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Qualify for discounted WeeM rates by registering today. Book your room by September 30th and request the spectacular WeeM rate of $107.


In the past, HalloweeM had offered FriPlays as an opportunity to spend the day on Friday visiting local attractions or having fun and unique experiences in the area. Since WeeM now starts earlier, by popular demand, we're offering off-site activities on Thursday instead. (And because we're offering a full slate of programs and games/tournaments on Friday, most people want to hang out at the hotel.)

The finalized list of planned excursions has been posted below. The deadline for signing up for the excursions was October 15th. If any excursion for which you signed up is full, you will be wait-listed and notified should there be a cancellation. If you need to cancel, please email the Excursions Chair../images/email-regular.s.gif so that a person on the waitlist can go in your place.

Transportation To/From Excursions

For the excursions, we will be using shared transportation (carpools since these excursions are outside the 5 mile limit of the hotel shuttle). When you register, please indicate if you are willing to give anyone a ride to/from the hotel, need a ride to/from the hotel, or will be getting there of your own accord. If you have any mobility issues that restrict your use of common transit options, please let us know when you register; we will do our best to accommodate you. Also, please be aware that, unless otherwise noted in the excursion description, the cost of transportation is not included. We do our best to keep costs as low as possible, and our Excursions Chair will keep in touch with those that have signed up with the details, special instructions, or changes.

Kids on Excursions

While some excursions are open to all ages, we do not offer babysitting on Excursions. As a general rule, parents must accompany anyone under the age of 16. Some excursions have specific age restrictions that are noted under the Restrictions heading, and those restrictions supersede the general rule. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy or regarding specific circumstances, please contact us before signing up.


You must register for WeeM in order to be eligible to go on any of the excursions. Since the number of people for each excursions is limited, it is best you pay as soon as possible. Although you can pay by check, if your check is not received within 7 days of registering for an excursion, a later registrant who has paid may be given priority when the excursion has reached capacity.

Cancellation Policy

If we have to cancel an excursion for any reason, any money collected will be refunded. Regarding individual cancellations, unfortunately, if we're collecting fees, it means the excursion requires us to make payments in advance to book the space. We may not be able to get refunds from the vendor and so refunds cannot be guaranteed. However, if your circumstances or travel plans change after you've booked an excursion, please let us know. If we can sell your spot to someone else, we will try to do so and will issue a refund accordingly.

List of Excursions

Title Time Description Max Number of Partic-
(if any)
Thursday (October 26)
Art Glass at Patterson Glass 1 PM Tour of the glass studio, demo of glass blowing, and then the opportunity to make your own piece of art glass, picking your colors and choosing from a range of options (ring holder, pen holder, note holder, or paperweight)—but you can’t carry it with you when you leave. The molten glass takes a couple of days to cool, so your creation will be retrieved by a ’weeM volunteer on Sunday.

Children twelve and over are permitted, but for anyone 12-18, a parent/guardian must also be taking the class, plus a waiver must be signed by the parent.

Time frame: 2-3 hours.

Location: It's less than a ½ an hour northwest of the Westin at 888 Tower Road in Mundelein.

Warning: Special clothes required for safety reasons! See below.
20 People Age 12 and over
(under 19 must be accompanied by an adult taking the class who is authorized to sign a waiver)
“Geek Tour” at North Shore Distillery 2 PM Sample the offerings of this fine distillery as you tour the facility, learning from the master distiller all the science and technology that goes into producing artisan booze. North Shore Distillery is highly regarded for their vodka, gin, aquavit, and absinthe, and will soon be releasing their new rum and whiskey. In depth insight into what goes into creating good liquor.

Location: It's less than a ½ an hour north of the Westin at 13990 Rockland Road in Green Oaks.
15 Adults Age 21 and over $25
Wednesday (October 25) - Monday (October 30)
Chicago Walking Tour (self-guided) Up to you Our Excursions Chair has put together a simple-to-follow walking tour of Chicago attractions. If you're extending your stay in Chicago, this is a great way to discover some of the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of the city. Contact her and she'll email you the information. N/A All ages welcome Free. You're responsible for any admissions, transportation, or other costs during your tour.

Patterson Glass Blowing Class Mandatory Dress Code

Plan to wear "stain friendly" clothes that breathe well (natural fibers are strongly recommended) as the studio will get quite warm. Anyone who does not conform to the dress code will not be able to participate in the event.

Long Cotton Pants (blue jeans with no holes);
no shorts, skirts, Capri pants, no nylons
that cover the ankle
Closed Toe Shoes (gym shoes okay);
no boots, slippers, clogs, crocs, sandals
Long or Short Sleeve COTTON Shirt;
no fleece, nylon, synthethic

Too Late to Sign Up

The last day to sign up was Sunday, October 15th.


  • Registration - July 15th is the last day to qualify for the special early bird discounts. Discounts for advanced registration are available through October 12th. (Note: Full payment is required by the appropriate deadline to qualify for any discount. )
  • Lodging - The hotel is offering a spectacular WeeM rate of $107 through September 30th, subject to availability.
    Warning: Last year the hotel increased the rate late in June with little notice so book early! If the hotel block is full, please contact our WeeM Chair../images/email-regular.s.gif who will try to expand the block.

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