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Special Events

We have lots of great opportunities to network with colleagues and experience Chicago's famous entertainment offerings. Enhance your time at the conference by taking advantage of some of these great events.

The Second City


The Second City is America’s most famous live comedy theater, with original comedic revues featuring sketch, improvisation, and music, performed 7 nights a week. For over half a century, their ensemble casts have been daring audiences to laugh at our world, our shared troubles, and ourselves. In their oldest theater, Second City's Mainstage Revue features the latest of cutting-edge sketch comedy. The Second City boasts a lengthy alumni list from Bill Murray to Steve Carell, John Belushi to Tina Fey, and continues to produce the premiere comic talent in the industry. 

Fee: $41

Reception at the Palatine Gurdwara

The Palatine Gurdwara, the oldest in the midwest, is a unique venue for this celebration of teachers and social studies education, connecting us with the heritage of the Sikh-American community. This engaging evening includes networking opportunities, a gallery tour, cultural activities, and a traditional vegetarian Langar. Explore exhibits and watch diverse documentaries. The reception is hosted by the American Sikh Council in collaboration with the Sikh Resource Society and the Palatine Gurdwara.

Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!

 Experience NPR’s weekly hour-long news quiz program live, from its regular home at the Chase Auditorium. Test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world, and laugh at the week’s events.

Fee: $35



How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?  Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway musical on the life of Alexander Hamilton has come to Chicago.  

Friday and Saturday SOLD OUT

Tickets for both Friday and Saturday evening performances are still available through