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APAIL19 Registration + Call for Sponsors + Call for Volunteers

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

chalk board in downtown Evanston that says welcome spring

Early Bird Gets the Worm

Register today to get in on all of that Evanston & planning goodness

We were very excited to get the complete program out early this year, but we’re even more excited to see how many of you have already registered. Keep it up--early bird registration ends June 28th!!

In other good news: it is finally starting to feel like spring and Evanston is showing off with blooming flowers, outdoor (and rooftop) cafes, and happy little ones running through water jets in Fountain Square!

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


Save $$$: Registering Early and Chapter-Only Membership

Everyone: Register before June 28th to save $$!

Not an APA member? You too can get the early-bird rate with APA-IL’s new Chapter-Only Membership! For only $50/year you can now be a member of just APA-IL and save $125 on your conference registration. This membership option is a great choice for anyone who would like to become engaged in planning issues in Illinois and gain access to opportunities for continuing education, networking events, nominating plans and people for awards, and registration at the state conference, all at the member rate.


Call for Sponsors!

Now accepting Tier 2 and Tier 3 conference sponsors! Download the 2019 Prospectus today. Let us introduce you to our 2019-2020 Tier 1 Sponsors…

We are delighted to introduce you to Teska Associates, Inc. and Houseal Lavigne Associates, LLC. Talk about early birds catching worms! These two firms not only stepped up to the plate but hit a grandslam by grabbing our two Tier 1 sponsorship opportunities faster than you can say “American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter.” It’s not too late to grab a Tier 2 or Tier 3 spot, and learn more about the many options for super-sizing your sponsorship with our add-ons (head shot station anyone?). Contact Brandon Nolin, AICP or Stephanie Brown, AICP.


Seeking Volunteers!

Volunteering at the conference is a great option for students, interns, retirees, or those in transition that would like to attend but need to watch their nickels and dimes. Volunteer a ½ day and receive complimentary registration for that day! Interested? Fill out our volunteer form and our Volunteer Coordinator, Glen Cole, will be in touch.


Program Highlights

Moms everywhere are asking, "If your friends all went to the same session on Wednesday, would you?"

There are hard choices ahead given that we're offering 4 concurrent sessions all day Wednesday for a total of 16 sessions that day. What will your Wednesday picks be? The municipal planner says… if you’re tired of running the infill development gauntlet, check out Dealing with Density: Facilitating the Community Conversation More Effectively Workshop and learn the pros, cons, and trade-offs of managing the community conversation. Valley girls everywhere say… um, yea, like, it’s time to Re-Think the Mall! Hear planners, retail and housing specialists debate the shifting demographics, infill strategies, sustainable approaches and economic drivers of development trends that will determine suburban development 2.0. Those with a short attention span say… Look! Passion! Carp! Storytelling! Pro Bono! Improv! Reflections! Sounds like Fast Funny Passionate is back. Dave says… open the pod bay doors, HAL, and explore a variety of 3D applications, including Esri’s new ArcGIS Urban during Planning with Modern GIS. Build your 3D skills in data analysis, development review, zoning and growth capacity analysis, land use planning, and community engagement. And here's a sneak peek for Thursday…. Plan Commissioners across Illinois say… let’s take a step back from all the plan review and share stories with our fellow commissioners. Learn what’s new in the world of planning officials in Plan Commissioner Training. Be sure to visit the APAIL19 Program to learn about the rest of our sessions, mobile workshops, social events, and more!

Please note: items above are subject to change.


Mobile Workshops

This year you’ll get to choose from 10 mobile workshops! We strive to bring the latest in urban planning news and trends to you during our state conferences. This year is no exception! A few of our mobile workshops have been in recent news! Be sure to visit the APAIL19 Program web page for the complete workshop list.

Wednesday, 9/25

Evanston’s Comfortable Corridors: From Planning to Implementation. Join us on a guided Divvy tour to learn how the City’s commitment to green and complete streets helps integrate infrastructure, policies, and programs in this Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Thursday, 9/26

Chicago Libraries + Housing: Complex Requirements of Mixed Use. A 5/15/19 New York Times article discusses how cities have combined books and subsidized housing, but former Mayor Rahm Emanuel embraced the concept with three striking new projects. During this workshop, visit Northtown Library and Apartments and Independence Library and Apartments and hear from representatives Evergreen, John Ronan Architects, Perkins + Will, and the Chicago Housing Authority!

Friday, 9/27

Found Space: Fountain Square Plaza. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, "We have a beautiful, beautiful center of downtown Evanston,” [Mayor] Hagerty said. Come see this new fountain (and feel free to dip your toes in just like the kiddos here). Learn how this place was conceived, funded, designed, implemented, and programmed from speakers that played a role in making the Fountain Square a reality.

Visit for all sessions, mobile workshops, speakers, and other details!

Please note: items above are subject to change.


Reminder: Call for Awards

Do you know of a phenomenal project or memorable person in Illinois 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

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