At our last meeting on August 8th, it was decided
to proceed with the Fall Festival in Chicago, Sept 8-12, 2021.
This year's theme: Everything Is Flexible!
This event is ALWAYS the first (1st) weekend after Labor Day.
When: Sept 8, 9, 10, & 11, 2021
Where: Best Western Chicago-Hillside
4400 Frontage Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Room Rate $105 plus tax ($117.60) per night
Shuttle to/from O'Hare airport ONLY (free)
Please call or e-mail the hotel directly when making your reservations by August 11, and be sure to tell them that you are with the BQPA/Pioneers in order to get the rate of $105.00 plus tax. (The National Reservation Office does not honor this rate.) ROOM RATES WILL INCREASE FOR LATE RESERVATIONS! You can cancel 24 hours before arrival.
A lot of people come on Wednesday (9-8) and get a head start, why not see if you can do so too?
There will be golf on Thursday and Friday.
Dave Brady is our golf chairman and can be contacted at;
847.259.3338 or 847.707.2182 or
If you are planning on golfing, PLEASE sign up with Dave as early as possible so he will have a good idea as to how many tee times we will need for each day. Let Dave know if you will play both days or just one. Details to follow:
This will be our 10th year at this hotel and all of our members really enjoy this venue! The hotel staff really go out of their way to please us. So if you have not been to the Chicago BQPA/PIONEERS in a while, do yourself a big favor and come on out, you'll be very pleased you did, I guarantee it.
Chicago Festival Chairman
3224 Sarah Street
Franklin Park,Il. 60161
For you people that will be flying into Midway airport for the Chicago festival, here are the directions from Midway via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
After collecting your luggage, look for and follow signs “TRAINS TO CITY –CTA”. It is a fairly long walk-probably five minutes or more (depending on age). Enter Orange Line MIDWAY station of CTA and get on train marked LOOP toward downtown. Get off at HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY (State and Van Buren streets) downtown. Descend to street and walk a block West to Dearborn Street and turn North. Look for a stairway down from sidewalk to the BLUE LINE. It’s in the first block, but if is closed there are more entrances in the next blocks north. Take a train to “FOREST PARK” which will be the end of the line (Des Plaines Avenue).
Call the Best Western Hotel at 1-708-544-9300 and they will send a shuttle to pick you up.
The fare is reasonable. Last time we checked it was under $5, but may go up between now and September. I recommend buying a fare card and loading it with enough money to get to Hillside and back to the airport for your return trip. If you use a fare card, you can get a transfer from the Orange line to the Blue line for $0.25, rather then pay another full fare. Please check with the station agent at the Midway station before buying the fare card to verify the amounts.