by Janet Dickelman
Our October visit to the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. went very well. We visited numerous potential tour venues and are working on a great tour line-up. If you are interested in tours, watch the January ACB Braille Forum for ACB’s 2023 tours.
The hotel staff at the Renaissance is wonderful. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. They are anxious for our visit this summer and are working diligently to make the hotel accessible and welcoming for convention attendees. All hotel rooms have refrigerators, safes and coffee makers. For those of you who will ask this next question, the coffee makers are not Keurig; however, I’ve been told they make an excellent cup of coffee! There are microwaves located with the ice and vending machines on each floor.
When you enter the hotel, you are on what is called the main level. There are meeting rooms on this level. The second floor, referred to as the lobby floor, contains the front desk, the restaurants and bars in addition to other meeting rooms. Schaumburg Public House restaurant serves breakfast (including a breakfast buffet), in addition to lunch and dinner. There is also a bar connected to the restaurant. Gather Bar is the lobby bar serving a limited food menu. Starbucks coffee serves breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads and pastries.
In-person convention dates are June 30th through July 7th.
Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, or just enjoying the season, may your holidays be full of warmth and cheer.
Staying in Touch
The conference and convention announce list will be filled with information. To subscribe to the list, send a blank e-mail to [email protected]. If you received updates for the 2022 convention, you do not need to subscribe to the list.
Room rates at the Renaissance are $98 per night double occupancy (with an additional $10 charge for up to four people), plus tax, which is currently 15%.To make reservations online, visit https://book.passkey.com/go/AmericanCounciloftheBlind2023.
For telephone reservations, call 1-800-468-3571. This is a central reservations number, so please indicate you are with the American Council of the Blind 2023 conference and convention at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
2023 exhibit information: Michael Smitherman, (601) 331-7740, [email protected]
2023 sponsorship opportunities: Eric Bridges, [email protected], or Clark Rachfal, [email protected]; phone (202) 467-5081.
For any other convention-related questions, contact Janet Dickelman, convention chair, (651) 428-5059 or via e-mail, [email protected].