A note from Leanne Corbin

Reunion Coordinator Classes 1963 - 1966

Ahh, Chicago. Where else can you watch a baseball game while standing on a rooftop, spread out on the grass while listening to a symphony in the middle of downtown, stroll through a world-renowned art museum, and still have time to take in a comedy show—all in the same day?

The Windy City is a destination that offers one-of-a-kind experiences. Many of them come by way of the geography of the locale, which is situated on one of the nation’s largest Great Lakes, with plenty of water-based activities to offer. But most of what makes Chicago so fascinating and fun is its history and culture.

The city is a melting pot of ideas and a haven for artists of all types, from those who like to create on canvas to those who prefer to craft with bricks and mortar. The latter, architecture, is one of Chicago’s most unique attributes. A simple stroll down almost any street in town will reveal a wide array of architectural styles—old and new, side by side.

Venturing into its neighborhoods will reveal pockets of culture from across the globe. Whether you crave German beer, Swedish pastries, Chinese chow mien or Italian pasta, you can find it in Chicago.

Search for the perfect Chicago style hotdog or reenact your favorite scene at one of the many movie locations throughout the city, such as filming spots for The Blues Brothers, The Dark Knight, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Come join us for a day or make this a vacation destination and stay the entire five days. If you have never attended before, there is no time like the present! You will be remembered and the commonality of the Frankfurt experience is always shared by all!

Wednesday night we'll travel out to Evanston to Dick (’65) & Diane Bartelt's for bbq, Thursday night Diana Dwight Miles (’65) and her husband Gordon will host a cocktail hour at Capi's Italian Kitchen http://www.eatatcapis.com/, Friday night we'll cruise on Chicago's First Lady and Saturday we'll dine at our host hotel and dance the night away to the tunes played by Frank Benton (’66) and Phil Fleming (’66).

A registration form can be found on www.fhs63-66.org under Reunions>Next or on Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fhs63-66 under Files> Chicago 2010.

The block of rooms will be held until Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Headquarters for the reunion is the Renaissance Chicago Downtown (http://www.renaissancechicagodowntown.com/) situated on the north edge of the historic Loop, this Chicago luxury hotel is steps away from distinguished shopping, fine dining and famed Millennium Park. The special FHS rate is $149 per night per room from June 23 – June 27, 2010. 15.4% state and local taxes = $171.95 per night). Make hotel reservations directly with the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 by calling 312-372-7200 or Central Reservations office at 1-800-468-3571or http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chisr-renaissance-chicago-downtownhotel/?toDate=6/28/10&groupCode=fahfaha&fromDate=6/23/10&app=resvlink. Ask for the Frankfurt American High Reunion (group code fahfaha). The block of rooms will be held until Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

For those of you driving check this website for parking options (http://www.chicagoparkingmap.com/)

Get your registration forms in....We can't wait to see you for the first time or again!!

PS….no rooms on Wed. 6/23 at the group rate, approx 6 avail - Thur. 6/24, approx 5 - Fri. 6/25, approx 4 - Sat. 6/26, approx 2 - Sun. 6/27. If you have a room and need to cancel - before you do so let me know! If you miss out on the above availability let me know and I will try to swap you out with a cancellation.

Leanne Corbin
Reunion Coordinator Classes '63 - '66
Frankfurt American High School Alumni Assoc., Inc.
(h) 770-578-4757
(c) 770-778-9499
(bb) 678-763-3754

Things to do in Chicago!

  • The Art Institute of Chicago: opened its $300 million Modern Wing. The wing features an outdoor sculpture terrace, a courtyard, a bridge to Millennium Park
  • Millennium Park – “The Bean” sculpture
  • Frank Gehry band shell of Pritzker Pavilion..  . The wing features an outdoor sculpture terrace, a courtyard, a bridge to Millennium Park
  • Buckingham Fountain: It is such a beautiful spot in the summertime. From there, you can enjoy the skyline, the lakefront and the fountain plus the Taste of Chicago
  • Navy Pier: There are a myriad of attractions and things to do on Navy Pier. There are restaurants and a giant Ferris wheel, for starters.
  • Chicago Cultural Center: For a taste of Old World Chicago, this glamorous, beautiful and ornate building has the largest Tiffany stained-glass dome in the world. The center also has rotating exhibits by local artists and live jazz during the day.
  • Willis Tower: Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower, recently updated their Skydeck. Now they have a ledge in the form of a glass box that projects about four feet from the building. You can stand in the box, and you are about 1,300 feet above the ground. It is a nice thing to visit and offers great views.
  • The Tribune Tower:
  • The Wit Hotel: located downtown at Lake and State streets has really cool, funky decor. The top floor has a rooftop bar called ROOF. Half of it is open to the air and half of it is covered, and it is really popular. The area offers views of Millennium Park and it is open to the sky, which is pretty neat.
  • House of Blues: Blues have such a big influence on Chicago, and this venue is in a great location, just off the river. It is really easy to get to.
  • The Field Museum: The T. Rex named Sue lives here and has more than 30 exhibitions to walk around and enjoy.
  • Adler Planetarium & Museum: The planetarium is out on Chicago Museum Campus and offers incredible scenery. The view of the city is breathtakingly phenomenal from there.
  • Museum of Science and Industry: There is so much to do at the Museum of Science and Industry. You could spend an entire day there just looking at the exhibits. A favorite  is the U-505 exhibit, which showcases a German submarine—one of the U boats that was captured during World War II. For years, the boat was outside the museum, but the Chicago weather was not being kind to it, so it was relocated inside the museum, and now there is an entire exhibit dedicated to it.
  • Buddy Guy’s Legends: Buddy Guy owns a club on Wabash and there is a band playing virtually every night. Buddy is a Chicago legend. He grew up with the Chicago blues scene, which is a little bit different than blues in St. Louis and New Orleans.
  • Second City: It is so much fun to see a comedy show at Second City, which started in Chicago. This year is their 50th anniversary, and it really is a Chicago institution. Chicago has an incredible comedy scene, and this is where it all began.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
     

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