I ll see if me Kenn Jeff, AD, and Taylor can come. PM Adny and fuddy also
Ya....if you guys and Christine can show up we can have a mini meet, so I can see all your beauties in person.
Maybe we could meet for lunch around noon.
I'm arriving late Saturday night to take advantage of cheaper air fare with an overnight Saturday. Things don't start for me until Sunday dinner @ 6:30pm., then I'll be busy thru to Wednesday when I leave to visit some family in Ontario.
.....and Steve can bring his fine looking lady along too.
Here'* all I know about the conference center. Sounds like a nice place to spend the afternoon.
How far from the OHare airport is it
How far from downtown Chicago is it
The Harrison Conference Center at Lake Bluff has a heritage that dates back three quarters of a century.
The land, comprising 130 acres of wooded Illinois countryside, originally belonged to John Mines, an immigrant farmer from Ireland. In the late 1800’* Mines became financially depressed. To protect himself from further losses, he sold the estate to rail magnate William V. Kelly. Needing only to pay back taxes in order to gain title, Kelly invested additional funds to form a one and a half acre man-made lake on the back edge of the estate. The Italian Villa style Manor House and Gatehouse, designed by the famed architect Howard Van Doren, was begun during this same time period.
A stone bridge was built over the front lake and the Kelly estate was named in its honor. A leading publication once claimed that the estate’* backyard of 110 acres deserved recognition as the largest private backyard in the world.
William Kelly died in the early 1930’* and Stonebridge was purchased by Walter Patton Murphy, an ingenious railroad mechanic who made his fortune as an inventor and manufacturer of railroad equipment.
Upon Murphy’* passing in 1942, the estate was willed to Northwestern University.
Two years later, the Servite order of the Catholic Church purchased the estate from Northwestern University and by 1945 had turned it into their seminary. The Servites invested two million dollars in the estate and built an addition in 1955 with a Kitchen, Dining Room, Classrooms, Bedrooms, Recreational Facilities and a Chapel. This addition was dedicated by his Eminence, Samuel Cardinal Stritch, on September 16, 1957.
In the late 1960’*, the Stonebridge estate was purchased by Harrison Conference Services, Inc., which in 1970 opened as the Midwest’* first full-time Conference Center.
Harrison Conference Center at Lake Bluff has been restored rather than renovated in order to preserve the dignity of the original estate. Maintained are the Gothic arches at the front entrance and the Byzantine towers which overlook the rear courtyard.
A day of learning can easily be enhanced by the use of the 24-hour Fitness Center, outdoor pool, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, and hiking/jogging trails.
By blending the elegance and comfort of the existing Manor House and Gatehouse, the Harrison Conference Center is able to provide an atmosphere conducive for management development, training seminars and sales meetings - as well as social events.
At Harrison you’ll find that they have made a unique commitment to deliver their services with superior standards of quality and excellence.