The 2015 APCS Gathering was Oct. 1 - 4, 2015. We had an amazing schedule for Chicago.  

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1. Chicago

The Windy City. The Second City. Chicago is the 7th largest global city responsible for setting global agendas and global commerce.  But it’s also a city which made major contributions to arts, culture, jazz, blues, film, theater, visual arts and more. Gathering attendees can enjoy cultural icons like the Art Institute of Chicago, Tripadvisor’s No. 1 thing to do in Chicago, Millenium Park, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Holy Name Cathedral, the Field Museum and more.

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2. Hotel Ivy

The location of the Hotel Ivy put us in one of the most fashionable districts of Chicago, just a short walk from the Magnificent Mile and high-end shopping and within walking distance of some of Chicago’s top attractions. The hotel is modern, stylish and only 63 rooms.

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3. “Maker and Muse” at the Driehaus Museum

We were dazzled with 250 pieces of custom art jewelry, the epitome of design from the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain, Art Nouveau in France, Jugendstil in Germany and Austria, Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York, and American Arts and Crafts in Chicago. The exhibit was focused on jewelry but included a wallet, purse, cigarette case and dance card holder. The dance list was done by Josef Hoffman from Wiener Werkstatte and the stunning gold Art Nouveau purse called “Le Rêve” is by Frédéric de Vernon. But, let’s be honest, we were busy drooling over the amazing jewelry pieces. A final unique aspect of the exhibit, the jewelry was all either designed by women or featured women in it.

 4. The Chicago History Museum

This museum is home to the second largest costume collection in the world. With 50,000 fashion and textile artifacts, The Chicago Museum’s archive contains items from the mid 18th century to today.

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5. Leslie Hindman Auction House

Since 1982, Leslie Hindman has been a leading auction house in the Midwest. In 1997 it was acquired by Sotheby’s and has continued to be premiere spot for purchasing arts and antiques in the Midwest. Leslie Hindman provided us with a private tour including champagne & snacks, a lecture on auction houses and ran an exclusive auction for attending APCS members. This auction featured purses from participating members attending the gathering and was done free of charge.

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6. Mary Nunn:Fashions and their purses: A photo stroll through the decades”

APCS member Mary Nunn took us on a photo journey through purse fashion, showing how to recognize and date purses based on the fashions women were wearing. In addition to historic photos of women and their purses, Mary showcased advertisements and catalog pages. She highlighted inventions (like the zipper) that help date a purse.

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7. Purse Bazaar

At every Gathering, the purse bazaar is a featured event. We all love looking for great deals and special purses.

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8. Art Deco Architectural Boat Tour

With most of the city destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Chicago buildings showcase modern design rather than antiquity. Travel + Leisure readers voted Chicago as the nation's “Best Skyline." Some of the first modern skyscrapers were built here. In spite of the COLD weather, this boat tour on the Chicago River gave us a unique view of the city and its buildings including the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, Marina City; more than 40 Chicago landmarks.

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9. Bette Sherman: “Dress for the Occasion”

From 1910 through the 1970s, Bette Sherman guided us through the fashions of the decades. Complementing Bette’s slideshow presentation was a vintage fashion show with some special models.