2012 IEEE International

Social program and attractions

 

For detailed information about the events and their cost, please refer to the event description.

Organized activities at-a-glance
Event Date
Time
Cost
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Boat Tour
 (Registration Closed)
 July 8
 8:45 am - 11 am
 $35
 Opening Reception Art Institute
 July 8
 5:45 pm - 9:30 pm
 free
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Highlights of Chicago Bus Tour
 (Registration Closed)
 July 9
 8:30 am
 $43
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Chicago Old & New
 July 9
 8:15 am
 $16
 Odyssey Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan
 July 9
 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
 $110
 Frank Lloyd Wright Bus Tour, including Unity Temple in Oak Park
 (Registration Closed)

 July 10
 8:30 am
 $60
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Art Deco
 (Registration Closed)

 July 10
 8:15 am
 $16
 Highlights Tour of Chicago with Willis Tower SkyDeck
 (Registration Closed)

 July 10
 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
 $65
 Chicago Film Tour
 (Registration Closed)
 July 11
 9:30 am - 12 pm
 $35
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures
 July 11
 8:15 am
 $22
 Awards Banquet
 July 11
 6:15 pm
 $75
 Awards Banquet - Brickton Art Center Program for children  July 11
 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.  $40
 Chicago Botanic Gardens
 (Registration Closed)
 July 12
 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
 $86
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Historic Downtown
 July 12
 8:15 am
 $16
 Jazz and Blues Dinner Tour
 (Registration Closed)
 July 12
 6 pm - 10 pm
 $135
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Boat Tour
 (Registration Closed)
 July 13
 9:15 am - 11:30 am
 $29
 Chicago Pizza Bus Tour
 (Registration Closed)
 July 13
 11 am - 2:30 pm
 $58
 Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Millenium Park
 (Registration Closed)

 July 13
 3 pm
 $16
 

* Photo credit: Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

 

Detailed information

(8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Min/Max: 30)

(Cost is $35 for a 90 minute boat tour; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby at 8:45 a.m. and walk as a group to/from boat departure ramp on southeast-corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive; departure location is approximately 0.2 k/0.1 miles from Sheraton Chicago; transportation to boat tour departure ramp not included)

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years.

The CAF tour provides an overview of historic and modern architectural styles, plus many stories about the people who designed and built our city. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has literally written the book about the Chicago River.

There is a full-service bar on board all River Cruise vessels where beverages and snacks can be purchased. Guests are allowed to bring their own food on board, and beverages can be purchased on board the boat.

There are only a limited number of tickets available as this is one of the most popular tours in Chicago. We expect this tour to sell out very quickly so purchase your tickets early.

*Every person must have a ticket to board the boat.  Discounted tickets available for those 3 and under if noted when ticket is purchased.  Transportation to departure ramp not included as it is within walking distance. Please note that the River Cruise is not ADA accessible, but accommodations can be made for people with wheelchairs or mobility disabilities.  Please note on the registration form if you or your family member requests an accommodation so that can be arranged in advance to ensure your maximum enjoyment of this cruise. No luggage will be allowed on the boat.



Opening Reception at the Art Institute
(5:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

(Estimated cost is included in attendees’ registration fee; $50 for each family member of an attendee; please note on registration form if family member will be attending the educational program for children of attendees, which will be offered if sufficient registration before deadline, during the opening reception and the age of the child.  The Art Institute is 0.9 km/0.6 miles from the Sheraton Chicago.)

The meeting will be formally inaugurated on July 8, 2012, with a reception at the Art Institute of Chicago, the United States’ second largest art museum. The reception will be in the stunning and recently opened Modern Wing, designed by Pulitzer-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano. The Modern Wing houses the museum’s modern European paintings and sculptures, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography. 

If there is sufficient registration in advance, the Art Institute will put on an educational program for children of participants during the opening reception.

*Every person must have a conference name badge to enter the Art Institute for security reasons because this is a private event and the museum will be closed to the public. No exceptions can be made.  Please note that the museum is ADA accessible but we request you note any required accommodations for you or your family member on your registration form so we may be prepared in advance of your arrival.  For security reasons, no luggage, large bags or backpacks are allowed in the museum at any time.



MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Chicago Architectural Foundation Highlights of Chicago Bus Tour
(8:30am start time, 3 -3.5 hour tour; Min/Max: 40/52)


(Cost $43 inclusive of interior tour of Robie House by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust; meet in lobby 20 minutes before tour start time)
 
Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on this wide-ranging odyssey that traces the city’s development from its founding to the very present. This bus tour covers 30 miles of Chicago design, with a route that covers the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, the Lakefront, two university campuses, and several parks and residential neighborhoods. Stops include the Rookery in downtown Chicago, Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus and the Robie House in Hyde Park. (Interior tour of the Robie House provided by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.).  

Come join us on this tour to see the highlights and neighborhoods of Chicago!


Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Chicago Old & New   
(8:15am Hotel departure time, 2 hour walking tour; Min/Max: 10/70)


(Cost: $16; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 15 minutes before departure time.  Please note that this tour will start at the CAF’s Tour Center at 224 S. Michigan Avenue which is about a mile or 1.6 km away.)

Chicago Old and New looks at Chicago architecture from the 1870’s to the present while examining the intersections of streets, styles, and cultures on our cultural history.

At five major intersections in the Loop, we will view buildings as elements of Chicago’s unique urban fabric. The tour compares the histories, styles, and functions of buildings located within sight of each other; it also examines the symbiosis between buildings and public art. Trace the evolution of these relationships as they yielded advances in building technology and secured Chicago’s place as one of America’s great cities.

The tour features buildings from the Chicago School, the Beaux Arts movement, mid-20th century Modernism, Post-modernism, and the latest in architecture as designed by Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano. Included in the tour are examples of commercial, municipal and cultural buildings such as the Marquette Building, Federal Center, Daley Center, Thompson Center, and the landmark Reliance Building. The tour culminates with a visit to Millennium Park, the ultimate Chicago intersection, where world-class art and architecture combine to celebrate our varied culture.

* Tour will be held rain or shine.  We recommend bringing a hat, plenty of water and sunscreen.


Odyssey Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan
(5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Min/Max: 130/220)
Boat boards at 6:00 p.m. at Navy Pier and departs for the three hour cruise at 7:00 p.m. sharp.

(Cost: $110 per person; a very limited number of tickets for $69 for children under 12 years old are available, and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis; after those tickets have been sold, children will have to pay $99; boat departs within walking distance of Sheraton Chicago. Transportation will be provided. Navy Pier is 0.3 km/0.2 miles from the Sheraton Chicago)

Join other attendees and their families for a truly unique way to experience Chicago on this elegant cruise on Lake Michigan.  The Odyssey has reserved a private deck on the ship for our Group.  Savor creative appetizers and entrées prepared fresh onboard daily by the Executive Chef. Dance to live music or sit back and relax as unmatched skyline views drift past your table.

The three-hour scenic skyline cruise includes a dinner buffet with carving stations and dessert stations, complimentary coffee, tea or iced tea, a cash bar, and live entertainment.  All applicable taxes are included in the price.

Early registration is a required because the package price offered to the conference by the Odyssey is significantly discounted from the regular prices for Odyssey dinner cruises and only a limited number of tickets are available at this price.

*Boat cruises rain or shine. 

Attire: Dinner Cruises - Collared shirts for men (jackets requested). For women, cocktail wear, a dress or dressy-casual attire. Dark or dressy jeans are acceptable. However, we strongly recommend no casual jeans, t-shirts, shorts, athletic shoes or flip flops.

Cruise Route: Weather permitting, Odyssey will cruise south towards the museum campus, north to Montrose Harbor, then return southward to Navy Pier. Certain Lake conditions will require Odyssey to cruise within the breakwater. In extreme weather conditions, the event will be held dockside.

 

(8:30 am start time, 5 hour tour; Min/Max: 40/52)

(Cost: $60 for 5 hour tour, includes admissions to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio and Unity Temple; lunch on your own)
 
Journey to nearby suburban Oak Park, where Frank Lloyd Wright’s legend began. During a 45-minute tour through his Home and Studio, an expert docent will recount the story of Wright’s work and life in Oak Park, the location where he and his family spent the first 20 years of his career, from 1889-1909. You will have the chance to learn more about Wright’s famous “Prairie style” architecture and the meaning behind it. After leaving the artist’s home and studio, your docent will take you on a relaxing stroll through the neighborhood’s Historic District. The district boasts 25 other Wright buildings – the world’s largest concentration of Wright-designed structures. Following this, the group will stop for lunch at a favorite neighborhood Oak Park restaurant.

