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Chicago – April 3-5, 2019

All events for the NPEA 11th Annual Conference will take place April 3-5, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza (350 W. Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654). Located in River North, the hotel puts you close to trendy shops, award-winning restaurants, and must-see sights like the Chicago Riverwalk, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower Skydeck, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, a Cubs or White Sox game, and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Newly updated rooms combined with award-winning service and thoughtful amenities make stays at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza unforgettable.

NPEA is pleased to offer the discounted room block rate of $179 per night (plus taxes & fees). This discounted rate is for a limited block of rooms and is only available until the room block is full. We have sold out of our room block every year, and strongly encourage you to book early to access this rate.

When Should I Plan to Arrive and Depart?

Most conference attendees will arrive on Wednesday, April 3 and depart on Friday, April 5. There will be optional pre-conference activities on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 3, such as a pre-conference session or site visit. The conference will open with a Welcome Reception on the evening of Wednesday, April 3. The majority of conference activities, including workshops and keynote sessions, will take place on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. Conference activities conclude around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

Transportation, Dining, and Activities in Chicago!

Want to learn more about the area? Check out our Chicago Area Dining and Activities Guide as well as our Choose Chicago webpage for more information about transportation, tours & attractions, dining, nightlife, shopping, museums, theater & performing arts, sports, and more!

IMPORTANT – How to Book Your Hotel Room:

By phone:

  • Please call the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza at (855) 268-0372 and mention the “2019 NPEA Conference” and booking code “NE9.”


  • Step 1: Visit https://www.martplaza.com/npea2019.aspx.
  • Step 2: Click the yellow “RESERVE GROUP RATE” button the middle of the page.
  • Step 3: Click the bar at the top to select your dates (typically, April 3 to April 5) and search for availability.
  • Step 4: Select your room type and book.

Please book your room(s) as early as possible. By February last year, we had filled both our conference room block and overflow room block. We will do everything we can to help you find accessible rates in the area, but it is important to book early if you anticipate attending this event.

The block rate is $179/night (plus taxes and fees) for the nights of April 3, 4, and 5.

Questions? Please contact Karin Elliott at kelliott@tsf.org or (617) 423-6300 x284.

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