2:30 p.m. – Architecture River Cruise
112 East Wacker Drive. Located at the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, a blue awning marks the boat dock entrance stairs that lead down to the river.
Meet the rest of the family at our cruise departure location. Head down the steps to the Riverside Gardens Dock on Chicago’s Riverwalk. We’ll board Chicago’s First Lady shortly before our departure precisely at 3:00 p.m.
4:30-5:00 p.m. – Disembark and Travel to The Cliff Dwellers Club
22nd Floor, 200 South Michigan Avenue
Walk or ride the half-mile south on Michigan Avenue to The Cliff Dwellers Club. You’ll go past Millennium Park and know you’ve arrived when you find yourself, directly across from The Art Institute of Chicago at the southwest corner of Michigan and Adams Street.
5:oo-8:00 p.m. – Gala Family Reunion Dinner
The Cliff Dwellers Club, 22nd Floor, 200 South Michigan Avenue.
During the cocktail hour there will be musical acompanyment and you can enjoy the exceptional views from the Club’s penthouse terrace. On a clear day you’ll be able to see across Lake Michigan from Michigan City to the north to the steel mills on the Indiana shore to the south. Your view will also take in Navy Pier, Monroe Street Harbor, Millennium and Grant Parks, The Art Institute and Buckingham Fountain. In sight at the Museum Campus you can pick out the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum, and beyond them the home of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field and the great convention center, McCormick Place. Here’s what the views looked like recently as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practiced for their air show the next day.
On Friday, August 20, 2021, I went down to The Cliff Dwellers early for lunch. I wanted to catch the morning practice session of the Navy’s Blue Angels. They didn’t disappoint. Errol Garner playing Avalon couldn’t keep up with them.
Chat up a storm with family at your table during our bountiful buffet dinner feast, but, if you’ve left room for dessert, the Club has fresh fruit and is also famous for its Daniel Burnham Deep Dish Pies.
After dinner we’ll have a program guaranteed to have us learn things we never knew about how we’re all related. As time permits, we’ll even have time for a few family stories.
Chicago Botanic Garden
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 – Meet with the Rest of the Family and Explore the Chicago Botanic Garden
We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast (coffee, tea and rolls) and a family get-together in a truly magical environment. The parking is free if you tell the parking lot attendant as you enter that you’re with The Canavan Family Reunion. Follow the signs to the Visitor Center where we’ll be meeting before gathering for our continental breakfast (coffee, tea, rolls) event in the Buehler Enabling Garden. Directional signage to the Buehler Enabling Garden will be posted at the Visitor Center and along the route. It is roughly a seven minute walk from the Visitor Center. A golf cart will be available for those wishing a lift. If the weather is inclement, the gathering will be moved inside.
Travel to the Garden to and from downtown can be arranged for those needing it. Our venue has enchanting gardens, peaceful lakes, native woods and a tallgrass prairie. A tram ride later in the morning is an fun option. It travels along a 2.3 mile route and with its narrated tour you can learn about the history and science of the Garden. The highlights include the McDonald Woods, the Japanese Garden. For those interested, your visit can also include admission to the Model Railroad Garden.
9:15 a.m. – If there is sufficient interest we can arrange for transportation which will depart from the Reunion hotel for the Botanic Garden and then to the Open House. If you’re interested, contact your cousin Beth Hanley Dunn now (E-Mail Beth; +1.847.274-3372).
Open House & Lunch at Cathy and Bill Bowe’s Home
1:00 p.m. – Whenever
2422 Colony Ct, Northbrook, IL 60062
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If time permits and you’re not headed for the airport or elsewhere from the Botanic Garden, plan to finish the Reunion at Cathy and Bill Bowe’s home near the Botanic Garden. It will be another chance to relax and unwind with the family members whose travel plans permit.