After enjoying a sit-down lunch, visit Unity Temple, the first public space created by Wright in 1908. The U.S. Department of the Interior gave Unity Temple its highest historical and architectural honor in 1971, designating it a National Historic Landmark. Unity Temple is the last remaining public building of Wright’s “golden period,” the era when he founded the Prairie School of architecture and design.


Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour:  Art Deco   
(8:15 am Hotel departure time, 2 hour walking tour; Min/Max: 10/70)


(Cost: $16; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 15 minutes before departure time. Please note that this tour will start at the CAF’s Tour Center at 224 S. Michigan Avenue which is about a mile or 1.6 km away.)

In the boom years of the Roaring 20s, Art Deco was all the rage, and Chicago architects designed numerous awe-inspiring skyscrapers adorned with the lavish materials and geometric ornament that epitomized the new modern style.  Learn the origins of Art Deco.  Discover the popular motifs that are its hallmarks around the world.  And admire the soaring exteriors and opulent interiors of some of downtown Chicago’s most beautiful buildings, including such landmarks as the One LaSalle Street Building, Field Building (now the Bank of America Building), and Carbide and Carbon Building (now the Hard Rock Hotel).

* Tour will be held rain or shine.  We recommend bringing a hat, plenty of water and sunscreen.


Highlights Tour of Chicago with Willis Tower SkyDeck
(Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm; Min/Max: 35/No Max)


(Cost: $65 for three hour tour and admission to the Willis Tower Skydeck; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 20 minutes before departure time)
 
Those famous Chicago winds have blown in a massive transformation. Chicago’s motto, "City in a Garden," is much more than a catchy slogan. Lines of newly planted trees grace lush parkways and gardens. Planters filled with varieties of vibrant plants and flowers line the streets. The extraordinary and vast Millennium Park stretches from Michigan Avenue to the glorious lakefront. Navy Pier - Chicago's number one tourist attraction - imparts a carnival-like atmosphere to the city year-round. The ever-increasing shopping attractions along the Magnificent Mile, the expanding theatre scene, and a plethora of world-class museums fill the city with effervescence and variety.

It is impossible to visit ALL the wonderful sights in Chicago; but guests can see major new, exciting, and unique additions on an all-encompassing tour covering the city's major features in the downtown area, north and south sides. They will see Chicago’s vistas from major parks, including Grant, Lincoln and new and impressive Millennium Park. Chicagoans take great pride in the city's major contribution to world architecture. In the place where it all began in the 1880s, guests will learn how modern styles evolved and produced the ever-increasing panorama of bewildering structures, and experience first-hand why multitudes acclaim Chicago as "an outdoor museum of architecture."

After touring the Museum Campus and Millennium Park guests will have the chance to see the unique Sky Deck at Willis Tower. The Skydeck is open until 10pm April through September (last entry 30 minutes prior to close), after all museums close. The Skydeck offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago experience full of interactive exhibits and… The Ledge, a glass balcony experience extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.




WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

Chicago Film Tour
(Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Min/Max: 30/34)

(Cost $35 for 2 ½ hour bus tour with two stops; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 20 minutes before departure time)

This tour covers over 30 miles of Chicago in about 2 1/2 hours, venturing from Chinatown to Uptown, Lakeview to Downtown and everything in between. The Chicago Film Tour hits more than 30 sites where over 80 movies were shot, from Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight and The Fugitive to Chicago favorites like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Blues Brothers to movie classics like North by Northwest and The Sting.

Climb into the luxury motor coach and you'll see the city from the director's chair. At each location, watch scenes come to life on our multiple video screens while getting up close and personal with memorable locations. Just for our group, we will stop at Oz Park (outdoors) and Union Station (indoors).  Whether you are a movie lover or just a couch potato looking for a novel way to experience the Windy City, Chicago Film Tours has something for you.

* Tour will be held rain or shine. 


Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures   
(8:15 am Hotel departure time, 2 hour walking tour; Min/Max: 10/70)


Please note that this tour will start at the CAF’s Tour Center at 224 S. Michigan Avenue which is about a mile or 1.6 km away.

