2018 Conference Activities



The following will be available throughout your stay at Notre Dame:

  • On-campus walking and running trails: Notre Dame is one of the most beautiful and pedestrian-friendly college campuses in the country. Bring your walking/running shoes; you will find information in your registration packet regarding routes through campus and around the lakes.

  • Other fitness opportunities: Guests staying at the Morris Inn will have complimentary access to a variety of cardio and weight equipment located within the hotel.

  • The Notre Dame Bookstore: Sometime during your stay, you will want to visit the Notre Dame Bookstore, located just south of the Morris Inn for your shopping convenience. This "bookstore-meets-cathedral" is worth the visit even if you don't buy anything at all. There's something for every member of the family and for every budget, as long as every member of the family wants an item with the Notre Dame logo on it.



  • Renewing AUREO friendships at the Wind Family Fireside Terrace (weather permitting) or inside at Rohr's Pub.


Spoiler Alert #1: Sorry, we will not be able to offer the opportunity to see a Notre Dame Football game. AUREO would have been competing for seats and hotel rooms with a very large, rabid, and well-heeled alumni/ae population, so we had to choose a non-football-game weekend.



  • Golf Outing (8:00 AM): This year's AUREO Open takes place at the Warren Golf Course, Notre Dame's home course and the site of the 2019 US Men's Senior Open (!). The course is 5-minutes from campus, and tee times run from 8:00 to 8:30 AM, allowing plenty of time to get back before the conference begins. Cost is $80 for 18 holes with cart (you can walk or pull a handcart for less, but we recommend riding), payable at the clubhouse. Jeff Potter has agreed to serve as Tournament Master. Space is limited, so sign up at Registration.

  • Mass at the Basilica of Notre Dame (10:00 and 11:45 AM): You don't have to be Catholic to attend Sunday mass at Notre Dame's beautiful Basilica, a 5-minute walk from the Morris Inn.

  • Basilica Tour (Open until 9:00 PM): Whether or not you attend the 10:00 or 11:45 AM mass, you're welcome to take a self-guided tour the Basilica. Guests are welcome. The Basilica is open to guests until 9:00 PM.

  • Welcome Reception (6:00 PM): The Welcome Reception will be in the Main Building (Golden Dome), a 5-minute walk from the Morris Inn. The Main Building is the heart of Notre Dame's campus and history, and we will offer a brief side tour of the Basilica (if you didn't tour at 1:00) and the Grotto. Guests are welcome but you need to register and a fee is required.


Spoiler Alert #2: Sorry, we will also not be able to offer a farm tour. The slide touting a "3-Hour Tour of Nearby Cornfields" in last September's preview presentation was intended to be humorous but apparently struck a chord with certain AUREO members. We looked into trying to arrange a tour of a nearby working farm but were unable to come up with a suitable plan. If you want to investigate cornfields on your own, you won't have to go far.



  • Campus/Neighborhood Tour (4:00 PM): We will begin at the Eck Alumni Center (adjacent to the Morris Inn) with a brief video portraying Notre Dame's beginnings and history. On-campus venues will include the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, a 5-venue performing arts facility, and the Compton Family Ice Arena, which houses both Notre Dame's state-of-the-art hockey venue as well as an Olympic-sized community ice rink. A bus will take us on a brief tour of the Northeast Neighborhood to see the three different off-campus initiatives that Notre Dame has sponsored in some capacity. Not available to Guests for space/logistical reasons.

  • Happy Hour at O'Rourkes' (5:30 PM): Have a pint at O'Rourke's Public House in Eddy Street Commons, an Irish-themed restaurant/pub (how did they ever come up with that concept?) overlooking Notre Dame's campus. Drink tickets for the participant will be provided at Registration, and Guests are welcome on a cash bar basis.

  • Dine-Around (7:00 PM): NO AUREO conference is complete without the Monday Dine-Around. This year's version will offer a range of cuisine, price, and location options (on-campus, Eddy Street, and downtown South Bend). Guests are welcome.



  • Tour of the Campus Crossroads Project (5:00 PM): Three new buildings were constructed on the outside of the iconic Notre Dame Football Stadium with the intent of making this facility the "Crossroads" of Notre Dame's academic, athletic, and student life. We will tour venues in the buildings as well as walk on the football field and touch the same "Play Like a Champion Today" sign that players slap as they exit the locker room. Not available to Guests for space/logistical reasons.

  • Signature Cocktails (6:30 PM): Cocktails will be served on the 8th floor of Corbett Family Hall overlooking the football field and the modestly-sized video board. Guests are welcome but you need to register for the Signature Dinner and a fee is required.

  • Signature Dinner (7:30 PM): Dinner will be served in the 8th floor Banquet Hall overlooking both the field and campus. Guests are welcome but you need to register and a fee is required.


Guest Activities:

Activities for guests of conference participants include:

  • General: You will find in your Registration packet a collection of suggestions for things to do both on and off-campus to help keep your guest engaged while you're toiling away in conference sessions.

