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2020 State Conference Registration Now Open!

Updated: Oct 2, 2020

Our state conferences showcase the BEST in Illinois urban planning. The 2020 APA-IL VIRTUAL State Conference will be no exception! Join hundreds of urban planners and allied professionals from all across the country for an event that draws the best and brightest minds together to embrace challenges, shape solutions, and define the future of communities in Illinois.

2020 APA-IL Virtual State Conference

September 16-18, 2020


How much?

It's the question on everyone's mind... what kind of cash do I need to lay out? We realize that professional development and personal budgets are taking a hit this year so we're striving to make this affordable to all!

  • Full access - Member $125 / Non-member $175

  • Plan Commissioner Training - $50

  • Health & Planning Track - $50

  • Student - $25

  • Keynote Only - $10

  • AICP Exam Prep Only - IL Members Free / Non-IL members $25

What does the virtual program look like?

Over 40 CM credits offered -- and, because we’re recording all the sessions and making them available to you until June 2021, you can EARN THEM ALL!

You can expect our program to include an assortment of unique virtual sessions, workshops, and tracks including our beloved annual sessions, such as:

  • Plan Commissioner Training? Yes! No matter where you’re located, commissioners and board members can attend our renowned training for just $50! The Plan Commissioner Training ticket includes 2 training sessions special curated for commissioners plus access to several outstanding sessions that touch on the topics of law, housing, equity, engagement. We're also give you access to our the Open Session, Keynote Address, Awards Ceremony, and we'll throw in an APA-IL Chapter Only membership (worth $50)!

  • AICP Exam Training? Yep! The team from PlanningPrep is taking the prep virtual! The conference ticket will get you in OR you can register for the Exam Prep only.

  • Explore the Virtual Exhibit Hall to see how companies are innovating and learn new ideas for tackling the challenges you face.

  • Networking and socializing? You bet! We’ll be hosting several networking hours and a Trivia Night.

  • Join us to honor the best plans and planners in Illinois at the 2020 Awards Ceremony.

Click here to view an agenda at a glance. Please continue to check the conference website as additional information is constantly being added and updated. We hope to have our program available very soon!

What will this conference be like?

It’s 2020. Meme after meme, we all know how the year has gone but there is good news! John Krasinski told us so. Grandmothers were celebrating with Bud Light, drive-in movie theaters made a comeback, operas were performed to audiences of house plants, and the 2020 APA-IL State Conference went virtual! So pick our your best dress shirt and your finest sweatpants as we take our in-person conference and pivot to an all-virtual platform.

We plan to convene online during September 16-18, 2020 with a mix of live and recorded sessions and events to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Shortly before September 16th, registered attendees will be able to login to the State Conference platform and start creating their schedule. Both live and recorded sessions will be aired per our published program. Exhibitors will be available throughout the 3 days and will have special networking hours throughout the day so there’s always a way to say hello!


If you have a question about the 2020 APA-IL Virtual State Conference, please reach out us!

  • 2020 Conference Chair: Charlotte Obodzinski, AICP

  • APA-IL Professional Development Officer: Trevor Dick, AICP

  • APA-IL Executive Director: Paula Freeze

  • 2020 Sponsorship: Shelly Greenwood, CGi

If you have registration questions please reach out to our event planners, CGi, at


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