(Cost: $22; tour price includes a voucher for Art Institute admission on another date and a Macy’s discount coupon; tour will begin at Chicago Architectural Foundation Shop and Tour Center at 224 S. Michigan Ave.; transportation to tour center not included)

Visit four of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Included are a vault, a rotunda, several domes, and light fixtures in four landmark buildings of the late-19th century: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Marquette Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy’s on State Street.

* Tour will be held rain or shine.  We recommend bringing a hat, water and sunscreen.  However, water will not be allowed into the Art Institute and all backpacks and large bags should not be brought on this tour.  If you bring a backpack or large bag, you will need to check it with the coat check at the Art Institute and pay the fee ($1 in 2011 – not included in the tour cost) before entering museum.


Awards Banquet: Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

(Cost: $75)
 
The 2012 Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in the Chicago Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. The reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the awards program and dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m.
 
If you will be attending the Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner and your children or grandchildren will be with you, please see the Children’s’ Art Workshop that will be offered exclusively for children 4-18 years old during the reception and dinner to allow parents or grandparents to attend the dinner.
 
Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner: Children’s’ Art Workshop Program
(7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; min/max 10/50)

(Cost: $40 per child)

Children or grandchildren of those attending the Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner, ages 4 -18 years old, are cordially invited to register for this art workshop that will take place from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. during the Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner.  During this workshop, artists from the Brickton Art Center in Illinois will work with the children to create at least two age-appropriate art projects, using real paints (oil and/or acrylic) and other art materials. The children will be able to take the finished projects with them and have a permanent reminder of their time in Chicago. 

Brickton Art Center is a non-profit organization providing creative outreach services in art therapy, art education and exhibitions using various artistic disciplines and media.  Brickton Art Center provides diverse art education for adults, teens and children, and strives to nurture and celebrate their creative power and their artistic abilities.

Advanced registration is required because all art supplies and snacks will be provided by Brickton Art Center and purchased in advance.  Children do not have to be fluent in the English language to participate.  Parents or grandparents must be attending the Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner for the children to be able to participate in this workshop. This workshop will be located conveniently so parents or grandparents of participants will be able to check in on their children during the dinner. 

Dress appropriately for painting and art projects. Neither the 2012 IEEE AP-S/USNC-URSI meeting sponsors nor Brickton Art Center will be responsible for any damage to clothes so we recommend parents provide an art smock/old big shirt/other covering to protect their children’s’ clothes.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Chicago Botanic Gardens
(Time 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Min/Max: 35/100) 

(Cost $86 for 6 hour tour, includes box lunch; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 20 minutes before departure time)
 
Enjoy a day filled with the serenity of nature. Guests will be transported to the 385 acre Chicago Botanical Garden which features 24 display gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. You will experience a 35-45 minute guided tram tour that takes you around the perimeter of the garden, learning about the various plants, herbs, rock gardens and more. Then, take a self-guided walk through the gardens at your leisure! The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. The Garden continues to strive to meet the lofty goals set more than a century ago. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research.

Next stop on the tour is the Baha’i Temple. You will have time to take in the architectural grandeur of this house of worship surrounded by expertly manicured grounds. A tour guide will direct your initial tour, and then you will have time on your own to reflect in the serenity of this special place. The Baha'i Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Baha'is comes from nearly every national, ethnic and religious background, making the Baha'i Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world. The worldwide community, composed of people from virtually every racial, ethnic and religious background, is working to give practical expression to Baha'u'llah’s vision of world unity.

You will also enjoy a delicious boxed lunch and deluxe motorcoach transportation with an expert tour guide to ensure your day is comfortable and informative.
 


Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour: Historic Downtown (south):  Rise of the Skyscraper   
(8:15am Hotel departure time, 2 hour walking tour; Min/Max: 10/70)


(Cost $16; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 15 minutes before departure time. Please note that this tour will start at the CAF’s Tour Center at 224 S. Michigan Avenue which is about a mile or 1.6 km away.)

Chicago is not only the birthplace of the skyscraper, it is also where most of the innovations in early skyscraper design and technology originated! Take a step back in time to learn the stories behind some world famous early skyscrapers. Highlights include: Burnham and Root’s ookery (1888) with its Moorish revival exterior and restored Frank Lloyd Wright interior; Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Building (1889) a masterpiece of engineering, design and acoustics; Holabird and Roche’s Marquette Building (1895) an outstanding example of the Chicago School of design; and Holabird and Root’s Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930), one of the city’s most glamorous Art Deco skyscrapers.

