Welcome Reception

Join fellow attendees at the conference Welcome Reception to be held at the Hilton Chicago.  Tickets are free with registration and include drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Date: Monday, May 27, 2019

Location: Chicago Hilton

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE

Trivia Night

Join your fellow conference attendees for a fun night of drinks, Chicago pizza, and trivia at Revolution Brewery!

This German beer hall-inspired taproom has 20 beers on tap and plenty of room for our trivia night. Tours of the brewery will be available before and after the trivia contest. For dinner there will be a selection of pizzas from across Chicago. Taste and compare some of Chicago’s finest pizzas and learn about both styles of pizza that Chicago invented, Deep Dish and Stuffed.   Prizes will be awarded to the top winning teams.


Groups will meet in the Hilton Lobby to travel there together by the ‘L’ (blue line train LaSalle to Belmont) or feel free to travel there using your own transportation, Lyft, Uber, or taxi.

Date: Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Location: Revolution Brewery, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00pm

Cost: $20

Emerging Professional Luncheon

Is this your first SPNHC meeting?  Have you just started your career in the museum field?  Meet and network with other emerging natural history professionals at this special luncheon. We welcome pre-career, early career, and/or "still not sure what I'm doing yet" persons.  

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Location: Marquette Room, 3rd Floor, Chicago Hilton

Time: Noon to 1:30pm

Cost: FREE - but registration is required

Vendor Reception​

Enjoy an evening with our Vendors and fellow conference attendees on the Mystic Blue cruise ship.  There will be a buffet style dinner with beer, wine, and soda. Bring your dancing shoes as we will have a DJ and dance floor and as special treat - we can watch the Navy Pier fireworks during the cruise.  Don't forget to bring a camera for great shots of the Chicago skyline.

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Location:  Mystic Blue Cruise Ship - Departing from Navy Pier

Time: 6:30pm boarding;  7:00- 10:00pm Cruise 

Cost: FREE - but registration is required

Conference Banquet​

The banquet will be hosted at the Field Museum in Stanley Field Hall.  In this grand entryway, conference attendees will be greeted by gleaming white marble interiors, sky lit vaulted ceilings, and stately columns—complete with fighting African Elephants, our stunning Haida Totem Poles, hanging gardens and the titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum, fondly known as Maximo!

Come join us for a fun filled evening with dinner, dancing, touchable specimens, and the chance to view the museum exhibits, including the new exhibit hall for SUE, the Tyrannosaurus Rex!  

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2019

Location: Field Museum

Time: 6:30pm to 11:00pm

Cost:  $90/per person

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