Annual Meetings

Annual meetings provide the primary opportunity for Alliance members to gather and exchange information and views with professional colleagues and friends in a casual atmosphere. The annual meetings are informal, with a themed program that spotlights the host community’s environment through tours and presentations by participants and invited speakers.

The Alliance holds its meetings in diverse historic places to explore and understand topical issues. The Alliance continues to seek out places that will offer a stimulating experience for participants.

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Urbs in Horto – City in a Garden: SAVE THE DATE !!!

The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation 38th Annual Meeting

June 1-4, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Join us in the Windy City in early June to visit some of Chicago’s most beloved historic parks and gardens.

Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago called for the expansion of the city’s existing parks and boulevard system, established in the 1870s, and the acquisition of natural areas outside the city limits that today are managed by the Cook County Forest Preserves. Most importantly, Burnham’s plan established that the shores of Lake Michigan be utilized as public parklands. “The Lakefront, by right, belongs to the people. Not a foot of its shores should be appropriated to the exclusion of the people.”

During its four days in Chicago, the Alliance will gather together and visit Lincoln Park, including the Lily Pool designed by Alfred Caldwell; Chicago’s west side parks, including Garfield and Columbus, designed by Jens Jensen; Riverside, the garden suburb designed by Olmsted and Vaux; and Pullman, the planned company town that President Obama recently designated as a National Historic Monument for its important role in U.S. labor history.

See Call for Papers and Scholarships for more information!

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Conference SCHEDULE(subject to change)*

Wednesday, 1 June 2016
12:00–4:00 pm Board of Directors’ Lunch and Meeting at Maggie Daley Park Field House
5:00–6:00 pm Conference Registration at the Cliff Dwellers Club
6:00 pm

Opening Reception at the Cliff Dwellers Club

(Dinner Provided; within Walking Distance of the Roosevelt University Wabash Building)

7:00 pm

Preservation in Chicago’s Parks

(Lecture by Julia S. Bachrach, Historian, Chicago Park District)

Thursday, 2 June 2016
7:30 am–8:00 am Conference Registration and Poster Review at the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
8:00 am Bus Departs the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
Tour of South Pond, Lincoln Park

Arrive at Chicago History Museum

Paper Presentations and Discussions (Refreshments Provided)

12:15 pm Lunch Provided in Lincoln Garden or Chicago History Museum
1:30 pm Bus Departs for Tours of Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pool, Lincoln Park, and Humboldt Park
5:30 pm Bus Returns to the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
Dinner on your Own
Friday, 3 June 2016
7:30 am–8:00 am Conference Registration and Poster Review at the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
8:00 am Bus Departs the Roosevelt University Wabash Building

Arrive at Garfield Park Conservatory

Paper Presentations and Discussions (Refreshments Provided)

12:00 pm Lunch Provided at Conservatory
1:00 pm Bus Departs for Tours of Columbus Park and Riverside
5:45 pm Bus Returns to the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
Dinner on your Own
Saturday, 4 June 2016
7:30 am–8:00 am Conference Registration and Poster Review at the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
8:00 am Bus Departs the Roosevelt University Wabash Building

Arrive at Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center

Paper Presentations and Discussions (Refreshments Provided)

12:00 pm Lunch Provided at Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center
1:30 pm Bus Departs for Tours of Pullman National Historic Monument and Jackson Park (with Patricia O’Donnell)
5:00 pm Bus Returns to the Roosevelt University Wabash Building
6:00–9:00 pm

Closing Reception at the Italian Village

(Dinner Provided; within Walking Distance of the Roosevelt University Wabash Building)

* Please note that this conference schedule format is different from recent years.  During this annual meeting, we will be away from our lodging location all day.

Accommodations

A block of rooms is being held for the Annual Meeting at the Roosevelt University Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 (http://www.roosevelt.edu/CampusCommunity/Chicago/Wabash.aspx). This dorm-style lodging includes single- and double-occupancy options that have shared bathrooms for $60–$70 per person/night plus applicable taxes, or you can enjoy a private suite for $80 per person/night plus applicable taxes. Rooms at these rates are available before and after the conference should you want to extend your trip. Amenities include all linens (sheets, blankets, pillows and cases, towels, and washcloths), in-room WiFi, and access to the Fitness Center and Cafeteria. Additionally, several restaurants are within walking distance. Online room reservations can be made here: https://roosevelt.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortalConference. If you should have any questions about the accomodations, please contact Roosevelt University’s Conference and Event Services at 312-341-2100. Other lodging options within walking distance include: The Congress Plaza Hotel, Travelodge Hotel Downtown Chicago, Hilton Chicago, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Carter Hotel, Hotel Blake, and Chicago’s Essex Inn. Meeting attendees are responsible for making their own reservations. Lodging costs are NOT included in the Conference Registration fee.

Getting There

The O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is 18 miles northwest of the Roosevelt University Wabash Building, and the Midway International Airport (MDW) is 12 miles southwest from it. From the airports, the Roosevelt University Wabash Building can be reached by taxi or the elevated train (L). Taxi fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from O’Hare to downtown is $30–$40 and from Midway to downtown is $28–$30. From ORD, you can take the blue line to the Roosevelt University Wabash Building, and from MDW, you can take the orange line (http://www.transitchicago.com/airports/). If you prefer not to fly, both Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses service the Loop, just blocks away from the Roosevelt University Wabash Building.

Thank you for your interest, but registration is closed on May 15, 2016.