Auxiliary Events & Tours

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The ACG Auxiliary will provide a Hospitality Suite for spouses, significant others, and families during the ACG2018 Annual Meeting, offering a place to relax and unwind, sign up for tours and get visitor information, or just chat with friends.
Hospitality Suite Hours:  8:00 am - 10:00 am   |   Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Tuesday October 9, 2018



Barnes Foundation
Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 10:00 am

Description: Join the Auxiliary group as they immerse themselves into the renowned Barnes Foundation. The Barnes Foundation is an art collection and educational institution promoting the appreciation of art and horticulture. Learn about the various art exhibits and network with other spouses at this hour long docent led tour.

Price: $55/members   |   $65/non-members

Mural Arts Tour
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 10:00 am

Description: The auxiliary group will be exploring the numerous murals in Philadelphia onboard the Masterpieces East Trolley Tour. Join them for this 2-hour adventure through the various neighborhoods of the city while getting a glimpse of some of the beautiful murals. The group will meet the trolley in front of the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia at 10am.

Price: $40/members   |   $50/non-members

The Constitutional Walking Tour
Monday, October 8, 2018 | 10:00 am

Description: Immerse yourself in a 75-minute walking tour that will take you all across the city of Philadelphia. During this 1.25 mile journey you will get to explore places like The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House with a private docent. Come join other members of the Auxiliary group and learn about the rich history that lies in Philly. The tour will take place rain or shine.

Price: $20/members   |   $30/non-members
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Auxiliary Member Luncheon
Monday, October 8, 2018 | 12:30 pm

Description: Join Chef at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia for a personalized chef demo and catered lunch. Be able to not only taste what you see Chef create before you, but also take the recipes home to try at home. This is an Auxiliary Member only lunch.

Price: Complimentary for Auxiliary members only.



Things to see and do in Philadelphia

Historic Attractions

Independence National Historic Park (known locally as Independence Mall)   

Independence Visitor Center (Timed tickets are available) ACGA has Walking tour with guide)      

Independence Hall

Liberty Bell Center

Museum of the American Revolution (Brand new)

Betsy Ross House (first American flag designed)

President’s House

Free Quaker Meeting House

National Constitution Center (history of our constitution)

US Mint

Arch Street Friends Meeting House

Christ Church Burial Ground

National Museum of American Jewish History

Congregation Mikveh Israel (Oldest congregation built 1740)

Second Bank of the United States

Philosophical Hall and Liberty Hall founded by Ben Franklin as a “think tank”

Declaration House



Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) ACGA has a tour     

Philadelphia Museum of Art ( Ben Franklin Pkwy and 26th, “Rocky’s Steps")

Rodin Museum (Ben Franklin Pkwy and 21-22nd st)

Franklin Institute Science Museum (20th and Ben Franklin Pkwy)


Shopping (walking distance from convention center)

Rittenhouse Row: Center City,  along Walnut St from 15th St to Rittenhouse Square

South Street,  many diverse shops from 5th St to 11th.    

Antique Row along Pine St

Nordstrom Rack, S 17th Street and Chestnut St

Bloomingdales Outlet, between S 17th and  S 16th Street on Chestnut St


Malls (transportation needed)

Philadelphia Mills Mall  1455 Franklin Mills Circle, PA  (16min drive)

Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, NJ (~20min drive from Center)

Tanger Outlets, The Walk  2014 Baltic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ  (58min drive)

VF Outlet Center 801 Hill Ave, Reading, PA (1hr 7min drive)



Reading Terminal Market located next to the Convention Center

The Bourse Food Court and Specialty Shops: 111 S Independence Mall

Italian Market Runs along 9th St from Wharton to Fitzwater St : Outdoor market with fruits, veggies, speciality cheese, meats and pasta. Closed on Mondays.

Claudio’s Speciality Foods 924 S 9th St

Fante’s Kitchen Shop 1006 S 9th St: floor to ceiling cookware, utensils and appliances.



Old City

Aqua Malaysian & Thai Restaurant 705 Chestnut St (215) 928-2838

Bistro Romano 120 Lombard St

Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar , 138 Market St (215) 923-6069

El Fuego (Mexican restaurant) 723 Walnut St (215)592-1901

*The Bourse (International) 111S Independence Mall East (215) 625-0300

*Amada (Spanish) 217 Chestnut St (215) 625-2450

*Pizzeria Stella 420 S 2nd St, (215) 320-8000

*Vernick Food & Drink (new American)  2031 Walnut St  (297) 639-6644

 *Zahav (Israeli) 237 St James Pl. (215) 625-8800

Bistro Romano (Best romantic Italian restaurant in Philly) 120 Lombard St.  (215) 925-8880

Postano Coast (Seafood) 212 Walnut St, 2nd floor (215) 238-0499

Malbec Argentine Steakhouse  400 S 2nd St .  Highly recommended. Located in  cute neighborhood in Headhouse Square (215) 515-3899


Center City

*Alma de Cuba (Cuban) 1623 Walnut St (215) 625-988-1799

Buddakan 325 Chestnut St (215) 574-9440 Asian fusion, need reservation

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse 111 S 17th St (215) 563-4810

*El Vez (Mexican) 121 S 13th St, (215) 928-9800

Fogo de Chao  (steakhouse) 1337 Chestnut St, (215) 636-9700

Talula’ Garden (American) 210 W Washington Sq, (215) 592-7787

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse 210 W Rittenhouse Sq (215) 790-2533

McCormick and Schmick’s (Seafood & Steaks)  $$$ 15 Broad St (215) 568-6888

Parc (French) 227 S 18th St (215) 545-2262

Verti  Cucina,  1312 Spruce St, (215) 732-3478 upscale Italian. Friday Saturday Sunday 261 South 21st (215) 546-4232

Pizzeria Verti 1615 Chancellar St (215) 763-3760

Oyster House (Seafood) 1516 Sansom St, (215) 567-7683

Barclay Prime (Steakhouse) 237 S 18th St, very expensive but one of the best in the city in Rittenhouse Square (215) 732-7560   

Estia (Greek) 1405 Locust St, Stylish Mediterranean restaurant (215) 735-7700


Logan Square and Parkway Museums

Pizzeria Verti 1939 Callowhill St (215) 600-2629

Osteria (Italian)  640 N Broad St (215) 763-0920

Alla Spina (Italian) 1410 Mt Vernon St. (215) 600-0017

Sabrina’s Café 1804 Callowhill St, (a must for brunch) (215) 636-9061

Urban Farmer 1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (215) 963-2788 Farm to table, local ingredients, speciality beef and craft spirits



Geno’s Steaks 1219 S 9th St

Pat’s King of Steaks 1237 E Passyunk Ave


Things for Kids

Playground Rittenhouse Square

Academy of Natural Sciences

Camden Children’s Garden and Aquarium

Franklin Institute

Independence Seaport Museum

Adventure Aquarium

Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Insectarium

Sesame Place