General Conference Information

ILA wants to make your conference experience pleasant and accessible.

  • All conference hotels offer accessible sleeping rooms on request.
  • Leader animals are welcome throughout the conference.
  • Complimentary ASL interpreters are available by request.
  • Complimentary mobility scooters are available by request.
  • Gender-neutral restrooms will be available.

Requests for scooters and ASL interpreters must be received by September 30. Contact Cyndi Robinson, at or 312-644-1896 to submit your request.

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
Enjoy a casual dinner with your colleagues on Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Click here to sign up for dinner.

Exhibit Hours

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 [Noon – 5:00 p.m.]
Noon – 1:30 p.m.     Exhibits Opening Lunch
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.       Ice Cream Social

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 [9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.]
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Coffee Break
Noon – 1:30 p.m.      Exhibits Closing Lunch

Exhibits are not open on Tuesday, October 22.

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.  

Conference program handouts are available online.


Membership Meeting and President's Program
Wednesday, October 23, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Learn more about what happened in your association in the past year and what we’re looking forward to in the coming year. Non-members are invited to attend the Membership Meeting. The Membership Meeting will be followed by the President's Program, featuring a presentation by Eugenia Cheng.  

Metra Schedule
A free shuttle between the convention center and the Tinley Park Metra Station will be available for conference attendees.

Morning Pick-Up Schedule 
Look for the Tinley Park Shuttle when you get off the train.

  Depart LaSalle Street Arrive Tinley Park
(Oak Park Ave. Station)
Train 403 6:54 A.M. 7:35 A.M.
Train 503 7:44 A.M. 8:40 A.M.
Train 505 8:30 A.M. 9:25 A.M.

Afternoon Drop-Off Schedule 
Board the shuttle at the South Lobby, near the exhibit hall and registration desk, 20 minutes before the train departs.

  Depart Tinley Park Arrive LaSalle Street
Train 422 4:46 P.M. 5:25 P.M.
Train 524 5:41 P.M. 6:43 P.M.
Train 528 7:37 P.M. 8:38 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. Coming in October.

Mothers’ Room
A private room for nursing mothers, with a refrigerator, is available in the West Suite. The Mothers’ Room will be available throughout the conference.

Parking is free at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Professional Headshot Studio
Complimentary head shots are available at the conference and photos will be shared with attendees 2-3 weeks after the conference.
Sign up for your headshot

Pre-Conference Meetup
Monday, October 21, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Checking into the hotel on Monday? Stop by Bananas Grille and Bar in the Holiday Inn to grab a bite to eat and drink and catch up with colleagues! Registration is not required to attend this free event. Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverage purchases. 

Quiet Room
A Quiet Room is available in the Turnberry Room, for attendees who need to take a break from conference activity.

Registration Desk Hours

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22         [8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.]
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23   [8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.]
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24      [8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.]

Restrooms are located throughout the convention center. Gender neutral restrooms are available.

Speaker Prep Room
The Speaker Prep Room is available throughout the conference in the St. Andrew Room.

WiFi Access
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the convention center. 

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