2018 Spring Symposium – Welcome to the Windy City

The 2018 Symposium hotel, Loews Chicago O’Hare, is located in Rosemont, a hotel and entertainment district just five minutes from O’Hare Airport. It is just 17 miles from Downtown Chicago via the CTA’s Blue Line. There are a million places to visit and things to do in Chicago. Seriously, a million. So how do you choose between all of the Chicago area’s top restaurants, nightlife, shopping and museums to fit them into your plans? Here is some information about what the Chicago area has to offer.

2018 Symposium Windy City Sponsors

                                                                                                                

Hotel Information

Reserve your hotel room at the Loews Chicago O’Hare at the special group rate of $189. You may also make a reservation by calling (877) 868-9134. Be sure to state that you are with the American Fraternal Alliance Spring Symposium group. Rooms may not be available after the cut-off date of Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Taxis, ride share, and rental cars are available at the airport.

If you have any questions regarding hotel reservations, please contact the meeting registrar at meetings@fraternalalliance.org or by phone at (815) 338-9668.

Parkway Bank Park – A Place for Fun and Networking

When the Learning is Done!

 Parkway Bank Park is a 200,000 square-foot entertainment and dining complex that opened in 2012 and is home to 12 venues offering upscale international cuisine, live music, comedy, state-of-the-art film, bowling and more. This new entertainment district is a one-stop suburban destination for big city dining, entertainment, nightlife, and family fun.

About Parkway Bank Park  •  Entertainment  •  Events  •  Parking and Directions

Restaurants: Adobe Gilas  •  Bogart’s  •  Bub City  •  Five Roses  •  Fogo de Chao

Hofbrauhaus Chicago  •  Kings Bowling  •  Park Tavern  •  Sugar Factory

Shopping: Fashion Outlets Chicago

 Fashion Outlets Chicago is conveniently located near the Loew’s Chicago O’Hare, just five minutes from O’Hare International Airport. It is the area’s only two-level indoor outlet shopping experience featuring over 130 designer outlets offering great savings up to 75% off every day. The Center is anchored by Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Forever 21, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and is home to world-class brands like Gucci, Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Burberry, plus national brands like Banana Republic, J.Crew Factory, Swarovski, Nike, Under Armour, Cole Haan and more.

CTA Blue Line: Train to Downtown Chicago

Loews Chicago O’Hare is easily accessible to the Rosemont stop of the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line the hotel is about a 10 – 15 minute walk from the Blue Line. Follow River Road north to the station. There is also a Complimentary Rosemont Entertainment Circulatory shuttle, operated by Pace as Route #811 which provides daily service to the Rosemont Blue Line stop. The ride downtown should take between 30 to 45 minutes. Taxis and Ubers should be plentiful and available from any Blue Line subway station in the Loop to get you to your final destination.

Alliance Staff Restaurant Picks

This is our home town so the Alliance staff has picked some of their favorite restaurants in the area:

Joe Annotti, President and CEO
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
Location: Rosemont
Type of Cuisine: Mexican
Price: $$

“Right around the corner from the hotel on Foster.  As close to authentic Mexican as you can get in Chicago.  Family-owned and very traditional.  My favorite spot for Mexican in Chicago.”

Paradise Pup
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Type of Cuisine: Burgers, Fast Food, Hot Dogs
Price: $
“About 10-15 minutes north of the hotel on River Road.  Honest-to-God Chicago hot dogs and to-die-for burgers.”

Terry Whipple, Manager of IT
The Capital Grille
Location: 5340 North River Road, Rosemont
Type of Cuisine:
Price: $$$

“The only place I know where you can ask the chef to prepare things not on the menu (Lobster Thermidor!!!!)” Snappy casual dress please.

Jeff Mitchell, Director of Public Affairs
Carlucci – Rosemont
Type of Cuisine: Italian
Price: $$$

“Great Italian food close by in the Marriott! A top dining destinations for over 25 years”

Andrea Litewski, Director of Education
Pescatore Palace
Location: 3400 N River Rd, Franklin Park, IL 60131 (2.5 miles south of the Loews)
Type of Cuisine: Italian
Price: $$

“Everything about this place is authentic Italian. Food is seriously delicious and the ambiance is awesome, full of Italian flare (a little dated, but I think that adds to its charm J).  For example, the chef absolutely loves the Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli – photos of him and art inspired by him are all over the place, and Bocelli will usually eat at Pescatore Palace when he has a show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.”