Columbus Day 2018

Columbus Day 2018


“Our kind of town.” Unique buzz, intoxicating vibes. Brilliant autumn colors of legendary parks. World-famous museums. Bustling, art-lined streets. Stunning skyline, prize-winning architecture & the Loop’s storied haunts. Diverse neighborhoods humming with energy. Vintage ambience of the historic downtown boutique hotel.


Experience the buzz, stunning river- & lakefront skyline, museum treasures, bustling, art-lined streets, famed restaurants & shops within the Loop, diverse neighborhoods humming with energy, and the vibrant autumn colors of iconic parks that frame Kimpton’s downtown boutique hotel, The Allegro, and its vintage ambience.


A smaller weekend by design, Registration is limited.

Renaissance Weekend is comprised of hundreds of programs and shared meals in which participants with in-depth knowledge reflect off-the-record on a wide variety of current issues. Lively discussion by all participants is encouraged, and the tone is decidedly relaxed.

Saturday and Sunday afternoon is set aside for recreation and exploring Chicago. 


Participants' program assignments are based on information provided on the Participant Profiles page of their online registration, which should be completed as early as possible. Please email the Renaissance Weekend team if changes have been made to your Participant Profile after your registration is confirmed and before we distribute the Tentative Program. 

In late-September, the Tentative Program and other materials will be sent to each registered party's lead participant, who is asked to share them with other members of his/her party.

Registration opens on Friday, October 5 at 4:00 P.M. at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro, where participants pick up their materials and the Final Program, and check in separately with their hotel. Proctors and Moderators briefings meet between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. The first program begins at 6:00 P.M. that evening at the Hotel Allegro.

Early arrivals are invited to help with Registration and to notify the Renaissance Weekend staff of their availability. 

The program ends by 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 8.


Conversation over meals is an important part of the Weekend, and all guests are expected to participate in the Common Meals. Only children under three are not charged for Common Meals. Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for early departures or absences from meals.

Sports & Recreational Activities

Saturday and Sunday afternoons — from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — are set aside for participants' personal and family recreation, but participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel. Be sure to take time to enjoy the many wonderful local attractions including: Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Magnificent Mile, Cloud Gate, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, and so much more. 

The Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 7th.  The course (mile 2) passes the closest intersection to the hotel and the finish line will be located in nearby Grant Park.

Getting There

Participants arriving after 7:00 P.M. on Friday or departing before 9:00 A.M. on Monday are requested to advise Renaissance Weekend staff. Kimpton Hotel Allegro concierge can assist with any transportation needs.

Conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Kimpton Hotel Allegro is easily accessible via car, taxi, or public transit on the “L” train system from Midway (MDW) or O’Hare (ORD) airports, as well as the Metra from nearby Union Station.

Airport shuttle service is available from Midway or O'Hare with Airport Express. Reservations are required. A 10% discount is available for all Kimpton Hotel Allegro guests.

Train from Chicago O'Hare International Airport:

  • Take the Blue Line to Clark and Lake
  • Cross the street to Randolph and LaSalle
  • The ~45 minutes train ride costs $5.00.

Train from Chicago Midway International Airport:

  • Take the Orange Line to the Wells and Washington stop.
  • Hotel Allegro is location one block north and one block east on Randolph & LaSalle Streets.
  • The ~40 minute train ride costs $3.00.

Rental cars are not necessary. Valet parking, however, costs $63.00/day with in-and-out privileges.

To explore Chicago, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel.

Kimpton Hotel Allegro

America’s Golden Era is alive and well at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro. A historic gem in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Theatre District, surrounded by the Loop’s and Downtown Chicago's best activities and events, this boutique haven boasts lavish theatrics all its own. 


Camp Renaissance, Teens & College Students

Camp Renaissance — an active program tailored for children ages 3-12 — typically includes presentations by fascinating adult participants, hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, and arts-&-crafts projects. These activities are supervised by the Camp Renaissance Counselors, with involvement from adult Renaissance participants whose experiences are of interest to young people. Camp Renaissance runs concurrently with the adult program and does not provide full-time child care.

