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Dear Members of the Illinois Chapter,

Many of us remember with a big smile the 2002 National Annual Meeting held in Chicago, and experiencing the joys of being in the Windy City and receiving the warm welcome from the members of the Chicago Chapter.   Times have changed and names have changed – the NAM is now the All Members Conference and the Chicago Chapter is now the Illinois Chapter – but what will not change is the big smile we will all have when we meet in Chicago from September 30 through October 3 for our 2015 ARCS Foundation All Members Conference.

The AMC Committee, led by Patsy Caruso, and with the assistance of Pat Anderson, Donna Spivey and Linda Celesia, has planned an incomparable program that will educate, inspire and entertain and will make you proud of Chicago and all that it offers.  The best of Chicago will be shared with ARCS Foundation members from the 15 other chapters  – what could be better than an evening at the Adler Planetarium with a guest speaker who is the world’s leading authority on cosmology and astrophysics?  Or a morning with a National Geographic Explorer in his Fossil Lab where this world noted paleontologist is studying the largest dinosaur ever discovered - move over T. Rex!!

As a member of the host Illinois Chapter, you may register for all AMC events for one flat fee, or you may elect to register for individual events.  Your registration form is unique to Illinois Chapter members (except for those who are members of the National Board).  You may register for the entire conference at the Early Bird Fee of $550 if paid by August 19, 2015; the regular fee of $575 if paid after August 19, 2015; or select and pay for the individual events you wish to attend.  Your guests would be registered in the same manner. 

We are all looking forward to seeing you and thanking you personally for your role in the 2015 All Members Conference!!

Best regards,

Lynne Brickner,
National President


**Event Details**
Early Bird / Register and Pay by August 19th                                         $550.00
Payment received after August 19th  and before September 19th         $575.00

Activities included in Registration Fee:
Wednesday evening Opening Reception; Thursday panel sessions, workshops, and ARCS Light Luncheon; Thursday evening reception and dinner at the Adler Planetarium; Friday morning tour of  University of Chicago Fossil Lab and  buffet lunch; and Saturday continental breakfast.

Please note that in accordance with National Financial Policy, all ARCS members and their guests, spouses, and significant others, except the members of the Illinois Chapter, shall pay the full registration fee regardless of the number of meals they will be attending.  All National Board members who are also members of the Illinois Chapter must register and pay the full registration fee.  Illinois Chapter members who are not members of the National Board should obtain and complete the Illinois Chapter Registration Form.

Optional Activities for Friday, October 2nd:  
The Devil in the White City Bus Tour: $34 per person/23 person maximum, Friday, October 2nd, 2:00 to 5:15 pm, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Avenue (John Buck Lecture Hall).
This tour is a docent-led bus tour that can accommodate up to 23 participants.  It begins with a 45-minute presentation in John Buck Lecture Hall at the Chicago Architecture Foundation headquarters, roughly 1 mile south of the Intercontinental Hotel (individual transportation).  This presentation is followed by a bus tour of the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and other locales from Eric Larson’s best- selling novel.  Elapsed time for the tour and lecture is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes.

Chicago Architecture River Cruise:  $42 per person/50 person maximum, Friday, October 2nd, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, First Lady Riverside Gardens Dock (southeast corner of the Michigan Ave. Bridge (Michigan & Wacker Dr.) t corner). 
This tour departs from a dock at the river’s edge below the Michigan Avenue Bridge..  Passengers line up at the dock and choose seats on a first-come, first-served basis.  It is recommended that participants  arrive at the dock 20-30 minutes in advance of the scheduled departure time of 2:00 pm (individual transportation).  Voted “Chicago’s Best Tour” by Chicago Reader, the CAF River Cruise should be at the top of any visitor’s “must-do” list.  CAF-certified volunteer tour guides 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.  In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history.

Second City Performance:  (90 tickets/first-come, first-served), Pricing by section:  Rail – 20 tickets at $48 each; Floor – 13 tickets at $35 each – Platform – 57 tickets at $28 each – plus bus transportation of $14 per person

**Hotel Reservations**

The hotel for the conference is the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The rate is $269, plus tax (Grand Tower Room).  This rate will be honored three (3) days before/after the official meeting dates based on availability.  The preferred reservation is through this web site to facilitate tracking: However, you can also call 800-628-2112 or 312-944-4100 and reference yourself as attendees of the ARCS Annual Conference or block code LWP.


**Transportation to the Hotel**

Taxis are available from both O’Hare and Midway Airports and cost approximately $40 and $30 respectively.  The Continental Airport Express also runs shuttles to downtown hotels at a cost of between $20 and $25 per person.  Public transportation is available via CTA ‘El’ trains for $2 per person.  From O’Hare, take the Blue Line train to Clark and Lake stop and then a five-minute cab ride.  From Midway, take the Orange Line train to the State & Lake stop and then a five-minute cab ride.

**Contact and Support**
  • For questions regarding the registration process only, contact Beth Wainwright,
  • For questions regarding your hotel reservation or registration fees only, contact Andi Purple,
  • For all other general AMC questions, contact Conference Chair, Patsy Caruso,

Event Early Registration ends August 19, 2015

Hotel Reservation Cut-off Date is September 1, 2015
Event Registration ends September 19, 2015


September 30th, 2015 6:00 PM   through   October 3rd, 2015 12:00 PM
Intercontinental Hotel
505 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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