Class of 1953 Chicago Mini Reunion

Class of 1953 Chicago Mini Reunion
Wed, 05/12/2010 - 2:00pm - Sun, 05/16/2010 - 2:00pm

Yale Class of 1953
Chicago, IL
May 12 –16 2010

Dear Classmates:

Here is an initial schedule of your visit to Chicago beginning Wednesday evening, May 12th through Sunday, May 16th. There will be some fine tuning and burnishing but the main event commitments have been made. Our slogan is "WOW." We hope when you leave Chicago that you will be impressed by the beauty of the city and all of its wonderful intellectual and entertainment opportunities.

Rich Franke
Paul Gignilliat
Fred McDougal
Earl Rusnak


Wednesday, May 12th

You will be staying at the Ritz Carlton, Watertower, 60 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL at a rate of $225/night including all taxes. Contact the Ritz 312-266-1000 for a block of rooms reserved for the Yale Class of 1953.

Plan to arrive in time for a reception at the Ritz Carlton between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Buckingham Room and Lounge.

Dinner - your choice. A list of restaurants will be included in your "care package" in your room upon arrival.


Thursday, May 13th

8:30 AM - A bus tour of Chicago including works of art in the city, routing south on Lake Shore Drive past Museum Park, Soldier Field, Museum of Science of Industry, and to the University of Chicago Campus.

There will be a walking tour of the campus (which always reminds us of the Yale campus) which will include the main quadrangle, Oriental Institute, the Rockefeller Chapel, and a side visit to the Robie House (Frank Lloyd Wright).

The bus will return to the north end of Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street, for a guided tour of the park. The tour will end at the John and Sandra Nickels (Harvard '53) Bridge leading to the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute. There we will have a meeting with the executive director followed by lunch at the Terzo Piano Museum Restaurant. Docents will lead tours of the Modern Wing which include a gallery named after our classmate Fred McDougal and Nancy Lauter. The tour will end at approximately 3:30 PM.

Optional: There will be an exhibit at the Art Institute entitled "Matisse: Radical Invention 1913 – 1917" which many of you may wish to visit.

Thereafter, you may walk or return to the hotel by cab.

5:30 PM - Cocktails at the home of Rich and Barbara Franke - 179 E. Lake Shore Drive and Fred McDougal and Nancy Lauter - 219 E. Lake Shore Drive. Rich's apartment has a unique 360 degree view of Chicago and Lake Michigan while Fred's home is noted for his personal collection of modern art. Both are in short walking distance of the Casino Club and your hotel.

7:00 PM - Dinner at the Casino Club - 195 E. Delaware Street.


Friday, May 14th

8:30 AM - Architectural boat tour of Chicago departing from and returning to the Wrigley Building, 400 N. Michigan Ave.

10:30 AM - Bus to the Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave to meet with the executive director of the Symphony and the composer in residence, Vanac Vanosky, followed by lunch.

1:30 PM - Performance of a world premier cello concerto composed by Vanac Vanosky, featuring Yo Yo Ma, followed by a performance of Shostakovich's Sixth Symphony. Following the concert, there will be an opportunity to go backstage to the Green Room to meet the conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Free time.

5:30 PM - Bus trip to the Field Museum with an opportunity to meet the executive director and view the following exhibits: Mammoths and Mastodons; An Assemblage of Tomb Rubbings donated to the museum by Kim Brooker '61 Yale; and one other collection TBD. Dinner will be in the Founder's Room. The bus will return to the hotel at 9:00 PM.

The Museum offers a unique opportunity for families and children to spend an overnight in the Museum. This will occur on Friday, May 14th, but should not interfere with our tours and dinner.


Saturday, May 15th

9:00 AM - Bus or walk to the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street to meet the president and listen to two lectures. The Newberry Library is one of Chicago and the World's best kept secrets, for example, they are in possession of one of five of Shakespeare's original folios.

12:00 PM - Lunch of your own choosing and afternoon for sightseeing and shopping.

5:30 PM - Bus trip to Navy Pier for dinner at a restaurant called Riva followed by a performance of the "Taming of the Shrew" at the Shakespeare Theatre. Again we have invited the executive director of the Theatre.


Sunday, May 16th

Check out by 12:00 PM and return home.

The package price per person for Wednesday thru Saturday, including all tours, events, and group meals is $950. We are happy to have the chance to welcome all interested classmates to Chaicgo and we’ll do our best to ensure that it is an educational and enjoyable experience.

Paul, Rich, Fred and Earl