Conference Information

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    Conference Headquarters

    Sheraton Grand

    301 East North Water Street

    Chicago, IL  60611


    The Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel welcomes you to the heart of the city. Overlooking the Chicago River, the hotel puts you within walking distance of business, dining, entertainment and nightlife.

    • In the heart of downtown Chicago
    • One block west of Lake Shore Drive
    • Walking distance to Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Art Institute, the Loop District, shopping, dining and entertainment
    • 8 minutes from McCormick Place
    • 25 minutes from Midway Airport
    • 35 minutes from O'Hare Int'l Airport


    Registration Information

    Registration fees for the full conference include:

    • Admission to all general and concurrent sessions
    • Access to the Conference App
    • Entry into the AHOU Marketplace on Sunday and Monday
    • Sunday Welcome Reception (at the Marketplace)
    • Continental Breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
    • Tuesday Networking Reception
    • Networking/Refreshment Breaks


    Early Bird Discounted Registration – in U.S. currency

    (must be paid by April 3, 2018):

    • $850, Member
    • $925, Non-Member

    Full Registration – in U.S. currency

    (April 4, 2018 or later, including onsite):

    • $1,200, Member
    • $1,500, Non Member


    Day Rates – in U.S. currency

    • Monday $500
    • Tuesday $500 (does not include the Networking Reception)


    AHOU accepts checks, MasterCard, VISA, and American Express for conference payments.


    Guest Policy

    Individuals in an industry-related position, co-workers, or associates wishing to attend sessions do not qualify for guest registration. Registered Guests (displaying a conference Guest Badge) are invited to attend the following events:

    • Marketplace on Sunday and Monday
    • Sunday Welcome Reception (at the Marketplace)
    • Continental Breakfasts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
    • Tuesday Networking Reception


    Guest Fee: $200 – in U.S. currency


    Guests are also welcome to attend the Monday and Wednesday mainstage presentations after all registrants have been seated. Participation and attendance in the discussion group and workshop sessions is limited only to those who have paid the full registration fee for the conference. Guests who have not properly registered and received a name badge will be denied entry to all AHOU functions by hotel security.  Guests must be 12 years of age or older – it is AHOU policy that children under the age of 12, including infants in strollers and/or carriages, will not be allowed admission to conference social functions, breakfasts, lunches, and/or receptions and will not be admitted into the exhibit hall and/or educational sessions. Please plan for childcare accordingly.


    Cancellation/Refund Policy

    All cancellations and refund requests must be in writing to Full refunds minus a $100 administrative fee will be granted only on cancellations received at least ten (10) business days prior to the start of the conference (by April 13, 2018). No refunds will be granted after that date. In the unlikely event that the meeting is cancelled, AHOU will refund all registration fees. However, AHOU will not be responsible for any travel, hotel accommodations, or other costs incurred.


    Hotel Reservations

    Contact the Sheraton Grand at 888.627.7106, Mention the 2018 AHOU Annual Conference for the negotiated group rate.


    Use this online reservation link


    Group Rate: $279 USD single/double + 16.4% tax per night

    A credit card is required to hold the room reservation


    Cancellation must be made at least 24 hours prior to day of arrival to avoid penalty of being charged one night’s room and tax.  Reservations received after April 3, 2018 will be accepted on a space and rate basis subject to availability at the time of booking.  The group rate is available (3) days pre and post the dates of Sunday, April 29, 2018–Wednesday, May 2, 2018,


    Check-in time is after 3:00 p.m.

    Checkout time is by 12:00 p.m.


    Room rate includes:

    • High-speed internet access in your guest room
    • 20% discount on 2018 parking rate
    • Complimentary entrance to Fitness Center


    Please note that the Sheraton Grand is a smoke-free hotel and pets are not allowed. 

    For more information on the Sheraton Grand, please visit the hotel website at


    AHOU Marketplace

    The always-exciting AHOU Marketplace features expanded hours in 2018 with more time for you to visit the service providers and educational organizations for the latest information and news!

    • Sunday, April 29: 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (includes the Welcome Reception)
    • Monday, April 3: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


    Marketplace Pass (for participating sponsor and exhibitor companies):  $200 – in U.S. currency


    Conference Presentation Handouts

    The conference organizers will NOT be providing hard copies of handouts for this conference.  Presentations received from the presenters prior to the conference will be available in PDF format so attendees can print handouts to bring with them if they wish.  The link to download the presentations will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the conference.



    Please refer to transportation information from either O’Hare or Midway via this link:


    UBER and LYFT services are also available for those that are users of those options.

    Average temperatures in Chicago in late late April / early May are high of 65° F with an average low of 46° F.


    What to Wear

    Dress for all meetings and activities during the Conference will be business casual – no suits, jackets or ties are necessary. 

    Please remember to bring a sweater or light jacket in case the meeting room temperature is too cool for you.

    Please check weather conditions on a regular basis so you can dress appropriately – we want you to be comfortable!

    The “Chicago Neighborhoods” Reception on Tuesday, May 1 is casual.  Please feel free to wear your shorts, jeans, and sandals—relax and be comfortable!


    Children at the AHOU Annual Conference

    It is an AHOU policy that children under the age of 12, including infants in strollers and/or carriages, will not be allowed to participate in conference social functions, breakfast, lunches, and/or receptions and will not be admitted into the exhibit hall and/or educational sessions. Should you need childcare or more information on programs for children, please contact the Concierge at the hotel. They will be pleased to acquaint you with suitable childcare options.


    AHOU Annual Conference Attendee Policy

    The AHOU through its policies and practices promotes a safe, professional, and comfortable atmosphere for all our attendees.

    We encourage everyone to enjoy the conference in a responsible manner.


    Photographs and Videos

    AHOU takes photographs and videos during the Annual Conference, and by attending the conference and participating in conference related activities, you consent to photographs and/or videos being used in AHOU promotional and other materials, including but not limited to slideshows during the conference, on the conference DVD, on, and in printed materials related to the AHOU, without payment or other consideration, etc. By submitting your registration, you consent to this use.


    Registration and attendance at, or participation in, the AHOU meeting and other meetings constitutes an agreement by the registrant to AHOU's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image or voice in photographs, recordings, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.


    Due to speaker contracts and other legal arrangements only AHOU authorized recordings and/or photos are allowed. No recordings and/or photos by attendees will be permitted.


    For More Information

    Please contact us if you have questions or would like more information regarding the conference, registration assistance or membership information. We can be reached via phone at 202-962-0167 or by email at


    We look forward to seeing you in Chicago for the 17th Annual AHOU Conference!



    Conference Sponsors

    The Association of Home Office Underwriters would like to thank our sponsors for the successful 2018 AHOU conference in Chicago, IL: