Additional Features

The State Funds Annual Conference offers a range of additional program features.

Spouses and Guests Program
Monday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Annual Conference features a Spouses and Guests Program that runs concurrent with the conference program.

Spouses and guests will be treated to a Guided Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio. A short distance from the hotel is Oak Park, Illinois, where Frank Lloyd Wright built his first family home and began his architectural career. His architectural practice thrived for 20 years in the studio adjacent to his home where he and his associates experimented with design concepts that contain the seeds of Wright's architectural philosophy. Here Wright developed a new concept in American architecture, the “Prairie” style, which is represented by the home itself. Tour guides will offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career. Lunch will follow the tour at Hemingway’s Bistro, which honors another notable local cultural figure, author Ernest Hemingway. Participants will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby for transportation to the site, and will return to the hotel at 2:00 p.m.

Spouses and guests are also welcome to participate in the Opening Reception on April 29 and the Awards Reception and Dinner on April 30. Please register for these sessions and the Spouses and Guests Program using the online registration form.

Orientation for New State Fund Executives
Sunday, April 29, 5:00–5:50 p.m.

This session will help new State Fund executives and first-time attendees learn about the operations and member benefits of the CIC State Funds network.

Advisory Council Meeting
Sunday, April 29, 4:00–4:50 p.m.

Regularly scheduled meeting for members of the FIHE Advisory Council.

Opening Reception
Sunday, April 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Please join your colleagues, guests, speakers, and others for a reception featuring live music.

Members Meeting
Monday, April 30, 3:45–4:45 p.m.

The annual gathering of CIC State Fund Members provides an ideal opportunity to discuss issues, trends, and programs of common interest.

Awards Reception and Dinner
Monday, April 30, 6:15–9:00 p.m.

With the backdrop provided by views of Lake Michigan and the evening at Navy Pier skyline of Chicago, this special event will feature the presentation of the State Funds’ annual Outstanding Service Award and lively after-dinner remarks focused on “An Artful Look at Chicago’s History and Culture.”

Retirement Consultation
Monday, April 30

A TIAA-CREF counselor will be available for personal consultations with participants for one-hour sessions during the conference. Sign up at the CIC Registration Desk to discuss personal financial planning for retirement.