PRISM - American Society for Engineering Education - 2006 Annual conference - June 18-21 FEBRUARY 2006 - VOLUME 15, NUMBER 6 - SPECIAL ISSUE: 2006 Annual conference
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All tours are subject to change or cancellation if participation does not meet minimum numbers. Space is limited, so register in advance. Reservations will be honored in the order they are received. On-site registration is limited and may NOT be available. If tickets are available, on-site sales will end at noon the day before the tour is scheduled. All tours will depart from the East Tower Entrance at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Professional Tours

Monday, June 19, 2006

8101 - The Sanfilippo Estate (includes lunch)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $80.00 per person

The Sanfilippo Estate is a private, lived-in mansion overflowing with several engineering masterpieces as well as a unique collection of vintage musical instruments. The estate has on display working steam engines, bipolar generators, overhead line shafts and machines that played a critical role in the industrial revolution. There are eight operating steam engines in the lower level of the main house and over 20 in the Carousel building. Additionally, there is an 1881 Grant Steam Locomotive with a restored caboose and 1890s Pullman passenger car. The estate also has an impressive display of restored engines, including a circa-1875 Hayward Tyler & Co. water-cooled hot air engine, a circa-1880 marine engine, an 1856 Wm. Lebby steam engine with a “tower governor” (one of fewer than six known to exist), a circa-1900 “donkey engine” and much more. All of this equipment is on display and much of it is operated to show how it functioned when it was new. Furthermore, the estate is home to the largest variety of restored instruments in the world, as well as several hundred phonographs, including one from 1906! From its scenic grounds and Tiffany chandeliers to its engineering and musical marvels, there can be no doubt that this tour is sure to fascinate, intrigue and inform you. Box lunch and round-trip bus transportation will be provided.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

8201 - Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius (1452–1519)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $44.00 per person

Many of us know Leonardo da Vinci as an artist of masterpieces such as the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper”. Yet da Vinci’s brilliance extended far beyond the paintbrush into science and engineering. His curiosity knew no bounds and led to revolutionary concepts in areas like human flight, mechanics and military engineering, to name a few. Now the U.S. debut of Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius allows guests to explore his life and work like never before. Take an immersive journey through more than 60 large-scale models of his most innovative designs—all produced in vivid detail from his original drawings—and see modern-day examples of technology inspired by his work. Exhibit presented by the Museum of Science and Industry. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this tour, so make plans early to be a part of it.

Family Tours

Saturday, June 17, 2006

9001 - Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Tour in Oak Park (includes lunch)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3.:15 p.m.
Fee: $88.00 per person

This tour begins in the historic neighborhood of Oak Park, Ill., where you will be guided on a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio. This extraordinary home and studio complex served as Wright’s architectural laboratory from 1889 to 1909, the years that launched his career. Here he conceived the Prairie style of architecture, testing ideas that found their fullest expression in many of the surrounding homes he designed for clients. Today, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio is an accredited house museum restored to 1909 and contains an impressive collection of furniture and decorative arts objects designed by Wright. After touring the home and studio, you will be guided on a walking tour of the surrounding Oak Park Neighborhood, a neighborhood containing the world’s largest concentration of Wright-designed structures. With 25 of his buildings in the village, as well as a rich selection of restored Prairie-style and Victorian homes, Oak Park is an outdoor museum of architectural history. At the completion of the walking tour, you will be brought to Winberie’s for a sumptuously delicious three-course lunch. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

9002 - Architectural Boat Cruise
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $35.00 per person

Witness the story of Chicago and how it grew aboard this 90-minute cruise. You’ll learn of its beginnings as a tropical sea over 400 million years ago, the Ice Age when whales swam in Lake Chicago, its days as a frontier outpost, the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad and the years of growth that followed. Throughout this cruise, a professionally trained docent showcases the work of those who helped revolutionize the building arts. Guests will see Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s IBM building exemplify his dictum “less is more.” You’ll see Marina City, by Bertrand Goldberg Associates, the Board of Trade, the Helene Curtis Building and over hundreds more!

Monday, June 19, 2006

9101 - Chicago’s Untouchables Tour
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Fee: $38.00 per person

Experience Chicago as it was during the 1920s and ’30s! This two-hour live action tour gives you the inside story on Chicago’s windiest politicians, its rollicking red-light districts and its most notorious vice games. This tour is sure to fill you with the excitement of jazz-age Chicago during the era of Prohibition. While providing historically accurate accounts of the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger and the rest of the gangsters of Chicago’s historic untouchables, this tour will take you to the old gangster “hot” spots and “hit” spots. Take a journey into the past as this tour cruises the city in search of the old hoodlum haunts, brothels, gambling dens and sites of gangland shootouts. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

9201 - Chicago Icons Tour
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $30.00 per person

Ever since Jean Baptiste Du Sable (Chicago’s first permanent settler) came to the region, Chicago has attracted a diverse group, including those who left their mark on the city in a variety of fields ranging from journalism and the arts to politics and engineering! On this two-hour tour, guests will travel by deluxe motor coach on a tour that will highlight both historic sites and contemporary developments that have created a city that is loved by its inhabitants and the many guests who find their way there every year. It will also reveal rarely shared stories and anecdotes about the city. Among the sites viewed are the Chicago River, Millennium Park, Printers Row, the Magnificent Mile and Financial Canyon along La Salle Street. This tour will be led by Max Grinnell, published scholar and recognized lecturer. With a consummate command of Chicago and multiple degrees from the University of Chicago, Grinnell has authored numerous publications about Chicago, including the popular work “Hyde Park, Illinois.” This tour is a must-see for any visitors to the city!

9202 - Chicago’s Sweetest Side: Private Tour of Eli’s Cheesecake Factory
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $39.00 per person

Does the thought of Silky Chocolate Mud Cheesecake or lusciously creamy Mud Pie make your mouth water? Want to see how Chicago’s famous dessert is made? Then maybe this is the best tour Chicago has to offer you: a sumptuous dive into cheesecake paradise! Eli’s Cheesecake World is the only place where you can see Chicago’s favorite dessert actually being made. It’s fun and educational to watch Eli’s bakers busy at work. Tour the bakery, where the chefs are eager to hear your opinion. After all, it’s you, the consumer, who is the ultimate judge. Sample a variety of products and help Eli’s Quality Star Team evaluate the cakes. In addition to a variety of cheesecake samples, upon completion of the tour, guests will also be provided with a “Quality Star” T-shirt. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

9301 - Chicago Field Museum: King Tutankhamun Exhibit
Time: 10:00 a.m. –2:45 p.m.
Fee: $50.00 per person

National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, have brought an extensive exhibition of more than 130 treasures from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut), other Valley of the King tombs and additional ancient sites to Chicago’s Field Museum. The exhibition will draw you back in time with inventive design and innovative technology, allowing you to explore and experience the world of King Tut. You will come face to face with his contemporaries, see and hear about fascinating times in which the young king lived and learn how his short reign changed history. This exhibition will take you beyond the shimmering gold, making you part of Tutankhamun’s legacy. All treasures in the exhibit are between 3,300 and 3,500 years old. There are 50 major artifacts excavated from Tutankhamun’s tomb, including his royal diadem—the gold crown discovered encircling the head of the king’s mummified body that he likely wore while living—and one of the gold and inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this tour, so make plans early to be a part of it.

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My Kind of Town - Whether it's baseball, King Tut's treasures, a one-of-a-kind exhibit with working models of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions or the Magnificent Mile, Chicago has something for everyone. - By Alan Solomon
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