Save the Date - 5th International Gathering

15-17th June, 2018
Chicago, USA

The next Merrilees International Gathering will be held on 15, 16, & 17th June, 2018 in Chicago during the Chicago Highland Games.

The event organizers are Mike Mirrilees (Clan Chief) and Iain Mirrilees (Mid-Western USA Chieftain). Both reside in Chicago, so will be able to provide a lot of local knowledge.

A hospitality suite will be made available throughout the gathering at The Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel in Itasca, Illinois. Itasca is a suburb to the west of Chicago which is easily accessible by train within 40 minutes. The Highland Games are also held on site at the Hamilton Lakes. The games will be entertaining for both adults and children.

Chicago is also a fun city to visit for those that will come early or stay over. Museums, restaurants, micro breweries, and architectural tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Iain Mirrilees, cousin Eric Westman, & Mike Mirrilees

Programme of Events

Friday - 15 June 2018

A hospitality suite will be available from noon till midnight, where we can get acquainted or reacquainted as the case may be.
The opening ceremonies for the Highland Games also start in the afternoon.

Saturday - 16 June 2018

The Highland Games will be in full swing, featuring the heavy athletic, Scottish cultural events, highland dancing, haggis eating, sheep herding dog competition, and participation in the parade of Clans & Tartans. There will be many food vendors catering for both Scottish and American tastebuds.
More information to come for those wishing to participate in the games.
A group photo will be organised for the evening, where we will also enjoy a Celidh evening with dinner & dancing. We will have a suite for those that find the music too loud that will be more conducive to conversation.

Sunday - 17 June 2018

For those that love golf, we will be holding a 5th Merrilees International Golf Tournament in the morning.
A barbeque will be hosted at the home of Mike & Bunny Mirrilees, followed by games and a bonfire!

We want this to be an event you will attend. If you have any suggestions for what could be included in itinerary please email us directly. Please share these details with your family.

Travel Information


The Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel
- 50 rooms have been reserved for the 2018 gathering
- Room with 2 double beds is $99 US/night
- Room with king deb is $109 US/night
- Free shuttle to any location within 5 miles, which includes the train station
- Click here to make your hotel reservations, register under the name "Merrilees International Gathering"
Note: Prices are as quoted Aug 2017 - please confirm your price with the hotel

More accommodation information to come.


Activities and museum available in Chicago and the surrounding areas.
* Chicago Highland Games
* Navy Pier - Events Calendar
* Field Museum of Natural History
* Museum of Science and Industry
* Chicago Art Institute
* Adler Palnetarium
* Museum of Contemporary Art
* DuSable Museum of African American Art
* Smart Museum of Art
* Cruise Chicago - Architectural Tour
* Millennium Park Attractions

More activity information to come.


Hamilton Lakes, Itasca ...
- 20mins from O'Hare International Airport - approx $22 by Uber or $50 by taxi
- 45mins to Chicago by train - $6 each way

More transport information to come.

Register of Attendance/Interest

Please register your attendance or interest in attending the 5th International Gathering in Chicago.
This will ensure you are kept up-to-date on all information regarding the gathering.

Click here to register via MailChimp

Chicago Highland Games


More information to come.

Hamilton Lakes, Itasca

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