83rd Annual Convention: Dabke Down in the Windy City
Book your travel plans now to spend the July 4th weekend in Chicago for our 83rd Annual Convention!
Start your weekend on Thursday at the top of the Swissôtel with a direct view of the Chicago Independence Day fireworks and enjoy Lebanese mezza. Party with David Hakim and his band Friday and Saturday night! The Convention “All-Access Pass” also includes transportation and entry to Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Architecture Cruise, lunch at Navy Pier’s famous Billy Goat Tavern and so much more. Our annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be on Friday this year, so plan to arrive Thursday for a fun-filled weekend!
Chicago offers many treasures including 552 parks and 33 beaches. Two of the most popular parks in the city, Millennium Park and Grant Park, are just steps away from Swissôtel Chicago. While visiting Chicago, take a run or bike ride along the 23-mile lakefront path. Swissôtel Chicago directly overlooks many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Nearby attractions include: The Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, State Street Shopping, Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower), The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum.
ROOM RESERVATION INFORMATION
Hotel: Swissôtel Chicago
Rate: $149/night for up to 2 adults and 2 children (under 18)
***PLEASE NOTE: The room block at the Swissôtel has sold out as of 5/2/19. You may still make reservations at the group rate as long as the hotel has availability. Please contact them directly to reserve.
11th ANNUAL 5K FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL
It’s our 11th year supporting St. Jude’s, and this year there will be a special t-shirt design for those wishing to contribute and/or participate in the 5K! Shirts will be $25 each, and all proceeds will go directly to St. Jude’s.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and do your part to help continue the amazing work of St. Jude’s. All donations of support are greatly appreciated!
Downtown Chicago Map
Launch the Chicago Interactive Map
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES*
*Times and locations subject to change.
Thursday, July 4
3:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Registration and Check-in open
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm: “The Big Bang” Lebanese Mezza and Fireworks (Come dressed in red, white, and/or blue)
10:00 pm: Karaoke sponsored by YAN
11:00 pm: Rooftop Reunion (Age 21+)
Friday, July 5
9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Registration and Check-in open
9:30 am – 11:00 am: 11th Annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 5K (Navy Pier)
*Must pre-order event t-shirt
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch (Billy Goat Tavern, Navy Pier) Meet & greet the 2019 MFASLC Scholarship Recipients
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Arabic Translation Scavenger Hunt (Navy Pier) Bring your phones and get your detective skills ready
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: B.I.N.G.O.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Dabke Lessons
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Explore and Experience the Windy City! Dinner on your own
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Registration and Check-in open
6:30 pm: Y.A.N. dinner (location TBD)
9:00 pm – 3:00 am: Hafli, featuring live Arabic band & cash bar (Cocktail attire)
10:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Young Adult Network (YAN) Meeting
Saturday, July 6
8:30 am – 11:00 am: Midwest Federation General Assembly Meeting
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Registration and Check-in open
11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Architecture of Chicago Boat Tour *pre-registration required; we can not guarantee spots for registrations received after 6/1/19*
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Shedd Aquarium Outing *pre-registration required*
11:00 am – 3:30 pm: The Magnificent Mile: Shop ’til You Drop *pre-registration required*
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Maronite Catholic Liturgy
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Registration and Check-in open
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Cocktail Hour, cash bar
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Scholarship Awards Grand Banquet Dinner (Formal attire)
7:30pm – 9:00pm: Registration and Check-in open
9:00pm – 3:00am: Hafli, featuring live Arabic band & cash bar
Sunday, July 7
Farewell and safe travels home!