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Greetings, WeeM-Goers.

As we have done for the last few years, we’ve planned an off-site event for the Thursday of HalloweeM.

This year the list of planned excursions has been limited to the one posted below. Sign-up information will be available no later than early August. Also, you can sign up for excursions through Saturday, October 1st.

Excursion Planned for Thursday, October 27th

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is a remarkably complete and technologically advanced museum. The reason this important museum is in Skokie, Illinois, is that more Holocaust survivors settled here than anywhere else in the world except Israel. In addition to Holocaust survivors, many of those who settled this town were American Jews who fought in World War II. So the town has a history that makes it very appropriate that the museum is here.
If our group is large enough, we have been offered a special group tour.
  • We’ll have a docent for an initial exploration of the museum.
  • Then we’ll have a special private room for the virtual reality program The Journey Back, which takes you to the sites of the Holocaust with survivors as guides (20-30 minutes; not recommended for visitors under age 12).
  • This will be followed by a Kosher lunch (gluten free available).
  • Then we’ll visit the Interactive Holograph Theater, where visitors interact—truly interact, asking questions and hearing the stories—with survivors, who are present as holographs (30-45 minutes).
Finally, you’ll be able to wander amid any other exhibits you might want to see (refer to the floor plan), or visit the impressive gift shop. Be aware, however: this is a cashless venue. So if you want to take advantage of the gift shop, you need a credit card.
All visitors are welcome to take the museum’s free self-guided audio tours, available in English and Spanish. At this time, they are unable to offer headphones and audio guide devices, and encourage visitors to bring their mobile device and compatible headphones/earplugs. Before arriving at the museum, download the Illinois Holocaust Museum app to your mobile device, open the app, and download the audio tours. The audio tours include transcripts.
Because of the nature of this offering, we will all need to arrive at the same time—and we’re aiming for 10:30 AM. Those who drive themselves can leave as they wish, if they don’t want to stay for every element of the tour; anyone needing a ride should make it clear if they want or need to leave earlier. The museum closes at 5 PM.
Parking is available to the south and west of the museum (see their map with driving directions). For more information, including print versions of the self-guided tours, check their website.
Museum Location
9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie
(~13½ miles southeast of the Westin)
10:30 AM
Museum closes at 5 PM
Museum Floor Plan
Cost (including lunch)
$24/senior (65+)
$22/student (5 to age 22, older students need valid id)
(age on Oct. 27, 2022)

HalloweeM 46 Excursion: Illinois Holocaust Museum

There is a café at the museum.
Not too surprisingly, lots of great delis in the area. The most highly regarded is Kaufman’s located at 4905 Dempster St. in Skokie (~2 miles southeast of the museum).
Nearby Shopping
Old Orchard at 4905 Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie (~1 mile northeast of the museum).

Transportation To/From Excursions

For the excursions, we will be using shared transportation. When you register, please indicate if you need a ride to/from the hotel or will be getting there of your own accord and, if driving, are willing to give anyone a ride from/to the hotel. If you have any mobility issues, please let us know when you register, and we’ll check with the venue to see if they can accommodate you1. If you need a ride and have mobility issues that restrict your use of common transit options, also let us know when you register; we will do our best to check if anyone driving to the excursion can accommodate you, but it is highly unlikely.

1CAM is not responsible for transporting or supplying equipment for members who have mobility issues.

Also note that the start time for the excursion is not the time we will leave the hotel—it’s when the event starts at the location. So if you need a ride, keep an eye out for the confirmation e-mail just before WeeM that will let you know when drivers and riders will gather at the hotel. (This does not apply, of course, if you’re meeting us there.)

Kids on Excursions

While some excursions are open to all ages, we do not offer babysitting on Excursions. As a general rule, parents must accompany anyone under the age of 16. Some excursions have specific age restrictions that are noted under the Restrictions heading, and those restrictions supersede the general rule. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy or regarding specific circumstances, please contact us before signing up.

Eligibility, Payments, and Wait-List Priority

You must register for WeeM in order to be eligible to go on any of the excursions. Since the number of people for each excursions is limited, it is best you pay as soon as possible. Although you can pay by check, if your check is not received within 7 days of registering for an excursion, a later registrant who has paid may be given priority when the excursion has reached capacity.

Cancellation Policy

If we have to cancel an excursion for any reason, any money collected will be refunded. Regarding individual cancellations, unfortunately, if we’re collecting fees, it means the excursion requires us to make payments in advance to book the space. We may not be able to get refunds from the vendor and so refunds cannot be guaranteed. However, if your circumstances or travel plans change after you've booked an excursion, please let us know. If we can sell your spot to someone else, we will try to do so and will issue a refund accordingly.

