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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.

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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.


*TICKETS FOR WENDELLA BOAT TOUR ARE LIMITED AND REQUIRE RSVP*


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.

2017 Fall Welcome with Chicago pizza!

Gino East Pizza in Chicago

THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association and the Institute of International Education (IIE)  invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2017 Fall Welcome – Pizza with Friends.

DATE Sunday, October 15th, 2017 

TIME 2pm-5pm

LOCATION The Original Gino’s East of Chicago 

ADDRESS 162 E Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611

 

The Chicago pizza is a staple in the Midwest

This  event will provide an excellent opportunity for cultural and educational enrichment for both visiting Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Association members.

We will meet at one of Chicago’s famous Pizza landmarks for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon to re-connect with old friends, make new acquaintances, exchange Fulbright experiences, and explore the historic Gold Coast neighborhood.

COST FREE for ALL current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers! $15 for alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s). You may pay in person with cash, credit card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this PAYPAL form.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G8982JW4ARHZL

Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation and/or accommodation to and from the event.

Use www.transitchicago.com to plan your route!

PARKING Metered Street Parking is available.

RSVP by Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by using this form.

If you have questions about the event, please email fulbrightchicago@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Chicago Chapter welcomes new Fulbrighters to Chicago with a luncheon celebration

The 2016 Spring Farewell started at the Jane Addams Hull Museum

The 2016 Spring Farewell started at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum

By Mary Mares-Awe—SIXTY FOUR FULBRIGHT alumni, students, scholars, and friends of the association attended the 2016 Fall Welcome that took place on Sunday October 16 with a visit to the Jane Addams Hull House Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The museum tour was followed by a luncheon at Francesca’s on Taylor, located in the Little Italy neighborhood adjacent to the university.

The Jane Addams museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

The Jane Addams museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Fulbright Association Chicago-Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe and bard member Kari Burnett

Fulbright Association Chicago-Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe and board member Kari Burnett

At the Jane Addams museum, visitors got a first-hand look at the objects and memorabilia of the social worker’s original home. Jane Addams is a notable figure in Chicago’s history and on the international stage for her work with the immigrant communities, who were settling Chicago in the late 1800 and early 1900’s. Her pioneering work in social justice helped improve the lives of immigrants through education, skills training and family care. She is the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

At Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

At Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Following the museum visit, the attendees took a walk through Little Italy to Francesca’s restaurant at 1400 W. Taylor Street. There they were greeted at the door by Cristina Sisson Tamm, the chapter’s Treasurer, and by Teuta Peja, a Fulbright student who is the newest member of the board’s membership committee.

Board members of the Chicago Chapter Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil, Mary Mares-Awe and Marilyn Susman.

Board members of the Chicago Chapter Kari Burnett, Meredith McNeil, Mary Mares-Awe and Marilyn Susman enjoying an Italian meal.

At Francesca’s, the guests enjoyed authentic northern Italian meal including pasta, meatballs, salad and a wonderful and delicious tiramisù for desert.

Meatballs, anyone?

Meatballs, anyone?

In an informal speech at the start of the luncheon, the chapter’s president, Mary Mares-Awe, welcomed everyone and encouraged the new visiting Fulbright students and scholars to enjoy many of the iconic elements of the American culture. “If I could give you one piece of advice, it’s to take the opportunity to really absorb the best the American culture has to offer without comparing,” she said. Mary went on to mention some of the American classics such as jazz and baseball, namely the Chicago Cubs — which brought a rousing round of applause, acknowledging the teams winning streak.

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson (second on the right) with Fulbright scholars.

Chicago Chapter Treasurer Cristina Sisson (second on the right) with Fulbright scholars.

The pleasant and warm atmosphere of Francesca’s proved conducive to lively, friendly conversations, and real Fulbright camaraderie on a fall Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Past Chicago Chapter President Margo Rothschild (second on the left) with Fulbright scholars

Past Chicago Chapter President Margo Rothschild (second on the left) with Fulbright scholars

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars with Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars with Chicago Chapter President Mary Mares-Awe at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca's Restaurant in Little Italy. Kevin Spitta (first on the right) has joined the communications efforts for the chapter.

Fulbright students and scholars at Francesca’s Restaurant in Little Italy. Kevin Spitta (first on the right) has joined the communications efforts for the chapter.

Group photo showing the international Fulbright spirit!

Group photo showing the international Fulbright spirit!

Photos by Kevin Spitta

Meet Jane and Francesca at the 2016 Fulbright Chicago Fall Welcome

In 1965, the Hull House was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Photo by Kevin Spitta

In 1965, the Hull House was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.      Photo by Kevin Spitta

THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION-Chicago Chapter and the Institute of International Education (IIE) invite you, your family, colleagues, and friends to attend the 2016 Fall Welcome.

WHEN Sunday, October 16th, 2016, noon-3pm

WHERE Jane Addams Hull-House Museum [noon-1:00pm]
800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

Francesca’s on Taylor [1:15pm-3pm]
1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Jane Addams

Jane Addams

We will meet at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and tour the historic building located at the Chicago Campus of the University of Illinois. Jane Addams was a social reformer who worked closely with the immigrant communities of Chicago during the late 19th, and early 20th century. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

After the museum tour we will go to Francesca’s on Taylor, an authentic Italian restaurant (within walking distance of the museum), where we can mingle, make new friends, exchange Fulbright stories and enjoy a wonderful meal.

COST The event is FREE for ALL current visiting Fulbright Students, Scholars, and Teachers! The cost is $20 for alumni, each adult family member, and/or guest(s).

You may pay in person with cash, check, or credit card, or online using PayPal (+$1 processing fee) after you submit this Paypal form.

Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation and/or accommodation to and from the event. Use www.transitchicago.com to plan your route!

PARKING Metered Street Parking is available. There is also a parking lot across from the Museum.

RSVP by Friday, October 14th, 2016 by using this form.

The Fall Welcome will provide a forum for visiting Fulbright scholars and students to meet Chapter Chapter Board members and Chicago-area alumni. This fun event will provide the perfect opportunity for cultural and educational enrichment of both visiting Fulbrighters and the Fulbright Association members. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Czech this series: You are invited!

invitation-czech-series-sept-23

By Mary Mares-AweTHE BOARD OF THE CHICAGO Chapter of the Fulbright Association would like to invite you to a special event at the University of Chicago hosted by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago.

The event is the inauguration of the Czech Series, and annual event celebrating the University of Chicago’s historical contribution to Czech Statehood and nation-building efforts in the last century. The first president of Czechoslovakia was a professor at the University of Chicago, and he based his country’s constitution on the constitution of the United States.

The Chicago Chapter is honored to have been asked to partner with the Consulate and the prestigious University of Chicago in this event,

WHEN Friday, September 23, 2016, 6 p.m.

WHERE The University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL  60637

RSVP to fulbrightchicago@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The evening will include of an address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomir Zaoralek, a musical performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Ivan Kral, and a beverage and appetizer reception following the festivities.

When you arrive, look for the Fulbright table, which will be located in the entry hall.

This will be the Chicago Chapter’s first event of the 2016-2017 academic year, leading up to our Fall Welcome in October.

We look forward to seeing you!