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  2011 Seminar Announcement

AFTE 2011
42nd Annual Training Seminar
May 29-June 3, 2011

Hosted by
Midwest Firearm and Toolmark Examiners Consortium

The Drake Hotel
14 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL  60611
(312) 787-2200

Ground Transportation

From O’Hare International Airport (ORD) it is 19 miles and from Midway International Airport (MDW) it is 14 miles. Public transportation and various shuttles (Go Airport Express from O’Hare; Continental Airport Express from Midway) and limousine services are available from these two airports. Public transportation from the airports on the CTA is $2.50-$3 (one-way), plus an additional $5-$7 taxi fare to the hotel from the CTA stop to the hotel.

The following link will take you to Chicago's City Transportation website.  You will be able to find train/bus routes to get you from the airports to the Drake.

Chicago Train/Bus Routes

Room Rate

Due to unforeseen circumstances, hotel rooms for Friday, June 3rd, are sold out at both the conference hotel (The Drake) and the overflow hotel.  It is recommended that attendees visit or to find affordable lodging within a short distance of The Drake hotel. 


In addition, attendees are urged to make their reservations for the other nights of the conference (Sunday - Thursday) quickly.

$139 per night + tax, for single/double occupancy. Rooms are subject to a prevailing (15.4%) room tax. Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out is at noon. Hotel cancellations without penalty will be accepted 72 hours prior to arrival. The Drake is a Hilton property. Further room/hotel code and other seminar information will be provided on the AFTE website, once it has been established.

Group Rate

The group rate will be offered 3 days prior to and 3 days after the seminar. Reservations must be received no later than April 27, 2011 to qualify for the group rate. Please identify yourself as part of AFTE 2011 to receive the group rate (again, the Drake Hotel is a Hilton property). 

Guest Services

Includes concierge, ATM, in-room, coffee maker and mini-bar, room-service (until 11 pm), gift shop, fitness center (complimentary), doorman, valet-parking, and four on-site restaurants.

Guest Parking

Valet Parking (not affiliated with the hotel) is $49 per day. Lower cost, self-park garages can be found at both the "900 N. Michigan Building Parking" and "100 E. Walton Parking" structures. Note: a good alternative to the driving/parking would be taking public transportation to the seminar. See and

Attractions and Activities

The Magnificent Mile (world class, shopping/restaurants), Rush Street (restaurants/clubs), banks nearby, Navy Pier (rides, shops, OmniMax), Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium (world’s largest), Adler Planetarium, John Hancock Observation Deck (one block away), Willis (formerly “Sears” and US tallest building) Towers Observation Deck and the “Ledge”, plus numerous beaches and parks nearby. This seminar is in a venue that is in a central, large metropolitan city, location with a multitude of attractions, amenities and activities; all of which are within walking-distance or a short, cab/bus ride. Please note: the weather in late May/early June can be cool.

Host Committee

Peter Striupaitis (Conference Chair)
Gary Lind (Technical Program)
Jennifer Cones (Registration/Printing)
Partricia Wallace (Registration/Printing)
William Demuth (Workshops/Armorers Courses)
Marc Pomerance (Exhibitors)
Ray Wolfenbarger (Promotions/Prizes, Chair)
Stacey Hartman (Promotions/Prizes)
Russel McLain III (Promotions/Prizes)
Woody Spencer (Promotions/Prizes)
Carolyn Kersting (Merchandise/Memorabilia)
Mark Keisler (Poster Session)
Angela Kilmon (Poster Session)
Maureen Gunnell (Friends & Family)
Rochelle Demuth (Friends & Family)
Dan Gunnell
Bill Sherlock

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions:

773-259-2594 or email Pete:

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