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SBCS members from across the land and around the world are packing, planning, and heading to Chicago. By car, van, SUV… by planes small and large, it is the Gathering of the Clan.
The Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of the Windy City had a joint press conference this morning , and their message was simple. “Citizens of Chicago, bring out your little buildings and monuments, the SBCS is coming to town!” ………..OK, maybe I’m making that up. I might be a little excited!
Michael and I have been finalizing… emailing, writing, phoning, initialing, signing, printing, photocopying. Checking our lists. Making new lists.
In less than a week we will all come together to celebrate our obsessions.
How great is that?
When you get there…
Look for the SBCS signage after you check in.
Come and see us at Registration – Pick up your Convention Package.
Have breakfast every morning in the lobby.
Enjoy coffee with the gang! Buy Raffle tickets.
Thursday night – Early Bird pizza night!
Friday morning – Frank Lloyd Wright time. An early morning bus tour.
Friday night – Reception at the hotel.
Schmoozing, socializing, Show & Tell. Buy Raffle tickets.
Saturday – Early morning Architectural River Cruise. Buy Raffle tickets.
Then it’s…the Business meeting, then the SWAP MEET!
Buy more Raffle tickets.
Saturday night – Banquet – Auction – Raffle (Did I mention the tickets?)
Sunday morning – A walking tour in the Loop.
And don’t forget the Randolph St. Antique Market.
SEE YOU IN CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In less than 100 hours – very early on Wednesday morning – two cars will pull out on the road – one from Nashville and one from Toronto. Both cars will head towards Chicago, Illinois. Other cars from other places are heading there as we speak. And what happens when we all reach Chicago? Where will we park?
At the Homewood Suites, Valet Parking with In & Out privileges is $59 a night. That’s somewhere between the best deal in town and Ouch!!
Next door to the Hotel, at the Grand Plaza parking lot, it’s $45 for 24 hours, with no In & Out.
Then there are crowd-sourced APP’s that you can download – like SpotHero and ParkWhiz.
They will tell you where you can park and for how much. It won’t be at the hotel, and probably nowhere near the hotel, but it will be cheaper.
Cab or Uber it back to the hotel.
Have a great Convention!
We hope you are singing along with Frank, who also wrote the lyrics to MY KIND OF TOWN (CHICAGO IS)
“ Chicago is Tuggin’ my sleeve / Chicago is / The Wrigley building / Chicago is / The union stockyard / Chicago is / One town that won’t let you down / It’s my kind of town”
We are getting so close to SBCS 2017 Chicago convention. Michael and I are in high gear. We’re printing and packing and checking our lists. The tours have filled up, the schedule is being finalized. Little buildings are being wrapped and put into boxes. Which ones will you bring? Which ones will you take home? Here are three buildings from the Kneisel Collection that some lucky person will take home.
Members will begin arriving on Wednesday. We’re in the Wednesday group! We’ll look for the rest of you at breakfast on Thursday.
Don’t forget that on Thursday Michael is organizing a Chicago Pizza night in the neighborhood. He’s going to pick a spot, reserve some space, and drag you early birds out for dinner.
Also on Thursday: Carol Detweiler and Joe Kopitz are planning to go to the Palmer House in the afternoon for the “History is Hot” lecture and tour and you’re all invited to join in. https://www.lockwoodrestaurant.com/events/history-is-hott/. Reach out to Carol or Joe for more information.
Every year at the Convention we have a Business Meeting where we talk about and decide upon policies and actions that affect SBCS. One of the things we do at these meetings is to choose the next year’s President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Chair, and Newsletter Chair. Sometimes the members filling these volunteer positions offer to stand for another term, or other members are elected (or drafted) to fill these positions.
Joe Kopitz, President of SBCS for the last five years has notified the Executive Committee that he will not be seeking re-election this year. On behalf of all of the members of SBCS, Michael and I want to offer our thanks for the great job Joe has done.
This means that this year’s business meeting will be more important than ever. We will be picking the next president of SBCS. On behalf of the Committee we ask you to consider running or nominating someone for this or any of the other Executive positions. Please give this some thought between now and Chicago!
