Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 31, 2018

This breakfast is designed to bring together the legal community of W&M alumni in the Chicago region for networking and discussion. Whether you’re a graduate of Marshall-Wythe or an undergraduate of William & Mary who works in the legal field, come join us to discuss hot topics impacting lawyers each day. Hosted by Michael P. Chu J.D. ’92.

Price: $10

Location: McDermott Will & Emery LLP
444 West Lake Street, Suite 4000
Chicago, IL 60606-0029

Friday, June 1, 2018

Experience the vibrant world of Lyric Opera! Start with greetings in the Rice Grand Foyer from Lyric Opera’s General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, then journey through the art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre, orchestra pit and backstage destinations to see and meet the artistic masters who bring opera to life. In the rehearsal hall, hear from Lyric Unlimited Vice President Cayenne Harris how Lyric collaborates with the Chicago community to create access to opera beyond the mainstage. Finally, enjoy a private performance by Ryan Opera Center up-and-coming singers from Lyric Opera’s premier professional artist-development program. This exclusive tour was created for the William & Mary Weekend Chicago and we guarantee it will expand and deepen your love and appreciation for this majestic art form and world-renowned opera house.

Price: $30

Location: Lyric Opera
20 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606

Join William & Mary’s Dean of University Libraries Carrie Cooper and McLeod Director of Special Collections Jay Gaidmore for lunch at the Newberry Library, a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago. William & Mary and Newberry share a long-standing connection: two Newberry presidents, Bill Towner and Charles Cullen, taught at the university before leading the Newberry, and our connection continues today with our faculty members using the Newberry’s rich collections for their research. Carrie and Jay will discuss William & Mary’s collection of artist books and highlight new exciting materials donated to the libraries from alumni. Staff from the Newberry Library will then give a collection presentation on materials relating to printing history and artists’ books from the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. This lunch is an exclusive opportunity to learn about and experience the treasured collections of the Newberry Library and William & Mary.

Price: $25

Location: Newberry Library
60 W Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610

How do modern marketers balance the challenges of generating and shaping dynamic innovation, transformation and growth for their companies while innovating, transforming and growing their own careers? These William & Mary alumnae marketing leaders will provide insight into the ever-changing digital, multi-channel global landscape of their industries and positions, and how they navigated their way to success.

Panelists:

  • AnnaMaria DeSalva ’90, former vice president of corporate communications and global chief communications officer, DowDuPont
  • Anne Desmond Warden ’02, executive vice president, Edelman
  • Amanda Williard, vice president of marketing and brand, Teeoff.com by the PGA Tour

Moderator:

  • Dr. Dawn Edmiston, clinical associate professor of Marketing, Raymond A. Mason School of Business

Price: $40/ $25 for Society of 1918 members

Location: Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Take sanctuary in an urban oasis to learn about another favorite visitor to Chicago, the monarch butterfly. Meet William & Mary Assistant Professor of Biology Harmony Dalgleish in Lurie Garden and hear about her research on how milkweed helps the survival of the monarch butterfly. Then take a guided tour of the gardens with Director and Head Horticulturist Laura Ekasetya to learn more about this four-seasons living art palette. The tour of Chicago’s “front yard” continues into Millennium Park and its unique landscape, art, ecology, architecture, history and people. This walking tour will take place rain or shine. Lurie Gardens and Millennium Park are handicapped accessible.

Price: $20

Location: Lurie Gardens
E Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Experience the story of the Cyrus Tang Hall of China, the nation’s only permanent exhibition of Chinese anthropology, as told by Cyrus Tang’s son Michael Tang ’76, P ’13, chief executive officer of National Material, vice chairman of Tang Industries and honorary chair of W&M Weekend Chicago. Join Tang and the Field’s curatorial team in the Founders Room to hear how the exhibition was curated from a collection of more than 40,000 objects into a technological and innovative experience that explores 5,000 years of Chinese cultural history, from the Neolithic period to the present. Then discover the exhibit on a self-guided tour with full access to the entire museum.

Price: $30

Location: The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

As a devoted W&M alumnus and former director of the FBI, James Comey Jr. ’82, LL.D. ’08 will provide a behind the scenes look at his time at the intelligence agency under two presidents, the complex global issues he confronted and the chaos that ensued when the Russian investigations were thrust into the national spotlight. Hear directly from Comey about his new book “A Higher Loyalty,” and get an insider’s view of how he navigated through all of the challenges and events that unfolded under his leadership. No matter your political viewpoint, this is a conversation you will not want to miss!

Price: $150/ $100 for Young Guarde/ $75 for Students
Location: The Chicago Club
81 E Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ommm…ommm…ommm my goodness! What type of butterfly landed on my nose during Tree Pose? Is that a button quail hopping across my yoga mat? Imagine all the quiet exclamations you will have during our private yoga class in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a breathtaking greenhouse filled with 40 types of butterflies and several species of birds. Bring your own mat. Space is limited.

