled.


The Chicago Botanical Gardens (1 registrant)

The Ghost Tour (6 registrants


Individuals that have prepaid for the above events will be refunded their registration money.


The Chicago by the River event will take place as schedule (Tuesday, May 31)

Tuesday, May 31

Chicago by the River, Chinatown and Millennium Park (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Chicago's architectural heritage is considered to be among the finest in the world, and the Chicago River provides the ultimate setting to view these magnificent structures. As Chicago's only tour boat company with a dedicated, in-house Education Department, our expert docents will provide you with unique insight into Chicago's Architecture. The Wrigley Building, one of Chicago's' most recognizable architectural treasures, is the perfect location to start the journey. Traveling through the heart of the city, the docents will provide an in-depth perspective on why Chicago's architectural heritage is known and studied around the world. Whether you're a serious student of architecture, a visitor to Chicago or a Chicagoan wanting to have a better understanding of the city, the Chicago River Architecture tour appeals to all levels of interest.

Upon completion of the River Tour, you will be taken to Chicago’s Chinatown. Chicago’s Chinatown is on the near South Side, centered on Cermak and Wentworth Avenues. It is an example of an American Chinatown, or ethnic-Chinese neighborhood. According to the 2000 Census, Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas has more than 68,000 Chinese. Although smaller in size compared to New York’s Chinatown, Chicago holds the title for the second largest Chinatown in the U.S. due to fact that the number of people actually living and working in Chinatown is higher than that of New York. Chinatown is home to a number of banks, Chinese restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores, Chinese medicine stores, as well as a number of services that cater to people interested in Chinese culture. It is a community hub for Chinese people in Chicagoland, a business center for Chinese in the Midwest, as well as a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Following a one (1) hour guided walking tour, lunch will be provided in one of the area’s restaurants. Time will be provided for individual shopping and exploration.

To finish out the day, we will arrive at Millennium Park. Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. The result of a unique partnership between the City of Chicago and the philanthropic community, the 24.5-acre Park features the work of world-renowned architects, planners, artists and designers. Among Millennium Park's prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor’s hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture.

Cost: $70
Limit 50 Participants

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If you wish to explore Chicago on your own, click on the link below for an information packet containing a list of things to do.

Chicago - Things To Do




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