Chicago Assemblage: FANA in the Windy City
A 35th Anniversary Celebration
You are cordially welcomed to attend Assemblage 2017
Wednesday, April 25-Sunday, April 30
Cambria Hotel and Suites on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
Assemblage Registration Deadline: April 1
Hotel Registration Deadline: April 5
The assemblage committee has coordinated a lavish and exemplary FANA gathering to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Fan viewings have been arranged at 3 major Chicago Museums including The Field Museum, The Chicago History Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago, and there will be 4 lectures provided throughout the week on topics ranging from ivory to lace to Mrs. Bertha Palmer. Two tours have been planned to help explore the Chicago environs – The Chicago River Tour and The Devil in the White City Bus Tour. There will be time to socialize with our members and their families during our receptions, free time to explore Chicago and its restaurants, and of course our FANA Day will host our AGM, FAN Sale, Auction, and Fan (Tai) Chi gathering. Finally, our special Saturday Evening Banquet will remain a surprise that will be announced on Saturday morning during our AGM gathering – you’ll want to be present to hear firsthand! Please remember, this is Chicago and things are priced a bit higher; we appreciate your support and please know we used all of our negotiation skills to make the most competitive arrangements.
Hotel: Our hotel is the Cambria Hotel and Suites located in Downtown Chicago. The address is 166 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611. Phone: 312-787-6000; Fax: 312-787-4331. This hotel is friendly and cozy, and its location is superior. It is within walking distance to most everything, and a short, inexpensive taxi ride or bus ride to virtually everything! Note: taxis are located at the hotel curb and can be shared by up to 4 people.
Amenities include a free, daily hot breakfast; check the website for additional details. There is valet parking for those who are driving at $62.00 with in and out privileges. Inquire upon registration or check out other parking garages in the area. There is an app, for the phone savvy people, called Spothero, which will find you a place to park; try it – you pay through the app.
We’ve negotiated a room price (single room or double – king beds available) of $174.00 per night plus taxes (17.4%) for a total of $204. 28. This also includes a full, daily breakfast, with hot and cold items; you will be issued a voucher. Triple/Quad Occupancy also includes breakfast for $204.00 plus 17.4% tax for a total of $239.50. You must register by April 5 to insure this rate, but we strongly encourage you to register within the first week of getting this invite. Note: A 24 hour room cancellation notice is required. This rate will also be honored for 3 days before and 3 days after the conference if available. Please Note: If you call to reserve a room after the cutoff date of April 5, rooms may not be available at all, as our block of rooms will be released. It is likely that a room garnered after April 5 will cost more, as our rate will not be honored. Please reserve early!
To Register: Call the hotel to pay directly, and make payment by credit card/ check: Phone: 312-523-0902
Group Name: Fan Association of America
Group Code: WM2SV9
Booking Link: https://www.choicehotels.com/groups to register using internet, type booking link into your browser.
Email: email@example.com (M-F 8 A.M. – 3 P.M)
It is recommended that if you are staying 3 days before or 3 days after the assemblage, or if you have special needs or requests, you speak with the booking desk directly.
Transportation to and from Chicago: Transportation to Chicago would best be achieved by traveling through two major airports: Midway Airport: 773-838-0600 Dial 4 or O’Hare Airport (larger) 800-832-6352 Dial 4. Both airports are equally accessible to downtown Chicago. You will need to make connections via bus, train, private car, taxi, or Uber. For additional information, seek assistance from your travel agent or at the airport (taxis are always available at the airports.) Ground transportation numbers are supplied above.
Assemblage Schedule: There are likely to be changes to the schedule below; the definitive schedule will be available in your welcome packet.
Tuesday, April 25: Arrival Day: Welcome! Whenever you arrive
Volunteers needed at the Member Registration Desk – to collect handouts – and the Hospitality Suite throughout the week: sign up then or in advance on your registration sheet. Begin exploring Chicago. You are on your own until tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 26: Chicago Immersion Day: Hot and cold breakfast in designated area. Time: 7-8 A.M. Registration materials available 7:30 to 8:15. Board bus from 8:15 to 8:30 for trip to Field Museum; Fan viewing should commence at approximately 9-10 A.M. Honorary FANA member, Thomas DeLeo will present from 10-11: “Rare Treasures of Imperial China: Artifacts of Plaited Woven Ivory”. Guest speaker from the Field, Sarah Ebel talks on “Ivory and Law: An Overview” from 11:15 to 12:15. Following the morning activities from 12:15 to 2:30, you are free to visit the regular exhibitions in the museum, and enjoy lunch in one of the cafeterias. Departure, via bus, will be at 3:00 P.M., in time to travel to the Chicago River Tour (112 E Wacher St.) from 4-5:30 P.M. – a detailed boat trip through the waterways and buildings along the Chicago River, expertly guided by Chicago docents – among the city’s finest! We will arrive back at the Cambria Suites by 6 P.M. Dinner on your own. The Patron’s Dinner will be held tonight- information forthcoming. The Hospitality Suite will be open.
Thursday, April 27: World Columbian Exposition Day: Hot and cold breakfast in our dining area from 7-8 A.M. We board our bus at 8:15 A.M. to take us to the Chicago Architectural Foundation and our lecture of “Devil in the White City,” along with a tour of unique neighborhoods from 9:30 to 12:30 P.M. We will learn about the mysteries and intrigue of the “World Columbian Exposition” – Chicago’s World’s Fair in 1893 (have you read “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson yet?) Box lunch on the bus from the Corner Bakery from 12:30 -1:15. We arrive at The Chicago History Museum to view a group of their fabulous fans – some with Chicago themes – personally selected by Sarah and Abbey. Visit through the museum, as time permits. We depart at 4 P.M. to prepare for our Welcome Dinner Reception at the hotel from 6-7:30 P.M. (Cash Bar). Our evening speaker, Sally Kalmbach, will talk about Bertha Palmer, the undisputed matron of the Columbian World Exposition, during “Lasting Legacies: The Grande Dames of Chicago.” Our fan sharing will include Columbian Exposition Fans, World Fair Fans, or Souvenir Fans. Hospitality Suite will be open.
Friday, April 28: Art Institute of Chicago Day: Hot and cold breakfast in our dining area from 7-8 A.M; early boarding at 8:30 in the morning. We travel to The Art Institute of Chicago to see more rarely (if ever) viewed fans from 9 to 11 A.M., followed by open museum visitation. Lunch is on your own. There will be time to walk the area outside and shop. The bus to the Cambria Suites departs at 2 P.M. At 2:30-3:30 we convene for a talk with lace expert Kate Henry. Afterwards, enjoy Fan (Tai) Chi with Sandra Balint at 4:30, see a show, take a shopping trip, and arrange for dinner at a fabulous Chicago restaurant, as dinner is on your own. The FANA Board Meeting is scheduled at 4 P.M. Hospitality Suite is open.
Saturday, April 29: All Things FANA: Fun! Business! Surprises! Hot and cold breakfast in our dining area 7-8 A.M. Partake in Fan (Tai) Chi with Sandra Balint from 8-8:45 A.M. Our extravaganza day begins with our Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 9-11:30 A.M. We will be announcing our location for our banquet at that time, and informing you of our surprises! You’ll want to be there! Lunch, on your own, will be from 11:30 to 1:30 P.M. as will the Fan Sale and Auction Set Up. The Fan Sale is slated from 1:30 to 2:30, and The Auction Pre-View will take place from 2:30 to 3:00. The delights in the FANA Auction will exchange hands between 3 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. FANA guests will then dispatch to their room to prepare for the 35th Annual FANA Banquet (6:30-9:30 P.M.) Taxis to the nearby location will be available directly outside the hotel from 6-6:30 P.M., and transport back will also be provided. Banquet (to be discussed) has wine at tables and a Cash Bar. Sarah says: “For the Banquet, we will be returning to the Gay 90s; the Belle Epoch; the Chicago of the Palmers, Fields, Burnhams, and Tiffanys. An amazing and elegant time for some…and tonight, we are those few. Please consider totally Elegant Attire, jewels, crowns, coiffed hair, and your most fabulous 1880-1900 fan – huge, black satin with roses, lace, feathers….or Belle Epoch. We ARE the royalty of the Midwest!” Hospitality Suite open.
Sunday, April 30: Many Partings Day: Hot and cold breakfast in our dining area. Farewell Breakfast – 7-9:30 A.M. Questionnaire to be completed and handed in. FANA Board Meeting will convene from 9-1o:30 A.M. End of Day …..
Farewell until Next Year!
VERY IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:
- Please: Hunt for/Find/Wrap your Fans for Sharing – NOW! Our Welcome Reception on Thursday will include Columbian Exposition and World Fair Fans, or Souvenir Fans. Our Saturday Banquet will showcase large feathered and satin fans from 1880-1890 or Belle Époque. Can’t wait to see them! Any unique fan you have acquired this year will also be embraced.
- Last day for Hotel booking Cut Off is April 5. Be certain to make reservations as early as possible.
- Last day for Assemblage Registration is April 1 – no fooling! There will be an additional charge of $55 to cover inflated costs, for late registration. Our registrar is Tracy Winkler.
