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Pre-Registration is now CLOSED, however On-Site Registration will OPEN on
Tuesday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the Regency Foyer
(located outside of the Regency C Ballroom also the TLPA Expo Hall).

The "Windy-City" — CHICAGO welcomes the TLPA!

TLPA President Robert McBride invites you to attend the 2011 Spring Conference and Expo taking place in the heart of the Midwest - Chicago, Illinois. We'll convene at the Hyatt Regency, overlooking the Chicago River, where President McBride will direct our focus to the most current issues and information affecting our industry. In addition, President McBride will give an update on his membership initiatives, where we are with the engagement of our association in community-related programs as well as showcase the release of our first-ever online set of educations modules for drivers and more.

Why Chicago?

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago — also known as "Chi-town" or the "Windy-City" — is one of the world's top 10 global financial centers as well as one of the most populated cities in the nation. It's skyline boasts the tallest building in North America, and Chicago is a mecca for renowned architecture, world famous museums and interesting tourist attractions.


Sears Boat Tour
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Skyline Sailboat
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Bean Family
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

This is your chance to explore Chicago as approximately 300 industry leaders meet for TLPA's 2011 Spring Conference & Expo.

We will stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the center of it all and one block off the famed "Magnificent Mile" that runs along Michigan Avenue, offering hundreds of designer shops, boutiques and retail stores. Unsurpassed are also Chicago's award-winning restaurants, from Charlie Trotter's signature dishes to Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand's exceptional menu at Tru. But be sure to leave room for a Chicago-style pizza or one of their famous hot dogs!

For more on what Chicago has to offer, click here. Want to learn some fast facts about Chicago, visit the Frommers website.


The Conference

This year's conference will take place over three days, beginning on Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., followed by the open Taxicab and Paratransit & Contracting Committee meetings from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The first day of the conference & expo will end with an Opening Cocktail Reception in the Expo Hall from 5:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning will begin with a Breakfast Buffet and the opening of the Exhibits all in the Expo Hall followed by the first General Session. After a Buffet Luncheon in the Expo Hall, the Exhibits will re-open from 12:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and the Women in Transportation Committee Meeting will meet from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The three Concurrent Breakout Sessions will then take place from 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

After all is said and done, join your fellow Spring Conference & Expo registrants for an evening of dining and entertainment at the House of Blues Chicago. This event is valued at $150 per person, and is fully sponsored by Chicago's Premier Taxi Affiliations (Yellow Cab affiliation, Checker Taxi Affiliation, and American United Taxi Affiliation), Creative Mobile Technologies, McClure & Associates, and Transit General . The first 200 conference registrants qualify for free entry to this event, so register immediately. Entry to THIS EVENT is non-transferrable.

A Continental Breakfast and an open meeting of the TLPA Board of Directors will take place Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The board will discuss what course the association will take for the coming year including establishing the legislative agenda; review the status of the strategic plan and future meeting site selections. The Host Operator Tour will conclude the 2011 Spring Conference & Expo.


Chicago Theatre
©City of Chicago

Tiffany & Co
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Cubs Brass Band
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau


The Expo

The Expo will open on Tuesday, April 12 with a Cocktail Reception from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The ballroom where the Expo will take place is larger this year than the past few years and we expect to fill it with vendors whose innovative products and services will benefit you! It is still designed to be a comfortable atmosphere where you'll have the opportunity to discuss new and old business, build new relationships, learn about products and network. As always, our Expo Hall will be the location where attendees will come together for food & beverage functions such as the Opening Cocktail Reception, Buffet Breakfast, and the Buffet Lunch.

If your company has yet to exhibit at the Spring Expo, it's never too late! Exhibiting at this Expo is a good place to start. We urge you to sign up and watch your profits soar to new heights!

For the exhibitor prospectus and exhibiting information, click here.


Special Events

A Night at the House of Blues Chicago:

Photo courtesy of http://www.houseofblueschicagotickets.com

On Wednesday, April 13, TLPA local members and operators have come together to sponsor an evening at the House of Blues Chicago. This famed and spectacular venue will welcome and host 2011 Spring Conference & Expo ticket holders from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. for an evening of dining and entertainment.

Attendance is limited to 200 persons and tickets can be purchased via the TLPA Spring Conference & Expo Registration Form.

Tickets will be available to registered conference attendees on a first-come, first-served basis until March 11, 2011, at which time tickets for guests will be made available if the maximum has not been reached.

