US 2011 Questions


1.   Is there a map I can give my cab driver?
Yes, please refer to the confirmation email that will be sent closer to the conference date.


1.   What is the weather like in Chicago over that period?
Expect pleasant weather in Chicago, with temperatures ranging from average highs of 64°F/18°C to 46°F/8°C.

2.   What is the US dollar exchange rate?

The exchange rate changes regularly. For the current exchange rate, CLICK HERE to visit the Yahoo! Currency Center or consult the financial section of your local newspaper/news website.

3.   How long does it take to travel from the hotel to the airport?
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is about 17 miles from the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Hotel, with an estimated travel time of 25–30* minutes. Driving   directions are as follows

Chicago O'Hare Intl
2985 Mannheim Rd
 Des Plaines, IL 60018
(773) 686-2200

1.  Head east on Access Road 0.1 miles
2.  Keep right at the fork 0.5 miles
3. Continue onto I-190 E 2.2 miles
4. Take the exit onto I-90 E   6.4 miles
5. Merge onto I-94 E 7.5 miles
6. Take exit 51D for Madison Street 0.2 miles
7. Turn right onto W Madison Street  
 8. The hotel will be on your left  105 ft

Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
733 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60661

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is about 15 miles from the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Hotel, with an estimated travel time of 20–25* minutes. Driving directions are as follows:

Chicago Midway International Airport
5700 S. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60638


1. Head south 0.2 miles
2.  Sharp right to merge onto S Keating Ave 0.3 miles
3.  Continue straight to stay on S Keating Ave         49 ft.
4.  Slight right to stay on S Keating Ave    0.2 miles
5. Slight right onto S Cicero Ave 1.7 miles1.7 miles1.7 miles  1.7 miles  1.7 miles1.7 miles1.7 miles1.7 miles 
6. Merge onto I-55 N/Stevenson Expy via the ramp to Chicago 4.8 miles
7. Take exit 292A to merge onto I-90 W/I-94 W toward W Ryan Expy/Wisconsin 3.1 miles  
8. Take exit 51D for Madison 0.2 miles
9. Turn left onto W Madison St  
10. The hotel will be on the left 463 ft.

Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
733 West Madison
Chicago, IL 60661

*Please expect longer travel times during peak/rush hour traffic; approximately 45–60 minutes.


1.   How and where do I check in?
Check-in will take place at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Hotel lobby reception desk on your arrival. The Alliance and Conference registrations will take place on the evenings before the event start date (10 and 12 October) and 1 hour before the starting time on the morning of each event (11 and 13 October).

2.    Will my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes. If you have special dietary requirements, please indicate these on the conference and hotel booking forms.

3.    Can I bring my partner along to the Crowne Plaza for accommodation?
Yes, your partner may join you at the hotel and the dinner on 13 October. Please ensure that you advise us by emailing your and your partner's name to Dawn at dporras@ccint.net.
Also note that hotel accommodation is for your own account, at a rate of $169.00 (USD) per room per night.

4.    Are all meals catered for or will they be for my own account?
A continental breakfast and lunch will be catered daily for the duration of the Alliance (11 and 12 October) and for the Conference (13 and 14 October), as will dinner on the evening of 13 October. Appetizers and drinks will be served at the Welcome Receptions.

5.    Is there an internet connection at the venue or in the hotel room?
Yes, every room and public area throughout the hotel is equipped with free, high-speed wireless internet access.

6.    Is there parking available at the hotel?
Yes, hotel valet parking includes multiple in and out privileges and overnight parking. The parking rate during our event is $25 per car per day (not the posted standard rate of $36). Please make sure you inform the parking attended that you are attending our event to receive the negotiated rate during your stay.


1.    What is the dress code for the dinner?
Casual. Be comfortable

2.    Is there a specific protocol for the dinner?
No — the idea is to meet new people, interact with colleagues, network, and have fun.

3.    Can I bring my partner along to the dinner?
Yes, your partner may join you for the TRACC dinner at no extra cost. Please ensure that you advise us by emailing your and your partner's name to Dawn at dporras@ccint.net.


1.    When will I be provided with a program?
The program will be downloadable from the TRACC website soon; you will be advised by email. You will also receive a welcome pack on arrival, which will include the event program. Additional programs will be available at the registration table.

  2.    Do I need to bring anything specific for the conference?
  No, that will not be necessary.

3.    Will I be required to introduce my organization or myself to the conference in general?
This will only be necessary if you choose to participate in any open discussions and forums.

4.    Will the conference be filmed?
No, it will not.

5.    Will a copy of the presentations be available for me to show when I return to my organization?
Presentations will be downloadable from the TRACC website 10 days after the close of the conference and you will be advised of its upload via email.

6.    How must I pay for the conference?
From the conference booking form you will be linked to PayPal, where you can make the payment in US dollars. This payment for the Alliance and/or the Conference must be made in full before your arrival, unless other arrangements have been made.

Should you have any further questions, please direct them to Dawn Porras at dporras@ccint.net.