We are excited to welcome you back to our in-person Annual Conference!

Your health and safety is our top priority. All attendees are expected to comply with our health and safety requirements. The information outlined below continues to evolve and will be updated as necessary to help support a safe on-site experience. Make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to the United States and for the state of Illinois.

Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change. Please refer to our website often for current guidelines.

Vaccination Requirement

All participants must be fully vaccinated by the start of the conference in order to attend the conference in person. A person is considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Participants will be required to submit their vaccination status through the CrowdPass platform.  If participants can’t provide proof of vaccination, they will not be permitted to attend the in-person conference. View the entire vaccination verification process here.

Mask Mandate

Effective August 20, 2021, the State of Illinois reinstated their mask mandate for indoor settings. All attendees will be required to wear a mask, consistent with CDC recommendations, while participating in all conference sessions and activities. We will monitor this closely and will continue to adjust our face covering requirements to align with state, local and venue requirements at the time of the event.

Increased Sanitization & Follow Directions from Staff

We will be working closely with the Grand Sheraton Chicago to implement cleaning and sanitization standards that meet or exceed the recommendations of the CDC. The Grand Sheraton Chicago is a part of the Marriott group and their commitment to clean can be found here.

Operational adjustments may occur throughout the event. Please adhere to all signage and direction from all staff and hotel employees.