Conference General Information

Conference badges must be worn at all times to gain admission to conference programs, events, and the exhibit hall. 

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available each morning and afternoon. 

Dinner with Colleagues
Staying over in Tinley Park and looking for something to do on Tuesday night? Reconnect with old friends and make new ones! 
Sign up for Dinner with Colleagues

Exhibit Hours

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 [Noon – 5:00 p.m.]
Noon – 1:30 p.m.     Exhibits Opening Lunch
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.       Ice Cream Social

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 [9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.]
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Coffee & Donuts Break
Noon – 1:30 p.m.      Exhibits Lunch

Exhibits are not open on Tuesday, October 10.

Exhibits Floorplan

Exhibit Passes
Exhibits-only passes are available for $20 and can be purchased prior to conference or onsite at the registration desk at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Exhibits passes cannot be used to attend conference programs.

Food Service
Conference registration includes Exhibit Buffet Luncheons and breaks on Wednesday and Thursday. A convenience shop is available in the Holiday Inn, which is connected to the convention center.

Nearby Restaurants

Conference program handouts are available online.

Program Handouts


Head Shot Service
Need a professional photo? Complimentary head shots are available at the conference. Photos will be shared with attendees 4-6 weeks after conference.

Tuesday, October 10
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 12
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sign-up for a Head Shot Session 

Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 11:30 a.m. – Noon.
South Pavilion 1-2
Plan to attend the ILA Membership Meeting to hear reports on the state of your association, including a legislative report from Derek Blaida, ILA’s Legislative Consultant. All conference attendees are invited to attend, even if you are not a member.

Metra Shuttle
The Tinley Park Convention Center Shuttle will transport attendees between the convention center and the Tinley Park Train Station.

Morning Pick-Up Schedule Look for the Tinley Park Shuttle when you arrive. 


Depart LaSalle Street

Arrive Tinley Park (Oak Park Ave. Station)

Train 403

6:56 a.m.

7:39 a.m.

Train 503

7:50 a.m.

8:44 a.m.

Train 505

8:30 a.m.

9:25 a.m.

Afternoon Drop-Off Schedule Board the shuttle at the South Lobby entrance, across from the exhibit hall, 20 minutes before the train departs.


Depart Tinley Park

(Oak Park Ave. Station)

Arrive LaSalle Street

Train 422

4:46 p.m.

5:25 p.m.

Train 424

5:37 p.m.

6:28 p.m.

Train 526

6:42 p.m.

7:42 p.m.


Mobile App
Attendees are able to access full event schedules, rate sessions, and customize their own agendas in the ILA conference mobile app, available from the iTunes and Google Play app stores. 

Mothers’ Room
The West Suite, located outside the Exhibit Hall, is a private room for nursing mothers, with a refrigerator. The Mothers’ Room will be available throughout the conference.

Registration Desk Hours

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10         [8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.]
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11   [8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.]
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12      [8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.]

Restrooms are located throughout the convention center. Gender neutral restrooms are located at the north (near the Exhibits North Ballroom) and south (near South Pavilion Six) ends of the convention center.

WiFi Access
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the convention center.

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