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2018 CLA Convention

We invite all members to attend the 2018 CLA Convention.
It will be held:

Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 2018
Cenacle Retreat Center
513 West Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614


What is the 2018 CLA Convention? It’s a CLA recovery event that is:

  • Interesting, informative, healing, and fun-filled
  • Multi-Day
  • International
  • Recorded (CDs will be available for purchase.)
  • Including: CLA speakers, panels, workshops, recovery meetings, fellowship, some meals and entertainment

Overnight accommodations must be made with the CLA Convention Committee.  See the Registration Form for more information and to register. Last date to register with overnight accommodations is July 10. Check this site later for flyer, Scholarship Form, Accommodations Fact Sheet, Transportation Fact Sheet, and other information.

Dates to Remember

Jul 20 (Sat): Last day to register for daytime attendees.

Aug 11 (Sat): 2018 CLA Convention (day 1) and banquet

Aug 12 (Sun): 2018 CLA Convention (day 2)


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Letter from 8/7/18

Hello Fellow Convention Goers,

We are trying to get our CLA Convention ducks in a row.

Please call or email us if you have any questions, rather than calling the Cenacle Retreat Center.

If you would like to be on an App to connect to fellow convention goers for the purpose of sharing rides and activities without necessarily sharing phone numbers, please email us.

If you are willing to volunteer during the convention but did not check the “Volunteer” box on the Registration Form, please send us an email immediately, and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you shortly.

We will be selling our leaflets, the second printing of Ten Years of CLArity ($25 without shipping costs), and CDs of previous conventions. It is easiest for us to take payment only in checks or cash.

One of our contacts at the Cenacle recommended The Pasta Bowl for dinner Thursday evening. A reservation for 15 has been made. Extra separate tables could be available if needed. We can change to another restaurant if this is not acceptable. We are trying to declutter our day with advanced planning. The Pasta Bowl is at 2434 North Clark, a two-minute walk.

Overnight guests may check in anytime after Thursday morning. If you are going to arrive later than 8:45 p.m.on any day, please let us know. We will need to put your name on a late arrival list. Guests sleeping at the Cenacle Friday evening have dinner included in their package. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. We need to vacate the dining room at 7 p.m., after which will be a face-to-face meet-and-greet recovery meeting (Friday night only). All guests staying Sunday night will be provided dinner on Sunday. We will have a basket for a donation to cover our Sunday night dinner.

Both commuters and overnight guests have breakfast included with their registration. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m., and guests need to vacate the dining room by 9 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, lunch is served at 12:30. The banquet is served at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Cenacle has a salad bar at lunch and dinner, which is food-program friendly.

Those who have registered to attend on Saturday are invited to join the talent show (and maybe Karaoke) on Saturday night, following the banquet and speaker. The talent shows at previous conventions proved to be lots of fun. If you wish to “strut your stuff,” please add your name to the sign-up sheet, which will be located at the Registration Table on Saturday.

On both days, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program starts at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Our convention ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Cenacle provides towels, linens, and a bar of soap. There is only one communal hair dryer, so plan accordingly. In the snack room, two refrigerators and a microwave are available, as well as cash-only vending machines for soda, coffee, and other snacks. There is a drug store a block away for forgotten items.

I am attaching a file which lists transportation options to and from the airports and Amtrak train station. I am also attaching a file of things to do in Chicago. [They appear in the “Documents” section above.]

See you in Chicago.

Kathy Hudson

Important Times

Anytime after Thursday morning – check-in for overnight guests
6 p.m. – dinner is served on Friday (for guests sleeping at the Cenacle on Friday evening)
7:30 p.m. – face-to-face meet-and-greet recovery meeting on Friday
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday
8:30 a.m. – registration begins on Saturday and Sunday
9:15 a.m. – program starts on Saturday
12:30 p.m. – lunch is served on Saturday and Sunday
6 p.m. – banquet is served on Saturday
9:00 a.m. – program starts on Sunday
4 p.m. (CT) / 5 p.m. (ET) – phone meeting begins
5 p.m. – convention ends on Sunday
6 p.m. – dinner is served on Sunday (for guests sleeping at the Cenacle on Sunday evening) We will have a basket for a donation to cover our Sunday night dinner.

Chicago Sightseeing

Distances are approximate. Prices and days/times are subject to change. CLA℠ neither endorses nor supports any product or enterprise.

