Over 60,000 Redbirds call the Chicago area their home! That’s why Illinois State is bringing the Illinois State campus and its traditions to the Windy City at A Normal Tradition in Chicago.

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With the help of the University’s arts technology program and the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives, Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens will be transformed into a night of Illinois State traditions where guests will witness the evolution of Reggie Redbird, discover Illinois State and its leaders in times of war, walk onto the Quad of the past and present, and find out why Illinois State alumni pride is soaring.

“This evening is unique in that it will take guests on an interactive journey to explore well-known traditions at Illinois State throughout the years,” said Doris Groves, executive director of Alumni Relations. “What else is special about A Normal Tradition in Chicago, is that several of the interactive exhibits have been designed by current students at Illinois State. These students get the opportunity to showcase their talents for Chicago area alumni to experience and remember why it is so valuable to be a Redbird. ”

When: 6:30–9 p.m. Wednesday, June 22
Where: The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, 700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Cost: $25 per person

Along with a night full of Illinois State experiences, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, meet President Larry Dietz, grab a picture with Reggie Redbird, and reminisce about your time at Illinois State University. A cash bar will also be available, and only accepts cash (Bank of America ATM is onsite). Guests will also have the chance to meet head football coach Brock Spack, men’s basketball head coach Dan Muller, and women’s basketball assistant coach Cathy Boswell. The night will conclude with the perfect spot to view the legendary Navy Pier fireworks.

Dress is business casual. Parking is accessible by various modes of public transportation and onsite parking is also available for a flat parking rate of $28.

Register for A Normal Tradition in Chicago by June 8 at Alumni.IllinoisState.edu/Chicago or by calling (800) 366-4478. Questions can be emailed to Illinois State’s Alumni Relations.

Share memories of the event and all the fun with #ChicagoRedbirds.

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  1. Amanda Mahoney says:

    No Al Bowman!?