Conference Information

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About

Socialism 2022 is a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about social movements, Marxism, abolition, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today.

Every year, the Socialism conference aims to be a place where activists can share lessons from their struggles—from the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestine to the fight for gender liberation, from strike organizing and support to the struggle to stop the destruction of the planet, the fight against racism, and more.

With talks and workshops throughout the weekend, the conference will feature left-wing authors and thinkers discussing the issues and debates on the left today, as well as meetings on the hidden history of working-class and socialist struggles.

So join us in Chicago September 2-5, 2022!

Ticket Information

To register for the Socialism Conference, please join us at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Registration will open on September 2nd at 12 noon, at our registration table on the upper level of the Hyatt Conference Center. The price of registration for the full conference is $150, though a student/low income rate of $65 will also be available.

Registration will remain open during conference hours throughout the weekend. Single day and single session registration options will also be available, for $45 and $15, respectively.

Please make sure to bring your Covid-19 vaccination card! You will not be able to register for the conference without showing proof of vaccination.

Hotel information

This year the Socialism Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel, located at 2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, just a few short blocks from Chinatown on Chicago’s South Side. Housing is not included as part of conference registration but we do have discounted rooms available. To book a room, contact the hotel directly by using this link.

Conference Schedule

This year the Socialism Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel, The Socialism 2022 conference will take place from Friday, September 2, to Monday, September 5. The conference will start on Friday afternoon and will finish in mid-afternoon on Monday.

COVID-19 Precautions

Policies and guidelines are subject to change and will be communicated to registered attendees as soon as changes are made.

  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination: All attendees of Socialism 2022 must provide proof of full vaccination, including boosters for those eligible, in order to attend. After registering, you will receive an email about how to submit your proof of vaccination.
  • Masks: Attendees are expected to wear a mask (N95, K95, or surgical mask) over their mouth and nose while indoors at the conference at all times, except for official speakers while they are presenting in their sessions. Surgical masks will be provided for those who do not have a mask.
  • Testing: If you are experiencing Covid symptoms at any point during the course of the conference, please stay in your hotel room and contact conference organizers at the phone number listed in your conference program to request a rapid Covid test, which will be delivered to your room. Please be cautious and mindful of other conference attendees and avoid all conference spaces while experiencing possible Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Social Distancing and Outdoor Space: The conference schedule will have ample opportunities for attendees to go outdoors for breaks between sessions. We encourage attendees to hold group meet-ups and gatherings outdoors in order to minimize the risk of infection from COVID-19.

Please stay tuned for further public health updates and precautions.

How to Get Here

The Hyatt Regency McCormick is located just a few blocks from the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station as well as the Cermak-McCormick Green Line station. The hotel is on several major bus lines as well as Metra commuter rail.

You can find detailed options for airport transportation on the Hyatt’s website: http://mccormickplace.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/transportation.html

Driving directions from O’Hare: https://goo.gl/maps/N9nsl
Driving Directions from Midway Airport: https://goo.gl/maps/zKiAG

Special Accommodations

If you have any special needs you would like the conference to be aware of in advance, please email us at [email protected].

The Hyatt hotel and all conference activities are wheelchair accessible.

Some Spanish translation and ASL interpretation services will be available at the conference based upon advance request. To allow us adequate time to arrange for translation, please inform us of your needs by Monday, August 1. If you forget to mention that you need translation during registration, please email [email protected] by the deadline with your request.

All-gender bathrooms will be available on the second floor of the conference center for the duration of the conference.

Childcare

The annual Socialism Conference offers free, on-site childcare for children aged 6 months to 13 years to all conference attendees who purchase a conference ticket and inform us of their childcare needs by the childcare registration deadline, August 1st. We make this a priority so that all parents can attend and fully participate in the conference knowing their children are enjoying themselves as well. Childcare staff offer a range of engaging and fun activities for children of all ages.

You can register for childcare at the same time as you register for the conference. During registration you will be asked to note whether you will need childcare during the course of the conference, how many children you will need it for and on which days, as well as information about them (their names, ages, and any special needs). Please note the conference schedule above and monitor it for any updates. While we offer free childcare during the course of each day’s sessions, we do not offer it in the evenings after conference sessions have concluded.

Offering professional, on-site childcare for a four-day conference is an enormous undertaking for a project of our size. To support our operation, we ask all conference attendees who can to contribute a donation to help fund the operation. We also ask that anyone who uses post-session, evening childcare on nights it is offered to contribute extra to the fund.

The deadline for childcare this year is midnight (CST) on Monday, August 1. Because we need adequate time to coordinate childcare and determine how many staff members we’ll need, we will not be able to accept any requests for childcare after this deadline. We will not consider any exceptions to this policy.

Childcare staff, like conference attendees, will be masked and fully vaccinated. Guardians of children enrolled in childcare at the conference who are 5 years and older will likewise be required show proof of full vaccination (including boosters) for those children, while guardians of children ages 0-4 will be expected to show proof of at least 2 rounds of vaccination for those children. Masks will be required for children 2 and up.

Live Streaming

Can’t make it to Chicago for the Socialism Conference? Check out our live-stream schedule, and RSVP to attend virtually!

Parking

Conference attendees will receive discounted, on-site parking at a rate of $25 per day.

There is also a very limited amount of free and metered parking on neighborhood streets. Guests who choose this option should be aware of any posted parking restrictions and regulations set by the City of Chicago, as private companies hired by the city will ticket and boot aggressively.

Press and Recording

Press passes for the conference must be approved in advance by emailing: [email protected]. The deadline to apply for a press pass is Friday, August 19.

We do not allow videotaping at the conference. We will make audio and select video recordings of all sessions freely available after the conference.

Smoking

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a non-smoking hotel. Conference attendees may not smoke in their rooms or within 15 feet of the buildings. There will be a large patio near meeting rooms and the bar/restaurant where smoking is permissible.

Where to eat

Attendees will be responsible for all their own meals. The Hyatt has three restaurants and a to-go cafe inside the hotel.

Hotel rooms include refrigerators, and we encourage attendees to bring food from home, make the short trip to Trader Joe’s, or order grocery delivery from Instacart to stock up for the weekend (you must include a room number on your order).

The hotel bar will be open all weekend. Last call is at 1:15am. You are welcome to have your own alcohol in your guest room but please do not bring outside beverages into the public areas of the hotel.

Further questions?

If you have further questions, please email us at [email protected] for more information.

See you in Chicago!

 
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