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APAIL23 Program Now Available!

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

We Have a Program!!

September 11-13, 2023 North Central College, Naperville #APAIL23

After weeks of preparation and planning, we’re here!

The Program The 2023 APA-IL State Conference is ready for you! Panel Discussions, mobile workshops, hyper-local insight. You want it. We got it. Get ready to dive into the Wild World of Planning and let's go back to school! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROGRAM

Register If you haven't registered yet, dust off your backpack, grab your favorite highlighter and register today! You won't want to miss out on this conference at North Central College in Naperville #APAIL23. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Note: If you have already registered, please go back into your registration and add your sessions. Your confirmation email has a reference # that you will need to login. The confirmation email was sent from with the subject "Confirmation for 2023 APA-IL State Conference".

Note x 2: Thanks to our sponsors we will have an app this year! Attendees will receive information regarding the app in a few weeks.


Agenda at a Glance

Monday 9/11

  • Welcome to Naperville

  • Student Sessions!

  • Lunch Sessions

  • All Things AICP Discussion with staff from APA National

  • Awards Program & Sponsor Reception

Tuesday 9/12

  • Speed Planning

  • Let's Bake a Master Plan

  • Murder Mystery Dinner Social Event

Wednesday 9/13

  • Plan Commissioner Training

  • Lunch Sessions

  • AICP Exam Prep

  • 3-part CNU session, mobile workshop and social event

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

The APAIL23 program is jam packed and will cover Career Development, Citizen Participation, Economic Development, Community Branding, Equity, Ethics, Finance, Health, Historic Preservation, Housing, Law, Skills & Tools, Sustainability, Transportation, Zoning. All mandatory CM credits will be offered!

Please note: items above are subject to change.


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:

Monday 9/11

  • Housing Discrimination in DuPage: Sundown Towns, Restrictive Covenants, and Segregated Spaces

Tuesday 9/12

  • North Central College Sustainability Tour

  • Word on the Street(scape): From Community Vision to Implementation in Downtown Naperville

  • DuPage Trails Plan - Strengthening the Regional Network Bike Tour

  • St. James Farm Stream Re-meandering

  • Fox Valley Mall 2.0

Wednesday 9/13

  • Naperville Faces Historic Preservation Challenges

  • DuPage Children’s Museum: TOD/Urban Design Case Study

  • Planning for Affordable and Supportive Housing


Make an impact in Illinois Planning. Become a Sponsor.

This conference is not just another event. It's a platform to showcase your mission, values, and expertise to the finest minds in Illinois urban planning.

Plenary Speaker, Awards Reception, Conference App, Lunches, Headshot Lounge, Snacks and more opportunities await your branding.

Become a sponsor at the 2023 APA-IL State Conference and step into the spotlight as a supporter and booster of the APA-IL. Your brand will shine, gaining exposure and recognition as a driving force in shaping the communities of tomorrow. Reach out to us today and let's create a legacy together.

Does your company employs five full-time employees or fewer? You're eligible for a 10% sponsorship discount!


Volunteer! Help make this an unforgettable experience.

We're on the lookout for volunteers in the coolest classroom ever!

Volunteering at the conference is a great option for students, interns, retirees, or those in transition that would like to attend. Volunteer a ½ day and receive complimentary registration for that same day. Interested? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Cantin, and she will be in touch.


Naperville. Your home away from home.

No, we're not matching you with a roommate like freshman year. We do hope you'll take advantage of the discounted hotel rates offered through North Central College. If you work in government, we encourage you to ask about the Government Rate.

Want to stay really, really close? The Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk is the hotel closest to North Central College, just a 7-minute walk.



Contact Paula Freeze, Executive Director, at


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