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Convention Coverage


Click here to watch President Fredric Rolando's keynote address and guest speaker videos.
Click here to view photo albums from the 2022 Convention. 

  

Convention information

Registration hours, Pocket Guide and Workshop schedule

Registration Hours

Saturday, Aug. 6
West Center Lobby - Level 3: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7
West Center Lobby - Level 3: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8
West Center Lobby - Level 3: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room W178ab: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9
NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room W178ab: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10
NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room W178ab: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11
NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room W178ab: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12
NALC Headquarters/Finance Office, Room W178ab: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Travel discounts

Delta Airlines

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for NALC 72nd Biennial Convention. Discounts vary, depending on the class of tickets.

Please click here to book your flights!

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMVM6
*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

United Airlines

United Airlines is pleased to offer specials discounts for the 72nd Biennial Convention.

To make flight reservations online please click here and enter code ZM2N917138.

You may also call the United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426–1122

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Airport ground transportation

Midway International Airport – ground transportation

Taxis

Taxi stands are located on the lower-level curb front of the terminals, and taxis are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or in the departure area of the terminal roadways. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage.

  • Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from Midway to downtown Chicago is $35-40.
  • For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call: Curb Mobility, 888 928-2277 or 888-WAV-CABS

Rideshare

A Rideshare, Uber, Lyft or Via (or Transportation Network Providers (TNP) company provides prearranged transportation services for compensation through an Internet-enabled application or digital platform to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire.

  • Downtown ($18 per person)
  • McCormick Place ($18 per person)

The loading zone for rideshare services is on the Lower Level Outside of Baggage Claim, Door 4.  For more information about the Rideshare program, please visit the City of Chicago website.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport - ground transportation

Taxis

There are Taxi Stands at the lower level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal. Taxi service is available to Chicago and suburban destinations. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or on the departure level (second level) of the terminal roadways.

Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from O'Hare to downtown Chicago is $30-40.

  • For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call 1-888-928-2227

Shared ride service is available to those who wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip. Shared ride fares from O'Hare include:

  • Downtown ($24 per person)
  • McCormick Place ($24 per person)

Rideshare

A Rideshare, Uber, Lyft or Via (or TNP) company provides prearranged transportation services for compensation through an Internet-enabled application or digital platform to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire.

Loading zones for Rideshare services are at the following locations:

Terminal 2 - waiting area Upper Level between Door 2A and Door 2D BLACK Zone A - Outside North of vestibule 2A

  • BLUE Zone B - Outside vestibule 2A
  • ORANGE Zone C- Outside vestibule 2B
  • GREEN Zone D - Outside vestibule 2D

Passengers should wait in the specific colored zones until their TNP arrives to the same colored zone before proceeding to the designated pick-up location. A waiting area inside is available between vestibules 2A and 2D.

Terminal 5 - waiting area Lower Level Door 5B

  • Uber Black will pick up on the Lower Level.

For more information about the Rideshare program, please visit the City of Chicago website.

McCormick Place information

Parking at McCormick Place

There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. All are in close proximity and walking distance to our convention complex and are ADA accessible.

Events in the West Building is designated Lot A as the primary parking location.

Parking Lot A Addresses: 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

Lot A (8' height clearance) is a six-level garage with 2,100 parking spaces located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel also provide added convenience. The daily rate is $25. Hours of operation: Thursday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. There are no in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the overnight fee per day of $38. 

Click here for a map. 

Attendee prepaid parking

A limited number of prepaid guaranteed parking spaces are available at the rate of $38 per day by advance order of an Attendee & Exhibitor Parking Permit. This permit allows access to the garages with in-and-out privileges. Prepaid parking spaces are guaranteed even if lots fill to capacity.

Purchase Parking Online 

Shuttle service to McCormick Place

Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the hotels lited on this flyer and McCormick Place West (Gates 43/44). If you have questions about the shuttle or to make a reservation for a wheelchair-accessible shuttle, please see the shuttle supervisor at McCormick Place or call Kushner & Associates at (818)-930-2591.

Click here for more information.

Meeting room temperature

Meeting rooms will be kept cool. Dressing in layers is recommended since the temperature in the meeting rooms can vary from comfortable to chilly.

Internet/Wi-Fi

Limited complimentary wireless internet services are offered in various public areas. 

McCormick Place Healthy Meeting Efforts

McCormick Place examined all the buildings on campus and implemented changes to enhance public health to ensure a healthy experience. The convention center achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s GBAC STAR Accreditation — considered the gold standard in the industry. Only 70 convention centers in the United States have received this accreditation.

In addition, McCormick Place:

  • Added new technology, such as increasing the number of touch-free, automatic doors and allowing non-automatic doors to be propped open to minimize touches by guests and staff
  • Incorporated new signage and processes for elevators and escalators
  • Ensured the highest possible air quality by utilizing our team of building engineers who regularly verify compliance within McCormick Place and the Wintrust Arena with ASHRAE standards. This engineering team also works with Hyatt and Marriott personnel in the hotels to maintain consistent standards across McCormick Square

Housing information

The National Association of Letter Carriers' official housing company is Maritz Global. Sleeping room
requests for all NALC hotels must be handled by Maritz Global; no other third-party companies may be
used. Should you receive calls from any other housing companies, please know that they are not associated with our Convention and reservations made through those vendors cannot be guaranteed. If you are approached by an individual or company suggesting you place a hotel reservation with them, please notify us.

NALC Headquarters will be advising Maritz Global Event of all registered delegates. Thus, anyone booking a room who is not a registered NALC delegate at the time of the booking will be subject to cancellation and will receive a notice. The same applies to anyone who may already have booked outside the block. If you have done so, we advise you to cancel your room reservation and follow the official housing procedures.

Click here for the housing map.

Scooter and wheelchair rental

Scootaround is the exclusive scooter rental service for the NALC 72nd Biennial Convention. For reservations or for more information please click here. They will be located at the Coat Check area in the McCormick Place West Building, nearest to Gate 44. 

Take a tour of Chicago

Click here for a list of tours that will be available during the NALC Convention.

Click here to sign up for a tour. 

Baseball tickets available for branch orders

NALC has reserved 3,500 tickets to the Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals baseball game on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 9 for a special NALC Baseball Night at the 72nd Biennial Convention in Chicago.  The tickets are being made available by NALC to its branches for $48 a ticket for NALC delegates and family members. Branches must purchase the tickets in blocks and must include a check for the total cost with their order. Tickets will not be sold individually. Due to the narrow and clogged streets around Wrigley Field, no shuttle bus service will be provided. Delegates can either take a taxi or use the Chicago Transit Authority’s subway system. 

Seating will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of receipt of full payment. There are no refunds. To obtain the tickets, mail in the Baseball Ticket Order Form together with a check for the entire amount. Branches must designate one individual to receive email confirmation of tickets.  

Click here for the order form.

Transportation to Wrigley Field

If you are coming from McCormick Place, you can get on the CTA Redline at Cermak-Chinatown stop and take it to the Addison stop, which is directly across from the ballpark. Depending on the train schedule, this will take between 35-55 minutes.
 
If you choose to take a rideshare or cab, without traffic the drive from McCormick Place to Wrigley Field is 23 minutes. It is recommended to arrive early and plan for heavy traffic.

Click here for more information on getting to Wrigley Field.

Letter to delegates from NALC President Fredric Rolando

Blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 10