2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Wednesday June 8th - Saturday June 11th
16 Feb 2016

Upon arrival to Chicago for Confrad’s AGM 2016, visitors will be greeted with a wealth of culinary options. We have taken the time to plan out many of the meals in order to showcase some of the city’s best establishments. One of these restaurants that we will be patronizing is the Chopping Block, located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

The Chopping Block

There’s no better way to experience Chicago than through food, and some of the best food is created at the Chopping Block. This unique event allows you to act as chef for the evening, cooking your own gourmet meal with the assistance of the Chopping Block staff. The dishes you will create come from different areas of Chicago, including West Town, Greektown, Chinatown, Pilsen, and Little Italy, providing you with a wide range of exposure to Chicago cuisine.

The Chopping Block is also a great way to network with your peers in a more inviting setting, whether it’s while your broccoli is steaming or your pierogis are in the oven. Despite the more relaxed atmosphere, the ingredients you will work with are certainly not compromised. In fact, the quality ensures that the meal you create will be one of the best dinners you can find in Chicago. Don’t worry about reservations; we’ve taken care of scheduling. Sit back and enjoy your meal … after you’ve created it!

From the Chopping Block’s website:

Celebrating a milestone with family and friends should be special. The Chopping Block’s private cooking parties provide a fun and engaging alternative to renting a reception room at a Chicago restaurant or hotel. Our private events for any social occasion offer your guests an opportunity to have fun with a pinch of education thrown in the mix. They will learn valuable cooking skills while making a delicious meal and creating memories that will linger long after the last bite of dessert is gone. From tapas to healthy cooking to cupcake wars, we can customize a menu to fit your group’s needs and tastes. We can execute any combination of hands-on or demonstration activity, or we can simply support your event by catering your meal or cocktail party in our event space. As with any event at The Chopping Block, you choose your level of culinary participation.Celebrate with your friends and family while our staff attends to your guests’ needs while serving up a healthy serving of fun.

Our warm and inviting kitchens are the perfect place to take your guests on a culinary adventure.

 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #107

Chicago, IL 60654

Phone (312) 644-6360


02 Feb 2016

Visitors to the Confrad AGM 2016 in Chicago are invited to stay at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (CAAH). This hotel first opened in Chicago during the 1890’s, and has had a storied existence since then. Patronized by countless famous Chicagoans over the years, this was an elite establishment offering the high life to a select few. This landmark is now accessible to anyone that wants a taste of that world, though it has not lost its distinguished charm.

CAAH Lobby

From the Hotel’s website:

Where members of CAA once recharged, you’ll find a distinctive array of thoroughly contemporary amenities throughout these elegant chambers.

  • Central Chicago Loop hotel location along the Chicago Cultural Mile on Michigan Avenue
  • Panoramic views overlooking the iconic Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan, just steps from the Chicago Symphony Center and the Theater District
  • Five eating and drinking establishments, including late-night options: Perched atop CAA, Cindy’s rooftop terrace, restaurant and bar; elevated regional classics, Cherry Circle Room; amusement, libations and “pudge-worthy” nosh, Game Room; café by day, rare spirit bar by night, Milk Room; and our own Shake Shack
  • 24 hour in-room dining service
  • 24 hour fitness facilities (what did you expect?), with complimentary trainer-led group runs along Lake Michigan every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and personal training or private group sessions available upon request.
  • Madison Hall Shops featuring one of a kind sundries, unisex apothecary indulgences, natural cosmetics, a fragrance counter, fresh flowers, books, magazines and a curated assortment of “make you smile” lifestyle accessories for women and men
  • Comprehensive concierge services
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • Complimentary Heritage Bicycles (Our complimentary bike program has been retired for the winter season. Heritage Bikes official season is from May 1 – November 1. Weather permitting, we may bring them out earlier or keep them longer.)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Valet parking


Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (CAAH)

12 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Phone 312-792-3554



Room rate: $301.48USD (includes all taxes & fees)

How to register: Email first name, last name, number of rooms, dates of reservation (check in and out) to kelly.breen@hdmz.com. Individual credit cards will be charged upon check-in.


NOTE: Deadline for reservations is Sunday, May 1, 2016.