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APAIL18: Landmarks by Moonlight + Light Show

“There’s no way to describe the feelings I felt when I saw it… I felt a sense of pride rush over me.” - Vicky Turner, chair of the Illinois Realtors Bicentennial Committee reacting to the completed plaza

Landmarks by Moonlight Walking Tour + Light Show Come Celebrate APA-IL's 40th Birthday After Dark! The APA-IL is thrilled to announce that this year’s conference in Springfield will include a first-ever, night time moonlight walking tour AND VIP light show - all for free in honor of our 40th Anniversary! Picture this... It’s Thursday night, sessions have ended… maybe you head back to your room to check email, maybe you head to dinner with friends, or (better yet) maybe you join us at the official conference reception at Obed & Isaac’s; tickets still available - click here.

Attending the event at Obed & Issac's? Meet outside of Obed & Issac's at 9 PM to walk over together.

Not attending Obed & Issac's? Meet at the Bicentennial Plaza, corner of Jackson St & 6th street at 9 PM.

Bright Lights, Big City: Calling all Instagram-Photofiends… your subject matter awaits!

APA-IL wants an opportunity after 40 years (but who’s counting) to say thank you to our Association members. To do so, we invite you to take part in a special, entirely free of charge VIP Light Show at Bicentennial Plaza, which was just dedicated at the end of August 2018.

After the light show, local Springfieldians will lead a moonlit walking tour of downtown landmarks. Come hear fun stories about the capital city and its iconic buildings and snag some fantastic photograph opportunities along the way! The tour will be informal and breezy; jump-on, jump-off and come-and-go as you please. No CMs, no bus, no cost, no restrictions. The moonlight walking tour will end about 10 p.m. and conference attendees are free to do as they please. Happy birthday, APA-IL and thanks for the memories, members!

Register Today + Book Hotel In addition to the APA-IL “firsts” noted above, we have such a stellar line up of sessions and mobile workshops, some of which are SOLD OUT! If you haven’t already secured your spot and stay at this year’s conference - do so now! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER CLICK HERE TO BOOK HOTEL

Conference Sessions Just released: Check-out our awesome setlist of 2018 sessions today! From ‘Suburbs of the Future’ to ‘National Neighborhood Days and Cultivating Social Capital’… come learn and earn your Law, Ethics and general CMs. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PROGRAM

Amtrak is waiting to make your trip easy-peasy-breezy…

Book your $25 ticket aboard Amtrak and take part in 3 transportation related mobile workshops. The best part? The train is doing all the work! Choo-choo-choose to sit back, relax, and grab a coffee as you listen, learn and earn up to 3 CMs along the way. APA-IL Conference Committee Member, Christina Bader, AICP, will be meeting and greeting folks to assist with boarding and logistics.

Please note - these private tickets can be obtained when you register for your mobile workshops; this is a one-way ticket. You must obtain a ticket for the ride back home through

Coming Soon: APA-IL 2018 Awards Announcement… The 2018 Awards Program will take place on Wednesday, September 26th with a reception to follow. All conference guests are invited to attend!

REMINDERS: Thursday Evening Social Event: Obed & Isaacs Microbrewery + Eatery APA-IL has reserved a private room and will be serving plentiful buffet offerings. Share stories, catch up with colleagues, & enjoy delicious fare. There's only a few tickets left! Email to add this to your existing registration! Awards Reception and Exhibitor Meet & Greet Wednesday, Sept. 26th Join us for the 2018 Awards Ceremony, then mingle with award winners and exhibitors. This free reception joins you and other attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors while you enjoy complimentary appetizers and and a cash bar. If you already registered but did not add the Awards Ceremony to your registration, it's OK! Email our registration manager at and tell him you'd like to join us.

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