Special Events and Ticketed Dinners

Please note that Headquarters will not be open to guests during 1-8 July. Please see the Tours page for additional information regarding opportunities to visit Headquarters starting 9 July.

Summer Splash Mixer – Friday, 3 July

All first-time attendees are encouraged to attend this event to mix and mingle with fellow Zontians before the official opening of convention. We also invite our seasoned convention goers to welcome them and offer a friendly Zonta smile. Your advance ticket will get you one glass of Summer Splash punch, with a cash bar available for other options.


Note: First-Timers' Orientation will be held preconvention via webinar.


Awardee Program – Saturday, 4 July

Past recipients of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, and Young Women in Public Affairs Award are invited to come together for a half day event prior to the Opening Ceremony. This is an opportunity for our Zonta awardees, from the district and international level, to connect and extend their professional network.  

Opening Ceremony & Reception – Saturday, 4 July

Convention officially opens with our traditional flag procession and colorful native dress. Join us for these festivities plus entertainment and keynote speakers. Your convention committee promises they have special plans in store for you in honor of centennial celebrations – you will not want to miss it. 

Friendship Dinners – Saturday, 4 July & Monday, 6 July

Are you looking to experience the diversity of Chicago’s restaurants? Relax and enjoy the company of fellow Zontians and we will take care of the reservations. Friendship Dinners are secured restaurant spaces chosen by your preferred fare. Select your choice for these ticketed dinners during registration. REGISTER 

Celebrate on the Lake – Sunday, 5 July

Nothing could be finer than dining on a cruise ship on Lake Michigan on a summer night. Enjoy views of the best skyline in the world while enjoying dinner, a DJ and fireworks on a multi-story luxury ship with an open rooftop deck. Seats are available for 1,200 guests. This event will sell out so register early to reserve your spot. 

Meet Chicago Women – Monday, 6 July & Tuesday, 7 July 

Meet Chicago Women is your opportunity to visit with women leaders of Chicago in various realms of work. Enjoy an evening of networking while learning about these outstanding organizations. A final list of participating organizations will be issued closer to convention so indicate on your registration if you are interested in reserving a spot. Light food and transportation will be included for all locations. Due to the nature of this event and anticipated interest, this opportunity is only open to Zontians.

Memorial Service – Tuesday, 7 July

This solemn ceremony pays tribute to the Zontians who have passed during the biennium. Governors can learn how to submit the names of all Zontians in good standing who are to be recognized on this website. All members are welcome to attend.

Centennial Anniversary Closing Dinner – Wednesday, 8 July

Celebrate the closing of the Centennial Biennium with a memorable evening at the jewel of Chicago – the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Seen in countless movies and recognized for its impressive dome, this venue offers unique views of Lake Michigan and the city. After dinner, stay for the entertainment and fireworks and make memories. Seating is limited to 1,400 and will be based on first-come, first served.