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50th Reunion Details
Date of last update: 6/21/2012
Our 50th reunion was the weekend of June 29-30-July 1, 2012
at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL
with Friday dinner at Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL
Hotel Website    Payment Info    Reunion Costs    O'Hare Transportation    Reunion Schedule    Planning Meetings
Nearby Dining    Things To Do in the Area

View Larger Map to the Hilton hotel
View Larger Map to Hackney's on Lake

Room reservations for overnight
Out-of-towners: the Hilton will reserve a block of rooms for our class for June 29-30, $89 + tax/night, for a single or double, $99 for a triple and $109 for a quad room. They are almost fully booked by now on the weekdays, but you can also get that lower rate for Thursday, June 28 if you call the Northbrook Hilton at 1-847-480-7500.

Please contact the Northbrook Hilton hotel at 1-847-480-7500 to reserve your room.
Group Code = Niles Township High School Group for the June 29th-30th weekend.

If you call the national "800" number for Hilton, and they tell you our reserved block of rooms are all full, call the Northbrook Hilton instead at 1-847-480-7500. When each block of rooms fills up, they will set a new block of rooms. After June 17, 2012, any unused rooms in our reserved block will be released for public use, so if you wish to stay there, be sure to reserve your room before then. (This rate does not include breakfast. They charge extra for breakfast. Click here for the breakfast menu.)

Free Hospitality Suite! The Hilton is generously letting us use their Alpine Suite as an informal place for us to gather during Friday and Saturday. It can seat 19 people. There is a conference table for 10, two love seats that each hold 3 people and 3 extra chairs. We can bring our own food and non-alcoholic drinks to that room.

Click here to see the Hilton's front desk cabinetry built by classmate Wayne Belue's company!

Reunion Costs per person

(*Early Bird discount is available until May 1, 2012. After that, pay the Full Cost. All prices are per person.)
Invitations and an RSVP card were mailed the week of March 19-23 to all those whose addresses we found.
Click here to see the RSVP form and optionally print it..

Early Bird* Full CostActivity
 (tax and tip included *)
$45$55Friday Dinner at Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Avenue, in Glenview. Cash bar.
$110$125Saturday Evening "Oh What A Night". Choose fish, fowl, meat or vegetarian meals. Cash bar.
$140$160Special Deal!! BOTH Fri. and Sat. DINNERS. Save $15 per person.
FreeFreeTour of Niles West High School.

* The dinner fees also cover the costs of the brochure, invitations, supplies, name tags, registration packets, reunion booklet, audio-visual rentals, decorations, etc.

Be sure to subtract your advance payment, if you made one, from the total, and make a note of that to Mike Kiss, our treasurer.

Cancellations: If you have to cancel (or have a question about your payment), please phone Mike Kiss at 847-945-3876 or email him at by 5:00 pm CST, Monday, June 25 in order to get a full refund. We can still add people after that date, however.
Payment Info

We need money to cover the mailing of brochures and invitations and other related expenses. A suggested amount is $100. Please mark on the check whether your check is for monetary support, advance payment toward your Saturday evening fee ("deposit for credit"), or a combination of both.
The check should be made out to: "Niles Reunion Committee 1962" and mailed to our treasurer:

Mr. Michael W. Kiss
North Shore Community Bank and Trust Company
576 Lincoln Avenue
Winnetka, IL 60093

O'Hare Airport Transportation Info

Here are limo & taxi services between O'Hare airport and the hotel. (The hotel does not have a shuttle van to the airport.)

American Coach Limousine is giving us a 5% discount with many sizes of vehicles to choose from.
Details are on the Forum page.

American Taxi is giving us a discount:
Click here to see and print the coupon to give the taxi driver
Click here to reserve with American Taxi

Reunion Weekend Schedule

  Friday, June 29  

The Golf Outing has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Feel free to play golf with your friends.

1:00 - 3:00 or so the Alpine Room, our Hospitality room at the Hilton, will be open for meeting and greeting. There will be free snacks and bottled water.

