Social and Tour
Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise
Each registered participant, staying at the conference hotel, will receive one ticket for the Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise on Wednesday during INGSM – 21. Additional tickets can be purchased as described on the registration page.
Your Ticket Includes:
- A two-and-a-half-hour or three-hour cruise on Lake Michigan.
- Delicious buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts.
- Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water.
- The best views of Chicago’s skyline and attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field. and the iconic Willis Tower.
- Guaranteed table.
- Onboard entertainment with DJ and games (giant jenga, shuffleboard, etc.).
National Laboratory Tour
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is a U.S. Department of Energy multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented researchers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity.
Argonne traces its birth from Enrico Fermi’s secret charge to create the world’s first self-sustaining nuclear reaction.
Code-named the “Metallurgical Lab,” the team constructed Chicago Pile (CP) -1, which achieved criticality on December 2, 1942, using a graphite moderator underneath the University of Chicago’s Stagg football field stands. Because the experiments were deemed too dangerous to conduct in a major city, the operations were moved to a spot in nearby Palos Hills and renamed “Argonne” after the surrounding forest.
Early exploration of the nuclear reactors designed by the Manhattan Project’s Metallurgical Laboratory, the direct predecessor to the Argonne National Laboratory, led to the development of current nuclear technology.
Find out more information about the touring ANL by clicking here.
Argonne National Laboratory is a controlled access facility, and anyone entering the site must be authorized. Employees, site occupants, users, and visitors all must present valid site access credentials upon entry. Click here for site entry requirements.