Jewish National Fund 2015 National Conference

October 23 - 26, 2015
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where is National Conference?
How do I book my room?
How much does it cost to attend National Conference?
Who can I speak to about programming for college and high school students?
How do I get from the airport to the conference hotel?
What is the dress code?
What if I have special dietary needs?
What is there to do in the Chicago area pre and post conference?

When and where is National Conference?

The JNF 2015 National Confernce will begin with the opening plenary on Friday, October 23 at 2:00 pm (with some sessions available at 11:00 am) and end by 10:00 am on Monday, October 26, following the closing plenary. The conference will be held at The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park which is located at 200 North Columbus Drive Chicago Illinois, 60601.

How do I book my room?

To take advantage of the JNF discounted room rate please reserve your room(s) through the dedicated link. JNF National Conference Reservations link.

The JNF discounted group rate starts at $249+ per night for a standard room. Discounted room upgrades are available via the JNF reservation link on a first come first served basis. The room block is limited so please secure your room as soon as possible.

Rates and availability are not guaranteed after September 21, 2015.

How much does it cost to attend National Conference?

Full Conference, includes Gala- $500.00 per person/ $950.00 per couple

Full Conference (Participants under the age of 40), including Gala - $360.00

JNFuture(with $360 annual giving), including Gala- $180.00

Rabbis and Jewish Professionals, including Gala - $360.00

Day Rate, not including Gala - $200.00

Gala Dinner- $360.00

Shabbat Dinner (Not included in Conference Registration) - $75.00

College Full Conference- $100.00

Sunday Teen Seminar- $18.00

* Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations after October 12, 2015.

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Who can I speak to about programming for college and high school students?

For all questions on programming for college and high school students, please contact JNF's Education department at education@jnf.org or 212.879.9305 x245.

How do I get from the airport to the conference hotel?

The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park is at:
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago Illinois, United States 60601.

From Chicago International O'Hare or Midway Airport: Maps and Directions

Note to Locals: If you are utilizing a Global Positioning System to assist you, please be aware that you may be navigated to intermediate level Lake Street and Columbus Drive rather than our Front Door. Our Auto Lobby is located on Lake Street just west of Columbus Drive.

What is the dress code?

Attire for all sessions is business casual. Cocktail attire is appropriate for Sunday's gala dinner.

What if I have special dietary needs?

The JNF National Conference at the Fairmont Chicago is strictly kosher and is under the supervision of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (CRC). If you have any special dietary concerns, please contact the JNF Registration Department at jnfreg@meetingexpectations.com or call 404-760-2876. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

What is there to do in the Chicago area pre and post conference?

Check out the links below. So many things to do in beautiful Chicago and so little time.

If you want to take in multiple museums and other Chicago Tours and attractions get discounted passes from Chicago Explorer Pass.

Shabbat Architectural Walking Tour (Private JNF tour)
Saturday, October 24, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Space is limited to 50 people. Pre-registration is required.
Fee:  $20 per person. Included optional listening device.
Attire:   Comfortable walking shoes and clothes suited for the weather.
Group will be meeting in the Fairmont Hotel Lobby at 2:45 pm rain or shine!

Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour on Shabbat to see and learn about highlights of Chicago with a professional guide. His tour will be brimming with fascinating stories, anecdotes and fun facts about the city and its many personalities. Some key sites will include; Millennium Park, the architecture along the Chicago River, and some of the incredible outdoor sculpture that dots the Loop.

Chicago Events, Fairs and Festivals
The October 2015 Chicago calendar of events has something for everyone. Theatre, concerts, festivals, tours, and even a knitting fair! Find events, maps, tickets and more.

The Chicago Art Institute and Museum
Renoir and French Impressionism anyone? Voted #1 Museum in the World 2014!

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
October 29 – November 9 - For those staying in Chicago after the Conference. Eighteen films about Israeli culture at the Music Box Theatre and AMC Northbrook Court, with first-night cocktail reception. Won't be in town? Join us for a two film preview on Saturday, October 24, at 9:00 pm in the Ambassador room at the Chicago Fairmont hotel.

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Journey to Space: A visually stunning journey into the future of NASA space exploration.
Materials Science: Explore the history and future of materials that impact our lives everyday.
Robot Revolution: They're coming … and they'll be here to help and improve our lives!
Humpback Whales: Enter the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

The Chicago Field Museum
Come face to face with the largest T. rex ever found, descend into an ancient Egyptian tomb or shrink to the size of a bug. It's all in a day at The Field Museum.

The Shedd Aquarium
The largest indoor aquarium in the world, with more than 8,000 aquatic animals.