Inside Union Station Hotel

by Janet Dickelman

The Union Station Hotel in St. Louis will be home to the 2018 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind.  Opening general session will be held Saturday evening, June 30th. Come early for our first tours on Friday, June 29th, and stay for the final tours on Friday, July 6th. During convention week, attend affiliate and committee programming, numerous technology sessions, and visit the exhibit hall, Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4th. Don’t miss our banquet Thursday evening, July 5th.  The convention and host committees are working to make this an outstanding convention; you’ll definitely want to be in St. Louis next July!

Food for All

There are food options at Union Station for all, from casual to fine dining. Hard Rock Café, Station Grille, Landry’s (steak and seafood), Grand Hall Bar and Starbucks are located in the hotel. The hotel also has room service available daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Adjacent to the hotel are Maggie O’Brien’s and Lombardo’s Trattoria, plus many restaurants within walking distance. Menus and details about the restaurants will be available closer to convention time.  The hotel features a fitness center and a pool.

Staying in Touch

Once again, the convention announce list will be filled with information regarding the 2018 ACB conference and convention. You can subscribe to the list today by sending a blank e-mail to If you received updates for the 2017 convention, you need not subscribe again.

Hotel Details

Room rates at Union Station are $89 per night; this rate applies for up to 2 people in a king room and up to 4 guests in a room with two queen beds.
Room tax is currently 16.92%. Make telephone reservations by calling (314) 231-1234, and be sure to mention you are with American Council of the Blind to obtain the conference room rate. Visit and follow the 2018 convention link for online reservations.

Convention Contacts

2018 exhibit information: Michael Smitherman, (601) 331-7740,
2018 advertising and sponsorships: Margarine Beaman, (512) 921-1625,
For any other convention-related questions, please contact Janet Dickelman, convention chair, at (651) 428-5059 or via e-mail,