Although there is a little more time to vote, it appears that Kazapalooza will be held on June13th-June15th. Michelle, Kristan, Gretchen and I are SOOOO excited that so many families are interested. We have been busy coming up with lots of great ideas.
I know this seems like a long time away but I am really glad I have started the hotel search as many places are already booked! I have been on the phone for several hours with Hilton, Sheraton, Marriot and Omni. I looked for hotels that had the following things:
-walking distance to attractions
-indoor swimming pool
-ability to accomodate us for a dinner on Saturday night
Well after calling probably about 12 hotels that met the above mentioned, we have a winner!
The Hilton Chicago is a 4 star hotel and the group rate for this hotel is $199 per night for a single (1 king) or double (2 double beds). This hotel is very close to the park and the Aqarium. I have stayed in this hotel myself twice and it is lovely. It looks fancy and it is very nice but when I was there with my husband for a "romantic" getaway it was filled with kids and the other time I was there they were hosting an "American Girl" convention.
I am so glad to be able to get this rate as the next best rate I could find was the Hampton Inn(3 stars) which was $239 and not nearly as nice. Even the Days Inn (2 stars) was $259!
We would love for as many people as possible to stay at the hotel because it will add to the experience but understand if some families want to make other arrangements. Everything will have a seperate registration so families can pick and choose what they would like to attend.
We know we will have a registration fee (amount b/n $60-$75 per family) This will cover pizza dinner on Friday night, group room rentals, entertainment at our Saturday night dinner and other little surprises. Any money that is left over will be donated to a charity that helps Kazakh orphans.
-The dinner on Saturday night will be a seperate registration and fee
-The Shedd Aqarium will be a separate registration and fee
-The T-shirts will be a seperate fee
The good news is we all have plenty of time to try and set aside the funds for this amazing weekend.
We are trying to make this weekend as fun and as reasonable as possible. We can't wait to meet you all!
Now that we know the date and the prices (for the most part) please leave a comment if you are planning on coming. I have to give the hotel a number of rooms to block and I have to guarantee 90% of the rooms. They are holding the rate until the end of the month so please let me know if you are planning on coming so I can get a head count or as close to it as possible. I know things may change a little but I need a rough idea. We will have an official registration for the rooms at a later date. Please leave in the comments how many rooms you will need.