Social Events

The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2014)

May 19-23, 2014

The Commons Hotel

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA





Excursion One: Taste of Twin Cities: Minneapolis Riverwalk

Monday, May 19, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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This excursion is a perfect opportunity to learn about Minneapolis AND sample some great food. We’ve arranged a private guided tour just for CTS attendees so this will be a great ice breaker!

This is an off-the-beaten path Minneapolis food experience. Join us as we explore one of the city's trendy and historical neighborhoods, Mill District and St. Anthony on Main in Northeast Minneapolis. You'll enjoy the evening sampling food at the first Thai restaurant in Minnesota, drinking local Minnesota brewed beer at the oldest restaurant in Minneapolis, and enjoy a local favorite - the cheese curds. You'll also enjoy mouth-watering pasta located in the historical Chase building and end the evening with home-made gelato.

Along with sampling food we will also visit the Mill City Museum, stroll by the Guthrie, and enjoy gorgeous views of St. Anthony Falls as we walk along the Stone Arch Bridge into historical St. Anthony on Main. You'll learn about the history of both these neighborhoods including a stroll along the oldest street in Minneapolis. You'll taste, chat and get to know the other attendees, and leave the tour with an appreciation for these distinct neighborhoods!

Restaurants stops include:


Tuggs Tavern

Pracna on Main

Wilde Roast Café

Old Spaghetti Factory

(located in a historical and very beautiful building, not local, but an interesting part of this neighborhood and story)

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any food restrictions, please email the social events chair at as soon as you sign up for this tour. This would also include if you require a non-alcoholic option to replace the Minneapolis brewed beer.

Pricing, Transportation and Deadlines: $68 for early registration by May 4th, $78 after May 4

Price includes all food, transportation and gratuities in the package.

Deadline to register for this event is May 11 and this excursion requires a minimum of 10 and no more than 40 people. First-come-first serve.

Excursion Two: Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Join us for a one of a tour of the Walker Art Museum ( and the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Founded in 1879, the Walker Art Center is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, the Walker often books highly regarded traveling exhibitions. The museum's large collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and multimedia works are displayed in nine galleries. The permanent collection includes important works by notable artists, such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Marc, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin. The current exhibition of Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper (1882–1967). More than anything else, Hopper’s drawings reveal the continually evolving relationship between observation and invention in the artist’s work, and his abiding interest in the spaces and motifs—the street, the movie theater, the office, the bedroom, the road—that he would return to throughout his career as an artist. The Walker Book Shop here in the premises sells a variety of gifts and museum related items.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden includes more than 40 unique sculptures, including the iconic (and gigantic) Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, which has become synonymous with Minneapolis. We will stroll through the gardens and view these after our visit to the museum.

We will provide a selection boxed meals for your dinner, prior to departure, so that we have enough time to visit both the museum and gardens without having to fit in a meal. These meals will be distributed to attendees during the final wrap up session of the conference on Thursday evening. Meal selections will be:

1) Smoked Turkey Club on Whole Wheat Roll (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Cooked Egg)

2) Portobello & Grilled Vegetables Wrap (Whipped Goat Cheese Spread)

3) Roast Beef and Swiss on Whole Wheat Roll (Arugula, Tomato and Roast Bell Peppers)

All meals will come with Pasta Salad with Pesto Dressing, Gourmet Potato Chips, Jumbo Cookie and Bottled Water.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any food restrictions, please email the social events chair at as soon as you sign up for this tour.

Pricing, Transportation and Deadlines: $39 for early registration by May 4th, $49 after May 4th includes transportation and boxed meal for dinner. Museum admission is free on Thursdays.

Deadline to register for this event is May 11, 2014.

Excursion Three: Half Day Excursion Saint Paul Gangster Tour and Washaba Cave Tour

Friday, May 23, 2014 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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This is a one of a kind tour to explore the infamous gangster history of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

We will board a bus from the conference hotel and our tour guide will be a nefarious gangster hood or his moll! This famous crook's tour will explore the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with the 1930's gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson. We’ll see the sights where the gangsters lived it up as they planned and executed some of the most notorious crimes ever perpetrated in the upper Midwest. Our guide will take us past the most infamous gangster hideouts and the famous nightclubs where many gangsters spent time socializing with the public. After our bus tour we will take a walking tour of the Washaba Caves ( where we will hear and see the history of these sandstone caves. We’ll explore the original mined caves and see the finished caves (once a romantic night club called The Castle Royal). We’ll hear the legends of the gangster massacre and ghostly lore in the most unique setting from Chicago to San Francisco. We will be returned to our hotel by bus after the tours. This is a one of a kind experience and we hope you will join us!

Pricing, Transportation and Deadlines: $35 for early registration by May 4th, $45 after May 4, includes both guided tours and transportation.

Deadline to register for this event is May 11, and this tour requires a minimum of 25 people.

Excursion Four: Half Day Excursion to Mall of America – Shopping and Dining

Friday, May 23, 2014 3:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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This is THE place to do your shopping in Minneapolis, but it is so much more than that! Here’s the facts: Mall of America ( is the largest retail shopping mall in the United States with more than 3,779,242 million feet of retail space, over 520 stores, 50 restaurants and Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest Nickelodeon® theme park with 24 amusement park rides including a roller coaster that winds around the enclosed atrium of the mall. There’s also a 1.2 million-gallon aquarium that features sharks, stingrays, giant sea turtles and other types of aquatic creatures. It has an amazing underwater glass tunnel that goes from one end of the aquarium to the other, about the length of a football field. It’s one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, attracting more than 40 million visitors annually, more than twice as many people as the world’s largest amusement park, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

Pricing, Transportation and Deadlines: This will be a pay as you go excursion. We will walk to and utilize inexpensive public transportation to get to the Mall and to return to the conference hotel. Meals and other expenses will be at each individual’s own expense.

Deadline to register is May 11.

Excursion Five - All Day Excursion to TBA

Coming Soon.

For any questions concerning Social Events, please contact Social Events Co-Chair, Felicia Harlow, at