Dining Options

For those of you arriving on Thursday, whether you pick one of our tours or not, I thought you might like to know a bit about your dining options nearby. (There are thousands of other options, but these are all within a few minutes of the hotel — just in case you are going on an excursion.)

412 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling
(almost across the street from the hotel)
Revered by local serious foodies, this place has awesomely fresh and perfectly cooked fish — but in very large servings, so it is recommended you go with a group, as it’s not very practical for solo diners.
393 S. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling
~1½ miles south of the hotel
Longtime institution with a huge selection of seafood & a warehouse-like space with 700 seats—a perennial favorite.
550 W. Dundee Rd. in Wheeling
~2 miles southwest of the hotel
It’s a grocery store but it has a great café inside with a wide range of Latin-American specialties on offer.
122 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Wheeling
~2½ miles southwest of the hotel
Seriously good Middle Eastern food, including the best hummus on the planet. For those who were there, this was the site of our astonishing Middle Eastern feast last year.
236 McHenry Rd. in Wheeling
~2½ miles southwest of the hotel
Famous for burritos “the size of your head.” Good burritos!
228 McHenry Rd. in Buffalo Grove
~3 miles slightly north, mostly west of the hotel
Specializes in excellent southern Indian cuisine.
100 McHenry Rd. in Buffalo Grove
~3 miles slightly north, mostly west of the hotel
Specializes in excellent Ukrainian/Russian cuisine.

Things to Do Nearby

If our excursions don’t appeal to or work for you and you have a car, or know someone who does, then here are a few suggestions of great places to visit that are not too far from the hotel (30-40 minutes):

Surprising history and glorious ecology combine at The Grove, home of visionary John Kennicott and his family. The 145-acre property and its buildings are on the National Registry of Historic Places, not just because it was settled in 1836, but also because the Kennicotts were more important than you probably realize. John Kennicott, MD, was largely responsible for the creation of most of the nation’s state universities, plus he started the Illinois State Fair and ran it for three years. His son, Robert Kennicott, founded the Chicago Academy of Sciences and was a key player in acquiring Alaska for the United States. On top of that, they protected the original forests and wetlands of the area, as well as elements of Native American culture. So, lots to see and learn here. (Fortunately, if you want to know more, the gift shop sells books about the Kennicotts.) Tours include the original log cabin in which the Kennicotts lived from 1836-1856, the Native American village, the one-room schoolhouse that John Kennicott built, some nature trails, and other buildings.
1421 Milwaukee Ave. in Glenview
(~6 miles southeast of the Westin)
8:30 AM - 4 PM (M-F)
10 AM - 4 PM (Sa-Su)
A self-guided tour of the farm is available and is also great fun — lot of history and information signs, lots of exhibits, lots of “hands-on” things for kids and adults, lots of farm animals (horses, cows, pigs, chickens), a nice shop for farm-related gifts. At this time of year, there will be pumpkins, corn stalks, and other seasonal items available for sale, as well. The Farmhouse & the Silo exhibit both close at 3 PM.
1510 Wagner Rd. in Glenview
about 10 miles from hotel (~½ hour)
9 AM - 5 PM
Costumed interpreters introduce you to life on an 1880s farm.
201 S. Plum Grove Rd. in Schaumburg
about 17 miles from hotel (~½ hour)
10 AM - 4 PM (Tu-Su)
By art, they mean stones used in art and artifacts, not just a nice rock collection. Remarkable little gem of a museum.
1220 Kensington Road in Oak Brook
about 27 miles southwest of hotel (~55 minutes so a bit longer than the rest of the recommendation)
10 AM - 5 PM (Tu-Sa)
12 PM - 5 PM (Su)
Wednesdays Admission is Free
Our Excursions Chair has put together a simple-to-follow, self-guided walking tour of Chicago attractions. If you’re extending your stay in Chicago, this is a great way to discover some of the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of the city. Contact her and she’ll e‑mail you the information.
Downtown & Near-North Attractions
The downtown area is about 30 miles southeast of the hotel and it will typically take about an hour or more to get there.
Up to you & depends upon attraction

Please bear with us. We’re working on the sign up form and it should be ready in early August.


  • Registration - Friday, October 14th is the last day to qualify for the special early bird discounts. Discounts for advanced registration are available through Friday, October 14th. (Note: Full payment is required by the appropriate deadline to qualify for the discount for which you registered. )
  • Vendor space - Please complete and submit a Vendor Application by Saturday, October 15th. If you have any questions after reviewing the Vendor Flyer containing all the details, contact the WeeM Vendor Liaison .
  • Lodging - The hotel is offering a WeeM rate of $124 through Friday, October 7th, subject to availability. If the hotel block is full, please contact our WeeM Chair  who will try to expand the block.
  • Speaker/Tournament Submissions - The deadline to submit your proposal for a program or tournament is Friday, September 30th.

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