2:30 arrive at Niles West for a 3:00 pm tour of Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL. Hotel guests meet in the Hilton lobby at 2:15 for carpooling and van rides. Please use the auditorium entrance at 2:30 pm. A registration table will be here with your name tags and packets.
Niles West parking Niles West Auditorium
(Click to enlarge)
Click here for Driving Directions & map from the Hilton to Niles West

7:00 pm casual dinner at Hackney's on Lake restaurant, 1514 E. Lake Avenue, in Glenview (with tables by grade school, but everyone can sit where they want. There are no assigned seats.) A registration table will be here as well.
  • Stairs: We are using the large banquet room downstairs and Hackney's has no elevator. We will have someone at the top of the stairs to help all who need assistance getting down stairs.
  • Parking: If the Hackney’s parking lot is filled, use the North Shore Medical building lot directly behind Hackney’s lot.
Click here for Driving Directions & map from the Hilton to Hackney's

  Saturday, June 30  

10:00 am Alpine Room at the Hilton - meet and greet. There will be cookies, doughnuts, coffee and bottled water.

Daytime activities on your own: Things To Do in the Area

CANCELLED due to insufficient interest: Bus Tour of downtown Chicago

"Oh What A Night" at the ballroom of the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm A registration table will be in the hotel lobby.
6:30 pm Cocktails (cash bar) and hors d'oeuvres in the Garden Terrace, just outside the ballroom.
7:30 pm Dinner in the Grand Ballroom. There are no assigned seats, so choose your seat once the ballroom doors open. Party attire is suggested. Ties are optional for men.)
After dinner, we can go to the Alpine Room again - for those who have the energy!

  Sunday, July 1  

On your own: Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Hilton's Allgauer's Restaurant or other restaurants in the area.   Click here to see the Allgauer's menu. There is also a coffee shop at the Crowne Plaza Hotel next door to the south on Milwaukee Ave.

8th (last one!) Reunion Planning Meeting was June 11    Read the minutes
at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook.

7th Reunion Planning Meeting was Monday May 21    Read the minutes
at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook.

6th Reunion Planning Meeting was April 19   Read the minutes
at Hackney's on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Avenue, in Glenview (in the Victoria room).

5th Reunion Planning Meeting March 15   Read the minutes
This meeting was at Hackney's on Lake. We decided there would be no dress code for Saturday night, among other things.

4th Reunion Planning Meeting February 16   Read the minutes
at Hackney's on Lake. This was the big meeting when we finally determined the price to charge on Saturday night.

3rd Reunion Planning Meeting January 19   Read the minutes
This meeting was at Hackney's on Lake.

2nd Reunion Planning Meeting November 15th   Read the minutes
Our second big reunion planning meeting was November 15th, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. We again set up a conference call for those who could not attend in person. Pat sent out the phone number and access code to all who let her know they wanted to phone in. Since the phone call could last several hours, you can download Skype and phone in via your computer line. Also indicate if you'd like to carpool with classmates to the meeting. Thanks!

1st Reunion Planning Meeting Sept. 14th   Read the minutes
Our first big reunion planning meeting was Sept. 14th, 2011 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. They generously allowed us to use a small conference room on that date for free so we could see the facility to help in our planning.

Good news! Judy Kipperman Harris generously picked up the 25 panels of 50s and 60s nostalgia and other items that the Nilehi class of 1961 donated to us after their reunion in Sept., and Peg McPherson McLean is now storing them at her house until our reunion. Many thanks to you both! We'll then pass the panels after our reunion on to the class of 1963. We are very grateful to the class of 1961 for their generosity!

The Committee on 9/14/2011 – Front Row (from left): Joan Kramer Sullivan, Judy Kipperman Harris, Arlene Paul Rakowsky, Ellen Bilton Barry, Joyce Greenberg Brodsky and Betsy Shulman Katz.
Middle Row (from left): Peg McPherson McLean, Marlene Ruttenberg Greenberg, and Barb Graff Dorfman.
Back Row (from left): Perry Rose, Stew Leavitt, Howie Michael, Michael Stavy, and Paul Thielmann.
Conference call people not shown: Gretchen Anderson, Bill Del Dotto and Pat Fulkerson Larrabee.