Spreadsheet: Chicago Sightseeing


DirectionSite and Website LinkAddressMiles from CenaclePriceDays/TimesPhone
Chicago Botanic Garden1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 6002222$257-9(847) 835‑5440
Illinois Holocaust Museum9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 6007715$10-1510-5 or 8(847) 967‑4800
Northwestern University633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 6020810Free (847) 491‑3741
Halim Time and Glass Museum1560 Oak Ave, Evanston, IL 6020110$14-17Closed Mon, 10 or 12-5(224) 714‑5600
Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum4001 N Clark St4Free9-4 or 6(773) 525‑1105
Lillstreet Art Center4401 N Ravenswood Ave5Free10-5 or 7:30(773) 769‑4226
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) (tour)1060 W Addison St2$25 (773) 404‑2827

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 6030216$15-189-5(312) 994‑4000
Garfield Park Conservatory300 N Central Park Ave10Free9-5(312) 746‑5100
The 606 (Bloomingdale Trail)NW of Chicago, IL5Free6-11(312) 742‑4622
Happy Place1004 N. Elston Ave3$30-35 ReservationM/W/Th 11-8, F/Sa/Su 10-8(888) 718‑4253
Oz Park2021 N Burling St1Free6-11(312) 742‑7898

Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center513 W Fullerton Pkwy0  (773) 528‑6300
Lincoln Park Zoo (South Pond Wooden Pavilion)2121 N Stockton Dr1Free10-5 or 6:30(312) 742‑2000
Oak Street Beach1000 N Lake Shore Dr2Free6-11 open, 11-7 swim 
The Drake Hotel (high tea)140 E Walton Pl3$451:00, 3:30(312) 787‑2200
360 Chicago Observation Deck (Formerly John Hancock Bldg)875 N Michigan Ave3$21-23M-Th 9-11, F-Su 8-11(888) 875‑8439
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago220 E Chicago Ave3$15Closed Mon(312) 280‑2660
Driehaus Museum40 East Erie St3$15-20Closed Mon(312) 482‑8933
Navy Pier (ferris wheel, etc.)600 E Grand Ave4Free, but $ for rides10-10(312) 595‑7437
Wells Kinzie Garage (overlook metro trains)401 N Wells St3Free (708) 785‑1237
The Ledge/Skydeck at Willis Tower233 S Wacker Dr4$249-10(312) 875‑9696
Calder’s Flamingo50 W Adams St4Free (312) 744‑2400
Milton Lee Olive Park511 N Columbus Dr4Free7-8 
Cloud Gate (The Bean) / Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Ghery) / Millennium Park201 E. Randolph St.4Free (312) 742‑1168
BP Pedestrian Bridge by Grant Park (Ghery) / Maggie Daley Park (fun)337 E Randolph St4Free (312) 742‑1412
Chicago Cultural Center (Tiffany dome, architecture)78 E Washington St,4Free10-5 or 7(312) 744‑6630
Cindy’s Rooftop Bar12 S Michigan Ave5  (312) 792‑3502
Lurie GardenE Monroe St5Free6-11(312) 228‑1004
The Palmer House (high tea)17 E Monroe St5$452:00, 4:00(312) 726‑7500
Art Institute of Chicago (modern wing by Renzo Piano & restaurant)111 S Michigan Ave5$19-2510:30-5 or 8(312) 443‑3600
Chicago Architecture Foundation224 S Michigan Ave5Free9-6(312) 922‑8687
Chicago Architecture Foundation cruise (or another one)Michigan Avenue Bridge at 112 E Wacker Dr.5  $44-5290 minutes long. Every half hour 
The Rookery by Frank Lloyd Wright209 S LaSalle St3$10 tour Reservation6-6(312) 553‑6100
Museum of Contemporary Photography
(Columbia College Chicago)
600 S Michigan Ave6Free10 or 12-5(312) 663‑5554
Wabash Arts Corridor ( S Wabash Ave6Free  
Grant Skate Park1135 S Michigan Ave5Free6-11(312) 742‑3918
Shedd Aquarium1200 S Lake Shore Dr6$409-6(312) 939‑2438
Adler Planetarium1300 S Lake Shore Dr6$8-129:30-6(312) 922‑7827
The Field Museum1400 S Lake Shore Dr6$17-249-5(312) 922‑9410
Buddy Guy’s Legends (blues club)700 S Wabash Ave6 11 or 12 until 2 or 3(312) 427‑1190
Chinatown Armour SquareCermak Rd6   
Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox) (tickets) 333 W 35th St6$5-2851 or 6 or 7pm(312) 674‑1000

Hyde Park Art Center5020 S Cornell Ave12Free9-5 or 8(773) 324‑5520
Osaka Garden5900 S Lake Shore Dr14Free6-11(773) 256‑0903
Smart Museum of Art at the U of Chicago5550 S Greenwood Ave13Free10-5 or 8(773) 702‑0200
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago5700 S Lake Shore Dr13$10-229:30-5:30 or 9(773) 684‑1414
Frank Lloyd Wright (Robie House)5757 S Woodlawn Ave14$15-1810:30-3(312) 994‑4000