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International Downtown Association Annual Conference in Chicago

International Downtown Association and co-host, Chicago Loop Alliance, will present the 69th Annual Conference & Marketplace in Chicago, Illinois, on October 4-6, 2023. Over 1,400 inspired leaders shaping cities around the globe will convene and discuss emerging trends in place management and walk away with solutions to apply in their respective cities. Attendees will gain actionable insights and tools to help strengthen vital urban centers and commercial neighborhoods. 

October 4-6, 2023
Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel
17 E. Monroe Street

The 2023 conference, themed Community, Culture & Commerce, embodies the work of place managers – from implementing and nurturing public-private partnerships to recognizing a city’s unique customs, traditions, and heritage and acknowledging how commerce is the main driver for districts globally. 

Chicago provides the perfect backdrop for this year’s conference. Its iconic downtown features rich public art, entertainment, dining, shopping, cultural attractions, nature, business and residents in a harmonious multi-use setting. Attendees will get to know many of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods and the surrounding area; so come ready to experience this world-class city. Learn more information here

Explore the Loop:

The Chicago Loop has something for everyone. Explore the best of the city has to offer in the official downtown of the city. Please note the conference will be taking place the same week as the 2023 Chicago Marathon and we advise you to book your hotel stay with as much advance as possible. Book your hotels through IDA's hotel portal here or use our hotel guide here

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Community, Culture & Commerce host city partners include Chicago Department of Aviation, Chicago Loop Alliance, and The Magnificent Mile® Association.

The International Downtown Association (IDA) is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Members are city builders and downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. IDA represents an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit www.downtown.org.

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