Price: $20

Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Come to Lincoln Park for a guided tour of Chicago’s largest and first year-round sustainable farmers market, Green City Market. Enjoy meeting local producers and farmers, sampling their wares and learning about sustainably grown food. This tour is led by Bob Benenson, a passionate advocate for the Chicago local food movement and communications manager of FamilyFarmed, a nonprofit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food. Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the living still lifes at the market and ask Bob for some tips as he is also an accomplished photographer!

Price: $20

Location: Green City Market
Lincoln Park
1817 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 6061

Come show your Tribe Pride and help others by participating in the Kelly Hall YMCA & Greater Chicago Food Depository Produce Day. Volunteers will assist with unloading then sorting, bagging and distributing food items to hundreds of food-insecure seniors and families in West Humboldt Park. All W&M volunteers will receive a free drink ticket for Saturday evening’s Improvised Shakespeare Company event, courtesy of the William & Mary Chicago Alumni Chapter.

Price: Free

Location: Kelly Hall YMCA
824 N Hamlin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651

Come to the oldest but most lively museum in Chicago, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Enjoy continental breakfast and stunning nature views of Lincoln Park and North Pond as you hear Doug Taron, chief curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, discuss his butterfly research and citizen science programs, including the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. Then experience private tours of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the Museum’s internationally renowned signature 2,700-square-foot greenhouse that is home to more than 1,000 butterflies from 40 species. Doug Taron will also provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the Istock Family Butterfly Conservation Lab. While you are waiting for your tours, get an up close and personal encounter with one of the animals, and with William & Mary Chancellor Professor of Biology Dan Cristol and Assistant Professor of Biology Harmony Dalgleish. This is a family-friendly event all science and animal lovers will not want to miss!

Price: $30/ Children 7-12 $15/ Children under 3 free

Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Begin the morning by immersing yourself in the history and theory of Chicago architecture with a dynamic lecture by William & Mary Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art and Art History Sibel Zandi-Sayek. Then, head to the river to use your new-found knowledge on a tour of Chicago’s most significant skyscrapers, museums, theaters, bridges, homes, schools, houses of worship and parks along all three branches of the Chicago River. This lecture and tour will be a true William & Mary experience in Chicago!

Price: $35

Location: Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Come to Lincoln Park for a guided tour of Chicago’s largest and first year-round sustainable farmers market, Green City Market. Enjoy meeting local producers and farmers, sampling their wares and learning about sustainably grown food. This tour is led by Bob Benenson, a passionate advocate for the Chicago local food movement and communications manager of FamilyFarmed, a nonprofit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food. Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the living still lifes at the market and ask Bob for some tips as he is also an accomplished photographer!

Price: $20

Location: Green City Market
Lincoln Park
1817 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 6061

Make your Weekend a masterpiece! Over the course of more than a century, the Art Institute of Chicago has assembled one of the world’s finest and largest collections of French Impressionist art, including masterworks by Seurat, Renoir, Monet, along with beloved paintings by Impressionism’s biggest names — Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. Walk amid these famous works with a guided tour from an Art Institute lecturer.

Price: $38

Location: The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Explore the Authentic Excellence Initiative with Dr. R. Kelly Crace, associate vice president for health & wellness at William & Mary. Learn how you can move beyond the Plateau Effect — the tendency for people to stay “stuck at good” — to enhance productivity, fulfillment and resilience. Dr. Crace will be joined by William & Mary Vice President for Student Affairs Virginia M. Ambler ’88, Ph.D. ’06, to discuss the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center and health and wellness initiatives on campus.

Price: $20
Incoming and current families and students: FREE

Location: Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Is free speech on college campuses dead or more alive than ever before? How can students, faculty and visiting speakers present different viewpoints and openly disagree on issues without fear of being condemned? These questions and more will be at the crux of a discussion between William & Mary President Taylor Reveley and University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, moderated by Allison Orr Larsen ’99, Robert E. and Elizabeth S. Scott research professor of law, William & Mary Law School. The two university presidents will explore the challenges they have faced on their own campuses and what steps should be taken to protect this sacred freedom today and in the future. The discussion will be accompanied by lunch and followed by a question-and-answer session.

Price: $100/ $75 for Young Guarde/ $50 for Students

Location: Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Immerse yourself in the history and theory of Chicago architecture with a dynamic lecture by William & Mary Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art and Art History Sibel Zandi-Sayek. Then, head to the river to use your new-found knowledge on a tour of Chicago’s most significant skyscrapers, museums, theaters, bridges, homes, schools, houses of worship and parks along all three branches of the Chicago River. This lecture and tour will be a true William & Mary experience in Chicago!

Price: $35

Location: Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Chicagoans love craft beer and the Ravenswood neighborhood is a mecca for brew enthusiasts! This tasting and teaching tour of Malt Row will be led by Bob Benenson, a local food movement and craft beer and spirits expert. Enjoy stops at three Ravenswood breweries including Half Acre Beer Company, where you will enjoy a private tour and tasting to end your afternoon or begin your evening! Bring your camera or smartphone to capture the craft behind the craft, and ask Bob for some tips as he is also an accomplished photographer.

