Tours & Special Events

Downtown Chicago

Interested in experiencing more of Chicago?

Downtown Chicago Tour
3:00pm – 10:00pm
Cost: $65.00 includes transportation, tour, taxes, & all gratuities. Dinner and shopping on own.

Experience Downtown Chicago!
There are so many attractions and sights to see on this tour.

  • Take an informative, light-hearted tour of Chicago’s greatest landmarks and neighborhoods
    on a double decker bus. This fully narrated tour is two hours and covers 13 miles of Chicago’s downtown.
  • We will see sights such as the Willis Tower, Chicago’s Water Tower, Millenium Park, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, and much more! Once we finish the bus tour, it’s dinner time!
  • Grab a friend and choose from any of the delicious restaurants and food stands on Navy Pier! Following dinner, you’ll have some time to shop and take pictures on the pier before we head back to campus.


Special Events

Fellowship Dinners in Wheaton, IL

Thursday, July 30 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: No advance registration fee, dinner will be paid individually at restaurant

Are you arriving to Wheaton on Thursday evening and want to connect with ladies attending the Conference? We have made reservations at three local restaurants in Wheaton for attendees to gather, dine, and fellowship on the evening prior to Conference!

Options include:
Gia Mia | Category: Italian Pizza & Pasta | $15-$20 | limit of 20
Wok N Fire | Category: Asian | $12-$15 | limit of 20
Emmett’s Brewing Company | Category: American | $15-$20 | limit of 20

CIT Pre-Conference Session (Cost: $15)

Friday, July 31 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Style & Slay: An Event Just for CITs

Facilitated by Serena Ellens & Megan Oppenhuis

Spend the afternoon getting all dolled up, posing for pictures, and celebrating your time as CITs! The afternoon will start with a photoshoot, where we’ll style, pose, and photograph you for the fashion section of our upcoming GEMS app, and then will be followed by a chill party to celebrate your time as CITs and give you the chance to slay your CIT opponents in games and activities. You won’t want to miss this fun and fabulous event!

ReFresh VIP Meet & Greet Reception

Friday, July 31 at 4:15pm

Exclusively for ReFresh members, come to this special Meet & Greet Reception to meet some of our ReFresh speakers and Conference Keynote speakers for a Q&A session.

CIT Reception

Friday Night, July 31

CITS: join us for a special welcome reception on Friday night!

Club Coordinator Lunch

Saturday, August 1 at 12pm

Club Coordinators: Join us for a special lunch gathering where you can connect, brainstorm, and learn from other Club Coordinators.

Special encouragement from featured speaker, Teri Lynne Underwood, and GEMS Executive Director, Cindy Bultema.

GEMS Sock Hop

Saturday Night, August 1

Step back in time to experience a bit of the GEMS Diner! Enjoy music, karaoke, 50’s diner themed snacks, photo booth, and lots of fun! Feel like getting dressed up in your favorite 50’s gear? Come dressed to the Saturday night worship/main session and head to the Sock Hop following this evening session.

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