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Registration Is Open for PR Weekend Chicago, May 13 - May 15, 2011 By DianeSev on 2/18/11 3:54 PM

The surveys have been completed, the arrangements have been made, and registration is now open for PR Weekend Chicago, May 13 to May 15, 2011!

What better place to spend PR's 10th Anniversary than the Windy City, home of the NHL Champion Blackhawks, President Obama, the fountain from "Married With Children" and, of course, fabulous fabric shopping!

Where: Chicago, IL
When: May 13-15, 2011

As you know, PR Weekend is a weekend get-away held to bring the PatternReview community closer, support local sewing-related businesses and share our love of our craft.

As always, this PR Weekend promises to be a fun-filled time with lots of activities, fabulous shopping, great food and plenty of time spent with fellow sewists, talking and learning and feeding on each other's creativity.

Chicago has been a suggested location for years, and we are looking forward to an exceptional turn out this year as we bring you some new ideas from our guest speaker; fun shopping at fabulous stores; a pattern swap; and the experience of riding the “El” en masse.

Read on to find out what has been planned for you!

Our speaker this year is contemporary designer and new PR monthly columnist, Angela Wolf.


Headquarters for the weekend will be University Center (UC) in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, located close to public transportation, museums and the lake front. Flower-laden Michigan Ave. is a short 2-block walk away.

University Center is a private dorm complex that offers short term housing when school is out. All rooms include linens, Internet access (Ethernet cable required) and access to common rooms on each floor. Sleeping arrangements include: Semi-suite at $72.70 for a bed and a meal, and 4-bedroom apartments for a total of $94.05 (Click here for more detailed room information.)

Breakfast and lunch for the PR Weekend are on your own. However, the UC has several on-site businesses including, Panera Bakery, Chutney Joe’s, 7 Eleven, Lek and Yai Gourmet Thai, and Epic Burgers, so we won’t have to go far for something to eat. The facility also has a dining commons available in either an a la carte or all-you-can-eat payment plan.

There are also options for more traditional accommodations. (Click here for additional information.)

The PR Weekend Chicago registration fee is $95 (non-refundable) and includes:

  • Shopping at two of Chicago’s best fabric stores and a fabulous trim shop via chartered bus
  • Dinner at a local restaurant on Friday night
  • Saturday night pizza party
  • Conference Room Rental
  • Full-day seminar with contemporary designer and PR columnist, Angela Wolf
  • PR birthday celebration party
  • Prizes and Gift Bag
  • PR Weekend Program Guide Booklet

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Spots are limited, so register early!

When we've filled the spots, we WILL close the registration. So make sure you register sooner rather than later.

Program (Still a Work in Progress)

Thursday, May 12 PM and Friday, May 13 AM

Registration and packet pick up in the lobby at University Center.

Friday, May 13 — Shopping Day

Starts 9 AM: Chartered bus tour to Vogue Fabrics, Fishman’s Fabrics, and Soutache Ribbons. Some travel on the El.

Late PM: Group dinner in a local restaurant.

Saturday, May 14 — Speaker Day

Our speaker this year is contemporary designer and new PR monthly columnist, Angela Wolf.

AM: Angela will tell us about making custom couture; share some couture secrets; and some of her own experiences of making couture garments.

PM:Angela will share her expansive knowledge of dyeing fabrics and choosing colors for your wardrobe.

Dinner: Pizza party at the UC with a birthday celebration, including cake!

Apres Dinner: A pattern swap and a show-and-tell.

Sunday, May 15 — Surprise in the works!

AM: Join your PR friends for brunch at the UC.

Organizers are working on a special surprise for Sunday morning! So we hope you can stay around a little longer in the AM!

And So...

Want to read more details about the weekend? Click here.

Questions about PR Weekend Chicago? Join the discussion.

Registration for the weekend is $95 (no refunds). Register early!

2 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
merengueknitter said... (3/10/11 7:33 PM) Reply
Have you signed up yet? Are you planning on staying at the UC? I still haven't registered yet but am thinking about it.
knitmachinequeen said... (3/1/11 1:11 PM) Reply
Does anybody need a roommate? I'm looking for one.

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