Price: $30

Location: Half Acre Brewery
4257 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

The Old Masters are alive at the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s impressive and significant collection of European art dating from the Renaissance to the 18th century, including El Greco’s “Assumption of the Virgin” and Rembrandt’s “Old Man with a Gold Chain.” From Italian Renaissance altarpieces to Dutch still life paintings, these works represent some of the most inspired treasures from the museum’s collection.

Price: $38

Location: The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Connect with William & Mary alumni, students, families and friends under the Foreman Pavilion at the Lincoln Park Zoo and experience the sights and sounds of the lush Waterfowl Lagoon and Hope B. McCormick Swan Pond. Discover global and national conservation issues with William & Mary Chancellor Professor of Biology Dan Cristol P ’19 and Lincoln Park Zoo Research Scientist Dr. Judy Che-Castaldo ’04. Celebrate Lincoln Park Zoo’s numerous bird habitats and become immersed in the world of birds with colorful commentary from Professor Cristol, an entertaining expert in ornithological research. Light refreshments will be served.

Price: $20

Location: Lincoln Park Zoo – Foreman Pavilion
2001 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Set sail with the William & Mary Alumni Association! Experience unparalleled sunset and nighttime views of the spectacular Chicago skyline while connecting with alumni, parents and friends of the university on a private charter cruise of Lake Michigan. Discover the unique history of Chicago from our featured guest, Julia Bachrach, an award-winning Chicago author, historian, preservationist, and urban planner. Bid on fabulous experiences, including luxurious vacation packages, collectible wine lots and nostalgic pieces of campus, while enjoying an elegant seated dinner. Suggested dress is cocktail attire and we will sail rain or shine. Don’t miss the boat as tickets are limited!

Price: $250 for Alumni, Parents, Friends and Guests/ $200 for Young Guarde

Location: Chicago Elite Yacht at Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Is it even a weekend in Chicago if it doesn’t involve pizza? Join us and manager Steve Richards ’86 at Pizzeria Serio, ranked one of the top five pizzerias in Chicago by “The Hungry Hound” food critic Steve Dolinsky. Pizzeria Serio’s pizzas are inspired by the pizzaiolos that immigrated to America from Italy and opened the first pizzerias on the East Coast. Their pizza may be flatter than Giordano’s or Pequod’s, but they aren’t flat on taste! Ticket includes a pizza and salad buffet, all non-alcoholic drinks and one beer ticket. If you are a class ambassador, dinner is on us!

Price: $15 / Class Ambassadors: Free

Location: Pizzeria Serio
1708 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” —Malvolio in “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

“Eat and drink as friends,” as Shakespeare said in “The Taming of the Shrew,” with the four William & Mary alumni bards who have toured the world in the Improvised Shakespeare Company improv troupe. Hear Joey Bland ’00, Brendan Dowling ’98, Greg Hess ’03 and Martin Wilson ’02 poetically profess how they achieved greatness through their William & Mary experience. Appetizers and one free drink are included.

Price: Free

Location: The iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Four of the original Improvised Shakespeare Company improv troupe members, Joey Bland ’00, Brendan Dowling ’98, Greg Hess ’03 and Martin Wilson ’02 return to Chicago to perform in what Joey calls “either the smartest dumb show or the dumbest smart show.” The Chicago Tribune says “…the show channels Monty Python as often as the Bard, and frequently with sly-witted results,” and The New York Times says it is “one of the most reliably clever and funny improv troupes in the country.” In this era of #fakenews, who are you going to believe? Guess you will have to see the show to find out! Stay after for a Q&A with the cast.

Price: $20

Location: The iO Theater
1501 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Spend Sunday afternoon with William & Mary alumni and professors who are passionate about Frank Lloyd Wright. Join Jeff Wood ’81 and Amanda Willard ’02, both expert volunteer guides for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, on a guided tour through Wright’s early years — from his Oak Park home and studio, through the historic neighborhoods of Prairie-style homes (with exclusive access to private residences), to the newly renovated Unity Temple, Wright’s greatest public building of his Prairie era. Along the tour, we will stop and learn from David Brashear HON ’07, architectural historian and featured lecturer at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, as he discusses Frank Lloyd Wright’s global influence on architecture then and now. Box lunch included from Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, owned by Ken Miller ’90.

Price: $60

Location: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Hit one out of the park on Sunday! First, head behind the scenes on a private tour through the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field. Gain inside-baseball access to the clubhouse, press box, dugout and field on this non-game-day experience. Gather under the iconic Main Entrance Marquee for a group photo to memorialize this home run of an event.

Then, enjoy a fun, delicious and educational private brunch at Appellation, owned by Ken Miller ’90. This neighborhood bistro is creating a perfectly paired menu of culinary gems just for us. During our brunch, Ken Miller will tell us the story behind his passion and (Tribe) pride in the dishes and products offered at Appellation and his other restaurants and stores around Chicago.

Don’t swing and miss this one! Tickets are limited!

Price: $75

Location: Wrigley Field
1060 W Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613

Appellation
5212 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640