Saturday August 6 - Sunday August 7, 2011
In keeping with the conference theme of the Visual Imagination, a two-day post-conference excursion by chartered, air-conditioned coach will offer participants the chance to take in some of the most striking art and architecture of the Upper Midwest region.
The first of the many attractions of this trip will be a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of America’s premier art museums, with its exciting new wing (Renzo Piano’s “sublime, lighter-than-air modern wing,” as it has been called). Afterwards we will have time to stroll around adjoining Millennium Park, a famous center for the arts and for summer entertainments, before settling into our hotel, the stylish Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Saturday dinner will be on your own, with many wonderful options within walking distance of the hotel. Those who wish to explore Chicago’s legendary music scene are encouraged to head out on their own to a blues club.
On Sunday morning, a guided boat tour offered by the Chicago Architectural Foundation will offer us changing vistas of Chicago’s fabulous downtown skyline, with an informed commentary. Alternatively, those who wish can head to the Chicago House of Blues, which is located right across the river from the hotel, for a Sunday morning Gospel Choir Brunch. These two morning options will be followed by some time out for lunch and/or exploring downtown Chicago on foot. Chicago deep-dish pizza will be a must for some of us (but there are plenty of other options). An hour’s coach drive north after lunch will take us to the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its spectacular folding-wing design engineered by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The day will wind down with a visit to Lakefront Brewery, an outstanding Milwaukee brew-pub, for a sampling of beers and a light supper. Our coach will arrive back at UW-Madison by about 9 pm.
Please sign up for this tour as soon as possible!