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Conference schedule

The Socialism 2015 conference will take place from Thursday, July 2nd, to Sunday, July 5th.

Registration will begin on Thursday, July 2nd at 10:30am. The first meeting will begin at 1pm, and the last meeting of the day will end at 9pm.

On Friday and Saturday the conference will run from 9:30am to 9pm. On Sunday the conference will run from 9:30am until the final rally ends at 4pm.

Hotel

This year the Socialism Conference will be at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, located at 2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, just a few short blocks from Chinatown on Chicago’s South Side.

The Hyatt is currently booked up for the weekend so guests who have not yet booked a room at the hotel will need to look for other accommodations in the city.

How to get here

The Hyatt Regency McCormick is located just a few blocks from the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station as well as the Cermak-McCormick Green Line station. The hotel is on several major bus lines as well as Metra commuter rail.

You can find detailed options for airport transportation on the Hyatt’s website: http://mccormickplace.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/transportation.html

Driving directions from O’Hare: https://goo.gl/maps/N9nsl

Driving Directions from Midway Airport: https://goo.gl/maps/zKiAG

Parking

Conference attendees will receive discounted, on-site parking at a rate of $17 per day.

 There is also a very limited amount of free and metered parking on neighborhood streets. Guests who choose this option should be aware of any posted parking restrictions and regulations set by the City of Chicago as they ticket and boot aggressively.

Childcare

The Socialism Conference offers free, on-site childcare for children 6 months to 13 years to all attendees who register for childcare by June 5. We make this a priority so that all parents can attend and fully participate in the conference knowing their children are enjoying themselves. You can register for childcare at the same time as you register for the conference.

This year’s deadline to register for childcare is Friday, June 5th. We need this advance time to assign appropriate staffing, so unfortunately we must strictly enforce this deadline.

Accommodations

If you have any special needs you would like the conference to be aware of in advance, please email us at info@socialismconference.org.

The Hyatt hotel and all conference activities are wheelchair accessible.

Spanish-language translation is available throughout the conference. Please make your request for translation when you register on-site.

An all gender bathroom will be available on the second floor of the conference center for the duration of the conference.

Press and recording

Press passes for the conference must be approved in advance by emailing: info@socialismconference.org

We do not allow videotaping at the conference. We will make audio and select video recordings of all sessions freely available after the converence at our multimedia website WeAreMany.org

Smoking

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a non-smoking hotel. Conference attendees may not smoke in their rooms or within 15 feet of the buildings. There will be a large patio near meeting rooms and the bar/restaurant where smoking is permissible.

Where to eat

Attendees will be responsible for all their own meals. The Hyatt has three restaurants and a to-go cafe inside the hotel.

The hotel will provide breakfast and lunch cash stations immediately outside the conference center next to the Prairie room with special conference discounts.

Hotel rooms include refrigerators, and we encourage attendees to make the short trip to Trader Joes or order grocery delivery from Instacart  to stock up for the weekend (you must include a room number on your order).

The hotel bar will be open all weekend Last Call is at 1:15am. You are welcome to have your own alcohol in your guest room but please do not bring outside beverages into the public areas of the hotel.

Questions? Email us at info@socialismconference.org. See you in Chicago!