Planned Activities

Local Arrangements Committee

  • David Schwartz, Chair, Bradley University
  • Deb Barrick, Purdue University
  • Hayley Feichter, SmithBucklin
  • Michelle Hagopian, Northeastern University
  • Katie Harvey, Northwestern
  • Jessica Hobson, Point Park University
  • Anna Kraemer, Northwestern
  • Becca Neuman, Walsh Construction
  • Carolyn Serdar, Carthage College
  • Amanda Stasinski, Northwestern

We look forward to having you in Chicago!

In a city as large and diverse as Chicago, your 2019 CEIA Local Arrangements Committee is hard at work coordinating Planned Activities to give you the best taste of what the “Windy City” has to offer!

Join us for these “Windy City” planned activities:

  • Wendella Architecture Tour – This comprehensive covered boat tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today. – $23.40 per person.
  • Gangsters and Ghost Tours – Join us for a 2-hour, 1.5-mile walking guided tour that explores gangsters and ghosts of “The Loop”, where the understanding and depiction of the 20th century gangster began. – $22 per person.
  • DONUT Walking Club on Monday and Tuesday mornings
  • Restaurant Recommendations & Reservations – The Local Arrangements Committee has made reservations at some of the city’s best and most well-known restaurants.
  • Local Sites & Activities Not to Miss – Skydeck at Willis Tower, House of Blues, Michigan Avenue Shopping, TILT at Hancock Tower
  • Windy City Pub Crawls – There will be 2 pub crawls this year! You won’t want to miss out, so sign up in advance!

Photo credit to www.wendellaboats.com

Wendella Architecture Tour
Monday, April 1, 5:45 – 7 p.m.
Meeting in the Hotel Lobby at 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $23.40
Advance sign up required.

NOTE: This is a covered and enclosed boat, but be sure to dress appropriately. 

Wendella Sightseeing Boats is Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour®, offering a variety of distinctive narrated tours, all focusing on Chicago’s rich architectural heritage and history.

Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago’s legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today.

Tours depart from the Wendella Main Dock at 400 N Michigan Avenue. We will leave, as a group, promptly at 5 p.m. for the short four block walk.

Limited number of seats – register early! Click here to sign up for a tour!


Photo credit to www.gangstersandghosts.com/

Gangsters and Ghost Tour
Monday, April 1,
Meeting in the hotel lobby at
Cost: $22
Advance sign up required.

NOTE: This is a walking tour, so be sure to dress appropriately.

Chicago Gangsters and Ghost Tours is one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with the infamous city of Chicago by doing it from the streets, through a guided tour detailing the crimes, deals, and charisma that made the city what it is today.

Join us for a 2-hour, 1.5-mile walking guided tour that explores gangsters and ghosts of “The Loop”, where the understanding and depiction of the 20th century gangster began. Guests will have the rare opportunity to visit these heralded haunted locations and old crime scenes from 100 years ago. Hosted by historians, stories are told in a more intimate, historical setting that paints a picture for guests into Chicago’s past.

Limited number of spots – register early! Click here to sign up for a tour!


Donut Walking Club

Looking for a way to check out the best donut spots in Chicago taking in a nice stroll? There’s no better way than joining fellow conference attendees for the Donut Walking Club!

Monday, April 1, 6:30 a.m.
Meeting in the hotel lobby at 6:20 a.m.
Cost: Only however many donuts you purchase!
No advance sign up required; just show up!

On Monday morning, April 1, a member of the Local Arrangements Committee will lead a group to Doughnut Vault (401 N. Franklin – north of the river) and Firecakes Donuts (68 W. Hubbard – north of the river).

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 a.m.
Meeting in the hotel lobby at 6:20 a.m.
Cost: Only however many donuts you purchase!
No advance sign up required; just show up!

On Tuesday morning, April 2, a member of the Local Arrangements Committee will lead a group to Stan’s Donuts (181 N. Michigan Ave. – south of the river) and Do-Rite Donuts (50 W. Randolph – south of the river).

Restaurant Recommendations & Reservations

The Local Arrangements Committee made reservations for small groups of people at 5 popular foodie restaurants. To sign up, click on the “Reservation Form” link after each restaurant. Don’t delay – these will certainly fill up quickly!

