Technical Tours 2011

All technical tours require an advance payment per person. No cameras, video or other recording devices are permitted for technical tours.  Register early as tours have limited capacity.

From Toxics to Treasures (CANCELLED)

  • TT5111 Monday, June 13, 9:45am – 12:30pm
  • Departure Information:  9:30 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will have the opportunity to stop at various locations in the Southeast Chicago where toxic areas have been overhauled into treasured areas.  Each stop will feed into a larger discussion about the impact of industrial activity; our responsibilities as EHS professionals and the role of good, basic EHS practice; and how research, planning, cutting edge treatment technologies and environmental economic development can craft solutions to long term problems, including bio-remediation, wetlands reconstruction, landfill design and management, water resource management, superfund clean up and anaerobic digesters.  The majority of this tour will be on a bus with the opportunity to stop at several locations.  
  • Price:  $ 30 (advance payment required)

Deep Tunnel Facility (SOLD OUT)

  • TT5211   Monday, June 13, 9:45am – 12:15pm
  • Departure Information: 9:30 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will watch a movie explaining the history and construction of the Deep Tunnel and Reservoir project and have the opportunity to view the overview of the treatment process station, it's purpose and tasks.  Elevator decent more than 300 feet below ground to see giant pumps used to move rainwater and sewage.
  • Requirements
  • Attendees must submit a participation form no later than May 1, 2011 in order to participate on the tour.  Must include picture of photo ID on form. Participants will not be able to carry anything into the facility including cameras, video equipment, back packs and purses.  No high heels or sandals permitted.  All participants are subject to a search. 
  • Price:  $ 30 (advance payment required)

Green Tech Chicago

  • TT5311   Monday, June 13, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Departure Information:  12:15 pm from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will have the opportunity to visit a green tech facility that includes solar panels, a green roof, gardens of native plants and a green building resource center.
  • Price:  $ 30 (advance payment required)

Juno Lighting Group

  • TT5411 Monday, June 13, 12:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Departure Information: 12:15 pm from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will view the light duty assembly, manufacturing, testing and distribution facility and have the opportunity to view several energy efficient projects, ergonomics applications and Lean Manufacturing environment. The facility is an education center for illuminating design and installation is ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certified and recipient of the Robert W. Campbell award in 2009.
  • Requirements
    Shoes must be closed toe and no heels. Long pants required. Safety glasses will be provided onsite.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

CTA- Heavy Rail Maintenance(SOLD OUT)

  • TT5511 Monday, June 13, 1:00 – 4:15 pm
  • Departure Information: 12:45 pm from McCormick Place
  • Description
    The Skokie Shop Facility is CTA's only facility for the performance of all heavy or major work on CTA's railcars. Participants will have the opportunity to visit everal shops in the shop complex that perform specific functions for the CTA including repair, rebuilding, manufacturing and overhauling of the CTA railcars.
  • Requirements
    Small bags only.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA)

  • TT6211 Tuesday, June 14, 9:30am – 1:00pm
  • Departure Information: 9:15 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    The tour will include an overview of the redevelopment process of the former Glenview Naval Air Station into a mixed –use residential, commercial, and recreational area in suburban Chicago. Participants will visit a one of a kind training facility for public safety personnel, including police, fire, and public works personnel. The tour will include presentations and walking/driving tours and NIPSTA.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

McCormick Place - Behind the Scenes

  • TT6311 Tuesday, June 14, 9:30 – 11:30am
  • Departure Information: 9:15 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will have the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour of the McCormick Place Convention Center. You will see back of the house areas from the perspective of fire safety, electrical, hospitality, environmental, emergency evacuation and the loading docks.
  • Price: $ 20 (advance payment required)

The Morton Arboretum

  • TT6411 Tuesday, June 14, 9:45am -12:30pm
  • Departure Information: 9:15 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Morton Arboretum is an outdoor museum. Tour will include both a walking and tram tour of the facility with safety and technical related aspects included.
  • Requirements
    Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are recommended. As the tour is mostly outside, be sure to wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses. Tour will take place in mild to moderate rain conditions.
  • Price: $ 45 (advance payment required)

US Cellular Field- White Sox Facility (SOLD OUT)

  • TT6511 Tuesday, June 14; 10:00am – 12:30pm
  • Departure Information: 9:45 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    The tour of Cellular Field will include the facility and grounds and include a discussion of safety related procedures.
  • Price: $ 45 (advance payment required)

Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)(SOLD OUT)

  • TT6611 Tuesday, June 14; 1:00 – 3:30pm
  • Departure Information: 12:45 pm from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will tour the building mechanical room, control room, docking area and Sky Deck from a safety and security perspective.
  • Requirements
    No bags or purses. Must present a government issued photo Identification.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

Great Lakes Recruit Training Center

  • TT7111 Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 – 11:00am
  • Departure Information:  7:15 am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
  • The Great Lakes Recruit Training Center is the only US Navy recruiting training “boot camp” in the country.  Participants will get a taste of what the recruit goes through during the eight weeks of basic training including the processing facility, barracks, physical fitness facility and Battle stations 21.
  • Requirements
  • Must be a US Citizen. Must show Government issued photo Identification.    Bags and purses are subject to military search.
  • Price:  $ 30 (advance payment required)

S&C Electric Company

  • TT7311 Wednesday, June 15; 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Departure Information: 9:15am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Tour will include an overview of the company, walking tour of the campus, lab demonstration and discussion on arc flash hazard analysis.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

Field Museum

  • TT7411 Wednesday, June 15; 9:45am-12:15pm
  • Departure Information: 9:15 am pm from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will tour behind the scene tours of the research and collection areas.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

Museum of Science and Industry

  • TT7511 Wednesday, June 15; 9:30-11:30am
  • Practice Specialty:
  • Departure Information: 9:15am from McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Description
    Participants will have the opportunity to view the Museum's recent exhibit additions and a look behind the scenes view of how MSI operated during construction of these projects along with how they continue to operate safe in a fluid environment where change is constantly occurring.
  • Price: $ 30 (advance payment required)

Youth Technical Tours

US Cellular Field- White Sox Facility (CANCELLED)

  • TT6711 Tuesday, June 14; 1:00 - 3:30pm
  • Departure Information: 12:45pm from McCormick Place
  • Description
    The tour of Cellular Field will include the facility and grounds and include a discussion of safety related procedures.
  • Requirements
    Ages 15-18 years old.
  • Price: $35 (advance payment required)

Soldier Field (CANCELLED)

  • TT7611 Wednesday, June 15; 9:00-11:00am
  • Departure Information: 8:45 am from McCormick Place
  • Description Participants will tour the field, Visitors locker room, sky boxes and more. Tour will include safety procedures of the facility.
  • Requirements Ages 15 -18 years old.
  • Price: $40 (advance payment required)