LES 2017 Annual Meeting


Accompanying Guest Registrations

Want to bring a non-industry guest to Chicago? We’ve created a special accompanying guest registration for that includes admission to galas, networking events, and receptions. Simply add your accompanying guest(s) when you register for the LES 2017 Annual Meeting

Please note: Industry guests are NOT eligible to attend under accompanying guest registrations.  However, local industry guests (who are NOT attending the LES 2017 Annual Meeting) can purchase separate tickets to the welcome reception, the gala reception and dinner, and the sector networking event.  Accompanying guests found in violation of this will be billed for full registration costs, as well as any applicable fees.

Add-on Tours ($65, per tour)

Take advantage of our $65 add-on tours that explore Chicago’s art, music, and sports scenes.

Monday, October 23, 2017

All-Star Driving Tour of Chicago’s Major Sports Stadiums and a Visit to Chicago’s Sports Museum

We will relive the famous (and infamous) moments in Chicago sports history, as well as the incredible stories of players, coaches, and announcers, as we visit the city’s sports venues, including the site of the old Comiskey Park (now Guaranteed Rate Field) where the White Sox play; Soldier Field, home of “Da” Bears; United Center, home of the Bulls and the Blackhawks; and, last but not least, Wrigley Field where the Cubs play (and win). Then it’s on to the rather new museum on the Magnificent Mile: the Chicago Sports Museum, featuring high-tech interactive experiences and an impressive collection of game-used treasures. Add this to your registration.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Musical Driving Tour of Chicago’s Blues / Jazz Music Legacy

On this whirlwind tour of musical Chicago, we will explore the history of blues and jazz in the city, while seeing the famous sites of the American music that reached the world, including Bronzeville with its historic “bright lights” district and early jazz scene; Chess Records in the South Loop, with its incredible blues and rock history; Jazz Showcase, the oldest jazz club in the city showcasing local, national & international acts; Buddy Guy’s Legends, famous blues venue going strong seven nights a week; Palmer House Hilton and the site of its 1930s-1970s nightclub, the Empire Room; Andy’s Jazz in River North is a local favorite; and the speakeasy-Al-Capone-vibe Green Mill in Uptown which is known for its quality jazz. The driving tour will include mentions of many more famous music sites …and perhaps a stop at a record store. Add this to your registration.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Artful Walking Tour of The Loop, Millennium Park, and Highlights of The Art Institute of Chicago

We will take a sublime stroll through some of the most awe-inspiring interiors in the world, focusing on Tiffany mosaics and Art Deco glamour, the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and Daniel Burnham, as well as the outdoor masterpieces of Picasso, Chagall, Calder – right in the heart of Chicago’s business district, The Loop. Then to nearby Millennium Park, the first-of-its kind interactive art space. Add this to your registration. 

Meet Ups and Individual Tours

Beyond these three tours and the “meet ups” to be announced later, Chicago is very accessible; a great walking city.  But should you wish to explore Chicago from a different perspective, these options present Chicago from unique points of view.  Please clink on the link and make your individual arrangements direct:

So You Know

Chicago has a great collection of amazing sites and museums, all in the city.  If you haven’t before, you may want to take in one of them: the Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum of National History. 

There are many lesser known museums with amazing collections just steps away from the hotel, including the Museum of Broadcast Communications. 

The Chicago Cultural Center has a wonderful tour that features the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome as well as other amazing architectural details.  This tour takes place every Wednesday at 1:15. Reserve your spot, by calling 312-744-7917. 

You could spend the entire week touring Chicago’s Architectural Treasures.  The best source for these remarkable tour experiences is the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  Among the most popular and unique of their signature walking tours is: 

  • Historic Skyscrapers – highlights include the Rookery, the Auditorium, and the Chicago Board of Trade Building
  • Detour: Secrets of the Loop – this hour-long walk is narrated via a mobile app you can download to your phone, uncovers secrets hiding in Chicago’s iconic buildings
  • Riverwalk West – stepping off at Wabash and State, explore the city’s linear park along the river

Click on this link to book any of these architectural tours:  https://www.architecture.org/experience-caf/tours/