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2018 Midyear Meetings – Chicago

Date & Time April 29, 2018 - May 1, 2018
Venue LondonHouse Chicago 85 E Upper Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601 United States

Spouse/Guest Information

The Midyear Meetings format will differ from The Counselors’ traditional national meetings. We are experimenting with a new, streamlined model, designed to limit the member’s time out of the office.  There will be no registration fee for Spouses.  Instead, spouses will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to both evening events as well as a selection of Development Tours on Tuesday.

Please find details below on these events and a list of recommended activities spouses might enjoy while visiting Chicago.

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Welcome Reception+

Sunday, April 29
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome to Chicago, home of Counselor headquarters.

On the 21st floor of the LondonHouse Hotel is a room with floor to ceiling windows and surrounding terrace, offering stunning views of the Chicago River and the world class architecture which lines both sides. There will be plenty of delicious food but feel free after the reception to explore Chicago’s eclectic dining scene with your CRE colleagues.

Cocktail Reception – Architectural Cruise+

Monday, April 30
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy what has been rated the #1 U.S. tour in America, Chicago’s famous Architectural Boat Tour; ranking above New York’s Statue of Liberty, the Hoover Dam helicopter trip, and the popular wine tastings of Napa Valley and Sonoma.

You will be guided by Mary Ludgin, Managing Director/Head of Global Research of Heitman. A prolific speaker known for her natural, self-deprecating wit, Mary Ludgin is the docent that mayors, governors, and corporate leaders insist on when hosting visiting dignitaries. The two hour tour will not only include an array of heavy hors’dourves and the incomparable company of fellow attendees but unique insights into Chicago’s history and architectural marvels.

Afterward, there will still be time to enjoy a night “on the town”. The boat docks directly across the street from the LondonHouse, perfectly situated for whatever direction the evening takes you.

Development Tour(s)

Tuesday, May 1
10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Choose from 1 of 2 Development Tours.

Note: Development tours are included in the price of CRE registration. The tours are ticketed for spouses.

Sterling Bay-Fulton Market-Google Offices

Based in Chicago, Sterling Bay represents the next generation of real estate developers.  Known for reinventing buildings and helping companies enhance their brands, the company is hard at work creating a 70-acre mixed-use campus along the River.  Sterling also spearheaded the massive renovation of Fulton Market, Chicago’s hottest neighborhood and most innovative “live-work–play” area, home to Google’s newest offices.

On this Tour, participants will be transported to the Fulton Market area for a behind-the-scenes look at this vibrant development including Google’s new work space.

A Walking Tour: Behind the Scenes at the LondonHouse and Apple

Tour participants will enjoy unique presentations on development of both the LondonHouse Hotel and the new, state of the art Apple Store.

Hotel-real estate entrepreneur and private equity investor, John Rutledge, will discuss Oxford’s Magnificent Mile developments, including the stunning redevelopment of what is now the LondonHouse, a 95 year old architectural gem transformed into a 452 room luxury lifestyle hotel – modern and sleek.

The developer of the new Apple Store will explain the history of the site and the story of its recent development – thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated, a masterpiece of glass and avante garde design, gracing the city’s riverfront.   After the presentation, make time to stroll through this show stopping property.

Chair’s Farewell

Tuesday, May 1
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy one last chance to mingle with CRE friends before the Annual Convention in Charleston, SC, October 21 – 24, 2018 in the Chair’s Suite. Have a drink and a bite to eat before heading home.

Spare Time Activities

The hotel concierge can assist in making additional recommendations depending on your interests:

  • Gold Coast walking Tour
  • 606 Trail (walking, biking, people watching)
  • Renting kayaks on the Chicago River
  • Renting bikes and riding along the miles of path that border Lake Michigan
  • Spa Day
  • Chicago Historical Museum
  • Other Museums (including the Art Institute, Field Museum, Planetarium, Contemporary Art Museum, etc.)
  • Navy Pier
  • Cooking Classes – Eataly or Merchandise Mart
  • Shopping … everywhere!