These tips will prepare you for a great experience at the Chicago Student Government Training Conference.
1. Raise money for conference
2. Register for conference
- See conference registration tips to help you save money
- See sample “excuse letter” that your attendees can give to professors so they can miss class to attend this conference (optional)
- See sample delegate contract that each of your attendees should sign (optional)
- See conference attendance form that each of your attendees should sign and have signed by an ASGA representative (optional)
- See sample press release that you can send to your campus and local newspapers, radio, and TV, as well as your institution’s public affairs office (optional)
3. Reserve hotel room(s)
Start at the Hotels page.
4. Purchase airline ticket(s)
Either of Chicago’s airports, O’Hare or Midway, is convenient to Rush University, the conference location (Searle Conference Center on the 5th floor of the Professional Building), and to the hotel, the Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC. Chicago’s O’Hare airport may be less expensive, and may provide more flight choices.
5. Reserve a rental car, catch a cab, or take the “L”
Remember that you will need transportation to and from the conference location.
You may wish to consider using a taxi and/or Continental Airport Express (about $25 per person one way; $46 round-trip. Group fare: $14 per person one way; $27 round-trip) to take you from the airport to your hotel. The recommended hotel, Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC, offers a free shuttle to and from Rush University, the conference location. You also can walk– the hotel is just 1,000 yards from the conference location.
You will need transportation to city Chicagoland attractions and restaurants, however.
Another cheaper option is to ride Chicago’s famed “L” (elevated subway train).
Please note: Parking is a challenge and is quite expensive in a major city such as Chicago. Please be prepared for parking fees at the hotel ($28 per day) and at sightseeing locations throughout Chicago.
You may park in the main garage at Paulina and Harrison streets. The rate is $8 if you show your ASGA Chicago conference update letter that you received by e-mail. This is an enclosed garage with a fourth-floor walkway leading to the Armour Academic Center.
Parking is also available for $27 in the Wood-Ogden-Jackson lot located at the northeast corner of Jackson and Paulina streets.
6. Review and print directions
You can find directions to the conference site at our Directions page.
7. Wear “business casual”
Your attire should be “business casual” at all conference functions.
8. Get the ASGA Conferences App
Grab the ASGA Conferences App for your iOS or Android device, and have the conference schedule, speaker information, directions, ASGA contact information, and more at your fingertips before and during the conference.
9. Bring business cards & college paraphernalia
Make sure you bring business cards, brochures, and fliers to exchange with other delegates.
10. Check the local weather
It’s called the Windy City for a reason – be prepared for chilly weather in mid October and dress accordingly.
11. Review and print the Conference Schedule
Then you can decide on which workshops to attend and be aware of when the conference starts and ends.
12. Read these conference articles
Responsible Student Government leaders and advisors make sure they get as much as possible from the conferences they attend.
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- Action Plan for When We Return to Campus
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Here are 10 suggestions for making your next conference slumber party the awesome kind.