Chicago Bound

Updated 04/16/2013

Dates:         September 27, 28, 29 Friday – Sunday (3 Nights)


Place:         Avenue Crowne Plaza Magnificent Mile, 160 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611, 877-283-5110. Reservation are to be made directly by you with the Hotel. state Brent Reunion when making reservations and your choice of room (King or two Queens). Contract negotiations have been completed pending signature.


Rates:         Three nights rates negotiated – All rooms are double occupancy. King bed at $159.00/night, or two queen beds at $179.00 plus taxes & fees. Rates for shorter/longer stay may vary but by making your reservations early you may get the same rate. Normal rates start from  $231.00/night plus tax & Fees.


Events:          Friday 27 – Registration & Cocktail Reception 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Cash Bar).

                   Saturday 28 – Late Registration 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM; Breakfast & Lunch on your own with lists of restaurants close by and group sign-up sheets made available at Registration; Dinner (buffet-see Dinner Menu on website) at Hotel private dining room 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; Dance (DJ) at Hotel Ballroom with American School Manila (ASM) group 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM  - Cash Bar.

                        Sunday 29Dinner Cruise on Mystic Blue (optional sign-up) on board by 5:30 PM , Dinner/Cruise 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, cost $69.90/pp + tax & gratuities = $80.00; or Dinner & Play performance “Let Them Eat Chaos” at The Second City (optional sign-up) 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Cost TBD.

                        Monday 30 Homeward bound

                        Note A menu of Chicago attractions, activities and events you can enjoy on your own, or with fellow Brentonians, will be available to entice you to explore the city during unscheduled times.


Help:          Commitments In order to make this event (our Last Hurrah) successful, we will need your help early in organizing this event. Please send a short simple e-mail to as early as you can with one of four notifications: (1) “Will Attend (n)”, (2) “Planning to Attend (n)”, (3) “Not Sure (n)”, or (4) “Sorry” – where n is the number attending. Make your hotel reservations early and let us know (same e-mail address) that you have made them. We will update and post a list of attendees continuously on the website If you wish not to be on the mailing list, please let us know.


Details:       ASM - By chance we were made aware (by Eric Harrington) that the American School Manila was having their Reunion in Chicago in September. After coordinating with Richard Olson, Reunion Committee President, we thought it would be nice to combine our resources for the Dance portion of their/our activity at the same hotel. They are expecting 100-120 alumni, some of whom we may know (ex. Manila Sponsors for Brent boarding students).

                   Arrival If you are flying to Chicago, you have the choice of Chicago O’Hare or Midway airports. Each have their pluses and minuses in terms of getting to the Avenue Crowne Plaza. See Transportation.

                        Registration – At your arrival, please follow signs for “Brent School Reunion 2013 Registration 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM” or 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Saturday for late Friday arrivals. You will receive a packet containing your Registration Badge (needed for access to all attendee organized events), list of attendees, list of Restaurants, list of scheduled activities and options, sign-up sheets for sub-group tours, restaurants, plays, etc., City Maps, and other useful information.

                        Registration FeesIn order to meet our commitments to the Hotel’s block of booked rooms and Dinner/Dance costs, we need for your commitment funds (non-refundable) to be made by August 15th, 2013 for $95.00 per person and $125.00 if received after August 15th. This pre-registration fee will cover your Friday Registration Reception Hors d’Oeuvres plus tax & gratuity and related costs, Saturday Buffet Dinner (See website Reunions tab links for Dinner Menu) and shared Dance (DJ) post dinner with the ASM folks.  All other costs for any sub-group events (sign-ups) will be pay-as-you-go unless stated differently on the sign-up sheets. We cannot guarantee your room availability or rates or the activities/events for any walk-ins or late payments not received and acknowledged by September 5th, 2013. We will acknowledge receipt and keep track and publish attendee status on the 15th of August and monthly thereafter on the  website.. Please allow 5 weekdays for snail-mail and send your check to:


                        Brent 2013 Reunion

                        c/o David Martin

                        5546 Creek Pointe Road

                        New Bern, NC 28560


                        Make checks payable to Brent 2013 Reunion


                        AttireChicago weather in late September is projected to be their best, however, plan for nippy occasions. Casual attire for most of the events, however a more formal wear for the Saturday Dinner & Dance (minimum: Jacket/Dress/Business suit). 

                        Costs SavingsSome of you who are attending single may want to consider doubling up in the rooms and sharing half the costs for the Queen rooms. We will publish and update a list of attendees continuously on the website with their status and e-mail addresses (if available/provided) for you to contact.

                        Projected CostsThis is a sample of what you might expect as a minimum for a single occupancy and a shared double occupancy and scheduled events (less airline/transportation costs) for a 3 nights Hotel stay plus Friday Reception Hors d’Oeuvres and Saturday Dinner & Dance. Either room (King or 2 Queens) are double occupancy:

Hotel (Single Occupancy) – (((159.00 Rate +9.95 Fee + 26.08 Tax) x 3 nights)) + 95.00 Event  = $680.09. City & State Taxes are combined as 16.4%

Hotel (shared Double/pp) – ((((179.00 Rate + 9.95 Fee + 29.36 Tax) x 3 nights) / 2)  +  $95.00  Event)  = $422.47. City & State Taxes are combined as 16.4%

                        Transportation – Public/Private transportation information (Via Marcia Mau) -  Chicago parking tips:  Street parking rates in Chicago are the highest in the US @ $8.50 per hour in the Loop and $4 an hour near downtown.  One option is to park your car at Park-n-Fly in a guarded fenced lot near Midway Airport.  Take their shuttle to Midway and ask the driver to drop you off at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) station.  The rate was about $12 a day - their web site today says reserved spaces start at $7.38 per day. Garage parking downtown is expensive, ranging from mid-$30 to about $50 per day at the hotels. When returning take the  CTA to Midway, go to the terminal, and take the shuttle from the airport back to the parking lot to get your car.  
Another option is to take the Loop. Midway is about 1/2 hour by CTA from the Loop.  The Orange Line is very convenient.  You can buy your pass w/ a credit card.  Take the Orange line from Midway to the Loop's Library/Van Buren station.  There are 2 elevators to the street level.  Cross State St. and get one of the many buses to N. Michigan Ave. The hotel is a block east of Michigan.


Parking at the Avenue Crowne Plaza Hotel is $50.00/day, $49.00 for Hotel guests.

 From O'Hare the Blue Line goes to the Loop. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour.  O'Hare is farther from the Loop than Midway and is also farther West. Get off at Chicago Ave and take the Chicago Ave bus to Michigan.  If you do leave the train there, look for the up escalator. 


Or … splurge and take a cab for convenience.  


Links – The following links to external websites are provided with many more for Restaurant, Attendee status,  Menus, events & attractions on the BrentKids website., Reunions tab (if you came here through the website, click on the return arrow or close just this page/window and you can select the other links listed):


Crowne Plaza Hotel –

Mystic Blue –

The Second City -