A number of excursions have been planned. These are listed below and you must make individual arrangements for tickets. For the banquet and/or the architectural boat tour, pay on our registration page by credit card or check.

Please note that additional excursions for accompanying persons have been arranged during the conference sessions.


August 6, Thursday, 8:00 pm.

Ravinia, the beautiful Ravinia Park, summer home to the Chicago Symphony:Jonathan Biss (8:00 pm), rekowned pianist will play Hayden, Kurtag, Beethoven, and Schuman August 6 in the Martin Theater at Ravinia Park and the concert can be enjoyed on the lawn or in the theater. Tickets are available on-line now at http://www.ravinia.org/ViewDate.aspx?date=8/6/2009.

The ride to Ravinia is easily made using the train from the Davis St. stop in Evanston (not the elevated train, rather the double-decker Metra train which stops just at the Ravinia Park gate leaving a 2 minute walk to the park. Allow 1/2 hour for this trip. One way tickets are $3.35. Go to http://metrarail.com/System_map/index.html for more information on how to purchase tickets. It is traditional to bring a picnic to eat before and during the performance when taking the lawn tickets. You need to stop at the grocery store (eg. Whole Foods, at the corner of Chicago and Church St.) in advance to get some deli food, condiments and a bottle(s) of wine. You can also order a picnic on-line http://www.ravinia.org/PicnicRavinia.aspx

Architectural Boat Tour

August 8, Saturday, 2:00 pm. (Excursion day)

Architectural boat tour features an unparalleled view of Chicago Architecture from the boat which will explore the three branches of the Chicago River in the heart of the city. A knowledgeable docent from the Chicago Architectural Foundation will provide the commentary. The forest of skyscrapers lining the Chicago River had its roots in 1770 in the low-lying prairie river area the Indians called "Chicagou," which means smelly onion patch. Buses will leave from Evanston at 12:45 pm from the front of Foster Walker residence. For the return trip we will leave Chicago at 5:30 pm arriving back in Evanston by 6 pm. Travel time is 1/2 hour each way and the tour is 1.5 hour on the water, with about an hour extra time to walk along Michigan Avenue. The cost will be $25.00/person. If you have already registered for the conference just go back to the registration page and sign up for the boat tour and pay by credit card. There is a limit of 120 people.

Banquet in Norris Conference Center

August 8, Saturday, 7:30 pm.

The conference banquet will be held in the Louis Room of the Norris Center, cocktails 7:30 pm, banquet 8:00 pm
Please sign up on the registration page. If you have already registered for the conference just go back and sign up for the banquet for $100 and pay by credit card or check.

Blues and Jazz Bar Crawl

August 10, Monday, 8:00 pm.

Chicago Northside Bar Crawl, Blues and Jazz (semi-guided tour):

  1. Hearing the Patricia Barber Quartet at Chicago's famous Green Mill Jazz and Cocktail Lounge (http://www.greenmilljazz.com)
  2. Exploring Blues Bars in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Destinations tentatively include "B.L.U.E.S" (http://www.chicagobluesbar.com) and "Kingston Mines" (http://www.kingstonmines.com).
  3. An "expert" guided bar crawl in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.

We will convene for the short ride by elevated train meeting on the street in front of the Foster St. train station August 10, at 8:00 pm. The project will be started by experienced locals who will give you survival instructions and start the ball rolling. For train details go to the Travel/Maps page or http://www.transitchicago.com. On the right side of that page click on the purple line button then click the Foster stop button to find the local Evanston map. (Local guides are Johannes Pollanen, Charles Collett, and Bill Gannon)

Chicago Cubs Baseball Game

August 11, Tuesday, 7:05 pm.

Baseball game Cubs vs Phillies. There are still tickets available for the August 11 baseball game (game time 7:05 pm). The Cubs were the division champions in 2008 and Wrigley Field is one of the oldest (and smallest) of the baseball stadiums in the US. The good news is that you can see the field quite well even from the upper deck (furthest from the field). The bad news is that prices vary from $45 (upper deck) to $200 and more for terrace box seats. It is possible to get 4 to 6 seats together but you should reserve and pay now. Travel to the baseball field is readily available by the "L" train from Evanston. It's the only way to go. For buying tickets use the link below and note that you can move your cursor over the baseball seats in the stadium to see what tickets are available and then purchase them on-line: