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APAIL19 Overview, Hotel, Sessions

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

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Spring has finally sprung here in Illinois, and thus begins the start of conference season! While some will be venturing west for APA National later this month, local excitement awaits this fall in beautiful Evanston...

Now let's talk about your plans for the fall... We can think of no better place to convene and discuss the latest trends and topics in the planning world. Consistently ranked on lists for livability and quality of life, Evanston is home to many great case studies and lessons to bring back to your communities. You may even find a few local restaurants and watering holes to round out your days after all the learning… Join us September 25th-27th for what is sure to be another successful gathering of the best and brightest planning minds from across the state! Conference Details at a Glance September 25-27, 2019 Hilton Orrington / Evanston 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL #APAIL19 We’re offering 3 full days of sessions this year!


Getting There

map with walking routes from train station overlaid

Chicagoland folks: Evanston is easily accessible from downtown Chicago and the suburbs via the CTA Purple Line, Metra UP-North Line, AND three Pace Bus Routes. All those transit options stop at the Davis Street Station which is just a short walk from the Orrington! If you are driving, parking is available through the hotel valet for $30 (overnight), $16 (day). Look out for more Transpo-related tips in future emails!


Staying There

Booking your room at the Hilton

You can book your hotel room today at the APA rate...

...and make the most of your time in Evanston! Some local attractions include…

  • Northwestern University

  • Lake Michigan beaches and lighthouse

  • Illinois Holocaust Museum

  • Baha’i Temple

  • Chicago Botanic Gardens


Learning There

Coming Soon: Program + Mobile Workshops = Registration

Yes, you’ve read that correctly - we’re going to have the conference program, complete with mobile workshops, sessions, and speakers, ready for you when registration opens. First. Time. Ever. Stay tuned for the official registration / full program e-blast in May.

In case you're wondering, all the classic favorites will be featured at #APAIL19, including:

Ethics & Law

Plan Commissioner Training (9/26)

AICP Exam Prep (9/27)

You might also be wondering about your budget or how many people from your firm, municipality, or department can attend APAIL19. To help your plans, we've listed conference registration rates on the APAIL19 website.


Call-4-Sessions Has Ended

Thank You!

Many thanks to all who submitted your fabulous session ideas. We had a record number of submissions this year!


Did You Know...?

Fun Fact for those of you participating in March Madness... the first NCAA Basketball Championship Game was held in Evanston in 1939, when the Oregon Webfoots beat Ohio State 46-33!

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