About the House of Blues Chicago
"House of Blues Chicago opened in 1996 and is located in the historic Marina City complex on the Chicago River. Modeled after the spectacular "Estavovski" Opera House in Prague, the spectacular views from the exclusive Opera Boxes are a unique and unforgettable experience. From legendary acts such as The Who and Al Green to contemporary artists such as Pearl Jam and Jurassic 5, House of Blues Chicago has been host to some of the world's most renowned musicians. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues Chicago displays the "Crazy Quilt" and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage."
Source: http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago/business.php#about

For a virtual tour of the House of Blues Chicago, click here.


Host Operator Tour:

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tour of SCR Medical Transportation
Transportation, Lunch & Tour sponsored by SCR Medical Transportation

To participate you must check the box under "Optional Events" on the Spring Conference & Expo registration form.


Registration

To register for the entire Conference & Expo click here to register.

We've also added a WEDNESDAY ONLY Day Rate, click here for information.


Hotel Accommodations


Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 565-1234
Fax: (312) 239-4414

Located one block off Michigan Avenue and at the Chicago River is the Hyatt Regency Chicago just steps away from the city's best shops and restaurants. Standard rooms include many luxuries including Hyatt Grand Beds™, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, cable movie channels or video on demand on the 37" flat screen TV, coffee maker, complimentary use of in-room safe. Also on property is a 24-hour StayFit™ gym and Waves Day Spa.

TLPA's 2011 Spring Conference & Expo room rate is $189.00 for single or double occupancy. Regency Club room rates are $264.00 single/double and suites start at $270.00/night for a Junior Suite.

TLPA's room block will expire on March 11, 2011, or whenever our block of rooms sells out, whichever happens first.

Please make your reservations by or before March 11, 2011 using the options below:

  1. By Phone: You can call Hyatt Central Reservations toll-free at 1-888-421-1442 abd reference "Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association" and the conference dates of "April 12-15, 2011".
  2. On-line:Click here for the TLPA reservations page for the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Cancellations must be made by 3:00 p.m. and 72 hours prior to arrival.
Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m.

Note: TLPA meeting space is in the West Tower, and you can request a guest room in this tower however, they cannot guarantee the room location.


Transportation

Chicago is served by two airports, the Chicago O'Hare International (ORD) and Midway (MDW).

To / From Chicago O'Hare International Airport:

The Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel is 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport.

Go Airport Express:
From lower level baggage claim area, runs daily every 15 minutes from
6:05a.m. – 11:00p.m.

  • One-way (Single traveler) — $28.00 each
  • One-way (Party of two) — $20.00 each
  • Round trip — $50.00 single; $36.00 each for party of two
  • Group fare (3 or more passengers traveling together to same destination) — $15.00 each; $28 each for round trip
  • Children under 6 years ride free.

Taxi: Approx $30.00 – $40.00

Train: $2.50 per person to and from O'Hare Airport. Pick-up below baggage claim area (follow signs to C.T.A.). Take "L-Train" to Clark/Lake stop (approx. 7 blocks from hotel). Walk East on Lake to Stetson St, turn left Stetson St and walk 1 block to the hotel. Note: This method is not recommended if guest has more than 1 bag, as there are numerous escalators and turn-styles. Guest can take a cab or walk from Clark/Lake stop.

To / From Midway Airport:

The Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel is 12 miles from the Midway Airport.

Airport Express:

  • From lower baggage claim area
  • One-way (Single traveler) — $23.00 each
  • One-way (Party of two) — $16.00 each
  • Round trip — $40 single; $28 each for party of two
  • Group fare (3 or more passengers traveling together to same destination) — $13.00 each; $23 each for round trip
  • Children under 6 years ride free.

Taxi: Approx $30.00 – $40.00

L Train: From the airport take the Orange Line to the State and Lake Street stop. Walk 1 block north to Wacker. Take a right on Wacker and the hotel is approximately 3 blocks.

Amtrak (Union Station): 1 1/2 miles — taxi approx $8.00

Greyhound Terminal: 2 1/2 miles — taxi approx $10.00

C & NW RAILROAD: Taxi approx $5.00



O'hare International Airport
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Airport Globe
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Grant Park Trolley
©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Explore & Experience Chicago

Get a Chicago "CityPass" and save 49% on admission tickets to the 5 following must see attractions plus others!

  1. Shedd Aquarium
  2. The Field Museum
  3. Adler Planetarium
  4. Museum of Science & Industry
  5. Skydeck Chicago OR the John Hancock Observatory

Visit the Chicago City Pass website to take advantage of the savings! You may also visit Chicago's Official Visitors Site for more information.


Shedd Aquarium
©City of Chicago

Museum of Science & Industry (MSI)
©City of Chicago

Bike Path
©Cesar Russ Photography



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