APAIL19 Registration is Open! Program Available!

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

Registration AND Program Available!

The rumors are true… it’s time to register for the 2019 APA-IL State Conference, and for the very first time, you can view the program before you sign-up! There are plenty of reasons to book your spot in Evanston, but now you can hop on the bandwagon knowing exactly which sessions to look forward to.

Conference Details at a Glance September 25-27, 2019 Hilton Orrington / Evanston 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL #APAIL19 ilapa.org/apail2019

In this post...

Agenda at a Glance | Registration | Non-members savings | Sessions | Mobile Workshops | Extras | 2019 Awards | Hotel

Agenda at a Glance

This year, we’re offering more sessions, more CM, more law, and ethics! Each day will have unique opportunities but generally follow the same structure:

  • Registration

  • Sessions/Mobile Workshops

  • Lunch

  • Sessions / Mobile Workshops

  • Special Events

What's so special?
  • Welcome to Evanston

  • Awards Program & Sponsor Reception

  • All-day Plan Commissioner Training

  • Post-lunch Speeeed Planning

  • Evening out roaring 20s-style at Evanston Rocks’ speakeasy

  • Morning 5K run/walk

  • FREE AICP Exam Training

  • 2-part CNU session / mobile workshop / post-conference happy hour

Click here for all sessions, mobile workshops, speakers, and other details!

Registration Now LIVE!

Here’s the low-down on exciting changes to registration this year…

#FirstTimeEver: The program is READY and registration is OPEN. #FirstTimeEver: 3 FULL days of sessions offered (rather than the 2.5 in past years). That’s right, 3 full days packed with CM and planning fun : ) #FirstTimeEver: We're offering 3 law sessions and 1 ethics sessions! You just can’t get enough of those.

Click here for registration!

Attention Non-members

Become a Chapter-Only member and save!

Not a member of APA-IL? Do you like saving money? Have we got the deal for you! Become an APA-IL Chapter-Only Member for only $50/year and save money on your conference registration. Sign-up now and you’ll be able to register at the early-bird rate of $350 (vs $475 for a non-member). That’s a savings of $125.

Click here to become a Chapter-Only Member!


Check out the jam-packed and varied #APAIL19 program here. Sessions range from housing to sustainability to safe streets to solar power! And another new feature: regular sessions will be just 1 hour long (reduced from 1.5 hours from past years)! With 60-minute, focused sessions you can pick and choose from up to 8 per day and attend a total of 11 sessions over the course of the conference. So. Much. Learning.

Click here for a list of conference sessions.

Mobile Workshops

An APA-IL conference wouldn’t be complete without some planning-focused field trips. We have a great lineup of Mobile Workshops to choose from:

Please note: items below are subject to change.

Wednesday, 9/25
  • Evanston’s Comfortable Corridors: From Planning to Implementation

  • A Star is Born - Howard Street

  • Planning for Affordable and Supportive Housing

Thursday 9/26
  • Creating Bird-Friendly Places

  • Chicago Libraries + Housing: Complex Requirements of Mixed Use

  • Planning for Hospitality: Challenges of Transition and Socio-Cultural Acceptance

  • Transforming Highland Park’s Central Neighborhoods

Friday 9/27
  • Gateways to Nature

  • Found Space: Fountain Square Plaza

  • Missing Middle: Evanston ADU Walking Tour

Click here for information on all mobile workshops.


As usual, #APAIL19 will feature some extra fun, outside-the-Orrington social events. Visit our APAIL19 website for more details and stay tuned to future email blasts!

Thursday night:

Look forward to a special 1920s-themed evening at a local speakeasy, Evanston Rocks.

Friday morning:

Finish out the conference strong with a 5K Run/Walk in Evanston! Starting at 7am, you’ll be back with plenty of time to get ready for the day’s sessions.

Reminder: Call for Awards

Do you a phenomenal project or know of a memorable person in planning that deserves an award? Nominations are now accepted for the 2019 APA-IL Awards Program! Nomination deadline: June 21st at 5pm. Award winners will be honored at the 2019 State Conference Awards Ceremony on September 25th.

Reminder: #APAIL19 Room Rate

Rooms will go fast! Don't forget to book your room at the Hilton Orrington / Evanston at the APA rate...

  • Reservation Phone Number: 847-866-8700

  • Group Code: APAIC

  • Room Rate: $169

  • APA-IL Rate Cutoff Date: 9/3/19

#2019 #2019StConf #APAILnews


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