- Registration: The cost of an on-time Registration for the 35th 2017 Assemblage is $395, and all members are expected to purchase a full registration. The Per Diem cost available for all guests is $130 – this includes a Pro-rated, 3 month FANA Membership. Please Note: in order to view fans at museums, guests must purchase membership in order to be covered by our museum insurance; this is a legal requirement. Participation at the Fan Auction and Fan Sale also requires FANA membership status (as always). A Pro-Rated Guest Membership of $30 is being included in Guest Registration to allow for all guests to be FANA members through May 31 and be able to be covered by our insurance, participate in museum viewings, and purchase fans.
- Do you need a roommate for the Assemblage? Please contact Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 562- 924-7293 and she will try to assist you.
- We will be most appreciative, and forever indebted to you (promise!) if you would consider donating an additional amount to the FANA Assemblage fund along with paying your Assemblage fee; all donations will be tax deductible.
- Do Not Include any Dues with this Registration form. You are reminded that FANA dues ($60/$70) are not to be included in Assemblage Payments, as we cannot confuse the monies. Please bring your Patron and FANA Dues to the Assemblage and HAND them to Abbey Cash who will hand them in separately to the Treasurer (she has done this successfully for several years now). Assemblage Donations can still be added on, and sent to Tracy, when assemblage payments are made (see 6 above).
- We encourage you to consider a generous donation to the Mary Wladis Fan Auction.
Fans, books, and fan memorabilia must be in good condition. Why not select an “important” fan to raise money for FANA and provide a link between your collection and that of a fellow member!
- Please inform us of the number of tables you require, at $25 each (on Registration form) for the Fan Sale. We cannot guarantee a table unless it is pre-arranged at the time of registration. Please estimate adequate space to accommodate your fans.
- You are encouraged to request materials to be sent from our archives to Chicago by contacting Pam Sher, our Archivist, before March 18 at email@example.com or call 415-459 4923. A list of Archives Materials is located under the “Members Only” tab on the FANA website.
After the notes that follow on what to see in Chicago, you will see the links to the Chicago Assemblage Registration page. You will choose either the page to use if you send the Registration and check by mail, or the page to use if you Register and pay online.
TAKE TIME NOW TO PLAN YOUR FREE TIME IN CHICAGO
The Field Museum 1400 South Lake Shore Drive 312 922-9410 www.fieldmuseum.org
Wednesday we are visiting the Field. Sign on to read about the various permanent and temporary exhibits in the museum, so you will have a plan in place to see something.
Chicago Architectural Foundation 244 S. Michigan Ave www.architecture.org 312 922-3432
The History Museum www.chicagohistorymuseum.org 1601 N. Clark Street 312 799-2070
The Thursday we are visiting the Chicago History Museum. The current costume exhibit is Making Mainbocher (American b. 1890) fashion designer who worked in Paris and NYC, famed for the Mainbocher corset which nipped in the waist, leading to the 40’s and 50’s silhouette of haute couture. There are many interesting permanent exhibits. Remember, Chicago is in the land of Lincoln!
The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. www.artic.edu 312 443-3600
Friday we will visit the Art Institute of Chicago to see a fabulous collection of fans. There will be significant time to walk the area outside the Chicago Art Institute and to have lunch. Check the website for listings for current exhibits – including the return of the Whistler’s “Portrait in Grey and Black”-aka Whistler’s Mother , the Thorne Rooms, an Exhibit of Shaker furniture ,and one concerning Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie school and its collection of Japanese wood block prints(which formed the basis of the AIC’s collection), among MANY others.
Across the street of the Art Institute is the headquarters of the Chicago Architectural Foundation(see above). This will tempt you with many wonderful tours, walking and riding, well worth the cost. All docents are highly trained and very informative. There are tours on Tiffany treasures, FLW’s work in Oak Park and a fabulous walking tour of Commercial Buildings that are just gorgeous- and right across the street!
I also suggest that you make plans to do other interesting things while in Chicago. The following theatre events will be playing while we are there:
|Hamilton||Private Bank Theater|
|Aladdin||Cadillac Palace Theater|
|Lewis Black||Chicago Theater|
|My Fair Lady||Civic Opera House|
|Joffrey Ballet||Auditorium Theater|
|Liszt and Beethoven||Chicago Symphony Center|
|Second City||Comedy 312-662-4562
230 W. North Ave.
|Chicago||Drury Lane Theater|
You may also want to pre-plan the extra venues you’d like to visit and purchase a city card or a GO card. Refer to www.city-discovery.com/Chicago/city-pass or www.chooseChicago.com or www.smartdestinations.com
Movies, restaurants, new sights, old sights, Navy pier- the new Ferris Wheel- so much to see!
—COME EARLY AND STAY LATE—
OUR RATE IS AVAILABLE FOR 3 DAYS BEFORE AND AFTER OUR MEETING. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TO CHICAGO. BOOK EARLY!
To register for the Assemblage:
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