All reservations are set for Monday, April 1. Times listed for each restaurant. Transportation to and from the restaurants are the responsibility of the individual. Final details will be sent prior to the conference.

Restaurant Time & # Seats Avail. Reservation Form
Girl & the Goat 6:15 p.m. for 6 people Reservation
The Publican 6:15 p.m. for 6 people Reservation
Gino’s East River North 6:30 p.m. for 12 people Reservation
Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse 8:30 p.m. for 6 people Reservation
Gene & Georgetti 6:00 p.m. for 6 people Reservation
The Village 6:30 p.m. for 6 people Reservation

Windy City Pub Crawls

The 2019 Conference Bar Crawl will take place on Monday, April 1. Final details will be provided prior to the conference. Attendees can sign up to participate in one of the following groups:

Group 1: Self-Guided Pub Crawl (20 participants max)

The self-guided group will be provided with a list of recommended venues to explore throughout the evening. Possible locations include: Broken Shaker, Watershed, The Berkshire Room, and Apogee.

Attendees should meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30 p.m. A map of the bars will be provided via email prior to the conference. To participate in this activity, please sign up here.

Group 2: Guided Pub Crawl (15 participants max)

This group will visit multiple venues throughout the evening. Anticipated locations include: Three Dots and a Dash, Arbella, Point and Feather, Celeste, and Untitled Supper Club.

A map of the bars will be provided onsite at the conference and a volunteer guide will also assist in leading the way. All you need to do is enjoy! Attendees should meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30 p.m. To participate in this activity, please sign up here.

You must be 21 years or older to participate in the pub crawl and will be responsible for all drinks you purchase. We encourage all participants to remain in pairs or groups.


Local Sites & Activities Not to Miss

Photo credit to Ranvestel Photographic / Choose Chicago

Navy Pier

Originally completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham’s plan for Chicago, Navy Pier is an iconic city landmark inspiring discovery and wonder. Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million visitors have come to enjoy the Pier’s 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences.

Navy Pier brings the rich culinary tradition of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods under one roof. From Pilsen to Wrigleyville to Lincoln Square and everywhere in between, our restaurants offer guests authentic Chicago food in one of the most iconic venues in the city. Navy Pier is also home to one of Chicago’s most iconic attractions: the magnificent Centennial Wheel, offering soaring views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience, as well as a wide variety of other rides, games and amusements for all ages.

Click here for a list of all restaurants/attractions and to plan your visit.


Photo credit to Ranvestel Photographic / Choose Chicago

Skydeck at Willis Tower

Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, which attract more than 1.7 million visitors every year.

The Ledge brings an exhilarating new experience to the tower. Opened in 1974, the Skydeck attracts more than 1.7 million visitors annually who enjoy views of up to 50 miles and four states. Now, The Ledge dares visitors to attempt a new Chicago experience: stand on The Ledge and feel the city from 103 floors over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River.

An unmatched view is not all the Skydeck offers. From the moment visitors arrive they enjoy interactive and educational attractions that highlight the iconic building and celebrate Chicago’s sports, architecture, pop culture, history, food, music and people.

Click here for the full Skydeck experience and to plan your visit.


Choose Chicago Photo Courtesy of John Nunu Zomot

House of Blues

House of Blues IS the ultimate night out. It’s where great food sets the stage for amazing live concerts. The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett’s love for the unique American art form known as the “the Blues”. Weaned on this music during his early childhood in Tennessee, one of Isaac’s goals was to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll. House of Blues is truly where music and food feed the soul.

Best of all – it’s located across the street from the Westin River North!

Click here to make a reservation and view upcoming concerts/events!


Michigan Avenue Shopping

The Magnificent Mile boasts more than 460 retailers, including popular brands; major department stores; international luxury labels and designers; and three vertical shopping centers, each with incentives and premier savings. Impressive store facades add a contemporary flair to the avenue’s classic architecture.

The comprehensive shopping directory can help you find the best shops and stores on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to plan your visit.


TILT at Hancock Tower

Chicago’s highest thrill ride will forever change the way visitors see the city. 360 Chicago is

proud to present TILT, the first thrill ride of its kind in the world, located at the top of Hancock Tower. Allowing guests to tilt outward 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile, TILT offers unique, downward facing views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Click here to book your tickets to Chicago’s best adrenaline rush!