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PR Weekend 2016 - Chicago - May 13th, 14th By Deepika on 2/8/16 5:50 PM

14th Annual PR Weekend -  Chicago, Illinois May 13th-14th


It IS that time of the year. The event we all wait for the whole year. The outfits for which we start planning months before. The fabric stash we start sewing from and finally the friends we look forward to meeting. This year is special because are also celebrating 15 Years of PatternReview! That's right. PR will be 15 years old this November. So what are you waiting for? Click Register, book your room, flights and start planning for the most fun event of the year. 

Our Theme for this year's event is

"Indie Patterns"

Official Hotel 

Headquarters of PR Weekend will be The Congress Plaza Hotel in downtown Chicago. Overlooking Grant Park, this landmark Downtown hotel was built in 1893 and is a 7-minute walk from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Address: 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Phone:(312) 427-3800

Room Rate:We've negotiated an awesome rate of $159/night for all the PR Weekend attendees. To take advantage of this rate, register soon! The link to book the room at this rate will be in the confirmation email when you register. The rooms have either two double beds (ideal for sharing) or one king bed. Specify which room you'd like when you book. After registering, check the Roommate spreadsheet (link in your e-mail) to find a roomie. 




Event Schedule

Thursday, May 12th

Pick up your program booklets, ID badges and make connections! Optional group dinners will be planned (TBD)

Friday, May 13th

University Center - 525 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 924-8000

9:00 AM Registration and Introductions

9:30 - 12:30  Interactive Panel Discussion with our esteemed guests

Indie Patterns - Now and Tomorrow 

12: 30 - 2:00 Break for Lunch and Shop Indie Patterns 

2:00 - 4:30  Indie Patterns Contest, Show & Tell, Pattern Swap 

6:00 - 9:00 PM Group Dinner at Exchequer Restaurant (226 S Wabash Ave)

Beer, Wine and CAKE included :) 


Saturday, May 14th 

Shopping day!

We will be taking advantage of Chicago's excellent transit system to get to the stores and shop till we drop. CTA passes will be included in your registration packet and don't worry, our volunteers will be there to guide you. Our program will include a write up on members favorite stores in the area as well as listing the specialties of many stores.

Saturday Night

Optional Group Dinners (on your own) or meet back at the hotel and show us your favorite fabric acquisition :) 

Sunday, May 15th (optional)

Plans for Sunday will be on your own but the program will include options for bunch and other things to do in Chicago.

Ready to Party?

Register Now

PR Weekend Registration - $99 (Non-refundable) If for some reason you cannot attend, you can transfer your registration to another member.  

Registration will cover

1. Friday Panel Discussion with the Indie Designers

2. Friday night group dinner

3. Information Packet and Souvenirs

4. Transportation to fabric stores

About the Panel Discussion

Over the last 5 years we've not only seen a resurgence in sewing, but several technological advancements in our industry. Indie Pattern Community is more active than ever. They've come up with some innovative designs, instructions and patterns for us to take advantage of. Digital media enables us to print, cut and sew the same day! And if Best Patterns is any indication, we LOVE our indie patterns. So this year we've invited 3 talented Indie Pattern Designers to chat with us in a fun interactive panel discussion. We will have plenty of time for Q&A later and we'll even be able to shop their designs. Lets meet our Panelists. 




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PR Weekend Registration - $99


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Melwyk said... (2/10/16 2:13 PM) Reply
So great to see the special guests -- I'm really looking forward to hearing about their experiences

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