Will YOU be in Chicago June 13-17?
Monday, March 19, 2012 at 12:20PM
Jay Handelman, ATCA Chair

 (and in Milwaukee June 17-20?)

Chicago is this year’s site of ATCA’s Annual Conference (Photo by Danny K. Au)

 Here’s what to do NOW!
  1. RENEW your membership 
  2. Choose a HOTEL
  3. REGISTER EARLY 

(Download PDF Registration packet. Mail form with check)

1. Renew NOW 

Renew through May 31 ONLY: one year/$55. YOU CAN RENEW ONLINE at http://atca.memberlodge.org/.

2. Choose a hotel: (rates honored Tue. June 12 through Sun. June 17):

A. Red Roof Inn, 162 E. Ontario St.

-www.redroof-chicago-downtown.com/

-$119.99/night one bed or two (+16% taxes/fees)

One block east of Michigan Avenue; short walk to lakefront, Water Tower and the Museum of Contemporary Art; one-bed and two-bed standard rooms available; free local phone calls; complimentary Wi-Fi; complimentary morning coffee in lobby. Off-site parking EXTRA. Standard room pictured below. 

 

B. Club Quarters, 75 E. Walker Dr.

-www.clubquarters.com (Wacker & Michigan location)

-$144/night one bed or two (+16% taxes/fees)

Across the Chicago River from the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower. Complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness room, bottled water, club room with newspapers, magazines, coffee/tea. Standard Room pictured below. Superior Rooms (w/kitchenette and larger work table) @ $169 +tax. Off-Site parking EXTRA.

Conference Highlights (confirmed)

-Opening Reception in the gardens of Millennium Park, hosted by City of Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel anticipated (Wednesday, 5-7PM).

-First come-first served: 20 tickets for taping of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me at the Chase Auditorium (Wednesday 7:30PM)

-The Marvin Gaye Story (working title), new musical biography at Chicago’s newest performing arts venue, the $19 million Black Ensemble Cultural Center (Thursday, 7:30PM). 

-Off-Loop Theatre Day, hosted at Theater Wit and Stage 773: panels, dinner and up to six shows by Off-Loop theatre troupes (Friday).

-World premiere musical at Lookingglass Theatre Company, winner of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, in the historic Water Tower Pumping Station. See the building Oscar Wilde called “a castellated monstrosity!” See the water pumps! See the Opening Night of Eastland, about the worst maritime disaster in Great Lakes history (Saturday). 

-Perspectives in Criticism keynote address by a distinguished, nationally-known theatre critic or a senior Chicago theatre artist.*

-Three hosted continental breakfasts; two hosted casual dinners.

-Media Kit (DVD or flashdrive) on Chicago’s more-than-200 varied Loop and Off-Loop theatres, courtesy of the League of Chicago Theatres.

-Passport to Chicago: very special press pass good for 12 months for multiple visits to Chicago’s most popular tourism sites and museums (with FREE TIME to use it during the Conference!), courtesy of the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

-Unlimited one-week pass for all Chicago Transit Authority buses and rapid transit trains (the “El”).

*National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman, previously announced as the Perspectives in Criticism speaker, had to withdraw due to a travel conflict.

 

Please send questions or comments about the Chicago conference to Jonathan Abarbanel by email.

 

 

 

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