  • Conference Events: Guests are welcome to the Welcome Reception, the Dine-Around, and the Signature Dinner. The Welcome Reception and Signature Dinner require a separate guest fee. Due to space considerations, we won't be able to accommodate guests on the Campus/Neighborhood tour on Monday or the CCP tour on Tuesday. Guests may also visit the Basilica for a self-guided tour.

  • Student-led Campus Tour: At 3:00 PM on Sunday (i.e. just as the conference is getting started), we will offer a campus tour led by an undergraduate tour guide. This will introduce your guest to Notre Dame's campus in the best possible way - on foot - and will introduce them to Notre Dame's campus and students. 


Chicago Activities:

South Bend cannot offer the same level of pre- or post-conference activities that big cities like Seattle can, so we've gathered a collection of opportunities available in Chicago that will warm the heart of any tourist. The city of Chicago is located 90-miles northwest from campus and it offers a variety of things to do. The city attracts over 50-million visitors every year, both domestically and internationally. Please visit the following link for popular activities, attractions, and other events.

There are several baseball games scheduled before and after the conference, including the Cross-Town Classic Cubs vs. White Sox and the Cardinals vs. Cubs rivalry. Check each team's official schedule for dates and times as the date draws nearer.

Some popular activities in Chicago include, but are not limited to:

  • Skydeck Chicago: Look down on the city from the Willis Tour Skydeck. The Willis Tower Skydeck is the ultimate way to see the city from 1,353 feet. The observatory's Ledge attraction places visitors in a glass box that juts out over the side of the building, allowing for some epic selfies and view of up to four neighboring states. To beat the crowds and experience the skyline at night, show up during the Skydeck's evening hours - it is open until 8 PM October through February and until 10 PM March through September.

  • Millennium Park: Check out concerts and public art at Millennium Park, home to iconic public art installations such as Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean") and Crown Fountain. Millennium Park is the crown jewel of Chicago's front yard. In the summer, the area is typically teeming with visitors who come to take in free concerts and movie screenings from the lawn at Jay Pritzker Pavilion (which is usually BYOB). When it gets cold, you will find skaters sliding across the ice at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.

  • Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain: Often referred to as "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park is a 319-acre swath of green space that starts at the eastern edge of the Loop and stretches down to the northern fringes of the Near South Side. First-time visitors should plan on spending a fair amount of time in Grant Park. This is where you will find several of Chicago's most popular things to do, including The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Shedd Aquarium. (Millennium Park also rubs elbows with the northwest corner of Grant Park). Baseball diamonds, flower gardens, walking paths, and wide-open grassy terrain are available in Grant Park as well. At the heart of Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world. It is a tiered water feature boasting 133 jets that shoot water as high as 150 feet into the air during 20-minute choreographed displays (which take place every hour on the hour between 9 AM and 10:35 PM, April to October). At night, the fountain's performance is accompanied by lights and music.

  • The Magnificent Mile: If you can feel your credit card burning a hole through your wallet, make your way to the Magnificent Mile. This portion of Michigan Avenue - which stretches between Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago River - beckons to shopaholics with department stores and luxury retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, and Lord & Taylor. Additionally, the Magnificent Mile is home to several top-notch eateries and luxury hotels, including The Drake (a Hilton Hotel), the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, and the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Architecture buffs will also appreciate a stroll down this street thanks to its eclectic collection of buildings. While you are walking around, turn your eyes upward for views of the Historic Water Tower, which survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and is the longest standing structure on Michigan Avenue. Other structural highlights include the Wrigley Building (once the headquarters of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.) and Tribune Tower (home to the Chicago Tribune daily newspaper).

  • Art Institute of Chicago: See Medieval armor and weapons at the Art Institute of Chicago. The museum is filled with masterpieces from every era, from Georges Seurat's iconic painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" (notable for its appearances in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") to Andy Warhol's print of actress Elizabeth Taylor. But did you know that the museum also houses a Medieval armory? Located just past the Renaissance Art on the second floor, you will find an impressive collection of swords, crossbows, and extravagant suits of armor. 

  • Navy Pier: Extending out onto Lake Michigan, Navy Pier offers plenty in the way of family-friendly entertainment. The first thing you will spot once you set foot on the pier is the towering Ferris wheel, which stands 196 feet tall). You will also find a swing-seat ride and a carousel. Once the kids have had their fill of thrill rides, you can spend some time practicing your putt at the 18-hole miniature golf course, or spend a few hours exploring the Chicago Children's Museum, with hands-on exhibits ranging from treehouses to firetrucks.

  •  Chicago Architecture River Cruise: A visit to 360 CHICAGO or the Skydeck Chicago will give you a good overview of the city's layout. If you want to learn more about Chicago's sky-high buildings, tag along on an architecture river cruise. During the river cruise, you will gain great views and historical insight about well-known structures like The Wrigley Building, the Leo Burnett Building, and the Fulton House. There are several cruise companies, including Wendella Sightseeing Co. and Chicago Line Cruises, but most travelers recommend Chicago's First Lady Cruises. You will learn about the area's architecture, plus catch superb skyline photo ops.

Please visit the following link for popular activities, attractions, and other events.