Join us for dinner and a show! After the conference sessions on Friday, a lively evening awaits you. Enjoy the company of your AFCC colleagues at the banquet, where attendees will share some laughs, courtesy of Greg Schwem (Comedy with a Byte). Greg will also conduct a live auction of a few very special items. Come to see who will win or bid on an item yourself! Auction proceeds will support AFCC projects and initiatives.
AFCC will offer scholarships for the conference. Scholarships include pre-conference institute registration, conference registration, meal functions (welcome reception, luncheon, and annual banquet tickets), access to the AFCC hospitality suite,* and a certificate of attendance. A limited number of scholarships may include stipends to help offset the cost of travel and accommodations for recipients. Preference for scholarships with stipends is given to applicants with higher travel costs, international applicants, and those who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship application is available on the AFCC website, www.afccnet.org. The scholarship application deadline is February 22, 2022. Recipients will be notified in mid-March.
The Exhibit Forum will be open during conference hours and provide an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives to discuss your needs and the products and services they offer. If you are interested in an exhibit table or other advertising opportunities, please contact AFCC Communications Coordinator, Gina Wentling, at email@example.com or 608-664-3750.
AFCC Hospitality Suite
AFCC will determine whether the AFCC hospitality suite will be open closer to the conference dates. If so, it will be open for informal networking and refreshment on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00pm–12:00am and on Friday after the banquet until midnight. Please wear your name badge. The hospitality suite location will be included in attendee emails and on the conference portal.
Taste of Chicago
Thursday evening is your opportunity to enjoy the area with friends and colleagues. Sign up before 1:00pm on Thursday to join a group of 8–12 for dinner at a local restaurant. Restaurant menus and sign-up sheets will be available onsite Thursday morning. Participants are responsible for food, beverage, and transportation costs.
Meditation and Yoga
Start your day in the right frame of mind for concentration and learning! Join AFCC colleagues for morning meditation and yoga, led by AFCC members and certified yoga instructors Sherry Cassedy and Rebecca Stahl. Meditation is from 6:15am-6:30am followed by yoga from 6:30am-7:15am, Thursday-Saturday mornings. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, Phone: 312-836-0100
The 4-star Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile provides chic comfort in a vibrant city center location. Relax in beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites, featuring modern furnishings, thoughtful amenities, and exceptional views of the city and Lake Michigan. Stroll Mag Mile and visit one-of-a-kind boutiques and celebrated attractions, including Shedd Aquarium, Wrigley Field, Navy Pier and United Center. After a day exploring the Windy City, treat yourself to farm-to-table cuisine that celebrates nature’s seasonal bounty, and the Midwest’s gastronomic heritage at the on-site restaurants, Harvest and Reviver. Travel brilliantly when you stay at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, placing the best of the city at your doorstep. Make your reservations today! The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is offering a special rate to AFCC attendees of $229 per night for single/double occupancy. On April 18, 2022, any unreserved rooms in the AFCC block will be released, and the special rate will no longer be guaranteed. Rooms frequently sell out before the room block is released. We encourage you to make your reservation early! Make your reservation by calling 1-877-303-0104 and request the AFCC special rate or reserve online https://book.passkey.com/event/50257176/owner/1361/home All conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.
Taxi fare is approximately $45 one-way from the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and takes about 40 minutes, depending on traffic. From the Chicago Midway International Airport, taxi fare is approximately $40 and takes about 30 minutes. Uber and Lyft also offer transportation from the airport. Follow the signs at either airport to locate the appropriate ground transportation.
Valet Parking rates at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile are currently $71 plus tax per day. Off-site parking is also available for $51 plus tax per day.