FAQs

Here are some of the most common questions about the Chicago Student Government Training Conference.
1. Will we have time to sightsee while we’re in Chicago?

Yes! If you arrive early on Friday, you’ll have the whole day to see Chicago.

After the conference concludes Saturday evening, you’ll have time to see the town. And Sunday would be a perfect day to sightsee!

2. If I’m by myself, will I “fit in?”

Yes! You’ll easily connect with other student leaders or advisors. ASGA’s popular “Connector Cards” help you break the ice and get ideas and exchange information from other students and advisors. You’ll get to meet them during workshops, breaks, at lunch, sightseeing, and at the hotel. You won’t be lonely!

3. Are any meals included?

Yes! Your registration fee includes:
1. A free lunch (a Saturday boxed lunch with choice of sandwiches, a fruit up, cookie/brownie, chips, and drink)
2. A light continental breakfast on Saturday morning

4. Can I change the names of our registrants if someone can’t make it?

Yes! You can change the names anytime before the conference starts. See Register.

5. Is the hotel easy to get to?

Very easy! If you’re flying, you can take the Chicago “L” from the airport for just a few dollars. It takes about 30-45 minutes. See Travel, Directions and Hotels.

6. Is the conference location easy to get to?

Very easy! If you’re staying at the Marriott Medical Center District hotel, walk to the conference! It’s about 1,000 yards. Take Harrison Street West until you come to the Professional Building. Take the East Entrance next to the Yellow Emergency Call pole. Look for ASGA signs!See Travel, Directions and Hotels.

7. Can you help me find a roommate at the conference hotel?

Yes! If you are looking for a roommate, write conferences@asgaonline.com. Please include your name, gender, e-mail, arrival and departure date, and any special requests.

8. Will I need a rental car?

No! Chicago is very commuter friendly, so you can take the “L”  just about anywhere. Taxis also are plentiful. Uber is a cheaper alternative to taxis.

9. What is the best way to get to the hotel?

The easiest and cheapest way is to take the D.C. “L” from Chicago O’Hare. See Travel and Directions.

10. Do I have to be an ASGA member to come to the conference?

No! Some non-member schools always attend ASGA conferences. However, ASGA members do save $100 per person at this event. Annual ASGA dues are just $397 for schools under 4,000 full-time students, $597 for schools with 4,001 to 10,000 students, $897 for schools with 10,001 to 20,000 students, and only $1,097 annually for schools with over 20,000 full-time students. If you’re bringing a group of four or more students, it almost always makes sense to join ASGA and get the $100 per person discount! Plus, ASGA membership can help your SG all year! See Join ASGA.

11. Where can we eat and not spend a fortune?

Remember, a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch are included in your registration fees. But dinners are on your own.

To access discounts from restaurants around the hotel plus hundreds of nationwide discounts, go to collegediscountcards.com OR search “College Discounts” at the App Store or Google Play to download the app. See Experience Chicago!

12. What type of schools attend?

All types and sizes of schools come to the Chicago Student Government Training Conference. There usually are a few more private colleges and universities than public universities and community colleges. But that’s only because there are more private colleges across the nation than any other type of institution!

13. How many schools attend?

Usually, about 250 students and administrators from 40 institutions of all types and sizes attend. From 10-15 states are represented, and there are usually about an equal number of community colleges, private institutions, and public institutions

14. What’s included in our registration fee?

More than 20 workshops and roundtables, all handouts, lunch (a boxed lunch), light breakfast (coffee/tea, juice, bagels, muffins, fruit), and a free ASGA t-shirt for each delegate. See Conference Fees.

15. How should I dress?

Business formal or casual is highly recommended.

16. Can I see the schedule and workshops in advance?

Yes! Click on Schedule. It is updated constantly with any changes or improvements to the program.

Have other questions? Contact ASGA at conferences@asgaonline.com or call toll-free 877-275-2742.