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83rd Annual Convention: Dabke Down in the Windy City

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Date(s) - 07/04/2019 - 07/07/2019
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Swissôtel Chicago


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Book your travel plans now to spend the July 4th weekend in Chicago for our 83rd Annual Convention!

Start your weekend on Thursday, The 4th, at the top of the Swissôtel with a direct view of the Chicago Independence Day fireworks and enjoy Lebanese mezza! Party with David Hakim and his band Friday and Saturday night! The Convention “All-Access Pass” also includes transportation and entry to Shedd AquariumChicago Architecture Cruise, lunch at Navy Pier’sfamous Billy Goat Tavern and so much more! Our annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be on Friday this year, so plan to arrive Thursday for a fun-filled weekend!

Chicago offers many treasures including 552 parks and 33 beaches. Two of the most popular parks in the city, Millennium Park and Grant Park, are just steps away from Swissôtel Chicago. While visiting Chicago, take a run or bike ride along the 23-mile lakefront path. Swissôtel Chicago directly overlooks many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Nearby attractions include: The Magnificent MileMillennium ParkGrant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare TheaterState Street ShoppingWillis Tower (aka Sears Tower), The Field MuseumAdler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum.


Hotel: Swissôtel Chicago
Rate: $149/night for up to 2 adults and 2 children (under 18)
Telephone: 312-565-0565


It’s our 11th year supporting St. Jude, and this year there will be a special t-shirt design for those wishing to contribute and/or participate in the 5K! Shirts will be $25 each, and all proceeds will go directly to St. Jude.
Please follow this link so that you can do your part and help continue the amazing work of St. Jude. All donations of support are greatly appreciated!


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Launch the Chicago Interactive Map


*Times and locations subject to change.

Thursday, July 4

3:00pm – 8:30pm: Registration and Check-in open

7:00pm – 11:00pm: “The Big Bang” Lebanese Mezza and Fireworks
Come dressed in red, white, and/or blue

11:00pm: Rooftop Reunion (Age 21+)

Friday, July 5

9:00am – 3:00pm: Registration and Check-in open

9:30am – 11:00am: 11th Annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 5K (Navy Pier)
Must pre-order event t-shirt

11:00am – 1:00pm: Lunch (Billy Goat Tavern, Navy Pier)
Meet & greet the 2019 MFASLC Scholarship Recipients

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Arabic Translation Scavenger Hunt (Navy Pier)
Bring your phones and get your detective skills ready

1:30pm – 2:30pm: B.I.N.G.O.

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Dabke Lessons

4:00pm – 9:00pm: Explore and Experience the Windy City!
Dinner on your own

6:00pm – 10:00pm: Registration and Check-in open

9:00pm – 3:00am: Hafli, featuring live Arabic band & cash bar
Cocktail attire

10:00pm – 11:00pm: Young Adult Network (YAN) Meeting

Saturday, July 6

8:30am – 11:00am: Midwest Federation General Assembly Meeting

9:00am – 11:00am: Registration and Check-in open

11:00am – 2:00pm: Architecture of Chicago Boat Tour *pre-registration required; we can not guarantee spots for registrations received after 6/1/19*

11:00am – 3:00pm: Shedd Aquarium Outing *pre-registration required*

11:00am – 3:30pm: The Magnificent Mile: Shop ’til You Drop *pre-registration required*

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Maronite Catholic Liturgy

5:30pm – 7:30pm: Registration and Check-in open

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Cocktail Hour, cash bar

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Scholarship Awards Grand Banquet Dinner
Formal attire

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Registration and Check-in open

9:00pm – 3:00am: Hafli, featuring live Arabic band & cash bar

Sunday, July 7

Farewell and safe travels home!


No refunds for online orders after June 1, 2019
No refunds for no-shows


How do I register for the 11th Annual 5K for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to end childhood cancer?

Registration for the St. Jude’s 5K Run/Walk is done separately, via this link. If you have any questions, please contact Yasmine Al Abdul Raheem at

How do I order an 11th Annual 5K for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital t-shirt?

After you select your registration for this event, it will ask you to fill in your information. It will also ask you if you’d like to purchase a t-shirt. Once you select yes, you can then select your t-shirt size. T-shirt sizes are: YL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. Payment must be made to Yasmine Al Abdul Raheem on site at the convention in Chicago. Shirts will be $25 each, and all proceeds will go directly to St. Jude’s.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update by signing in under your Eventbrite account.

Do I have to bring my registration confirmation to the event?

Yes! You will need to either print your registration confirmation or present the electronic registration confirmation on your mobile device (EventBrite app download required).

The name on the registration doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. The name must match. Registrations are non-transferrable.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please email Rima Antoon at


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