Free Afternoon

Wednesday August 1st

Go Explore Chicago...

Wendell Boat Tour

It’s a Party!

We will be offering a Wendell Boat Architecture Tour, a 2-hour private tour, on our day off! For this event, you will need to pre-register (during your Congress registration). The Wendell boat only holds 265 people; so it will be on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss out on this afternoon off to mingle with your colleagues, see Chicago from an interesting perspective and get a little history lesson. Register early!

Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago’s legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style, and technique and why it is important today.

The fee includes the 2-hour private boat tour, an open bar of wine, beer and soft drinks, plus amazing hors d’oeuvers.

The cost for the boat tour is $85. The tour will leave from Trump Tower at 4:00 and return at 6:00 pm. Come join us!

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if canceled by 4/1/18. Or 50% if canceled by 6/30/18. Or you can sell/give your ticket to someone else.

Have some downtime…

Work on the art of doing nothing…it might be just what you need! Take a rest, a long walk by the lake, visit with some old friends or new ones that you have just met. Enjoy!

Exchange Work

The Damen Den Exchange Room will be open throughout most of the week, with a few exceptions. It is a big and beautiful room to meet new AT teachers, trainees and old friends to exchange the amazing work we do.  Explore how other AT teachers from around the world are teaching the technique or find a space on the floor and do some ‘active rest’.

Get out and explore Chicago

Here are some places that might be of interest to go off and explore while you’re visiting Chicago.

Campus Museums

Museum Campus is a 57-acre (23 ha) park in Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan and encompasses five of the city’s most notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, America’s first planetarium; the Shedd Aquarium; the Field Museum of Natural History; Soldier Field, home of the NFL Chicago Bears football team; and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place. Museum Campus sits adjacent to Northerly Island along the waterfront.
View below links for more info:

Shedd Aquarium

Field Museum

Adler Planetarium

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is definitely one of the top things to see in Chicago. Inside you’ll see famous masterpieces like American Gothic, as well as the greatest impressionist collection outside of Paris. Featured artists include Degas, van Gogh, Gaugin, Monet, and more.

Sky Deck Chicago

The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere beckons with its eye-popping views of Chicago and beyond. Located atop the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Skydeck Chicago attracts nearly 1.3 million visitors each year to its 103rd-floor observation deck, which rises 1,353 feet (412.4 meters) above street level.    More info

Millennium Park

This may be one of Chicago’s newest places to visit, but Millennium Park has quickly become a destination of choice for travelers and locals alike. With hundreds of free concerts and performances offered throughout the year at the dramatic Jay Pritzker Pavilion, you’re likely to be able to catch one when you’re in town.    More info

Or check out this link: Things to do in Chicago