NAD2018TeacherConvention FAQs


What times does registration start and end?

Registration begins at 1pm on Monday, August 6th and ends at 6:30pm.

What time does the first meeting begin?

The first meeting begins on Monday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m.

What time does the last meeting end?

The last meeting is scheduled to end on Thursday, August 9th at 12:30 p.m.

What meals are included in the meal plan?

Tuesday – Breakfast, Lunch, Supper

Wednesday – Breakfast, Lunch

Thursday – Breakfast

Where do we go for meals?

Meals will be in the convention centre - McCormick Place.

What times will the Exhibit Hall be open?

The Exhibit Hall hours are:

Monday – 3pm – 6pm

Tuesday – 11am – 5pm

Wednesday – 12pm – 5pm

My guest did not register and would like to visit the Exhibit Hall.

Do they need to do anything to be able to visit the Exhibit Hall?

Yes, they will need to go to the Exhibit Hall and pick up a visitor’s badge.

Can a guest that did not register attend any meetings?

Guests that did not register may attend Worships, General Sessions and Concerts.

These guests may not attend any break-out sessions.

My guest registered for ‘Meals Only’, what does this include?

Registering for ‘Meals Only’ includes all meals indicated above, and attendance to

Worships, General Sessions and Concerts. These guests may not attend any break-out sessions.

Can guests use the hotel shuttle service?

Yes, guests may use the hotel shuttle service that will go back and forth from the

convention centre to hotels.

We were requested to submit a shirt size, is there a specific time you would like us to wear our shirts?

We are requesting that shirts be worn Monday night for the first meeting and on

Wednesday so that we can get a group photo at the baseball game.

What hotel are we booked to stay in?

Our superintendents and teachers are booked to stay in Hilton Palmer House (17 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL, 60603).

I don’t have my hotel confirmation number, where do I get that?

Please contact the SDACC or your employer to get this information.

How do we get from the airport to our hotel on Monday, and then back to the airport on Thursday?

Each conference/boarding academy is to arrange for this transportation for their

attendees. Please speak with your employer regarding this.

Supper is not included in the meals on Wednesday. What are we to do for supper?

Each entity is to give their teachers a per diem for supper on Wednesday. Please speak

to your employer regarding this. For those attending the baseball game there are several

places to eat at the ballpark -

Can I cancel or add baseball game attendance/transportation?

Final numbers are due by Friday, June 22. If you need to cancel or add baseball game

tickets/transportation it needs to be done by this date. Please contact Brandy

( if you have any questions.

What do I do with my luggage on Thursday, August 9th when I check out of my hotel room?

Please bring your luggage with you to the convention centre. There will be a place to store your luggage and pick up after the final meeting.

What is the schedule for the shuttles to and from the convention center?

Can I get academic credit or CEUs for the convention?

Academic credit can be given for the convention. In the past teachers were required to

pay a fee and write a reflection on their attendance at various breakouts and general

sessions. We do not have any information regarding what would be required this time.

Once information is available it will be shared with teachers. Teachers that do not

receive academic credit and who attend all general sessions and breakouts will be given

20 clock hours (2.0 CEUs) for the convention.

Where can I see a schedule and a list of break outs for the convention?

A schedule and a list of breakouts (once posted) can be found on the following website -

At the last convention I was asked to facilitate a breakout presentation.

Will you need facilitators again this time?

We are waiting to find out from the NAD to see what breakouts we will be responsible

for. Once we know, we will contact teachers if we need facilitators.

I am driving my car; how much is parking?

Parking at the hotel is quite costly. There are other options for parking click here.

The SDACC is not endorsing these parking locations, they are taken from a search done

online. NOTE that parking costs are NOT covered by the SDACC.

I am arriving at the airport on Monday close to the start time of the meeting.

What should I do about my hotel and luggage?

Please come directly to the McCormick Place from the airport. There will be a place to

store your luggage and after the meeting you can collect your luggage and take the

shuttle to the Palmer House to check in.

Where do I go to register on Monday?

Registration will take place in McCormick Place starting at 1pm. You will need to find the

SDACC Registration Booth to register (look for the Canadian flags ).

What are the meals times?

Tuesday, August 7th

Breakfast: 6:00-7:30 am (to be confirmed)

Lunch: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Evening Buffet: 5:15pm – 6:45pm

Wednesday, August 8th

Breakfast: 6:00-7:30 am (to be confirmed)

Lunch: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Thursday, August 9th

Breakfast: 6:00-7:30 am (to be confirmed)

Does the McCormick Place have WIFI?

There is WIFI available at the McCormick Place.

Will there be app for the convention?

Yes, there will be an app. Additional information will be shared when available.

Can I use my cell phone in the US?

Most carriers charge roaming fees. Please check with your cell phone carrier to see your options.

At the last convention we had a group photo.

Will we be doing another group photo this year?

Yes, we will be doing another group photo. Everyone is asked to wear their golf shirts

(given to you at the convention). Location and time will be posted at the SDACC Registration Booth.

I am attending the baseball game on Wednesday evening. Where do we meet?

The busses will pick us up at 5:45pm on Wednesday, August 8th at the McCormick Place.

You will not have time to take your belongings back to the hotel.

What do I do with my convention bag when we leave directly from McCormick Place to attend the baseball game?

We are suggesting you only bring the necessary things you need for Wednesday. We have contacted the bus company to see if items can be left on the bus but that is up to each bus driver. Since we don’t have contact with the drivers prior to the event we are recommending that you do not leave items on the bus. There is the possibility of having a locked room where we can leave convention bags (don’t bring laptops or tablets this day) before going to the baseball game. However, you will not be able to get them back after the ballgame as the bus will take you directly back to your hotel. Items can be picked up the next morning prior to the first meeting.

After the baseball game, how do we get back to our hotel?

After the baseball game, busses will take teachers back to their hotel, Palmer House.

What time is check-in and check-out at the Palmer House?

Check in is at 3pm and check out is at 11am. Please note early check-in and late checkout are likely not possible.

On the last day of the convention (Thursday, August 9th) what do I do with my luggage since check-out time is before our meetings are finished?

Everyone will need to check-out prior to coming over the McCormick Place for breakfast. Luggage can be brought with you and there will be a room where luggage can be stored at McCormick Place.

If I must pay for luggage fees for a checked bag, will that be reimbursed?

The SDACC will reimburse up to one piece of luggage (if you are charged for overweight luggage we will only reimburse what the regular fee would be). Keep receipts and submit to your employer for reimbursement.

I want to leave a tip for the hotel maid and shuttle driver, what is the usual tip amount?

Hotel: $2-3 per night up to $5, more in high-end hotels. Also, more if there are more than 3 people in a room or suite. Leave the tip on your pillow or in a similar obvious place with a note that says thank you.

Airport Shuttle Service: No matter if there's a tip jar or not, it is appropriate to hand the driver a dollar or two at a minimum. If you have bags, a good rule of thumb is to tip the driver one dollar per bag, especially if they are heavy