Young people are welcome at all functions. Most teens and college students participate in the Weekend's scheduled program. In addition, they often have designated gathering places, assigned programs, and their own activities and discussions. Teens and college students are usually placed on panels related to their interests, as indicated on their Participant Profile.

College students integrate themselves into the scheduled program. Many form strong bonds and even lifetime friendships during evening social events and programs planned specifically for them.

Parents are expected to oversee their sons' and daughters’ comings and goings throughout the Weekend. Renaissance Institute and Renaissance Weekend, and its staff, assume no liability regarding children or teens.

There is no organized program or child care provided for children under the age of three. Younger children are welcome at Camp Renaissance programs when accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Participants should make arrangements for babysitters at least three weeks prior to arrival at the Weekend by phoning the Hotel Allegro Concierge for assistance. To maximize their enjoyment of the program, families with very young children are encouraged to bring a baby-sitter or au pair. Although there is no Registration Fee for babysitters/au pairs, they must register for meals at the children's rate, attend solely for child care, and, if practical, may assist periodically with Camp Renaissance. Baby-sitters/au pairs are free to attend programs and panel discussions designed specifically for Camp Renaissance participants.

Camp & Teens Programs are organized at all New Year's and most of the other Weekends.  On the rare occasions when there are few registrants in these age groups at the smaller Weekends, no such specific programs may be organized; and such young people, as always, are welcome at all sessions. Confirmation of Camp and Teens Programs, available ten weeks before any Weekend, may be secured through

Weather & Dress

Chicago temperatures in early October can range from the 60's to the mid-70's. Check weather reports shortly in advance of the Weekend.

Dress is informal, resort casual, during the Weekend. Jeans are acceptable for day-time programs. 


All Registration and Meals & Meeting Services Fees will be refunded — less a $250/party processing fee — for cancellations received by Renaissance Weekend in writing via e-mail, fax, or mail, sixty days in advance of the first night of the Weekend. No refund is available for cancellations communicated less than fourteen days in advance. Cancellations received in the intervening period are eligible for 50% refunds. For a one-time transfer of fees, however, payments can be applied towards any of the three immediately following Renaissance Weekends, subject to a $100/party transfer fee, if space remains and such notice is received.  No refund is available after a payment has been transferred and applied to a new Weekend.

Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for absences from meals.

Lodging cancellations are handled directly by your hotel subject to its specific policies. Be sure also to advise Renaissance Weekend of cancellation.


Registration Fee

Adults (23 and older) $1,100/person
Youths (ages 3 - 22) $325/person

(Youth Registration Fee applies only to children or guests, ages 3-22, of invited adults.)

Meeting Services, Meals & Special Events Fee

Adults (13 and older) $850/person
Youths (ages 3 - 12) $425/person


Exploring Chicago

Hotel Allegro revives America’s “Golden Era”

The historic mood & cosmopolitan vibe of Kimpton’s boutique, Allegro, are complemented by its rooms’ cozy, Art Deco style, museum-worthy art, luxurious amenities, fitness center & in-room spa services. 

“Our Kind of Town”
“Our Kind of Town”

Wander amidst the architectural treasures & 700 public artworks lining Chicago’s streets. Experience world-famous museums, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

From the heart of the Loop
From the heart of The Loop

All the city’s must-see-&-do attractions are a brief walk or taxi ride within reach: architectural river tours, Millennium, Lincoln & Grant Parks, the Navy Pier, Botanic Garden, Willis Tower, Merchandise Mart, Riverwalk &  Art Institute of Chicago.

Especially worth noting

Indulge in the downtown hotel’s nostalgia with a modern twist. Easily accessible afternoon fun, frivolity & culture. View the stunning skyline from the 103rd-floor Skydeck. Extend your stay to do some business, sample Restaurant Row, shop, and enjoy the parks’, gardens’ & lakefront autumn scene.

Wrigley Field
Boat on River
Field Museum
Clock Tower
Hotel Allegro Living Room
Dock Cruise
Elevated train tracks
Chicago streets
blue skies
Lincoln Park Architecture
River bridge
Deep Dish
Millenium Park
Navy Pier
Hotel Allegro

Camp Renaissance

Children ages 3-12 years can immerse themselves in hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, arts-&-crafts projects, and presentations by fascinating adult participants who are major authorities in their fields.