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APAIL19 is Right Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe that August is already upon us, but at least we have a lot to look forward to in September! We now have less than 2 months until #APAIL19, the 3-day planners’ extravaganza that you do not want to miss. Register today to reserve your spot, and join in on the fun!

Conference Details at a Glance

September 25-27, 2019 Hilton Orrington / Evanston 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL #APAIL19

Don't Miss These Lunches!

Downtown Evanston has some great restaurants, but you don’t want to be stuck eating alone.

During APAIL19 you’ll have the chance to try out two local eateries, joined by special guests and fellow conference goers! Make sure to add these tasty and topical lunchtime events to your registration. If you’ve already registered--just email Keith Johnston, I3 events, to update your registration.

9/25 Farmhouse Lunch (CM | .5) Enjoy a plated 3 course farm lunch with Farmhouse Evanston owner TJ Callahan. Learn about Brown Dog Farm, sustainable farm-to-table operations, and the importance of this model in the future of food and beverage ops.

9/26 Erin Aleman Meet & Greet Have you heard the news? Erin Aleman is the new Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Executive Director! Come to Rock 'N Ravioli for a chance to say "congrats" and celebrate one of our own!


Law Session - “The Masked Planner”

Wednesday, September 25, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, (CM | 1.5 LAW)

a stage with purple background. someone is singing into a microphone with someone in a monster costume next to the singer.

Leave your preconceived notions about lawyers and legal jargon at the door...this year’s Law Session is sure to turn some heads. Inspired by the FOX show, “The Masked Planner" is a top-secret competition where the winners (and losers) all get CM credits. Planners will face off and interview attorneys about the latest planning law topics, all while shrouded in elaborate disguises.

Come see performances ranging from: 🌿 recreational cannabis 📶 small wireless facilities 🛴 dockless scooters and more! Will you be able to guess the planner behind the mask??


Ethics Case of the Year!

Thursday, September 26, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (CM | 1.5 ETHICS)

Get your yearly update on what’s new in the world of planning ethics. Lee Brown, FAICP and Jim Peters, FAICP will discuss actual cases and focus on issues of equity. Don’t plan on taking a nap through this one -- prepare for some serious audience engagement. Sounds like Lee will be walking around with his microphone again!

Check out these sessions, as well as the additional 2 law sessions we're offering this year, by viewing our complete program online!


Plan Commissioner Training

Thursday, September 26th, all-day with pm Mock Hearing (CM | 2.25)

Municipal Planners: encourage your Commissioners to sign up!

Commissioners: encourage your fellow Commissioners to sign up!

Everyone else: come to the Mock Hearing--it will be fun and educational! Planners, get our 5-star training for your plan commission, ZBA, or staff.

There is no other training available in Illinois that offers informative, useful, accessible, and affordable training for both new and long-time commissioners. Commissioners are offered a discounted rate of $75 single day or $200 for the full conference.

Email Keith Johnston, I3 Events at with any registration questions.


Mobile Workshops

APAIL19 offers 10 different mobile workshops! Here's a taste of what to expect. Be sure to check out the complete list.

Thursday, 9/26

Transforming Highland Park's Central Neighborhoods. Six years ago, Highland Park’s new Downtown Master Plan called for increasing the density of the CBD and surrounding neighborhoods. This led to up-zoning, increased flexibility around mixed-use projects, culminating in nearly 20 infill redevelopment projects and tens of millions of dollars in new real estate in the last 5 years. Take a trip to downtown Highland Park and see how the City is working to connect neighborhoods with new ped/bike improvements, placemaking, and streetscapes, plus new affordable housing units that were funded without public financing.

Thursday, 9/26

Planning for Hospitality: Challenges of Transition and Socio-cultural Acceptance. This unique mobile workshop will highlight the importance of planning for better hospitality and for the transition of Middle Eastern youth immigrants coming to the United States. Learn about the planning approaches needed for better inclusion, involvement, and support of the immigrant community in the Devon Avenue neighborhoods (Ridge, Edgewater, and Roger's Park).

Already registered? Email Keith Johnston, I3 Events at to add mobile workshops to your registration!

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5K Fun Run / Walk

Friday, September 27th, meet at 6:50 am, free & open to all attendees!

Dust off your running shoes for an easy, breezy, beautiful run (or walk) before your Friday morning sessions! No need to register--just meet in the Orrington lobby at 6:50 am and we'll start at 7 am. You’ll explore Northwestern University's campus and the Lakefront while observing recent bike infrastructure, University development, and public plaza improvements.

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  1. Call-4-Sponsors. 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

  2. Book your hotel room. Grab your spot at the Orrington before the APA-IL rates end (9/3). The special rates are available Tuesday-Friday! Don’t wait to reserve--rooms are limited!

  3. Students + Those in Transition : sign up to volunteer: Volunteer for a ½ day of the conference and receive complimentary registration for that day! Interested? Fill out the volunteer form.

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