Grand Council 2016 FAQs
Where will the Grand Council be held?
The 2016 Grand Council will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chicago-North Shore Conference Center, located at 9599 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, Ill.
What are the official dates of the Grand Council?
June 10 to 12, 2016
All official conference attendees must be at the hotel by 3:30 p.m. CST on Friday, June 10, for an orientation and can depart at any time on Sunday, June 12.
Where do I park?
There is ample complimentary parking in the Doubletree hotel parking lot.
Who pays for the travel costs?
If you are an official participant of the Grand Council, then the International Fraternity pays the cost for your airfare, scheduled shuttle transportation to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport, your sleeping room (based on the cost of a shared room) and all scheduled meals during the Grand Council.
What meals are covered?
The following meals are covered for all delegates: the awards banquet on Friday evening, a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a barbecue dinner at the International Headquarters on Saturday evening are covered. All other meals are at your own expense.
What food services are available in the hotel or near the hotel?
Grand Council guests can enjoy a casual meal in Jameson’s Charhouse, which features a wide variety of popular American favorites. Located in the lobby of the hotel, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For additional choices, a variety of dining choices awaits you at the Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, located across the street from the hotel. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to restaurants located within a five-mile radius. Advance reservations are recommended when utilizing this service.
Where do I go to register when I arrive at the DoubleTree hotel?
Registration will take place in the lobby of the Doubletree hotel on Friday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, and on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST.
What do I need to bring/wear?
Attendees should pack business casual attire for at two to three days. They should also bring a jacket and tie for the Friday night banquet and award ceremony.
Where will the Friday banquet take place?
The Grand Council and awards banquet will take place on Friday, June 10, in the Monaco Ballroom at the Doubletree hotel. A cash bar will be available.
What Facilities are available at the Doubletree?
The DoubleTree hotel has an exercise room, as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
What is the Grand Council?
Occurring every other summer, Grand Council is a meeting of a Sigma Chi body that is also called the Grand Council. This group exercises general direction and advisory powers over the Fraternity during the recess, but subject to the enactments of the Grand Chapter. It is composed of the Grand Officers, past Grand Consuls, members of the Executive Committee, Grand Trustees, Grand Praetors, members of the Leadership Training Board, and one undergraduate from each province. Undergraduate delegates attending Grand Council elect two of their own members to serve one-year terms as representatives on the Executive Committee.
How do I register?
To register, please visit the Grand Council registration page, which can be found here. Registration for the event closes on June 1.
Transporation to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport
Shuttle service will be provided for Grand Officers and delegates between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Chicago-North Shore Conference Center in Skokie, Ill., on Friday, June 10, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and from the Doubletree hotel to the airport on Sunday, June 12. Shuttle transportation on Friday, June 10, has been pre-arranged based on the arrival and departure flight schedules of the Grand Council attendees and will not be available at all times.
For your return transport from the Doubletree hotel to Chicago O’Hare Airport, please confirm your departure time with International Headquarters staff when checking in. For Sunday departures, hotel shuttle transportation is complimentary for Grand Council members at designated times only.
Transportation options for non-delegate attendees and guests:
From Chicago O’Hare International Airport
- Taxi will cost approximately $26 to $35 each way;
American Taxi Co. also offers its riders flat-rate fees from each of the airports to the hotel. Call (847) 673-1000 or (800) 244-1177 to arrange a taxi.
Are there any activities off site?
There will be a barbecue to recognize the 50-year celebration of the J. Dwight Peterson Sigma Chi International Headquarters building in Evanston, Ill., on Saturday, June 11. The cost of this event is covered for officers and delegates. Guests can register and pay to attend using the event registration website. Please note tickets will not be available for purchase onsite.
The event will also feature tours of the newly-renovated Sigma Chi history museum at the Headquarters.