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SAMS DESTINATION TRAVEL presents:

CHICAGO

April 3 - 7, 2019

Meals, tours, and bus transportation are included in pre-paid registration fee except where indicated for no-host events with $. Uber/Lyft/cab shared transportation is not included. Be prepared with cash or the Venmo mobile app to share expenses with your fellow travelers.

Click here to see the 10-day weather forecast for Chicago

Important reminders:

  • No denim or athletic shoes allowed in the University Club of Chicago, except on Saturday/Sunday.
  • Photo ID required for tours on Friday and Saturday.

Contact information and additional dress code guidelines are at the bottom of this itinerary.

Google Map with all locations

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

$ 4:00 pm Welcome to Chicago! Meet for no-host happy hour in the Living Room at The University Club of Chicago.

The University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 

312-726-2840

5:15 pm Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides to dinner (3.6 mi, 15 min drive)

6:00 pm Group dinner at 1959 Kitchen & Bar followed by mainstage performance

8:00 pm Mainstage performance at Second City Improv


1959 and Second City Improv

1608 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60614

312-337-3992 box office

Restaurant and mainstage are located in the same building.
*If you are coming straight from the airport, baggage storage is available.

After Improv Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides back to University Club (3.6 mi, 15 min drive)

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

 9:20 am University Club of Chicago Art & Architecture tour with George Price, Director of Collections. Meet near the front desk.

10:30 am Walk from University Club to Art Institute of Chicago (3 min walk, 0.1 mi) Use Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Street.

10:45 am Art Institute of Chicago tour of Collection Highlights

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

312-443-3600

12:45 pm Walk from Art Institute of Chicago to Cindy’s restaurant (3 min walk, 0.1 mi)

$ 1:30 pm No-host lunch at Cindy’s rooftop restaurant overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Staggered reservation times for groups of 6 or 7 at 1:30 pm and 1:45 pm.

Cindy’s

12 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

312-792-3502
Enter via elevator inside the Chicago Athletic Club.

3:15 pm Walk from restaurant to River Cruise (16 min walk, 0.7 mi)

3:30 pm Arrive at Chicago Architecture Center (southeast corner of the DuSable/Michigan Ave Bridge)

4:00 pm Cruise departs Architecture River Cruise (90 min tour)

Chicago Architecture Center

112 E Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601

847-358-1330

5:30 pm Cruise returns to dock

Depending on your evening plans, you may wish to walk (0.6 mi, 12 min walk) or Uber (5 min) from the cruise back to the University Club or proceed directly to your next destination.

$ Thursday Evening Optional Events

#1 (canceled) Chicago Symphony  (tickets pre-purchased via SAMS when registering for trip) Contact: Kimberly Kusters, Koko Corbin
CSO concert has been canceled due to the on-going strike. Refunds will be issued.

5:30 pm Walk from River Cruise to Univ Club (0.6 mi, 12 min walk)

6:15 pm No-host dinner at Tesori (0.2 mi, 3 min walk from Univ Club)

Tesori
65 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

8:00 pm Shostakovich 9 at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604
(around the corner from Tesori)

312-294-3000

#2 Hamilton (tickets purchased on your own via Ticketmaster) Contact: Jan Holbrook, Nona Batistella

5:30 pm Depart from River Cruise

6:00 pm No-host dinner

7:30 pm Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre (0.2 mi, 4 min walk from Univ Club)

CIBC Theatre

18 W Monroe St Chicago, IL 60603

800-775-2000

#3 Yen (purchased on your own via Raven Theatre) Contact: Andrea Watson, Barb Maher

5:30 pm Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides immediately after river cruise for dinner

6:00 pm No-host dinner at Uncommon Ground (8.5 mi, 30 min drive from river cruise)

Uncommon Ground

1401 W. Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

8:00 pm Yen at the Raven Theatre

Raven Theatre

6157 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

866-811-4111

#4 Other

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

8:20 am Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides from University Club to Tour #1 (1.5 mi, 15-30 min drive depending on traffic)

8:55 am Tour of The Gray Collection Trust #1 (45 min tour)

Photo ID required for entry

The Gray Collection Trust

875 N. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Chestnut Street Lobby of John Hancock Tower

Gray Collection Trust, Suite 3845

9:55 am Walk from Tour #1 to Tour #2 (very short distance)

10:00 am Tour of Private Collection #2 (45 min tour)

Mary Gray Residence on Lake Shore Drive

10:45 am Walk from tour to restaurant (5 min walk, 0.2 mi)

$ 11:00 am (please arrive early) Lunch at Ralph Lauren (RL) Restaurant (No-host)

RL

115 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611

312-475-1100

12:20 pm Walk from restaurant to Driehaus Museum (0.3 mi, 5 min walk)

12:45 pm Tour of The Driehaus Museum (60 min tour)

Driehaus Museum

40 E Erie St Chicago, IL 60611

312-482-8933

2:00 pm BUS departs Driehaus Museum for Private Collection #3

2:30 pm Tour of Private Collection #3 (60 min tour)

The Koppel Collection

443 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

3:30 pm BUS departs Koppel Collection for University Club (6 mi, 30 min+ drive depending on traffic)

Quick change of clothes/freshen up before evening activities.

