Social Events
Descriptions and Directions
Note that a Google map of these various locations is included in your registration material. If you
misplace this map, ask for an extra one at the registration desk or refer to the small map included
at the end of this description.
Thursday, July 12

5:00-7:00 pm Opening Receptions
Locations: Berghoff Restaurant and Buddy Guy‘s Legends
Two exciting venues have been scheduled for opening receptions. Students will attend a
reception at Buddy Guy‘s Legends, Chicago‘s premier blues club with Cajun soul food, located
at 700 S. Wabash Street. Not only will students have the opportunity to meet each other and
listen to live music, but they will also be introduced to the current and incoming IARR board
members, the journal editors, and others. Regular members will attend a reception at the
Berghoff Restaurant (17 W. Adams), considered to be a Chicago institution. Both venues are a
short walking distance from the two conference hotels. Registration packets will contain a ticket
to the appropriate venue. Please bring your ticket, wear your name badge, and bring
identification of age if you want an alcoholic beverage.
Directions from the Palmer House: Buddy Guy‘s Legends is 6/10 of a mile from the Palmer
House. Take the Wabash Street exit, turn right, and walk 6/10 of a mile south. It is on the corner
of Wabash and Balbo Avenue. The Berghoff Restaurant is 2/10 of a mile from the Palmer House.
Take the State Street exit, and turn left (south) on State Street and go ½ block, and then turn west
(right) on Adams Street and you will see the Berghoff Restaurant (on left). Anyone who would
like to walk from the Palmer House in a group and be guided by a local volunteer, please be at the
street level/Wabash exit at 4:40 (for those going to Buddy Guy‘s) and at the street level/State
Street exit at 4:45 (for those going to the Berghoff).

9:30 pm Informal Social Gathering
Location: Palmer House Potter‘s Lounge and Lockwood Bar
If you would like to continue to gather with IARR members after the evening‘s keynote address,
consider joining fellow attendees at the Palmer House lobby or in one of the Palmer House bars
(Potter‘s lounge and Lockwood Bar)


Friday, July 13

11:30- 12:30 Box Lunch Picnic
Pickup: Lower level of DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd
There are many nearby locations where you can eat your box lunch, including Millennium Park
and Pritzker Park. Millennium Park is located toward the Lake Michigan between Randolph and
Monroe Street. Simply walk east to Michigan Avenue, and then walk north. Pritzker Park is at
301 S. State Street, near Jackson Blvd, just to the north of the Harold Washington Library. PR
Editors and Editorial Board should take their lunch to the DePaul Club room on 11th floor of
DePaul Center for a meeting. Everyone needs to bring their appropriate lunch ticket and name

4:30 – 7:30 pm Poster Sessions and Social Time

7:30 – 10:30 pm More Social Time, Karaoke, Dancing
Location: Rock Bottom Restaurant (1 West Grand Avenue); 2nd level
This event is not to be missed! It begins with three poster sessions, which run back-to-back for
an hour each, from 4:30 to 7:30. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar during the poster
sessions. After the poster sessions, Rock Bottom (2nd level) is IARR‘s for the rest of the evening,
so of course we are throwing a party! A disc jockey will provide both music for dancing and
songs for Karaoke beginning at 8 pm. Not only do IARR members do great research, but many
of them can also sing! Some of our IARR members have promised to perform and we hope that
you will too! There are many restaurants in the River North area (near Rock Bottom) if you want
to make a reservation for dinner and then return to the party. Another option is to eat in one of
the dining areas of Rock Bottom, which includes a beer garden on the third level, and two
restaurants on the first level. Or, you can make a dinner out of the hors d‘oeuvres that will be
provided at the event from approximately 5 to 7 pm. Be sure to wear your name tag and bring
identification of age if you want an alcoholic drink.
Directions from the Palmer House: Take the State Street exit, turn right, and head north on State
Street for 8/10 of a mile until you reach Grand avenue (you will pass the Chicago River, the
House of Blues, and Illinois Street). Rock Bottom is at the intersection of Grand and State, on the
west (left) side of State Street.
Anyone who would prefer to walk in a group with a guide, a first guide will take a group at 4 pm
and a second guide will take a group at 5 pm. Be at the street level/State Street exit of the Palmer
House at one of those times. In addition, another guide at 4 p.m. will assist anyone who does not
want to walk and prefers to take the Red Line subway ($2.25 one way) which stops in front of
Rock Bottom. A cab is also an option for anyone who does not want to walk or take the subway
(estimated cost: $8-$10). If you need assistance returning, please ask one of the volunteers or
conference organizers at the event.


Saturday, July 14

11:30 – 12:45 Buffet Lunch at the DePaul Cafeteria
or 12:45 – 2:00 Location: Cafeteria on 11th floor of DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
The cafeteria is reserved for IARR and will be serving food to our group from 11:30 until 2:00.
Note that there are two sessions, 11:30-12:45 and 12:45-2:00, during the designated lunch time.
Select the lunch time that precedes or follows the session that you would like to attend. Bring
your lunch ticket and name badge.

5:15 – 6:30 pm IARR Business Meeting
Location: Daley, LL105
A business meeting as a social event? In our organization, yes! Attending the meeting is a good
way to meet people in the organization and become involved. Learn about the past, present, and
future of IARR.

6:30 pm Open Dinner
Saturday evening, after the business meeting, is a time to go out with old and new friends to a
local restaurant. The concierge at the hotel can make a recommendation, or you can use to input your location and preferences to read peer reviews of local restaurants. also provides an easy way to make reservations, recommended for many places,
and you can even download this application to your smart phone. After dinner, consider
returning to Potter‘s Lounge and Lockwood Bar at the Palmer House to gather with others during
social time or mingle with new scholars at the New Scholars Event.

8:30-10:30 pm New Scholars Gathering
Location: Pazzo‘s Cucina Italiana, Lower Level
Directly across the street from the Daley Building at 23 E. Jackson
All students and pre-tenure members are invited to this social hour for emerging scholars. Not
only is this a great networking opportunity, it will be a lot of fun! When you walk into Pazzo‘s,
turn right in front of the bar and go downstairs to find a large meeting space with a bar that is
specifically reserved for IARR. If you get hungry, Pazzo‘s has great food options.

8:30 – 10:30 pm (Not New Scholars) Social Gathering
Location: Palmer House‘s Potter‘s Lounge and Lockwood Bar
Anyone not attending the New Scholars Gathering, please feel free to meet after dinner at the
bars in the Palmer House.


Sunday, July 15

12:30 – 2:30 pm Explore and Have Fun!
Some of you may want to take a nap. For those who are wide awake, Chicago is great to explore,
with many popular places within walking distance of the conference sites. Grab a bite to eat at
one of the many nearby restaurants or at the Taste of Chicago (the world‘s largest food festival)
in Grant Park, just to the east of the Palmer House (south of Millennium Park). You may also
consider any of the following: shop on the famous Magnificent Mile district, visit the Art
Institute, take your photo at Cloud Gate (affectionately known as the ―Bean‖) in Millennium
Park, take the elevator up to the Skydeck in the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) or the John
Hancock Observatory (where you can also grab some food and a cocktail on the 95th floor), go to
Navy Pier, take the Chicago River & Lake Architecture Tour (it‘s best to reserve in advance), or
go to the Museum Campus (which includes the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the
Adler Planetarium). For the sports fans, the Chicago Cubs are playing at Wrigley field. Just
don‘t forget to return to the conference!

6:30—11:00 pm Evening Soirée at the Chicago Cultural Center
Hors D’Oeuvres, Awards, and Dance
Location: 78 E. Washington St. (corner of Washington St. & Michigan
Come join us at the beautiful and historical Chicago Cultural Center for IARR‘s legendary
awards ceremony and reception. The evening will include a meal‘s worth of hors d‘oeuvres, an
open bar, and the Awards Ceremony followed by music and dancing. Plan to come celebrate the
award winners and stay to socialize and dance. IARR members are not only known for their
scholarship (and singing), but also for their dance moves. This will be a memorable event – and
it won‘t be the same without you! Be sure to wear your name badge, bring your ticket to the
event, and bring identification of age if you want an alcoholic beverage.
Directions from the Palmer House: Exit at the Monroe Street Exit, and head east (towards
Millennium park) to Michigan Avenue. Turn north (left) on Michigan Avenue and walk 2 blocks
until you see Washington Avenue. The Cultural Center is the large building on the corner of
Washington and Michigan. Enter the doors on Washington Street. Anyone who would like to
walk from the Palmer House in a group with a guide should be at the street level/Monroe Street
exit at 6:15 p.m. If you need assistance returning, please ask one of the volunteers or conference
organizers while at the event.