The main party will be held on August 24th at the 900 North Michigan Building in Chicago. We will be on the top floor of the shopping area-- with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan and the awesome city lights. A perfect spot in Chicago. We hired a band... one of our very own.. Mark Malen and the Stingers to entertain the evening. We'll have appetizers and dessert and a cash bar. We'll have pictures and other memorbila from the last 25 years.
And here's the plan for the weekend: We have a room block hold until July 23 at the former Dana Hotel & Spa now the Eurostar Magnificient Mile in another great area of the city.. River North.
Join one activity or the whole weekend. We have people attending from year one as well as from our past trip this year. Lots of events focused around the big party at 900 North Michigan on Saturday night with live band, heavy appetizers and giveaways.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: Rooftop Gathering 6:00 pm former Dana Hotel (free, but RSVP to get on guest list)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24: 8 am Casual bike ride along Lake Shore Drive. Meet at Bobby's Bike Hike 540 N. Lake Shore Drive and you can also rent bikes beforehand online (Bobbysbikehike.com) be sure to note 8am Steppin Out in the notes so they will be ready upon arrival. Cost is free (except bike rental) led by generous Steppin Outers, but we do need to know in advance so we can accommodate (and make coffee stop reservations)
SATURDAY AUGUST 24: Noon (maybe 12:30) Three hour walking pizza tour to four different types of Chicago pizza styles, with Pizza City USA. created by Steve Dolinsky, the ABC Food critic known as The Hungry Hound, a 13 James Beard Awards for food journalism, a popular podcast with Chef Rick Bayless, a robust website and an insatiable appetite, Dolinsky is a ubiquitous presence on the Chicago food scene. https://pizzacityusa.com/Limited to 20 people so sign up soon. $55
SATURDAY AUGUST 24: THE CELEBRATION PARTY! 8 pm 900 North Michigan, 6th Floor. $60 (Price goes up to $68 after July 23 and then $78 after August 20th)
SUNDAY AUGUST 25: Architectural Kayak Tour with Wateriders.com on the Chicago river at 11:00 am- 1:00 pm $65.Have fun exploring Chicago on Kayak o the We have a group discount for this interactive fun tour. https://wateriders.com/tour/classic-chicago-history-architecture-tour/
CHICAGO EVENTS OVER THE WEEKEND: We love Chicago summers because of all the city's festivals and street fares. It's so Chicago! Most of the them free. During the party weekend- check out:
Bucktown Art Festival. a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago's premier arts festivals showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry and as well as two music stages, dancers, poets & performers, (Sat. and Sun.)
Mambay at the Beach A music festival Friday and Saturday on a local Beach, Montrose Harbor. Click the title for more info (Friday and Saturday)
Taste of Greektown Hellenic pride will again take center stage when this iconic fest in Chicago's hot West Loop celebrates its 30th anniversary. Beyond food from Greektown eateries it also features music, dance troupes and a Saturday gyro eating contest. (Fri-Sun)
Randolph Street Market: Randolph Street Market Festival continues the Outdoor+Indoor Summer Season AUGUST 24+25, 2019! Experience vendors with the best of unique vintage, antique & repurposed furniture, art, decor, ephemera, vintage fashion for men/women, fancy foods, global goods and much, much more! Enjoy our market bars, cabana and shade shack for lounging and our live band line up each day to make for a fun day of shopping in the heart of the West Loop of Chicago! (just West of Downtown!)