Join us June 27th – 29th in Itasca, IL!

Registration is now open!



2019 Agendas

These agendas are tentative and subject to change.

Please note – the Science Symposium is ONLY for medical professionals. A summary of the science meeting will be provided on Saturday morning during the Family Conference to share as much information as possible. Topics discussed in the Science Symposium are sometimes pre-publication and leak-sensitive. Out of respect for the research community, we keep the Science Symposium closed in order to ensure that intellectual property remains intact for sensitive subjects. Rest assured, physicians and researchers who attend the Science Symposium will be available for questions and discussion during the Family Conference, especially during the Friday afternoon breakouts.

Family Conference – General Sessions and Breakouts Agenda

Family Conference – Youth Program (Kids Room) Agenda

Family Conference – Teen Program Agenda

Science Symposium Agenda


Our room block with the Eaglewood is FULL! Reservations can be made at nearby hotels, with complimentary shuttle service to and from the Eaglewood during the Conference.

Holiday Inn Chicago West – Itasca, 860 W IL-19, Itasca, IL, 60143. Call: 1-800-439-4745 or 1-630-773-2340. Room Block Code: ULF

About our Venue

We are happy to announce that our 2019 conference will be held at the scenic Eaglewood Resort and Spa near Chicago, IL. Eaglewood is a unique Midwest destination that caters to spa goers, golfers, fun loving couples looking for a romantic getaway, and families seeking a nearby destination with exciting activities. This Midwest resort is highly inspired by nature, as well as the legendary work of Frank  Lloyd Wright, who is known for his Prairie Path style architecture throughout the Chicagoland area.

Guests experience interior spaces that  capture the essence of its beautiful surroundings, with naturally lit meeting and guest rooms overlooking the remarkable 18-hole golf course.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa

1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, IL 60143

 The Eaglewood has a limited amount of single bed ADA rooms. For additional ADA rooms, including rooms with two beds, you can book at a nearby hotel and a complimentary shuttle will be available for you. Click here for additional hotel information.

Getting to the Conference


O’Hare International Airport, with direct flights from most major cities, is only 20 minutes away!  Over 50 airlines from around the globe serve O’Hare. **We HIGHLY recommend flying into O’Hare, as it is much closer to the Eagelwood than Midway, especially for individuals/families who need wheelchair accessible taxis. See the taxi information below!**

Midway Airport located south and west of Chicago is approximately 1 hour from the hotel via major highways.



Taxis From O’Hare Airport
If you plan to take a taxicab to the northwest suburbs, please be sure to call one of the suburban taxi companies from the kiosks at the baggage claim levelDo not get into the city taxi cab line as it will cost you    1½ times more than a suburban taxicab. City taxicabs are in the first lane, closest to the curb. Suburban taxis will pick you up at the second island outside of baggage claim, but they need to be called.  We recommend the following taxicab companies: 303 Taxi Service (Phone: 847-303-0303) and American Taxi (Phone: 847-673-1000). Other transportation options to/from O’Hare include Uber, Lyft and a variety of ride share companies.

Taxis From Midway Airport
Midway is located south and west of Chicago is approximately 1 hour from the hotel via major highways. Transportation options to/from Midway include taxicab, Uber, Lyft, Chicago Airport Express, and a variety of Rental Car & Limousine companies.  City Taxicabs are in the first lane closest to the curb.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis
The City of Chicago is committed to providing efficient taxicab service to those individuals requiring a wheelchair accessible taxicab. Whether you need an immediate pickup or to schedule a ride in advance, you can contact Open Taxis 24/7 by calling their toll-free phone number at 1-855-WAV-1010 or 1-855-928-1010. Visit Open Taxi’s Web site at to explore all the options available to request a Wheelchair Accessible Taxicab, including text, email and mobile phone applications. A definite cost estimate is not possible as fares will vary depending on time of day, but please keep in mind that a one-way ride with Open Taxis could cost a much as $80 or more from O’Hare if traffic is heavy. This is why we HIGHLY suggest flying into O’Hare, as Midway’s Taxi cost could be over $150 one way.



Parking at the Eaglewood is open-air and free!


Teen Program: This year, teens will have the option to participate in sessions that are geared specially to them and participate in other age-appropriate activities. More information on the Teen Program will be available on our website at a later date.

Optional Day Care: We will offer Day Care services for kids up to the age of 12 at no additional charge. The Day Care option will be available during the Family Conference session times, and parents/guardians will need to pick up their child for meal times. Please keep in mind that while Day Care Volunteers will be adults with child care experience, they are not trained medical professionals. Parents/Guardians will need to leave emergency contact phone numbers for the volunteers to reach out should the need arise.

Silent Auction Donations: We welcome conference attendees and speakers to bring an item or two (or four) to include in our silent auction. We encourage that these items be representative of where you are from – especially if you are traveling internationally! Any donation is welcome and appreciated. If you are planning on bringing a silent auction item, please give us a heads up! Together we can make this the biggest silent auction yet!

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!