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Welcome to Chicago, Fulbrighters!

Welcome to Chicago, the Windy City.

ON A SLIGHTLY overcast but fortunately rainless autumn day, the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association welcomed Fulbrighters from all over the world. The first event of the academic year was an architectural tour on the Chicago River that gave us the opportunity to present the beauty of the city of Chicago to the newcomers, and share it with the local Fulbright alumni.

Sixty eight people participated in the 2018 Fall Welcome.

“Sixty eight Fulbrighters, between members of the association and Fulbright students and scholars have come to participate in this event today,” said Meredith McNeil, president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Students and scholars not only from Chicago universities but also from from Champaign-Urbana, Normal-Bloomington and Dekalb participated in the event.

At the base of the Wrigley Building, where the tour started.

The Wendella Tours boat left its wharf at the base of the Wrigley Building and sailed the Chicago River bypassing the south branch to reach the Willis Tower (ex-Sears Tower, the second tallest building in the United States.) There it turned around and came back to cross under Michigan Avenue and continued until entering Lake Michigan, from where we all could appreciate the skyline of this wonderful city.

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying the tour.

Among the buildings that stood out in this tour are the Marina City, built in 1964, the Merchandise Mart— that in 1930 became was the largest building in the (372,000 m2) and had its own postal code—the IBM building, the Civic Opera House, the NBC Tower, the Carbide and Carbon Building with its gold leaf top, the 333 West Wacker Drive building and its dramatic curved, green glass façade to the most modern Lake Point Tower and Aqua buildings, to cite just a few.

The Trump Tower, the second tallest building in Chicago.

At the end of the tour, the group moved to the Howell’s & Hood Restaurant, in the Tribune Tower building, another architectural wonder, where the scholars, students and members of the association shared a lunch and moments of friendship and camaraderie.

The entire group!

Fulbright students and scholars enjoying a good time at the lake.

Lifetime Fulbright Association member Jane Florine, an ethnomusicologist who did her Fulbright in Argentina.

Scholars and their families participated in our Fall Welcome.

Past recipients of the Fulbright Dee Sarelas Service Award Marilyn Susman (2010) and Ana Gil-García (2012).

The view from Lake Michigan.

Judy and Serafín Veramendi, and our boat tour guide.

Fulbright Chicago past presidents Elio Leturia (2011-12), Ana Gil-García (2008) and Don Garner (2007).

The city views from Lake Michigan are spectacular.

In this Fulbright group, Spanish was the language of choice.

At the patio of Howell’s & Hood Restaurant.

Three current Fulbright scholars. At the center, Teuta Peja from Kosovo.

Poland, Kosovo, Mexico and Peru are represented in this Fulbright group.

The food line is always a good place to get to know each other!

Another Fulbright group (all Argentines, and one Mexican) having a good time.

Chicago-based Fulbright students welcome newly arrived Fulbrighters

Current Fulbrighters welcoming newly-arrived Fulbright students at the Bulldog Ale House in Rogers Park in the north part of Chicago.

ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, current Fulbright students  Joan Miguel López from Honduras, Serene Ismail from Pakistan, Nasrullah Hussaini from  Afghanistan, Yver Melchor from Mexico, Aldo Álvarez from Paraguay, Hasina Ehsan from Aghanistan and Juan Manuel Cánovas from Argentina organized an informal gathering at the Bulldog Ale House in Rogers Park to welcome recently arrived Fulbrighters from Colombia, Palestine, Indonesia, Kosovo, Poland, Bosnia, El Salvador, Malaysia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier that day Serene Ismail, Fulbright student representative to the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, attended the board meeting to participate in the 2018-2019 events and activities planning for the year ahead.

Chapter’s president Meredith McNeil said that our upcoming Fall Welcome Architecture Boat Tour will be a great way to show our new Fulbrighters the beautiful city of Chicago.

To register for the Fall Welcome please visit our site, fulbrightchicago.com or click here.

2018 Fall Welcome with an architectural tour

WELCOME TO CHICAGO with an architectural tour! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend our 2018 Fall Welcome Event.

We want to welcome the visiting Fulbright students and scholars who have recently arrived, as well as to reconnect with old friends.

This a two-part event. It starts with an architectural tour on the Chicago River, followed by an informal gathering at a restaurant in a Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower.

DATE Sunday, September 30, 2018
TIME Meet up at Wendella ticketing: NO LATER than 11:45a.m. The boat departs promptly at noon.
Wendella Boat Ride: 12:00p.m.
Howells & Hoods: 2:00p.m. (light fare)

LOCATION BOAT TOUR Wendella Boar Tours, 400 N. Michigan Ave.
LOCATION RESTAURANT Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave.


RSVPs are required by Close of Business, Friday, Sept. 28th! Please R.S.V.P. using this form.

COST FREE for current visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars and members of the consular corps. $20 for guests, family members, Fulbright Association members and Fulbright alumni.

PAYMENT via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8JU46XXZ9EZVW

Money will NOT be accepted onsite, all paying guests must pay using the Paypal link above. As seating is limited, your ticket is only guaranteed upon payment.

If you will be using public transportation, you can plan your trip with the CTA Trip Planner: www.transitchicago.com

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

*Please note that photos and video will be taken at the event.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago Facts Scavenger Hunt at Unity Temple

Fulbright students gathered outside the main Unity Temple area prior to the beginning of the event

By Cristina Sisson  — VISITING FULBRIGHT STUDENTS and scholars joined Fulbright alumni members on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 11:30 am. -2 pm. for the annual Fall Welcome, the first event of the new academic year.

Linda Gruber and Ana Gil-García met at Unity Temple after Dr. Gil-García’s return from teaching in Egypt.

A packed room of over eighty guests shared lunch together at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity House, the secular social space of Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois. After a welcome by our chapter president, Elio Leturia, visiting Fulbrighters competed in a Chicago fact scavenger hunt that included questions about the Chicago Fire, local museums, and cultural questions such as “What are the toppings on a traditional Chicago hot dog?”  board member Jason Romano led the scavenger hunt and joked that teams received one point for listing “mustard” and lost five if they included ketchup.  Halloween prizes were awarded to the top three teams.

While explaining how Frank Lloyd Wright directed Unity Temple’s construction, our tour guide said the whole structure was made using concrete.

The fun welcome to the city continued as guests enjoyed an informative and engaging tour Unity Temple.  The foundation’s docent chronicled the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture in Chicago and around the world. Many Fulbrighters took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and walked together to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio, historical homes, and other museums in the area such as Ernest Hemingway’s Home.

It was a perfect setting to catch up with Fulbright alumni and meet new students studying in Chicago.

Fulbright students worked together on the Chicago Scavenger Hunt right after the luncheon and before the architectural tour.

Photos by Thomas Ahleman

Welcome to Chicago this Fall: Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple Tour and Luncheon

The Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois

By Jason Romano — WELCOME TO THE WINDY CITY! The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association has planned a new year of exciting events.

Detail of the interior of the Unity Temple

To kick off the year, we ask you to join us for the Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Architectural Tour and Luncheon on Saturday September 29, 2012 from 12 to 2 pm.  In addition to welcoming our newly arrived Fulbrighters as well as catching up with continuing students, guests will enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of Unity Temple, Wright’s modern masterpiece, located in historic Oak Park, a vibrant neighborhood located just outside of Chicago’s city limits, a short train ride from downtown Chicago.

This is an excellent opportunity to get to know one another, meet the members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and to see one of the many exciting neighborhoods that the Chicagoland area has to offer.

Unity Temple is located in Oak Park

Following the tour, guests are encouraged to visit other historic sites in the neighborhood such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio and home, the Ernest Hemingway House, and the Pleasant Home.  Please visit www.visitoakpark.com for an area map.

Unity Temple is located at 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois, and  it is accessible via the Oak Park stop off of the CTA’s Green Line.  There is free street parking available along the viaduct; there is also metered parking on the streets as well as $6 all day parking available at various parking structures.

Please R.S.V.P using the online form or email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by Tuesday September 25, 2012.

If you are a Fulbright alum please include your name and country where you had your Fulbright. The cost of the tour and luncheon is $25 (please bring cash or check).

If you are an international Fulbright student/scholar please include your name, country of origin and school that you are attending. It is FREE of charge for Fulbright students/scholars.

If you happen to reserve a spot and do not come, you will be charged the cost of the event, $25. The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association needs to pay in advance and there are no refunds if people do not show up.

Photos by Theodolite@en.wikipedia, Ivo Shandor, Wikimedia Commons

What a Rush! Our Architectural Tour and American Health Care System presentation were a success

Fulbright students and alumni during the Rush Hospital architectural tour. Group 1 was led by Dr. Lynne Braun (third from right.) At the far left, board member Heidi Rockwell.

The impressive Rush Tower

APPROXIMATELY 80 PEOPLE attended a presentation on the American Health Care System by Peter W. Butler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rush University Medical Center, at the March 10th event of the Chicago chapter.

His talk carried even more meaning due to its setting—the new state of the art, fourteen-story Rush Tower, the latest addition to Rush Hospital’s campus.

Mr. Butler opened his remarks with the statement that “We like health care in America,” and that was proven true by the statistics he showed that underscore the complexity of this issue in American society.

Mr. Peter W. Butler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rush University Medical Center during his presentation

Each patient room has a window with an extraordinary view of the city

Topics covered by him were population trends, distribution of insurance coverage by state, the length of hospital stays, types of hospitals, an international comparison of spending on health care, and health care reform.

A possible caveat for the Midwesterners in the audience is to stay healthy because the Northeast region of the U.S. has many more doctors than the Midwest!

The Consul Generals posted in Chicago who were present were appreciative of a chance to hear about our health care system by a hospital administrator and to view such an architecturally stunning example of a recently completed hospital.

Mr. Butler gave his presentation on the American Health Care System

Following the presentation, a Question and Answer session was held which allowed Mr. Butler an opportunity to further explain the many challenges that health care systems face in our country.

A tour of portions of the new tower ensued, led by staff members of the medical and nursing faculty—expert guides.

Following the presentation, the audience was divided in groups for the architectural tour. The guides were, from right to left (first row,) Dr. Annabelle Volgman, Dr. Lynne T. Braun, Dr. Susanna Chubinskaya and Ms. Janet Myers

Tour goers were impressed by the attention to detail that was designed into the new facility with the outcome of an increase in quality patient care and comfort.  Whether it was the unique butterfly-shaped floor wings, the high-tech touch in patient rooms, the play space for visiting children, or the indoor-outdoor atrium in the entrance pavilion, attendees felt that Rush care givers have hit the mark in their new structure’s layout and features. Not to be overlooked is the eastward view of Chicago from the hospital’s outdoor terraces—a special treat for patients, visitors, and staff.

Dr. Susanna Chubinskaya (right) leading a group of Fulbright students and alumni during the architectural tour. Here, at the lobby of the new tower.

And all this started with a tasty breakfast, with plenty of fruit, coffee, orange juice, bagels and an array of pastries.

Mr. Peter W. Butler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Linda Gruber, board member of the Chicago Chapter and Elio Leturia, President of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association

The event was carefully organized by a committee led by Dr. Linda Gruber, with the assistance of Bruni Hirsch and Jason Romano, all board members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association, and with the extraordinary support of Dr. Lynne T. Braun and Janet Myers from Rush Hospital.

A special operating room where physicians of different specialties can work together at the same time, while up to 15 students can observe the procedures.

Fourteenth floor of the new Rush Hospital Tower. The design allows nurses to be very close to patients' rooms.

Ample patient room features specially designed furniture for family members to spend the night, flat television, security box, enough storage room and a bathroom able to accommodate people in wheelchairs, among other features.

Gorgeous atrium allows the light to come into the different floors of the tower.

The unique butterfly shaped design allows every patient room to have a window and lots of light. The building also has beautiful outdoor terraces, quiet open areas and spaces for children.

Photos courtesy Ron Harvey, Vannapha Phommathansy, Frank Gruber

Architectural tour of the brand new Rush Hospital

The impressive Rush Hospital has a curving tower dedicated for patients rooms atop a rectangular base where the diagnostic and treatment facilities are located.

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter in partnership with Rush University Medical Center will be hosting an exciting event on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Chicago’s reputation as the home to world-class architecture is evident once more in the new Rush Hospital 14-story  tower designed by renowned architect Ralph Johnson, Design Principal for Perkins+Will. A tower of light, technology, sustainability, and innovative planning, this new hospital looms over the western entrance to the city, revitalizing the area and renewing the hospital’s commitment to state-of-the art equipment, facilities, and exemplary patient care.

Peter W. Butler, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rush University Medical Center, will be presenting “An Overview of the American Healthcare System” with a Question and Answer session to follow. Directly after the talk, attendees will be guided on an architectural tour of the new Rush Hospital.

WHEN Saturday, 10 March 2012

WHERE 600 South Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612 in the Armour Academic Center, Room 994 (southwest corner of Paulina and Harrison Streets); 312/942-5000

TIME 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch on one’s own after talk and tour; list of local restaurants provided at the tour

PARKING Patient and Visitor Parking Garage on Harrison between Paulina and Ashland. COST OF PARKING $12.75 for 3.5 hours

TRANSPORTATION Click to see map and directions

 RSVP deadline Monday, 27 February 2012

 RSVP to Ron Harvey (Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter Secretary) at fulbrightchicago@gmail.comindicate your name and Fulbright affiliation (Alumni/Scholar/Student) when you respond.

 COST There is no charge for this event.

A catered continental breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. prior to talk. QUESTIONS on the event can be directed to Linda Gruber at lindagruber@sbcglobal.net