Members only. Confidential. Conversations.

You’ll make the best friends you’ll have in the business.

This is your tribe.

At other conferences, meals and social events are time for you to go back to your room and dig through your inbox or have other meetings.

But at Member Meetings, frankly, the most important thing you could do is to be here for each and every meal and social event. We carefully structure them so you can have great conversations and build genuine friendships.


Meet everyone at the Kickoff Dinner

Tuesday, July 18 — 5:30-7:00 PM

Join everyone as we launch the Summer Member Meeting with a family dinner. We’ll all meet for a get-together with drinks and great food. You won’t want to miss this member gathering — it’s where some of the best connections and conversations begin.

We’ll Take You Out to the Ballgame

Wednesday, July 19 — 5:00 PM

(Board the bus to dinner at 5:00 PM.)

The conversations will continue after the sessions wrap up — and one of the highlights is our big night out together. We’ll all go out for a fantastic dinner together off-site. It’s a perfect opportunity to connect with your fellow members after a big day of brainstorming, discussion, and collaboration.

After dinner, we’ll all head to the South Side for a night at the ballpark to see the Sox take on the Dodgers. Your ticket is included with registration. Game time is 7:10 PM.

There’s a Band!

It’s just not a Member Meeting without the tunes.


Optional Activities Before and After the Event

Coming early or staying late? We’ve planned a wide range of relaxing and fun ways to hang out with your fellow members before and after the event.

Some activities include extra fees that we’ll add to your registration when you reserve your spot.

(Already registered? Just email us at members@socialmedia.org with the activities you’d like to attend, and we’ll take care of it.)

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Tuesday, July 18, 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Come see the city with us on a relaxing river cruise. CAF-certified tour guides will interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River.

Cost: $25
Where: Chicago Architecture Foundation — 112 E Upper Wacker Drive

Field Museum Trip

Tuesday, July 18, 11 AM – 1 PM

We’ll all meet for a tour of one of the world’s most famous museums, just blocks from our hotel.

Cost: $30
Where: Field Museum — 1400 S Lake Shore Drive

Brunch at Yolk – South Loop

Tuesday, July 18, 11 AM – 1 PM

Get a head start on meeting your tribe and eating some great food over brunch.

Cost: Cost of your own food and drinks
Where: Yolk — 1120 S Michigan Avenue

Morning Walk/Run at the Hyatt

Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20, 6 AM – 7 AM

Join us for a refreshing walk or run along the Chicago Harbor on both Wednesday and Thursday morning before the Member Meeting.

Cost: Free
Where: Meet in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place lobby (Hyatt’s suggested six-mile route)

Dinner and Drinks at Opart Thai House – South Loop

Thursday, July 20, 6 PM

Grab some authentic Thai food in a casual, cozy environment, wind down, and say your “see you laters” to your tribe.

Cost: Cost of your own food and drinks
Where: Opart Thai House — 1906 S State Street

Sunset Paddle on the River

Thursday, July 20, 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Join us for a leisurely paced kayak paddle down the South Branch of the Chicago River and enjoy the city during the golden hour. Wateriders recommends water-friendly clothing and shoes and a water bottle. Bring electronics at your own risk. Wateriders has onsite storage for backpacks and other personal belongings.

Cost: $45
Where: Wateriders Sunset Paddle — 500 N Kingsbury Street

 

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