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
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
Due to a lack of interest, a couple of
the F&F Program events have been canceled.
The Chicago Botanical Gardens (1
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
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
Limit 50 Participants
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