* Tour will be held rain or shine.  We recommend bringing a hat, plenty of water and sunscreen.


Jazz and Blues Dinner Tour
(Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm, 4 hour tour; Min/Max: 35/100)

(Cost $155, includes three-course dinner, 2 drinks, cover charges, taxes and gratuities; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 20 minutes before departure time)

On this unique tour, guests will enjoy an evening filled with One of Chicago’s favorites JAZZ! Guests will enjoy live music and dinner at Andy’s Jazz Club. Andy’s is one of Chicago’s premier music venues featuring jazz, bebop and swing-jazz combos. Popular with jazz enthusiasts and novices alike, Andy’s offers some of the best swingin’ jazz in the city! Guests will have the chance to enjoy two different sets of Jazz during their dinner.

Note: Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in this tour.

 
(9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Min/Max: 50)

(Cost: $29 for 90 minute boat tour; meet in lobby at 9:15 a.m. and walk as a group to/from departure ramp on southeast-corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker Drive)

The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years.

The CAF tour provides an overview of historic and modern architectural styles, plus many stories about the people who designed and built our city. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has literally written the book about the Chicago River.

There is a full-service bar on board all River Cruise vessels where beverages and snacks can be purchased. Guests are allowed to bring their own food on board, and beverages can be purchased on board the boat.

There are only a limited number of tickets available as this is one of the most popular tours in Chicago. We expect this tour to sell out very quickly so purchase your tickets early.

*Every person must have a ticket to board the boat.  Discounted tickets available for those 3 and under if noted when ticket is purchased.  Transportation to departure ramp not included as it is within walking distance. Please note that the River Cruise is not ADA accessible, but accommodations can be made for people with wheelchairs or mobility disabilities.  Please note on the registration form if you or your family member requests an accommodation so that can be arranged in advance to ensure your maximum enjoyment of this cruise.)


Chicago Pizza Bus Tour
(Time: 11:00am-2:30pm; Min/Max: 35/40)

(Cost $58 for 3 – 3 1/2 hour tour, includes pizza and neighborhood tours; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 20 minutes before departure time)

Looking for a unique way to see Chicago and taste its famous pizzas?  Look no further!  Chicago Pizza Tours will take you around town to try different types of pizza. There are so many great places to see in Chicago.  What better way to see beyond the Magnificent Mile to our great neighborhoods than by tasting their pizzas.

Most think Chicago only offers up the best Deep Dish Pizza, and while that's our signature style, we want you to also taste amazing thin crust and Neapolitan styles - to name a few. With at least a full slice at each pizzeria, you won't be hungry after this tour! 

Along the way we will travel through many of Chicago's more than 70 neighborhoods pointing out interesting historical sites, architectural beauties, and maybe a couple of ghostly areas all while learning the history of “Chicago Style Pizza.”



Chicago Architectural Foundation Walking Tour:  Millennium Park   
(3:00 pm Hotel departure time, 2 hour walking tour; Min/Max: 10/70)

(Cost $16; meet in Sheraton Chicago lobby 15 minutes before departure time. Please note that this tour will start at the CAF’s Tour Center at 224 S. Michigan Avenue which is about a mile or 1.6 km away.)

Though you may have visited the Millenium Park, CAF’s in-depth tour is sure to enhance your knowledge and experience. Learn how top architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform an ugly railway and surface parking lot into a park that has thrilled millions from around the world and become the envy of cities across the globe. Understand the inspiration behind Anish Kapoor’s huge, reflective Cloud Gate sculpture (nicknamed the “Bean”); Jaume Plensa’s ever-changing, high-tech Crown Fountain; and Frank Gehry’s exuberant, sculptural Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion and BP Bridge. Discover the many ways Kathryn Gustafson’s Lurie Garden symbolizes Chicago history and why the Park is the world’s largest roof garden. Discuss how this remarkable public space has spurred residential and cultural development.  Compare Renzo Piano’s elegant Modern Wing of the Art Institute with its flying carpet canopy and many connections to the Park.  See Jeanne Gang’s award winning, undulating Aqua residential tower.   

* Tour will be held rain or shine.  We recommend bringing a hat, plenty of water and sunscreen.


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