5:30 pm BUS departs University Club for West Town area

6:00–7:00 pm Opening celebration for exhibition and meet the artist Genevieve Gaignard

Monique Meloche Gallery

451 N Paulina St Chicago, IL 60622

312-243-2129

7:00 pm BUS departs Monique Meloche Gallery for Walton Street Kitchen

7:30 pm Group Dinner at Walton Street Kitchen

Walton Street Kitchen

912 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

(773) 570-3525

After Dinner Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides back to University Club (1.5 mi, approx. 15 min drive)

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

8:30 am BUS departs University Club for studios (7.1 mi)

9:00 am Tour of Artists’ Studios

Nate Young and Caroline Kent

4223 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60624

10:30 am BUS departs studios for Meloche/Boris Collection (3.4 mi)

11:00 am Tour of Private Collection #4

Monique Meloche and Evan Boris

2104 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60612

12:15 pm BUS departs for Lunch break in West Loop (2.7 mi)

$ 12:30 pm No-host lunch at Little Goat Diner

Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

312-888-3455

1:45 pm Walk from lunch to tour of Private Collections #5 and #6 (0.2 mi, 4 min walk)

2:00 pm Tour of Private Collections #5 and #6
Photo ID required for entry

Collection of Richard and Beth Heller

737 W Washington Blvd #2201 Chicago, IL 60661

More info on Heller Collection

Collection of Nancy and Bob Mollers

737 W Washington Blvd #2607 Chicago, IL 60661

More info on Mollers Collection

2:55 pm Walk from tour to Carrie Secrist Gallery (0.1 mi, 2 min walk)

3:00 pm Talk by Britton Bertran, Gallery Director, Carrie Secrist Gallery

Carrie Secrist Gallery

835 W Washington Blvd #1B Chicago, IL 60607

312-491-0917

If time allows, we will walk upstairs to visit the home gallery of Jeffrey Gibson.

Kavi Gupta Gallery

835 W Washington Blvd Chicago, IL 60607

After Tours Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides back to University Club (1.5 mi, 10-15 min drive)

7:00 pm Walk or Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides from University Club to Beacon Tavern (0.8 mi 15 min walk, or 1.5 mi, 8 min drive)

$ 7:30 pm No-host dinner at Beacon Tavern

Beacon Tavern
405 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

312-955-4226

After Dinner Walk or Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides from dinner to University Club (0.8 mi 15 min walk, or 1.5 mi, 8 min drive)

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

9:15 am Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides from University Club to Tour (10 mi, approx. 30-40 min drive)

10:00 am Artists’ Studio Tour ($25/person paid in advance during registration. Space available.)

Nick Cave and Bob Faust

New Studio and Exhibition Space

3622 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60641

11:30 am Uber/Lyft/cab shared rides to lunch/brunch (7.5 mi,  30 min drive)

$ 12:00 pm No-host lunch/brunch at Beatrix (River North)

Beatrix (River North)

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

SUGGESTED ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES for Sunday afternoon:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio Tour

951 Chicago Ave Oak Park, IL 60302

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) entry is free with SAM membership card

220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60611 312-280-2660

ADDITIONAL INFO

CLICK HERE to read about the dress code at the University Club of Chicago

Please contact SAMS Destination Travel Co-chairs with any questions about the trip:
Cindy Daugherty, Jaennae’ Dinius, Amy Niermeyer

SAMS members traveling to Chicago

Nona

Battistella

206-979-4508

Sherie

Bernardez

206-661-0048

Leslie

Bernstein

206-293-6825

Helena

Bierly

206-849-3496

Shelley

Buhler

206-354-4775

Paulette

Camara

425-495-9661

Michelle

Claeys

206-351-0835

Carolyn (Koko)

Corbin

206-393-8558

Cynthia

Daugherty

425-922-1007

Jaennae'

Dinius

425-422-6472

Melissa

Evans

206-915-9908

Kathy

Fraser

206-459-0348

Sandra

Hanower

206-669-4732

Jan

Holbrook

206-940-1376

H. Lee

Holcomb

206-683-0308

Polly

Kenefick

206-660-9442

Kimberly

Kusters

425-765-3766

Marie

Lawrence-Hadley

206-276-3396

Barbara

Maher

206-551-7471

Robin

Martin

206-669-1054

Rosemary

McCauley

206-949-5842

Amy

Niermeyer

425-922-4400

Heidi

Ochoa

425-213-3225

Young

O'Hanlon

206-715-0488

Leslie

Olson

206-261-1836

Betsy

Schneier

206-795-7925

Tiffany

Sharer McGehee

206-979-5532

Judy

Soferman

206-423-1447

Andrea

Watson

206-849-0332

Gerlinde

Whetzell

206-409-7493

Kathryn

Wickham

206-475-5585




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