Join in the Excitement When LWVUS Convention Comes to Chicago!
Mark your calendars for these Special Events surrounding the LWVUS Convention. The activities begin Wednesday, June 27 and run through Sunday, July 1.
This E-news summarizes all the different activities open to all.
The Convention Committee has created great opportunities for you to network with League members from around the country.
You need not be registered for the Convention to participate in any of the events listed below.
The Second City: Improv All-Stars
Friday, June 29, 7:30pm
Whether you're attending the convention or not, enjoy an evening of laughter and benefit LWVIL and LWV Chicago at the same time.
As host city and state, we are presenting famed Second City comedy in a special performance. A portion of proceeds will benefit the host Leagues.
Mark your calendar for
Friday, June 29
, right on site of the convention at the Chicago Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom, 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Your family and friends are welcome, too. This presentation is open to the public.
Order tickets for yourself or your group today!
Tickets are $52 plus fees at special pre-convention
pricing until June 25, when online sales end. T
ickets may also be purchased at the Convention, when the price goes up to $58 plus fees.
Volunteer Registration is Open
There are still opportunities available to volunteer to work at the LWVUS Convention. We need lots of volunteers, and it's an interesting and exciting way to be able to participate in the convention! You'll have a chance to attend the plenary session on the day you volunteer and there will be an opportunity for volunteers to purchase discounted Second City fundraiser tickets at the hotel.
Some of you have asked whether it's possible to be both a delegate and a volunteer. It is, but just make sure you don't sign up for a shift during any of your four plenary sessions.
Saturday, June 30
You need not be attending the full Convention to attend the Awards Banquet, to be held on Saturday from
7:00 - 9:30 pm in the Hilton Grand Ball Room
Banquet Only tickets are now on sale through the Convention Registration website. Banquet tickets are $85.00 each and may be purchased HERE.
- Celebrate the winners of the 2018 Awards!
- Keynote Speaker: Elaine Weiss, author of The Women's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Elaine will discuss her recently released book which chronicles the final events leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, told through the eyes of those who supported and opposed women's right to vote and prominently featuring LWV founder, Carrie Chapman Catt. After the banquet copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing by Ms. Weiss.
Water: Advocating for Protection: Put Your League on the Map! Wednesday, June 27
The LWV Lake Michigan Region and LWV Upper Mississippi River Region invite you to a workshop and banquet focused on water issues at the historic Standard Club, in Chicago.
At the workshop at 2:00 pm, you will learn what the League has done in the past, and is doing currently, to leverage its power and connections to protect water. Six local Leagues from different regions of the country will give brief presentations on their own water projects. Emily Reed of the US Geological Survey will tell us about new tools for learning about our local waters.
5:30 pm banquet features keynote speaker
Howard A. Learner, Environmental Law & Policy Center, who will address the fraying of the environmental safety net and what is being done about it. Now more than ever, we need to maintain and leverage the momentum of the Clean Water Act at a time of changing regulations and funding.
advantage of this opportunity to network with League members from across the country--members from 16 states have already registered.
Get more information and register for the workshop, $25.00 per person, or the Banquet, $65.00 per person, or both for $85.00 per person at the LWV Lake Michigan Region website.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
Whether you are participating in the LWVUS Convention or not, you are welcome to join the Chicago Architecture Foundation tours (CAF) being offered.
The CAF River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF volunteer tour guides interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You'll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less than 100 years. In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history. Offered on two dates: Thursday, June 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 am and on Sunday, July 1 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
A third option is a walking tour! On the Historic Skyscrapers tour, you will see Chicago is home to some of the world's earliest skyscrapers and innovations required to make a tall building
On this Chicago Architectural Foundation tour, take a step back in time to late 19th century to see and experience these world-famous early tall buildings that transformed a city devastated b y fire into a center of skyscraper design and engineering. You'll also get to see the Congress Hotel where the League was formed on February 14, 1920.
Tickets for all three of these tours are available HERE.
Nevertheless She Persisted
is co-sponsoring an historical re-enactment, "Nevertheless She Persisted: An Historical Reenactment" featuring Ms. Betsey Means, from WomanLore: Performing Women in History. She will recreate Jane Addams and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. There will be suffragist music and short historical overviews of the movement.
It is scheduled for Thursday, June 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605. Click HERE for the flyer.