Past Events

2011 Annual Conference - Chicago

IMLA 2011 - 76th Annual Conference 

September 11th - September 14th, 2011*
* Add-On Programs, such as Code Enforcement and the introductory level program the Institute for Local Government Lawyers start on Saturday, September 10 (separate registration required)
* The first official session (not including "Add-On" programming) starts 9:00am September 11th and the last program ends at Noon on September 14th)
General Information and Tips for Making Plans for IMLA's Annual Conference in Chicago

Planning is underway at IMLA headquarters to make the 76th Annual Conference in Chicago the best yet! Before you register for the Conference (using the link menus on the left side of this page), please read this section for some basic guidance. 

Conference Registration vs. Add-On Programming 

IMLA's 76th Annual Conference officially starts at 9:00am on Sunday, September 11 and will conclude by Noon on Wednesday, September 14th. Your Conference registration includes all CLE programming on Sunday, Monday (including Canadian Department meeting), Tuesday, and Wednesday, EXCEPT the Sunday afternoon Mobile Land Use Workshop (separate registration required). Your Conference registration also includes access to our Opening Reception, which will be at Navy Pier, and our Confernece luncheons on Monday and Tuesday.  

IMLA also offers "Add-On" Programming, consisting of: 1) Code Enforcement Program and 2) Institute for Local Government Lawyers. BOTH ADD-ON PROGRAMS WILL START ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th. Both these Add-On Programs require separate registration. 

Hotel and Travel Information

The official Conference Hotel is the Hilton Chicago, located in the heart of Chicago at 720 South Michigan Avenue. IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, a first class facility, in Chicago, IL. The IMLA room rate is $269 for a single or a double, also these rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes. 

In order to secure this block of specially priced sleeping rooms and to keep meeting costs to a minimum, IMLA has entered into a total meeting package and contract with the Hilton Chicago Hotel. If you choose to make your sleeping room reservations outside the IMLA group block, such as through an Internet reservation system or with a discount coupon, we need to advise you that IMLA can suffer significant financial penalties. IMLA can be held financially responsible for the attrition or difference between what was promised in the group block and what was actually utilized.

To allow IMLA to continue to provide a reasonable seminar registration fee, we need your help in limiting our financial exposure. Reservations may be made by calling the Hilton Chicago directly at (312) 922-4400 or the toll-free reservation number at 1-800-HILTONS. In order to receive the preferred room rate you must identify yourself as an International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) 2011 Annual Conference attendee, Group Code IML or to register online.

The official hotel cut-off date for making reservations is August 8, 2011, 5:00pm, EST. This is an extremely popular time of year in Chicago and hotels typically sell out. It would be in your best interest to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. 

IMLA has a discounts available with Continental Airlines and Avis (see menu on left side of page for links). 

Official Activities

Get to know and network with other Conference attendees by signing up for: 1) IMLA Softball Game; 2) Golf outing; and 3) the very popular Mobile Land Use Workshop. Remember, all three of these activities require separate registration forms! 



IMLA thanks our generous sponsors for the 2011 Annual Conference. Please make sure to visit our sponsors' websites and meet them personally during your time in Chicago!