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November 12-16

Join fellow Chicago Illini for alumni gatherings, networking receptions, and the annual Illinois Luncheon held this year at The Ritz-Carlton.

  • Illinois Luncheon

    Friday, November 16
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
    160 E. Pearson St. at Water Tower Place
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Cost: $25/person

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    DESCRIPTION

    Join us for the 2018 Illinois Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, hosted by Chancellor Robert J. Jones. Deans from four colleges—Vikram Amar, Law; Jeffrey Brown, Business; Feng Sheng Hu, LAS; and Tracy Sulkin, Media—will participate in an engaging panel discussion about current initiatives as well our bold vision for the future. Networking begins at 11:30 AM with lunch being served at noon.

    PARKING

    Street and garage self-parking is available nearby as well as at the hotel. Please see parking rates here.

    REGISTRATION

    Please RSVP NOW for this event early to ensure your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Northern Suburbs Reception

    Thursday, November 15
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    North Shore Country Club
    1340 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025

    Cost: FREE

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    DESCRIPTION

    Chancellor Robert J. Jones invites you to join him at the North Shore Country Club for an evening of networking with fellow alumni and friends. Also in attendance will be special guest Josh Whitman, Director of Athletics for the University. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. We have reached registration capacity for this event and registration is now closed. Please contact us for more information.

    PARKING AND DIRECTIONS

    On-site parking is available. For directions please see this page.

  • Western Suburbs Strolling Dinner

    Wednesday, November 14
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    The Morton Arboretum
    4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532

    Cost: $20/person

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    DESCRIPTION

    Join us at the beautiful Morton Arboretum for an evening of networking with fellow alumni and friends. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

    REGISTRATION

    Please register early to reserve your spot. RSVP NOW.

  • Marching Illini

    Wednesday, November 14
    Time: TBD

    Riverboat performance

    Enjoy listening to the beloved Marching Illini with a free traveling riverboat performance down the Chicago River. A full schedule and route will be posted here as details become available. Go Illini!

  • Women in Media

    Tuesday, November 13
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Museum of Broadcast Communications
    360 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654

    Cost: $20/person

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    DESCRIPTION

    Niala Boodhoo, host of Illinois Public Media’s The 21st, will moderate a panel discussion with Illinois alumnae working in media. She will be joined by Kelly McEvers (LAS ’96) from NPR, Susie An (MEDIA ’05) from WBEZ, Geneen Harston (MEDIA ’01) from Rivet Radio, Carol Voronyak (MEDIA ’04) from ESPN, as well as College of Media Associate Professor Nikki Usher.

    The Museum of Broadcast Communications features a walk-through of a typical week at Saturday Night Live. As you walk through each day there are artifacts from the show (the producers desk, costumes, letters, sets). Our guests will go directly to “Saturday” where there is a replica (to scale) of the SNL stage, weekend update news desk, and a Jeopardy set. Our panel will be on the SNL stage. Guests are welcome to sit at the news desk or go on the Jeopardy set to take pictures.

    After our presentation is over guests can walk through the exhibit mentioned above. They can sit on the couch from the Wayne’s World set used for the 40th Anniversary, sit in the Church Lady chair, see scripts and read notes from hosts. There is even a control room for the show.

    REGISTRATION

    Please register early to reserve your spot. RSVP NOW.

College & Unit Events

  • Illinois Engineering On the Road: Illini Days Chicago
    Hosted by the College of Engineering

    Join fellow Illinois Engineering alumni and friends at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago for a great meal and stimulating conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up on everything that’s happening in the College!

  • Art + Design Alumni Reception!
    Hosted by the College of Fine & Applied Arts

    Join us for a casual get together with good company, food and drinks. Hear about the exciting developments in the renovations for Art+ Design facilities. Catch up with fellow A+D alumni, re-unite with select A+D faculty, and enjoy the evening!

    • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • Time: 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.
    • Location: Naper Settlement, Pre-emption House Tavern, 523 South Webster Street, Naperville IL 60540-6517
    • Register: RSVP to Ella Van Wyk at evanwyk@illinois.edu.
  • College of AHS Alumni and Friends Reception!
    Hosted by the College of Applied Health Sciences

    Join us for an evening of networking with alumni and friends of the College of Applied Health Sciences. Hear updates on everything happening in the college with our departments, centers, and initiatives.

    • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • Time: 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.
    • Location: The Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., Chicago IL 60654
    • Register: RSVP by Monday, Nov. 5 to Kathy Saathoff at ksaathof@illinois.edu or 217.244.8408. Contact Danielle Runyon at drunyon@illinois.edu for any additional questions.
  • Fine & Applied Arts Alumni reception – Meet our new dean!
    Hosted by the College of Fine & Applied Arts

    Join us at the beautiful Cliff Dwellers Club and meet Dean Kevin Hamilton. Reunite and connect with arts alumni from across the college and hear about Dean Hamilton’s priorities and vision for the college.

    • Date: Friday, November 14, 2018
    • Time: 5:30 p.m.– 7:30p.m.
    • Location: Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60604-2487
    • Register: RSVP to Ella van Wyk at evanwyk@illinois.edu by November 7, 2018.
  • Education Alumni Ping-Pong Party!
    Hosted by the University of Illinois College of Education

    Join College of Education alumni as we network, play ping-pong, and enjoy handcrafted appetizers (cash bar available) at the world-renowned AceBounce in downtown Chicago. Challenge amazing Education faculty and staff on the table tennis courts to win some amazing College of Education swag! A portion of your ticket is tax deductible and will support the Education at Illinois Scholarship Fund. Can’t wait to see you there!

    • Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
    • Time: 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.
    • Location: AceBounce, 230 N. Clark, Chicago, IL (Corner of Wacker and Clark)
    • Register: Registration is required and space is limited! Deadline is November 11. Visit https://my.education.illinois.edu/chicago-illini-days-2018 to register by Monday, November 12. Contact Heather Zorn at advancement@education.illinois.edu or 217-244-7228 with any questions or for assistance registering.
    • Additional information: Public parking in the SP Plus Parking Garage at 111. W Wacker (garage entrance is on Clark St.). Parking is available at $9 for 12 hours for AceBounce guests – parking validation is available at Reception. To utilize parking discount, pull a ticket upon entering the garage. When exiting, scan your original ticket first, then scan the coupon (this will reduce the parking rate to a flat fee of $9).

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