Hostelling International Chicago

Blue Rendezvous

Benefiting Education at the Hostel

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago

Join us for a celebration of the great diversity of the United States of America in the 75th Anniversary year of American Youth Hostels, now known as Hostelling International USA. All proceeds support cultural understanding and education for Chicago area youth.

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 8:00 – 11:00pm

Cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee

Live music and silent auction

Wine tastings provided by Wine Styles, South Loop

  • Celebrating 100 years of hostelling worldwide and 75 years of American Youth Hostels
  • Honoring Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview on Chicago Public Radio, for his significant contributions to international education and global awareness.
  • Supporting the education work of the hostel to create caring world citizens

Do you love travel? Are you a better person for having traveled? If yes and yes, then we invite you to come out for Blue Rendezvous to support the hostels exceptional education programs. Your contribution will have a direct impact on 1500 local students and over 45 local partner teachers. Help us create caring world citizens. Together we can create a more peaceful planet one student at a time.

Full event details at the bottom of this page.

Education Support

Blue Rendezvous funds the education programs at Hostelling International Chicago. Over 1,500 students each year participate in education programs with the hostel. Education partners include Chicago Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Girl Scouts of Chicago and many Chicago-area community based organizations. Together we teach openmindedness, respect for diversity and create caring world citizens. Thank you to all of our Blue Rendezvous sponsors throughout the years for their strong support of cultural learning education opportunities provided by the hostel.


World Traveler • $100 ($115 after Monday, February 23rd)

Space is limited! So buy your tickets now online at our ticketing service, the only “fair trade” ticketing service. A small fee of $3.49/ticket will be charged for the transaction, the lowest fee in the industry.

Thomas Applegate
Hostelling International Chicago
24 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago IL 60605-1226

Thank you for your support of education.

Event Chair

Matt Lachey, Director

Board of Directors

  • Peter Jenkel, President, Marsh
  • Eric Feinberg, President Elect, Studley
  • Kimberly Taylor, Treasurer and Fundraising Chair, The Taylored Approach
  • Bonnie Chan, Secretary and Governance Chair, Sara Lee
  • Carlton Daniels, Washington Mutual
  • Scott Engstrom, Chicago Public Schools
  • Justus Kilian, Bank of America
  • Kelly Martincin
  • Tuesday Smith, Sara Lee
  • Page Wilson, Expeditors International

Our Students

Below are a few of our excellent students from our Exchange Neighborhoods and Cultural Kitchen programs.

Blue Rendezvous Details

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Hostelling International Chicago
J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel
24 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago IL 60605-1226

Tickets: All tickets are handled as WILL CALL, so you will not receive a paper ticket. Please check in at the registration desk when you arrive at Blue Rendezvous. Tickets are $100/person through Monday, February 23rd and then $115 thereafter. Tickets will be available at the door if the event is not sold out. Please call Thomas Applegate at 312.583.2229 to check on availability if after Thursday, February 26th.

You have three ways to purchase tickets: online, phone and mail

Thomas Applegate
Hostelling International Chicago
24 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago IL 60605-1226

Thank you for your support of education.

Transportation: Public transportation is very convenient to the hostel with all L lines nearby and many bus routes. If you’re driving, there are many nearby parking lots within a block of our corner, Congress and Wabash, next door to the Auditorium Building.

Attire: The hostel is not uptight about what you wear to the event. Get dressed up, and you will not be alone. Dress down, no problem. All we ask is that you feel comfortable, look good and have fun.

Nonprofit: Hostelling International Chicago is an Illinois nonprofit and an IRS 501(c)(3) qualified organization. For tax deductibility purposes, the fair market value of your ticket is $60 each, and therefore $40 of each ticket is deductible.

THANK YOU for your support! Together we can create caring world citizens through education and build a more peaceful future for the world.

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