Attendee Information

WordCamp Chicago is this weekend (Sat 4/29 & Sun 4/30), and we’re very excited for the great lineup of speakers and solid group of attendees!

Following is some important information to keep top of mind as we approach the event.

Get Social

We’ll be using the hashtag #WCCHI to collect our live coverage – find us here:

WIFI
  • Select the wireless network DTC-Event
  • When prompted for username and password enter
    • Username: wordcamp
    • Password: 26tents

Location

Chicago-Kent Law School
565 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661

Parking

There is street parking, surface lots and parking garages all around the venue. The links below can help you reserve a spot in advance if you wish or set up an app to track parking meters. We don’t have any discounted parking available.

Public Transportation

Find the closest public transit stations and routes to the location on this custom Google map

CTA

Find train routes and bus times on the transitchicago.com website.

Metra suburban rail

This venue is across the street from Chicago Union Station and a few blocks south of Ogilvie Transportation Center. Check metrarail.com for weekend schedules

Timing:

  • Doors open and Registration will begin at 8am on Saturday.
  • Opening remarks will begin at 8:45am and the first session at 9am.
  • Lunch will be provided on Saturday on the concourse level at 12pm
  • On Sunday you can explore the local restaurants – we’ve set up a custom Google Map with everything from local fast food to brunch spots to Greektown favorites and fine dining options. You may want to check about a reservation for some of those locations.

The Afterparty will be at Jak’s Tap, just a few blocks from the venue at 6pm on Saturday. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Jak’s Tap
901 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

We look forward to seeing you and to a great camp!
#WCCHI Organizing Team

THANK YOU

We’d like to thank the sponsors that help make WordCamp Chicago possible. We couldn’t keep ticket prices so reasonable without their generous support, so please visit them while you’re at camp!


Platinum Sponsors

 

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

After Party Sponsor

Agathon Group

Micro Sponsors
Accelerate MarketingStratus ConceptOperation TechnologyTarget Info, BIPPLanBrainchild Studios, Plasterdog Web DesignSocial Web SuiteThemetryCYBERsprout Website Design
 

Wow, that’s a lot of amazing support! Thanks to everyone.

After Party!

Nothing is better than a long day of sessions at WordCamp than meeting new and old friends and having a chance to network afterwards. We’ve got a great party planned for you! Food and drink will be provided, but be sure to bring your badge to get in. We found a great place near the venue.

Jaks Tap  (Yep, it’s a WordPress site)

901 W Jackson Chicago IL 60607

Get your ticket now, so you can join us!

Coming in from out of town?

If you need to make hotel reservations for your visit to WordCamp, we have a group of rooms blocked off at the Travelodge Hotel Chicago for $130 a night.

Travelodge Hotel Chicago
65 E. Harrison St.

Reservations Department 800-578-7878
Group Name: Word Camp 2017
Block Code: CGWD17
Group arrival date: 4/29/17
Group departure date: 5/1/17

You can also contact Phillis Acevedo

Monday – Friday 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM 312-376-1486 or by email pacevedo@travelodgechicago.com

Announcing the First Wave of Speakers

We will have more details on speakers and sessions soon, but here’s a preview!

Patrick Smith Future of Design
Michele Butcher-Jones The 5 Star Customer Service Experience
Tracy Apps You Are Not Your Audience: How To Create User Centered Design.
Becky Davis Categories, tags and custom taxonomies – oh my!
Steve Stern Fun with Chome’s Developer Tools
Scott Winteroth Tactics for Selecting the Best WordPress Theme for the Job
Jason Knill Forecasting the Future: Business Practices and financial forecasting for a growing WordPress business
Aaron Campbell Being a Good Citizen in the WordPress Community
Josh Alexander Talking Clients Out of Bad Decisions
Allison Tarr Be The Loop You Want To See In The World
Jessica Gardner SSL: What It Is, How To Do It, and Why You Should Care
Lauren Jeffcoat Support Starts Here: How to go the extra mile to make and KEEP your customers happy
Meagan Hanes To the Word and Beyond! Extending WordPress Past a Simple Blog
Wendy Bolm The Tough Stuff: When and How to Fire a Customer

Call for Volunteers

 

Calling all volunteers. We could not put on WordCamp without your help!

We need help with set-up, registration, room helpers, clean-up, the works. Volunteers are what makes WordCamps run!

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch. Thank you in advance for donating your time!







Call for Sponsors

WordCamp Chicago 2017 will be hosted downtown at Chicago-Kent College of Law on April 29-30, 2017.

WordCamps are casual, volunteer-run events. Sponsor support for WordCamp enables attendees to experience the event for a low cost! A low cost ensures accessibility to freelancers, small businesses and anyone who wants to attend.

Being a sponsor gives you a unique opportunity to invest in the Chicago WordPress community. The attendees are made up of web-savvy professionals who work in media, publishing, film, music, art, technology, education, health care, financial services, government… you name it.

We have all benefited from using WordPress; now is the perfect time to give something back. We’ve created sponsorship levels to fit every budget from the multinational corporations of midtown to small local businesses to independent freelancers building WordPress themes for a living. Even if you are a small agency, restaurant, magazine, or an individual wanting to give back because you know that WordPress has helped you and your business, we have a support level for you.

DOWNLOAD Sponsor Information Package

If you would like to sponsor, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch. Thank you for all your help!









Call for Speakers

Hello WordCamp Chicago 2017!

We are well on our way to putting together and outstanding event.

WordCamp Chicago 2017 will be held at Chicago-Kent Law School. This is an outstanding venue and we look forward to a successful conference.

When: Sat April 29th – Sunday April 30, 2017
Where: Chicago-Kent Law School, 565 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661

We are putting the finishing touches on our website design, but we wanted to make sure to get some initial information out there so people can plan accordingly.

We will also be putting out the call for sponsors and starting ticket sales shortly, so stay tuned and make sure to sign up for our post notifications.

If you’d like to propose multiple topics, please submit the form multiple times, once for each topic. We look to have a diverse lineup of speakers and sessions that focus on all aspects of the WordPress Community relating to both topics and skill levels (beginner – advanced).

DEADLINE for Submissions: February 27, 2017

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED