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APAIL18: Let’s Get Social. APA-IL Conference Thursday Set-List

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Thursday just got a whole lot cooler! Join us for this year’s APA-IL Conference in Springfield and experience the “cool” first hand. In less than 12-hours on Thursday we will be packing in a ton of knowledge, CM credits, history, speed planning, plan commissioners training, and of course… refreshments and live music to end the day. Get your steps in via walking tours and take part in an APA-IL first via our Thursday Plenary Session. Take a slow scroll through our lineup below and register today!

Thursday Night Social Event Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery

Located in the heart of Springfield between the Illinois Capitol and Lincoln’s Home, Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery features inspiring sightlines, lawn games, a beer garden, delectable food, and historic ambiance!

On Thursday night, APA-IL will be reserving a private room and serving plentiful buffet offerings. Share stories, catch up with colleagues. Following the event, guests are invited to stay to play bocce and hang out in the outdoor patio. Note: This event has limited capacity

Please note: if you've already registered and would like to add Obed to your registration, please email our registration manager at

Randy Blankenhorn, Illinois Transportation Secretary photograph

Thursday Morning Plenary Randy Blankenhorn, Illinois Transportation Secretary

In an APA-IL first, we're holding a Thursday plenary session featuring Randy Blankenhorn, Illinois Transportation Secretary. As head of IDOT, Randy leads an agency of 10 offices that serve multi-modal transportation needs across the state. With Randy as secretary, IDOT has focused on strengthening the state’s status as the transportation hub of North America and embracing innovative investment approaches, planning and programming. Randy was formerly the Executive Director of the CMAP. Welcome Randy!


Walk This Way on Thursday Mobile Workshop Spotlight

Home to the Capitol: Walking Tour of the Jackson Street Corridor (CM | 2)

Discover and discuss pedestrian corridors, tourism, urban design, and infill while you walk from Lincoln’s home to the State Capitol, stroll past the Governor’s Mansion, museums, and one of the most important infill blocks in the City - a former private parking lot. In 2018 that will change as Springfield adds a public plaza and pedestrian corridor, linking Lincoln to the Capitol grounds for Illinois' bicentennial!

The Governor’s Crib: The State of Historic Preservation in Illinois (CM | 1.5)

Ello Gov’na! A brief walking tour through downtown Springfield will discuss the current state of historic preservation in Illinois, culminating in a tour of the recently renovated Governor’s Mansion. Wear comfy shoes and dress for weather!


Choo-choo-choose to Earn CM While You Travel! Take Amtrak to APAIL18 and leave the CM to us.

In an APA-IL first, we are offering 3 transportation focused mobile workshops each worth 1 CM credit -- on a train! Board at 1 of 3 stations and enjoy mobile workshops the whole way to Springfield. Please note - this is a 1-way ticket purchased with your mobile workshops. Tickets home must be purchased through


Ultimate WALKING Trivia 2018 Take a break between sessions and catch a bit of history...

Where's Lincoln's law office? Grab a photo opp at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices at 6th & Adams, 1 block west of the Wyndham.

Is there an interesting Lincoln statue nearby? Find Modernist Old Abe outside the Capitol Ave entrance to the Lincoln Library, 2 blocks south of the Wyndham.

Where can I get my Frank Lloyd Wright fix? The 2017 mural "PrairieSumac" at 5th & Monroe was painted based on a window design at the Dana-Thomas house. From the Wyndham, walk 2 blocks west and 1 block south.


REMINDERS: Early Bird Registration: Register by July 27th Register today & save! Mobile workshops are going fast. APA Members, register for the full conference before 7/27 and save up to $125! REGISTER! Hotel Early Bird Rate: Book Your Stay & Save! Book your room at the Wyndam Springfield City Centre today and take advantage of the reduced APA-IL room rate of $119 per night. Dial 217-789-1530 x 1 and mention "American Planning Association - IL" to secure the rate. BOOK IT!

Award Nominations Due! Submit by July 20th Review the 2018 APA-IL Nomination Packet and nominate your outstanding project or person by July 20th. Winners honored at APAIL18! NOMINATE! Call-4-Sponsors: With a Little Help from Our Friends... We couldn’t put on an annual conference for hundreds of attendees if it wasn’t for our sponsors! Help support APA-IL by becoming a sponsor today!

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