In addition to education and learning, some of the biggest benefits to attending any conference is the networking, entertainment and fun, and social events. Take advantage of the time you’re around so many like-minded professionals and set a goal for yourself to meet a few new people. Here are some tips:
- The conference app will be available at least two weeks in advance of the Summit. You can explore the app and find out who is attending the Summit before it starts. You can also explore who’s posting about attending the summit on LinkedIn, follow the Summit account on Twitter, or on Slack.
- Make a list of a few people you would like to meet and write down some questions for them. You will be able to connect with them in the conference app and ask if they’ll grab a cup of coffee with you!
- Visit the Exhibitors! They will be in their booths each day for discussion of their products and services.
Sunday, 15 May
5:00 to 6:30 PM WELCOME RECEPTION
Join us for a casual networking and meet with exhibitors before the Summit officially begins on Monday. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments served.
Monday, 16 May:
ALL DAY: VISIT THE EXHIBIT HALL!
Exhibitors are in their booths to discuss their products and services with attendees. Many also have raffles you can enter for great prizes.
6:00 PM LOCAL GROUP DINNERS
Join fellow Summit attendees as they gather for food and drink after a full day of educational sessions. Plenty of dining venues await within walking distance of the conference hotel. Meet up in the hotel lobby with our Restaurant Guides who will coordinate group outings to local restaurants, including Crust Brewing, Murray Bros. Caddyshack, Adobe Gila’s, Five Roses Pub, and Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse.
Attendees will pay for their own food and drinks, but the camaraderie is priceless! When paying for dinner, separate checks will be requested, so no advance payment is necessary. However, please RSVP to let us know you are joining the group. We will make reservations based on the number of responses we receive.
Tuesday, 17 May:
ALL DAY: VISIT THE EXHIBIT HALL!
Exhibitors are in their booths to discuss their products and services with attendees. At 3:30 PM be sure to be there for the prize give aways!
5:30 PM HONORS EVENT
The STC Honors Event honors those who have earned the rank of Fellow and Associate Fellow; recipients of the Jay R. Gould, Ken Rainey, Frank R. Smith, and Intercom awards; the Student Scholarship award; the Student Honors Society (STX); and those chapters and SIGs that have earned the Most Improved Community and Community of the Year awards. Don’t miss your opportunity to congratulate your peers and colleagues! There will be a cash bar and refreshments served. All Summit registrants are invited.
7:00 PM CHICAGO DOGS BASEBALL
Meet up with fellow STC members and friends to watch the local Chicago Dogs in a lively night game at Impact Field, the minor league baseball stadium just steps away from the Summit hotel in Rosemont. Take a complimentary shuttle to the field or stroll (.8 mile or 17 minutes) to the stadium along with your guide, STC Chicago President Pete Wagner.
Tickets are $16 each. Food and drinks are available for purchase at Impact Field including, of course, Chicago-style hotdogs. Attendees will also receive a complimentary Chicago Dogs baseball cap.
Where to Join the Group: Meet in the Hyatt Regency O’Hare ground-floor lobby (just inside the main entrance) at 7:00 pm, after the STC Honors Event on Tuesday night. The Rosemont Circular Shuttle stops around the corner from the hotel on N. River Road and drops off at Impact Field. The stadium is within walking distance of the Summit hotel, so you can choose to walk and arrive at the game at a pace that suits you.
Wednesday, 18 May:
12:45 ARCHITECTURE BOAT TOUR
Learn about Chicago’s world-renown skyline while cruising down the Chicago River with fellow STC members! Travel via Chicago’s famous “El” into the heart of the city. From there, you’ll stroll along Michigan Avenue with our group to the boat dock, where you will board “Chicago’s First Lady” to start your 90-minute tour.
The river boat tour is lead by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide who will and share information about Chicago’s architectural gems. You’ll learn about the work of Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Helmut Jahn, and Jeanne Gang.
Two Iconic Chicago Adventures in One Afternoon
Travel into the city will be provided by elevated train (also known in Chicago as the “El”). You’ll be transported directly into the center of Chicago’s Loop. From there, you’ll stroll along Michigan Avenue with our group to the Chicago River, where you’ll begin your river cruise. Tickets are $60 each, including transportation. Don’t miss the opportunity to network with Summit attendees and experience the best of what Chicago has to offer!
Where to Join the Group: Meet in the Hyatt Regency O’Hare ground-floor lobby (just inside the main entrance) at 12:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Our tour guides will provide you with a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) day pass to use when boarding the train into the city. The train station itself is a short walk (.5 miles or 13 minutes) from the Summit hotel. The trip into the city typically takes 40 minutes. Once there, the group will stroll along Michigan Avenue (.5 miles or 13 minutes) toward the boat dock, where it will board “Chicago’s First Lady” and begin the river tour. Expect to be back at the hotel around 5:30 pm.
Things to do in walking distance of the hotel:
If you’re looking for live music, bowl a few frames, have a fancy dinner, or view the famous Hummel Museum, check out the Rosemont Parkway Bank Park entertainment district: https://rosemont.com/thepark/
What else can you do in Rosemont:
You don’t have to go to Chicago to find fun things to do. Find out what’s going on the Village of Rosemont.
Things to do in the Chicago area:
Come early, or extend your stay and take in some of the sights around Chicago. Here are some suggestions:
Shedd Aquarium: Meet beluga whales and bluegills, rockhopper penguins and rockfish, alligators and an alligator snapping turtle, and so much more as you explore the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs — all in the heart of Chicago! Timed admission tickets required at this time.
Garfield Park Conservatory: Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning botanical conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the Conservatory showcases thousands of plant species from around the world throughout eight indoor display gardens. Year-round, visitors can enjoy the lush flora and tropical temperatures indoors, or more than 10 acres of outdoor gardens, nature play spaces for children, water lily pond, and much more. Garfield Park Conservatory is free but please make a reservation online to ensure there is space available on the day and time you’d like to visit.
Chicago Observation Deck:Formerly known as the John Hancock Building, 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago from 1,000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile. 360 CHICAGO’s elevators are some of the fastest in the country – they travel at 20 miles an hour! On a clear day, you can see 4 states from the 94th floor.
Chicago Architecture Center: Chicago Architecture Center is the place to go to learn how Chicago became “the city of architecture” with exhibits about its many diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and current projects. In addition you can see the city through a walking tour, a bus tour, or even an “L” tour. The cost of the tours includes admission to the museum.
Lincoln Park Zoo: Since 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo has grown side by side with the City of Chicago—from swans to science and from trading post to metropolis. Visitors learn about diverse species from around the planet, our animals receive enrichment that inspires natural behaviors, and our scientists protect ecosystems from Chicago to the Republic of Congo. As the zoo evolved, we became one of the most popular cultural destinations in Illinois and the only privately managed, free zoo in the country.
Chicago CityPASS: If you have time for more than one attraction, you might want to purchase a CityPASS ticket. You can purchase discounted admission for three to five attractions.