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The 2017 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$120 Early Bird Director Rate
Through Sept. 22nd
$150 Pre-conference Director Rate
Through Dec.15th
$85 First Time Attendee Rate
Through Dec. 15th 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 15th

NEW THIS YEAR:  Anyone registered as a spouse or exhibitor will not be eligible to receive credit hours for the events attended. 

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Transportation to the Midwest Clinic

Click the links below for more information:
Conference Site
Shuttle Service
Metra Information
Public Transit (“El” and City Buses)
Accessible Transit
Airport Transit
Driving Directions

Conference Site

McCormick Place West
2301 S. Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Shuttle Service
Shuttles will run between McCormick Place West's covered Shuttle Center on Level 1 and the official conference hotels.

There are over 5,800 taxis in Chicago! During the conference, many will be available at McCormick Place West’s taxi queue, located at 2301 S. Indiana Avenue.  There are several buildings within the McCormick Place Convention Center, and we recommend that those taking taxis to the conference ask their driver to take them to that address, to avoid any confusion.

To help you save money on taxi fares, McCormick Place offers a Shared Taxi Program.  This program allows up to four passengers to share a taxi for a flat fare (currently, the fare is $7 per person).  Each passenger can be dropped off at a different destination. The program covers hotels, restaurants, and other attractions within these downtown boundaries: Roosevelt Road on the south, North Avenue on the north, Halsted Street on the west and Lake Michigan on the east. Shared rides are available throughout the conference.

If you would like to participate, tell a McCormick Place Traffic Aide on site.  The Aide will help you with arrangements.

Metra Information
Attendees can take Chicago’s Metra Railroad to McCormick Place West. Located on Level 2.5 of McCormick Place South’s Grand Concourse, the McCormick Place Station is served by the Metra Electric Line.  This line provides service to McCormick Place from the Chicago Loop and from the South Side neighborhoods. Please note that the station is not in McCormick Place West, the conference site.  However, Metra riders can cross the Grand Concourse to McCormick Place West without going outside.

Please click here for information about the McCormick Place station, and here for a system map. Please contact Metra Passenger Services at (312) 322-6777 with questions.

Public Transit (“El” and City Buses)
Attendees can take the Chicago Transit Authority’s #3 bus directly to McCormick Place West. This bus also stops downtown on Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street and at Van Buren Street, and continues south past McCormick Place to 95th Street, stopping frequently.

Attendees can also take the CTA “El” Red Line to the Cermak/Chinatown stop, and then take the #21 bus or walk about one-half mile east on Cermak Avenue to McCormick Place West. Or attendees can take the Green Line "El" to the Cermak-McCormick Place stop.

Maps and schedules for the bus and the El can be found on the Chicago Transit Authority website.  You can also reach the Chicago Transit Authority by calling (888) YOUR-CTA.

You will need to use the NEW Ventra card system. The current CTA fare is $2.25 per ride. We recommend that you purchase the Ventra card and load it via your online account prior to the conference. This will save you wait time at the terminal. Here is a direct link to the page explaining the new system.

Please note: There is a refundable purchase fee of $5. To get the refund, you need to load $5 onto the card immediately when you order it. Ex. If I buy a Ventra card and put $5 on it, I should have $10 on my card. If I just buy a Ventra card, I will have a balance of $0.

If you have already activated your debit card to be used, you should forgo buying a Ventra card and just use the debit card. If you have a Ventra AND the debit card set-up, the system will charge them both.

McCormick Place has two main parking lots, and Lot A is highly recommended for McCormick Place West. To get to Lot A from N. Lake Shore Drive, exit at 31st Street and turn right (west). Make another right turn on Martin L. King Drive, turn left on 24th Place, and follow the signs to Lot A. The parking fee is $19 for up to 16 hours and $30 for 16-24 hours. For more information about driving, please visit the McCormick Place website.

Accessible Transit
The Midwest Clinic will be accessible to all. If your mobility is limited and you plan to use the conference shuttles, please contact as soon as possible so we can make sure your needs are accommodated.  Accessible parking is available in Lot A, and Traffic Aides can assist people exiting taxis.

Other Airport Transit
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport can be reached by public transit, taxi, car, and independent shuttle.  See GO Airport Express, Chicago's official shared ride shuttle provider, which offers a savings of up to 10% for Midwest Clinic participants.  Attendees can access their online reservation system at and entering the code:  bandclinic.

Driving Directions
For driving directions to McCormick Place West, enter your address below. Directions provided by Google.