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Spouse/Companion Events

The following events are part of the spouse/companion program for the 2018 Midyear Meeting.

Spouse/Companion Welcome Breakfast & Book Talk

Wednesday, August 1: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 Join Katie Waide, Kent and Stacy’s daughter, for a lively discussion of the book In the Castle of the Flynns by Michael Raleigh. The year is 1954 and Daniel Dorsey learns at the age of eight the intimate meaning of death when his parents are killed in a car crash. Taken in by his colorful, at times mad, and always tender and caring extended family, Daniel learns that even the deepest sorrows and hurt can be healed.

Michael Raleigh’s In the Castle of the Flynns is about a young boy growing up Irish in a vibrant 1950s Chicago neighborhood. Now grown and looking back on those years, Daniel recalls his bouts with grief and fear of abandonment as he learns to adjust to his new surroundings amidst his oddball family. It is a time of wakes and weddings, conflicts and romance. Above all, it is a time when Daniel comes to understand both his own loss and the dark places in the lives of his loved ones.




Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruse Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Wednesday August 1 – 2:30 – 4:30 PM
(Meet in the hotel lobby at 2:30 PM. Cruise begins at 3:00 PM)

Experience the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor users. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. Docents interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history.

  • All tours depart rain or shine.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your cruise departure time
  • Cruise guests board 15 minutes before departure time.
  • A full-service bar and snack bar are available onboard.

Directions to Chicago’s First Lady boat dock:
Enter 112 E. Wacker Drive into your GPS. Your CAF river cruise departs from a dock just 8 blocks north of the CAF Shop and Tour Center. Located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive, a blue awning marks the boat dock entrance stairs that lead down to the river. If you have limited mobility, see these directions for an alternative way to reach the dock. $32/per person