Bus Tour – Boat Tour – Food – Fun – Buildings – Swap Meet – Auction – Raffle
More Buildings – Prizes – Contests – Shopping – Swapping – Surprises
And don’t forget to dress in your favorite “Building” clothing and Accessories.
Can’t wait to see you in Chicago…
Your 2017 Hosts – Michael Emrick & Mark Fine
Souvenir Building Collectors’ collections focus on souvenir or miniature buildings. However, many of these small treasures are also utilitarian – banks, bookends, tape measures, ink wells, paper weights, salt and pepper shakers – therefore the SBCSociety has a number of cross-collecting members.
On Saturday, August 26, during the 2017 SBCS Convention at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, many different varieties of souvenir building will be up for sale through the SWAP MEET or AUCTION or RAFFLE.
These are some of the banks from the Kneisel Collection that will be available in the various venues.
Peripatic traveller and souvenir building enthusiast, David Savanyu, reminds us that there are lots of interesting things to see and do around Chicago this August. Filling the days surrounding the SBCS Convention is easy. Given the various Frank Lloyd Wright special exhibits (150th Birthday anniversary) around the country this year those exhibits near Chicago for this mighty midwesterner are appealing. The SBCS Convention has a scheduled 4-hour Frank Lloyd Wright tour visiting sites in Illinois from downtown Chicago to Oak Park. David also recommends sites in the neighboring state of Wisconsin, all within driving distance and some with free reservations.
David also suggests visiting Farnsworth House (Mies van der Rohe, German/American architect), in Plano, IL
If you collect miniature buildings – not for the architects – but for what they hold or represent – here are some other sites to check out during your Chicago visit as represented by Kneisel Collection pieces that will be available at the Convention – Shop & Swap, Raffle, or Auction.
Field Museum (marvelous ethnographic collections)
Museum of Science and Industry (Robots are in this summer)
Shedd Aquarium (Jazz program or Amphibian Exhibit)
Adler Planetarium (the night sky over Chicago in 1913 at the historic Atwood Sphere):
Picasso Sculpture (the no-name sculpture in big-name Daley Plaza):
Chicago 2017 – 52 Days and Counting!
I hope you’re as excited as we are about the Convention. Our Canadian members just celebrated Canada Day July 1, and it’s July 4th for most of the rest of us… our apologies to The Netherlands! August 25th will be here before you know it, and we will be in Chicago, the windy city. Ya know, Windy City is not about the breeze coming off Lake Michigan. It’s what New Yorkers thought about the non-stop speaking of the Chicago delegation in NYC who were determined to convince the World’s Fair Committee that they were the right city to celebrate the Columbian Exposition. They didn’t stop talking until they won that honor, earning them the nickname Windy City, and creating the White City in 1893.
History of Chicago & Sunday Walking Tour
Chicago native Joan Kane will be at the convention this year. At our Friday night reception Joan will deliver a short talk about the History of Chicago.
On Sunday Joan will lead an early-morning walking tour along Dearborn St. where we will see an architectural history of Chicago, from old to new!
FUN FACT – Grant Park is built on cinders of the 1871 Great Fire of Chicago.
Registration: Early Registration Deadline is July 10!
Fellow SBCS’ers. It’s time to register. In fact, let’s sweeten the pot. If you have your registration and payment in to Katharine by July 10, not only will you skip the late fee, we will enter all of your names into a draw for one of three Early Bird Prizes! Yes… Prizes! We like that.
The Frank Lloyd Wright bus tour is going to be amazing. No other way to describe it. Three hours of FLW – what else could you ask for? To book this private bus tour we had to promise a minimum of 25 bums in seats, so be sure to sign up for a seat on this fabulous FLW adventure.
Saturday’s Swap and Shop
This past week, the Bob Kneisel Collection Committee sent Michael and I a list of all the Kneisel buildings and monuments that are going to be in Chicago for the Swap Meet and the Auction. Yow! We want them all. Be sure you are in the room when these are unleashed. Here are a few examples.
For all of you who are arriving before Friday, Michael Emrick will be organizing a Thursday Pizza Night. More time to schmooze. Stay tuned for details.
Registration… Registration ….REGISTRATION!
We are looking forward to a flood of registrations this next week or so.
Please fill out your registration form and send it to Katharine.
