Windy City Weekend

Steppenwolf Frank Lloyd Wright's Home Millennium Park

April 17 - 19

Sweet home Chicago, the third most populous U.S. city, brims with historic relevance that creates a vibrant, living connection between the present and the past – and there's no better time to witness that connection than right now.

The first major transportation hub between the eastern and western United States is now a hub for global commerce; the home to the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 is now one of America's most culturally diverse cities; a city built on heavy industry is now a center for tech entrepreneurship. And the chosen home of President Barack Obama is also a city where the political system is constantly adapting to 21st century challenges.

Chicago is an overflowing cauldron of cultural activity, making invaluable contributions to the visual arts, theater (especially improvisational comedy), television (from "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" to "Chicago P.D.") and music (particularly jazz, blues, and gospel).

Join us for a weekend with Yale friends to celebrate all that the Windy City has to offer (click through on links for more details).

Please note changes to agenda | Join us for any one of the events if you can't make the whole weekend

  • Friday – Theater: Dinner and Steppenwolf Theatre with Tony award winners Frank Galati and John Mahoney
  • Saturday Morning and Lunch - Architecturea private tour at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio
  • Saturday afternoon and evening:  Free time for shopping or spots suggested by the organizers depending on your preferences
  • Sunday - Art:  Enjoy the Art Institute of Chicago with a private tour by curator, Christopher Monkhouse, of Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840.  Presenting 300 objects drawn from public and private collections across North America with almost a third of the pieces coming from the Yale Center for British Art, the exhibition is the subject of a book published by Yale University Press.

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Hopefully, you'll find an experience and price that works for you.  We have priced the event to encourage early registration and participation for the entire weekend.  You will need to register each participant individually.  You'll be returned to this event listing after each completed registration.  

Pricing Options Regular Classes
Full Windy City Weekend Package* $300 $225
Friday Dinner and Theater 150 130
Saturday - Frank Lloyd Wright Studio Tour 75 50
Sunday - Art Institute Private Tour, Millennium Park & Lunch 100 75


Included in the Full Event Package Price are:

  • Dinner at Balena and admission to Friday night's theater performance at Steppenwolf

  • Frank Lloyd Wright tour and boxed lunch

  • Admission on Sunday to the Art Institute’s Exhibit and lunch at Terzo Piano

  • Transportation to and from the Union League Club of Chicago to Friday night’s dinner and theater

  • Transportation to and from Oak Park from the Union League Club

NOT included in the Full Event Package Price are:

  • Hotel accommodation (rooms available at the Union League of Chicago on an "as available" basis)

  • Personal gratuities, non-scheduled excursions, cash bar purchases, and mineral waters

  • Breakfast Saturday or Sunday morning

  • Transportation to and from the airport (though we can help coordinate ride shares from the Union League Club of Chicago)

  • Parking or other charges for vehicles , travel insurance, and all items of a strictly personal nature


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Event profits will be used to fund YaleChicago's charitable programs in the following proportions:


Lodging Information

Rooms may be booked on an "as available" basis at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, for Friday and Saturday nights, April 17 and 18, 2015. Located near many of the Windy City Weekend events, the Club offers three restaurants, an elegant library, four-floor athletic facility, and an extensive art collection. Standard rooms cost $251 per night; deluxe rooms are $275 per night. The dress code for the Club is business casual.

To make a reservation, call 312.427.7800 or 800.443.0578 and reference the "Yale Club of Chicago" event.



All participants should be in good health and capable of walking and climbing stairs. By forwarding the deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a hazard for him / her or other participants. The Yale Club of Chicago, and Yale Educational Tours reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour participant should such a person's health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the tour or the enjoyment of the other participants.

Exclusions. Personal gratuities; non-scheduled excursions; wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; laundry and dry cleaning; parking or other charges for vehicles; travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.

Insurance: We highly recommend travel insurance as the cancellation penalty in the brochure will apply. However, Yale Educational Travel and the Yale Club of Chicago do not recommend a particular insurance company. Yale travelers are free to purchase the insurance through a company of their choice. Travel insurance companies may only offer a limited timeframe (7-21 days) within which to purchase travel insurance otherwise certain restrictive provisions applicable to coverage may apply, such as pre-existing condition coverage or you may not be able to purchase it afterwards. If travel insurance is important to you, you should not delay in purchasing insurance.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Payment due by March 27, 2015. All cancellations must be made in writing to the Yale Club of Chicago All payments are non-refundable as of March 27, 2015. When the Yale Club of Chicago receives written notification of cancellation, no further charges will be made to you. All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee.

To the extent that payments made exceed the scheduled amount, funds will be refunded to you. No refunds will be given for cancellation that occurs subsequent to March 27, 2015. No refunds will be given for unused portions of the program (including, but not limited to, unused meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing), for any reason.


The Yale Club of Chicago, Yale Educational Travel, Yale University and the Association of Yale Alumni and their affiliated agents (hereafter called the "Program Sponsors") are responsible only for assisting in making arrangements with respect to all transportation, hotels and other matters of reservations and tour operations and they do not represent or act as agent for transportation carriers, hotels and other suppliers or services connected with this tour. The Program Sponsors assume no responsibility for loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or other irregularity, expense or delays arising from sickness, pilferage, labor disputes, machinery breakdown, quarantine, government restraints, war, acts of terrorism, weather conditions or such other causes. All such losses or expenses shall be borne by the tour participant. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. It is understood that tickets when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and carrier concerned. All services are subject to the laws of the state and country in which they are rendered.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs are given based on information available and currently in force and are subject to change and revision. As a condition to acceptance of any application, each applicant represents that he or she has read the schedule of activities for this tour and recognizes and accepts any risks thereof and hereby agrees for and on behalf of himself or herself and his or her heirs, executors and administrators to abide by the conditions set forth above, and to release and hold harmless the Program Sponsors, or any of them, and their directors, governing board members, officers, agents, licenses, representatives, heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns from any and all liability, claims and demands, however caused, for delays, damages, loss, injury or death, occurring in relation to the tour, and for loss of or damage to his or her property, however occurring, in relation to the tour. If applicable, rates are based on airlines tariff information, which is subject to change with government approval. In the event of changes in tariffs, the rates for flights may be adjusted but will not affect conditions under which reservations are accepted and accommodations secured for the program. Liability for luggage is strictly limited, and participants are urged to take necessary insurance for their protection.

If, due to weather, flight schedule or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), each participant will be responsible for his or her own hotel, transfers and meal costs.

The Program Sponsors reserve the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason with or without notice, and shall not be liable for any such changes. All fares, as well as hours of arrival and departure, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change without prior notice. The Program Sponsors shall not be required to refund any portion of the program price or make any other compensation under these circumstances. The Program Sponsors are not responsible for penalties assessed by air earners resulting from operational and / or itinerary changes, even if they make the flight arrangements or trip cancellation.


In the event that a dispute arises between a participant and Yale, the Yale Club of Chicago and Yale Educational Tours or any other organizers of the trip the following terms will apply: (a) the dispute will be settled by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in Chicago; (b) the dispute will be governed by Illinois law; (c) the maximum amount of recovery to which a participant shall be entitled under any and all circumstances will be the sum of all monies actually received from the participant by the Yale Club of Chicago [Yale Educational Tours]. The participant agrees that this is a fair and reasonable limitation on the damages, of any type whatsoever, that a participant may suffer.

Agreement to Terms:

Payment by tour participant(s) indicates acceptance of the above terms and conditions.

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