The Seventh Annual Open Space on Open Space

September 25-28th, 1999 -- Chicago, IL USA

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Please Join Us! for the annual Open Space practitioners gathering. For seven years now, friends from around the world have been gathering to explore the edges of Open Space -- and to push them out just a little bit further. This is the place to laugh and learn -- with old friends and kindred spirits -- some of the most experienced Open Space practitioners on the planet and some of the most passionate new practitioners and explorers of Open Space.

You needn't consider yourself an Open Space expert. It's enough to bring your passion, your experience and the story from just one place where you've opened the space -- or even a real situation where you are actively working now to open the space. But don't expect a training event, because that won't happen.

This is the place where great friendships, books and articles, crazy hats and open space institutes have been born out of Open Space experiences. It's high play and high learning. It's Open Space on Open Space. It's downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Please join us!

...and please do help spread the word to those people you know who will learn from and contribute to this worldwide open space gathering!


When: September 25-28, 1999
Evening Gathering, Saturday, 7:00p until it's over -- Friends, food, and other cures for jet lag
Conference, Sunday and Monday, 9a-5p -- Open Space on Open Space
Post-Conference, Tuesday, 9a-5p -- Care and Feeding of the Worldwide Open Space Association

Where: The Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown Chicago, Illinois USA
The address is 33 West Illinois Street, between Dearborn and State Streets, in downtown Chicago. This puts us within walking distance of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, oodles of restaurants, all major trains (to/from the suburbs and/or both major airports), and the marketplace on North Michigan Avenue (for butterflies with money).

Registration: Cost is $50-$200 USD, mailed to Sheila Isakson, Registrar
Send a check for an amount appropriate to your circumstances to co-host and registrar, Sheila Isakson. If you have questions about payment, call Sheila at 414-482-1996, fax to 414-482-1896, or email to isakson@juno.com. There may be a credit card option (talk to Sheila), but that costs money, too -- so whenever possible please pay by check, made payable to Isakson Associates LLP. Send registration to Sheila Isakson at Isakson Associates LLP, PO Box 370256, Milwaukee WI 53237-0494, USA... AND please include the following information with your registration: Name, Organization, Complete Address, Phone(s)+Fax, Email.

Need an invoice to get a company check cut? You can (no longer) click here and print the page that comes up, then use the BACK button on your browser to return to this page. This invoice is for $200, which you can edit as appropriate. If all you need is a receipt, we will have those available for you here in Chicago!

Lodging: Make your own reservations for sleeping space -- ASAP -- we're meeting during a busy time in a big-convention town. We've lined up the following arrangements, but keep in mind that unclaimed rooms turn into pumpkins on August 25th!

The Hampton Inn and Suites
-- Singles at $139, doubles at $149, plus 15% tax -- We've reserved 30 of these rooms. This rate includes breakfast in their hospitality room. From within the USA, Call 1-800-HAMPTON to claim a space in this block of rooms. Internationally, you make a reservation by faxing directly to the hotel. The fax number is 312-832-0333 and your request should include your name, address, phone/fax numbers, credit card number, arrival and departure dates, and type of room (one king or two double beds). Our Group Name is "Open Space."

The Cass Hotel -- Doubles at $84, plus 15% tax -- We've reserved 10 rooms here, about three blocks from the Hampton (640 North Wabash Ave). These rates also include breakfast. Call 1-800-CASS-850 for reservations or fax to 312-787-8544. Our Group Code is "Open Space." Also, you can check this place out online at http://www.casshotel.com.

Motel 6 -- singles $89, doubles $99, plus 15% tax -- NO BLOCK RESERVED at what must be one of the nicest Motel 6 in the country, just off Michigan Avenue ('magnificent mile'). This place is closer to the lake and 2-3 blocks farther away from the Hampton than the Cass Hotel. Their number is 312-787-3580.

More Creative Options (including roomates) -- Contact Michael Herman at 312-280-7838 or email to mherman@globalchicago.net, if you run into trouble or want to get more creative about sleeping space, including wanting to find a roomate. If you want a roomy, add your name to Michael's list. If you have friends in town, chances are you'll be able to walk to/from a commuter train to their place.

Getting There: If you get lost in Chicago, just ask somebody. Chicago is known as a place where folks will tell you where to go (in a very friendly way, that is!).

Airport Shuttles -- "Airport Express" shuttles (red, white and blue vans) come downtown from both airports. O'Hare vans leave every 10 minutes (6:00a to 11:30p) from Baggage Claim area at Terminals 1, 2 and 3, for $16 one-way. Midway vans leave every 15 minutes (6:00a to 10:30p) from in front of the Southwest ticket counter, for $11 one-way.

Airport Trains -- Follow the signs at both airports to get to CTA trains that go downtown. Both airports are at the end of a train line, so you can't go the wrong way. From O'Hare, you'll ride a blue line train that turns into a downtown subway. Get off at the Washington/Dearborn stop and walk north across the river on Dearborn to Illinois Street, about six blocks. Hang a right and you're in front of the Hampton. From Midway, you'll ride the orange line which turns into the elevated train in the 'Loop.' Exit at the State Street station. Walk north across the river to Illinois Street, about four blocks. Hang a left on Illinois and go a half-block to the Hampton.

Driving to Chicago -- whether you come from the north or the south, it's simplest to come in on I-90/94. In both cases, get off at the Ohio Street exit (a major exit on both sides). Eventually you'll come to a stoplight, where you should turn right (south). Go two blocks to Illinois Street and turn left. Go five blocks and the Hampton will be on your right. Parking -- A number of new parking garages are under construction in the area. Ask the hotel folks about the best parking deals.

Questions About OSonOS?

Contact Michael Herman at 312-280-7838, 312-280-7837 fax, and mherman@globalchicago.net

OR Sheila Isakson at 414-482-1996, 414-482-1896 fax, and isakson@juno.com

Questions About Open Space?

Visit the Open Space Institute sites:

Worldwide Open Space (incubating) at http://www.openspaceworld.org

Global Open Space Institute at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9215/

OSI Australia at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9215/osiaus.htm

OSI Austria at http://www.webfactory.apa.at/openspace

OSI Canada at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9215/osican.htm

OSI Germany at http://www...???

OSI The Netherlands at http://www...???

OSI USA at http://www.tmn.com/openspace/

And individual contributions by:

Birgitt Bolton at http://www.openspacetechnology.com

Michael Herman at http://www.globalchicago.net/mha

Harrison Owen at http://www.tmn.com/~owen

Michael Pannwitz at http://www.michaelMpannwitz.de

Larry Peterson at http://Home.InfoRamp.Net/~lpasoc/

ProcessWorks, Suzanne Maxwell and friends, http://www.processworks.com/

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