Click here to access the Registration Form
Book your room now: Click here for the Homewood Suites SBCS Member Reservations. Our block of rooms is almost booked up.
We may be able to add a few rooms, but we’d have to do that soon.
Please book as soon as possible to get SBCS’ amazing rate. The Homewood Suites are just 350 feet from the GRAND/STATE STREET Red Line Station and easy connections from the airports and to the famous LOOP.
See you in Chicago…
Mark Fine & Michael Emrick
Last weekend Amy and I went to Chicago to check out the hotel, nail down the tours, and have some great Chicago fun. We were knocked out by how beautiful and luxurious our convention hotel is.
When they say “newly renovated”, they are not kidding.
Sitting in the “cafe” end of the lobby where we’ll be eating breakfast together, we marvelled at the fabulous view of Chicago skyline. Step outside and you’re in the midst of the North Loop, surrounded by beautiful buildings and fabulous restaurants… a short walk from the river where we’ll start Saturday’s architectural boat tour.
We racked up the steps as we explored the city yet again. In the Hyde Park area, on the South Side, we visited the Museum of Science and Industry and ate at Valois, a huge cafeteria and one of Obama’s favorites. In North Chicago we went to two antique malls on N. Broadway and walked away with some beautiful finds, including a 9″ lead Havoline Tower and a handful of Banthrico banks. I was amazed at the number of buildings we saw in only two small malls. We’re pretty excited about the Randolph St. Market.
There are about 60 days left before our Chicago Convention. Please fill out the registration form and get it in the mail. Registration Fees increase on July 10. July 31 is the cut-off date for Our SBCS Member Special rates at the Hilton Homewood Suites, Chicago. Book your room now through the link on the Convention Registration Form.
More details to come. Prizes, Awards, party game….. SEE YOU IN CHICAGO!
It’s time to reserve your table space at the annual SBCS SWAP MEET (full table – $25, half table – $15). Click here to download the Registration Form.
All across the country and maybe the globe, souvenir building enthusiasts are culling their collections in anticipation of this year’s swap meet. You never know what treasure will appear in the Saturday Swap and Sale Meet.
The Souvenir Building Society will have a group of small buildings from the Bob Kneisel Collection for sale. Here are a few pictures.
The plans are coming together for the 2017 Convention of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society to be held in Chicago, IL on August 25-26-27. Click here for Mark and Mike’s update letter.
Here is the general outline of the three days.
Friday, August 25:
- 9 AM to 1 PM: Frank Lloyd Wright Tour (Bus Tour). Click here for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Website
- EVENING: Annual MEET & GREET, aka Reception (at convention hotel) and Show & Tell.HELP THE ORGANIZERS PICK A THEME, forward your suggestions to 2017 SBCS Convention Committee by clicking here.
Saturday: August 26:
- EARlY AM: Chicago River Cruise – 50+ iconic Chicago buildings on view.
- LATE AM: SBCS Business Meeting and Swap Meet (convention hotel). Some of the buildings from Bob Kneisel’s bequest to the Society will be available in the Swap Meet and others in the evening’s auction.
- EVENING: Saturday Night Banquet (off-site venue) Raffle, Auction and Merriment!
Sunday: August 27:
- Stay Tuned
HOTEL BOOKING INFORMATION
In 1999 the SBCS convention was in Chicago. We paid $154.00 per night at the convention hotel. In 2017, eighteen years later, we have negotiated a rate at a suites hotel in the shadow of the Wrigley Building, for a mere $174 per night.
Our hotel in Chicago is the newly renovated Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, at 40 East Grand Ave. All rooms are 340 sq. ft. suites with separate living and sleeping areas, two 27-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, a galley kitchen, King Beds, free WIFI, and free hot full breakfast & complimentary evening social Monday through Thursday.
When we book the Convention Hotel we promise to take a fixed number of room nights. When we all stay at the Convention Hotel we maximize the time we have to visit and socialize. This is why it is so important to all stay at the same place. If we don’t meet the promised room nights, SBCS has to pay the difference. So, lets all commit to stay at the Convention Hotel and get the most out of every moment of the short span of time we get to spend with each other every year.
Like NYC, parking in downtown Chicago is not cheap. We are researching some alternatives.
Souvenir Building Collectors Society members can book their hotel rooms starting April 1.