MARC 2017 Annual Meeting
June 18-21, 2017 | Chicago, IL

MARC Extracurriclular Activities

Sunday June 18
3pm (bus leaves Swissotel at 2pm)

Tour of Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St,
Chicago, IL 60613

WHAT YOU WILL SEE ON NON-GAME DAY TOURS: Seating bowl, Press box, Bleachers, Visitor's clubhouse, Cubs' dugout, Field

All stops and locations are subject to availability. Specific tour routes are established each day based on events and activities in the ballpark. This is a 75-90 minute guided tour. Tours are outdoor walking tours (approximately 1 mile) conducted rain or shine. Reminder: Wrigley Field is an active construction site. Please dress and plan accordingly.

3pm (We leave the Swissotel at 2:20pm)

First Lady River Tour

112 E Upper Wacker Dr,
Chicago, IL 60601

Discover Chicago's legendary architecture on the award-winning Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises, recognized by locals and visitors as the best way to see Chicago!

1pm (Leave Swissotel for Shedd)

Shedd Aquarium Tour

1200 S Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, IL 60605

Like no other aquarium in the world. Shedd combines the best of early 20th-century “age of aquariums” characteristics (a diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture) with 21st-century advances in animal care, environments and interpretation. Excellence and innovation are Shedd traditions, and they began with the founder.

6 pm

Opening Reception at the Art Institute

111 S Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60603

Join us for an evening of fine art and blues in the modern wing of the Art Institute Chicago. As a research institution, the Art Institute also has a conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest art history and architecture libraries in the country—the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.

Monday Activities

Monday June 19
5:30pm - 8:00pm

Monday Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St,
Chicago, IL 60602

Make big plans to join us for an evening reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. Food and beverage will be served to help you get a taste of Chicago. Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The Chicago Cultural Center is home to the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.

Tuesday Afternoon Tours

Tuesday June 20
Tour Window 12:30pm-5:00pm

Tour Option 1
ComEd Training Facility Tour

1415 W 35th St,
Chicago, IL 60609

ComEd’s new Chicago training center was specially designed to educate and train the workforce of the future. The facility includes substation and meter training areas, an indoor pole yard, lead splicing bays for underground cable, manhole training areas, and more.

Tour Window 12:15pm-5:00pm

Tour Option 2
Chicago’s Jardine Water Treatment Plant

1000 E Ohio St,
Chicago, IL 60611

Come join us for a group tour at the Chicago Department of Water Management's Jardine Water Purification Plant. The world’s largest conventional water treatment plant, capable of processing 1,400 million gallons a day.

Tour Window 11:45pm-5:00pm

Tour Option 3
Gas Technology Institute Laboratories

1700 S Mt Prospect Rd,
Des Plaines, IL 60018

GTI’s 18-acre headquarters in metro Chicago is home to a flexible combination of specialized labs with equipment for design, testing and analysis of advanced energy technologies. Investments are constantly made here, updating equipment to ensure state-of-the-art facilities that provide a stimulating environment for specialized scientists and engineers.

Tour Window 11:45pm-2:30pm and 1:45pm-4:30pm

Tour Option 4
Invenergy Control Center

1 S Wacker Dr #1800,
Chicago, IL 60606

Completed in 2015, Invenergy’s state-of-the-art, utility scale Control Center is designed to monitor, dispatch and control all of Invenergy’s North American wind, solar and battery storage generation facilities, including over 2,700 wind turbines. The control center ensures smooth facility operations including grid constraints, scheduled/forced outages, and remote troubleshooting as well as acting as the central communication hub for the operating fleet of generation facilities and counterparties.

Other Chicago Area Activities

6/15 - 6/18

Chicago Women's Funny Festival

Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Avenue,
Chicago IL 60657

A celebration of women in comedy.
6/16 - 6/18

Italian Block Party

23rd Street and Oakley Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60608

Celebrates Italian culture with three stages of entertainment, Italian wine and cuisine, and a Florentine market.
6/17 - 6/18

Art Fair in Grant Park

Butler Field,
Chicago, IL 60601

The Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park welcomes more than 300 artists from around the world to downtown Chicago. Exceptional artwork of all mediums, ranging in price from $25 to $25,000, will draw hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts to Grant Park’s beautiful Butler Field.
6/16 - 6/18
$40 and up

Taste of Randolph

900 W Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60607

Featuring over 18 restaurants, Chicago house music on two stages and a DJ stage.
6/17 - 6/18

Pride Festival

3200 N Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL

Street festival for gay and lesbian pride with dance and pop music on two stages, food, drink, arts and crafts vendors, and a Sunday pet parade at Waveland & Halsted.
Gen Admission $49
VIP $79 (limited)
Designated Driver $20

Beer Tasting at Lincoln Park Zoo

2200 N Cannon Drive,
Chicago, IL 60614

Annual Craft Beer Festival with 75+ specialty brews plus food for purchase, DJ, lawn games, etc.

Classical Music Festival

Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park,
201 E Randolph Street

The Grant Park Chorus join the Orchestra for Vaughan Williams' monumental A Sea Symphony, based on Walt Whitman's celebrated poetry collection Leaves of Grass.
6/18 - 6/19

6 Corners BBQ Fest

4041 N Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago, IL 60641

Neighborhood Festival highlights include mouth-watering foods, two music stages, a kids' activity area and fun wrestling shows.
6/18 - 6/19
$10 Suggested Donation

Green Music Festival

1425 N Damen Ave,
Chicago, IL 60622

Reflecting the progressive and eco-minded Wicker Park-Bucktown community, Green Music Fest fuses original live music with environmental and social activism, sustainable and rolex replica stylish local retail, arts, crafts, and food.

Millenium Park Summer Music Series

Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park,
201 E Randolph Street

Gregory Porter / Tomeka Reid Quartet

Yoga at Millenium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park,
201 E Randolph Street

The instructor is Lani Granum of Moksha Yoga.

Millenium Park Summer Film Series

Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park,
201 E Randolph Street


Classical Music Festival

Jay Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park,
201 E Randolph Street

Beethoven Symphony No. 4