We want your first REALTORS® Conference & Expo to be confusion-free, valuable, and enjoyable, so we’ve put together this FAQ to help you get started, know where to find information, and answer many of the common questions that are asked about the event.
If you still have questions, please contact us at ConvInfo@REALTORS.org.
Q: What registration options are available?
A: Several registration options are available to fit your schedule and your wallet:
Please note – with all registration options, ticketed events must be purchased separately. You can purchase these through the online registration system. To see which events are ticketed, click here and look for the dollar sign ($) sign next to the event listing.
- Premier Access Pass ($450 for members/$550 for non-members)
Includes unlimited access to all education sessions and the expo floor on all four days of the event, plus access to Saturday’s General Session and Sunday’s Inspirational Program and REALTORS® Celebrity Concert. Also includes unlimited access to free downloads of all audio-recorded education sessions for one full year. This is a great option if you want access to as much of the event as possible.
- One-Day Access Pass ($200 for members/$240 for non-members)
Allows access to all education sessions on your choice of day, plus access to the expo floor all four days of the events. Saturday pass holders may attend the General Session. Sunday pass holders may attend the Inspirational Program and REALTORS® Celebrity Concert. This is a great option if you plan to spend one full day at the event.
- Single Session Pass ($60 for members/$90 for non-members)
A great opportunity to sample an education session – or two! Allows access to one education session of your choice, plus access to the expo floor all four days of the event. Multiple Single Session Passes may be purchased. This is an affordable option if you do not have time to spend a full day at the event.
- Expo-Only Pass ($25 for members/$50 for non-members)
Allows access to the expo floor all four days of the event. This pass does not allow access to any of the education sessions or special events.
- Family & Friends Pass ($350 for members and non-members)
Allows access to the General Session, Inspirational Program, REALTORS® Celebrity Concert and the expo floor all four days of the event. Family & Friends pass also includes four Fun Buck tickets (vouchers) that can be redeemed for tours/attractions of your choice (subject to space availability) or education sessions. This pass is only available to family and friends of registered attendees.
Q: Why register in advance?
A: Registering in advance saves you time on site and also lets you choose your hotel accommodations from NAR-contracted hotels.
Q: Why should I reserve my hotel room when I register for the event through NAR?
A: We know there are many options for lodging when you travel. NAR works hard to negotiate the lowest rates at area hotels, and provides free shuttle service from most locations to the convention center. Staying within NAR room blocks also helps NAR demonstrate its economic impact to the city, which reduces rental costs and helps keep registration fees low. Hotel reservations can be made with your registration until October 13, 2017. They are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: What information will I receive before the event?
A: Starting six weeks away from the event, you’ll receive short weekly email messages to help you plan your trip.
Q: How do I sign up for special events that are ticketed?
A: Simply add tickets when registering for the conference.
Q: What is the Fun Bucks program?
A: It’s a program that allows your family members and non-industry guests to enjoy fun activities and tours of Chicago while you’re in the education sessions. Learn more about our Fun Bucks program for your family members and other guests.
Q: Do I need to register for each education session in advance?
A: No, you can pick and choose which education sessions you want to attend. If you find yourself in the wrong education session, you can just walk out to find another. However, seating is limited in each session, so arrive early to the room for best availability. The convention center reserves the right to close education sessions if they become too crowded.
Q: How should I plan my schedule?
Use the Event Planner tool (click here, and find it on the right side of the page) to create your own personal schedule. Then, download the mobile app (coming soon), and sync your Event Planner with the app. Remember, the mobile app will include any changes to the schedule that occurred after the Conference and Expo Guides go to print.
Q: What should I bring to the conference?
Lots of business cards for networking (make sure they have a surface that is easy to write on); at least two pairs of comfortable shoes; a sweater or light jacket for air conditioned meeting rooms; black tie dress, if you plan to attend the Inaugural Gala; a copy of your registration and hotel confirmation email, which will be needed on site.
Q: What should I do once I arrive at the conference?
Find out where the shuttle bus pick up is for your hotel. Then, when you get to the McCormick Place Convention Center West Building, visit NAR Registration to pick up your badge/tickets and registration materials.
Q: I’m new to networking, any suggestions?
Learn two to three interesting facts about your community that will make you more memorable to those you meet. Contact colleagues who are also attending the conference to set up face-to-face meetings. Check out special conference events and the tour schedule – these activities are reserved just for REALTORS® and their guests, making it a great networking experience with peers.
Did we miss something? E-mail ConvInfo@REALTORS.org for any additional questions you have about attending.