Chicago Textile/Art/Culture Add-On Tours

For those who want to experience Chicago’s art and culture following the CW Seminars, Mary Underwood is organizing tours and meet-ups. Please contact her at if you are interested. This is not an official CW event. It is an independent offer to help those who would like to take a little more time, once in the Chicago area, to see some of this great city. The Chicago Add-On trip activities begin Monday morning, June 20 and continue into June 21.

Events already planned are walking and boat architecture tours, and a behind the scenes tour of select weaving at the Art Institute of Chicago. Included in the art museum textile selection is some of the work from drawloom artist, Ethel Stein, featured in an exhibit in 2014. Many may not know this, but Chicago is the site of the first skyscraper. Mary will make a list of opportunities to enjoy textiles, concerts, and museums available to participants. More activities will be announced closer to the time of the conference. Headquarters for group events will be at the Palomar Hotel and we will make every effort to help those not staying at the Palomar to join in all activities, including dinners and evening events. Two full days in Chicago are recommended.

Please note: At this time, only 25 individuals can be accommodated in the art museum tour, and the tour is now full. There is a request for another tour, but we do not yet know if this is possible. Contract Mary at to be put on a waiting list. Architecture walking and boat tour numbers are unlimited. We cannot quote exact prices for tours or securing a block of rooms at the Palomar until we have an idea how many are participating, but hotel rooms can range from $260 – $325. Because of numerous conventions happening during the period we will be there, anyone coming should book a room before March 1 for best prices and availability. Participants may independently book lodging anywhere in Chicago and meet us at all planned events. If you want to stay at the Palomar, contact Mary by Feb. 28. A minimum of 2 nights is suggested and Mary will do everything possible to help individuals find roommates. There is a subway entrance at the Palomar, and it is in close proximity to the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, the River Walk, and the renowned family of Mexican restaurants owned by Rick Bayless. Millennium Park, the Art Institute and the start of the Architecture walking tour are nearby via foot, subway, or cab.