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2017 APA-IL State Conference: Buses and Gardens, and Farms, Oh My!

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

We’re nearly one month away from the 2017 APA-IL State Conference! A BIG thank you to the all the volunteer committees working to make this year's conference great!

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in downtown Naperville this September. In between conference sessions, be sure to enjoy the Naperville Riverwalk – the perfect backdrop for our conference (and selfies #APAIL17).

Don't Forget to Register!

#APAIL17 photos from your desk will be awkward so be sure to join us at Hotel Indigo where you can take photos with friends and colleagues along the Naperville Riverwalk!

We’re excited to offer a variety of sessions that cover a wide range of topics, offer CM, and feature talented planners from across the region. Click here to register and review the preliminary program!


Stay Local!

Stay with us at Hotel Indigo and step into the conference each morning! Rooms are limited so book early and take advantage of the #APAIL17 room rates from $149 to $189 per night (compared to the $205 offered by Expedia and Last day for #APAIL17 rates is August 22, 2017. Reserve your room today!

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Featured Mobile Workshops:

Pace Bus-On-Shoulder Service

Have you noticed Pace Bus on I-55? Seen the bus-on-shoulder program in the news? Or maybe you’ve heard about it from planning friends? Now is your chance to learn more! Ride an in-service Pace express bus from Downtown Naperville to Burr Ridge, IL, and back again. During the bus ride, Pace representatives will discuss their successful bus-on-shoulder program. READ MORE >

Creating Active Open Space: Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden

You may have visited the Children’s Garden at The Morton Arboretum with your family. Trust us, it is different when you don’t have kids to chase around or strollers to push. Join us (sans kids) for a tour of the garden and learn more about the garden’s inception, how it has grown, and lessons learned. READ MORE >


U-Pick Networking Lunch!

Is your Instagram feed filled with food photos? You'll love #APAIL17 networking lunch options at restaurants in downtown Naperville. We're working with local partners to make reservations at nearby establishments where you can meet-up for casual, roundtable, networking lunch discussions (each person will be responsible for their own lunch tab). Join us for food photos and topic-focused conversations or consider lunch with an APA-IL's committee – stay tuned! In the meantime, check out dining options in downtown Naperville


Plan Commissioner Training!

New and seasoned plan commissioners are invited to join us for an all-day training session on Thursday, September 14. The training provides a chance for plan commissioners to step back from the task of plan review and approval, learn what’s new in planning, and discuss their role with fellow commissioners. All planning officials, boards, and commissions are welcome. Click here for more information and to register!


Become a Conference Volunteer!

The conference planning committee is busy making final plans for an exciting conference! And we could use your help! Interested in volunteering for a half-day or full-day? Contact Volunteer Committee Chair Drew Awsumb, AICP for more information!


Become a Sponsor!

We need your support. Enhance your organization’s visibility in the planning community by becoming a sponsor of the 2017 APA-IL State Conference. Sponsorship dollars play a critical role in helping the APA-IL produce this unique and exciting educational opportunity for Illinois planners. Click here to view and download the sponsorship prospectus!

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