Special Events


Exhibit Hall

Get the most out of your exhibit hall experience. Preview exhibitors here

Exhibit Hall Hours:  

Sun., March 30:  Exhibit Hall Opening Reception - 4:30 -7pm
Mon., March 31: Exhibit Hall Open - 9am-4pm
Tue., April 1:  Exhibit Hall Open - 9am-2pm


Managers' Reception

Network, share ideas and make friends at this special reception for Nurse Managers.   
Date:  Monday, March 31
Time:  6:30-7:30pm

Speed Networking

Are you looking to expand your professional network? Maybe you are a first-time attendee wanting to find new nurses to connect with at the conference?  New or seasoned, we’ve got an event for you! New this year, the Foundation is hosting a speed networking event to help attendees maximize quality, lasting professional connections in a short period of time. 

  • Participants complete an online profile in advance of the event. The pre-screening will help us match you with others who meet your needs and goals for attending. 
  • At the event, you will have approximately 5 minutes with 5-7 colleagues who you will be assigned based on your profile. A facilitator will be keeping time. 

How Speed Networking Works  
The networking event will be held at the Convention Center on Monday morning. Bring your business cards, prepare an elevator speech, and have fun!  

Date:  Monday, March 31 

Cost:  $20   

Chicago "Blues" Party

We've got the Chicago "blues" and we're dressing up to celebrate! Come dressed to impress in your favorite blue outfit and dance the night away at the Foundation's annual evening fundraiser.

Date: Monday, March 31 at the Cuvee Chicago Night Club 

Time:  8pm-12am (midnight)

Cost:  $30 includes admission and two drink tickets

5K Run/3K Walk

Race for Patient Safety 5K Run/3K Walk 

Enjoy a fun run with colleagues and friends along the historic Grant Park. A traditional finish line will await runners and walkers with individual timing posted after the race.

The course begins at Upper Hutchinson Field on the west side of Grant Park, located one block from Hilton Chicago. This course is a combination of going through Grant Park while incorporating both the museum campus and the southern part of Monroe Harbor.

Date:  Tuesday, April 1

Cost:  $30 includes race t-shirt

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Get pumped up for the week by attending the Foundation’s ZUMBA® fitness class Wednesday morning. ZUMBA® is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. We will jam out to music from all genres, including Latin, Hip-Hop, Reggae, and favorite tunes of yesterday and today. It is for women and men of ALL fitness levels. Dance experience is not required. 

Date: Wednesday, April 2

Time: 6:30am at the Hilton Chicago hotel

Cost:  $10 includes t-shirt 

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