Chicago Midwest Rebild Chapter

100th Anniversary Celebration

Please find below the program for the 2012 Annual Meeting held in Schaumburg, Illinois, Wednesday, April 25 through Sunday April 29, 2012

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Welcome to the Centennial in Chicago April 25 – 29, 2012

A moment of a lifetime. A milestone. A century.

2012 brings a new focus to Rebild National Park Society and the arrival of a landmark anniversary for our special Danish-American friendship organization.

2012 allows us to reflect on 100 years of history, 100 years of friendship and 100 years of festivals.

Imagine the people, the smiles and the laughter over the past century. Imagine the meetings, the gatherings, the galas, the fireworks and the reunions. Imagine the crowds, the guest speakers, the entertainers and the heather-covered hills of Rebild throughout the years.

How have the styles changed? How has transportation changed? How has the world changed during the past 100 years? The passage of time allows us to reflect on and to thank the past leaders, board members, employees, volunteers and members and to look to the future with a new perspective.

Let the celebrations begin!

Max Henius
Rebild's History
Useful Information

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arrival at Hyatt Regency Woodfield, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL (Registration desk opens at 3 p.m.)

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: Registration & Welcoming Reception

Thursday, April 26, 2012

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: National Board Members' Meeting (Separate Room)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Chapter Presidents' Meeting (Separate Room)

9:15 AM - 5:00 PM: Chicago City Bus Tour including Lunch at the 95th Floor John Hancock Signature Room, Visit to The Danish Home for coffee & kringle

6:30 PM: Bus From Hotel To Special Evening Program at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Bus Return to Hotel at Conclusion of Evening

Friday, April 27, 2012

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Combined Meeting of National Board Members & Chapter Presidents

10:15 AM: All Day & Evening Western Suburban Tour: Cantigny Gardens, McCormick Mansion, First Division Army Museum, Box Lunch, Viking Ship Tour and INCLUDING Festive Evening Tent Dinner & Tour of Midwest Groundcovers (NOTE: Bus will NOT return to hotel until AFTER the tent dinner)

5:00 PM: Separate Bus To Midwest Groundcovers For Tent Dinner & Return to Hotel for Those Individuals NOT on All Day Tour

6:00 PM: Festive Tent Dinner at Midwest Groundcovers, St. Charles, IL

Saturday, April 28, 2012

8:00 AM - NOON: National Board Members' Meeting (Separate Room)

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM: NEW REBILD WORKSHOP - Open for ALL interested chapter presidents, members, guests and participants in Mahogany Room I - III

Discussion Topics:

  1. Strategies for the 2nd Century--Increasing Cooperation & Strengthening Communication Amongst the Existing Danish and Danish-American Organizations, Institutions and Publications
  2. Future Festivals - What would be your perfect Rebild Festival - Planning for 2013 & Forward
  3. The Young Rebild Society--An Introduction to YRS & Skype Participation for Those Who Can't Attend
  4. The Next Generation--A new focus, direction and ideas for members in the 35+ age range
  5. Technology Today--Preservation & Digitalization, Promotion & Marketing, Networking & Education
  6. Additional Topics/Ideas

MORNING: Also Available for Shopping for Those Not In Meetings (Woodfield Mall opens at 10 AM)

1:30 PM -3:30 PM: Rebild's Annual Membership Meeting (For All Members) in Mahogany Room I - III

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Organizational Board Meeting for Newly-Elected Board Members

6:15 - 7:15 PM: Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar)

7:15 PM - MIDNIGHT: Rebild's Centennial Banquet & Danish Royal Guards' Queen's GALA BALL Hosted Together With The Entire Local Danish-American Community. Click here for details

Sunday, April 29, 2012

POST-TOUR: If you need help with a post-tour or a downtown Chicago city stay, please contact Tor Jensen at 1-800-T-JENSEN or 1-847-256-5550, or your local travel agent.

You are also welcome to stay longer at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL. Please book your extended stay when you make your original Rebild reservation!

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Woodfield - Schaumburg
1800 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60172
Tel: +1 (847) 605 1234

Rooms are reserved under Rebild National Park Society at discounted prices.

Ground Transportation

Transportation to/from O’Hare and Midway Airports and Chicago Loop

All Star Cab & Shuttle:

To O’Hare: $27 for up to 4 travelers. Call 888-533-4240. Advance reservations are recommended.
From O’Hare: $32 for up to 4 travelers. Call 888-533-4240 after picking up luggage at O’Hare.
To/From Midway: $47 for up to 4 travelers. Call 888-533-4240. Advance reservations are recommended.
To/From Chicago Loop: $54 for up to 4 travelers. Call 888-533-4240 to reserve a taxi.

American Taxi:

To/From O’Hare: $31.50 for up to 4 travelers. Call 847-253-4411 after picking up luggage at O’Hare.
To/From Midway: $60 for up to 4 travelers. Call 847-253-4411 after picking up luggage at Midway.
To/From Chicago Loop: $58 for up to 4 travelers. Call 847-253-4411 to reserve a taxi.

Other Transportation Options:

Viatas Chauffeured Transportation: Group or Individual Airport Transportation available. Call 800-421-0607 or visit

Updated June 24, 2015

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