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2019 Fall Conference Chicago
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8/25/2019 to 8/30/2019
When: Sunday, August 25 to
Friday, August 30, 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: Cara Anderson

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Join us in Chicago for our 45th Annual Continuing Education Conference!

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Host Hotel Information

This year's host hotel is the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  The special hotel rate of $199 per night at the Hyatt Regency Chicago ended on July 31st.  After July 31st, you can still make reservations at their regular rate by calling 402-592-6464.  If you register for the conference under the “shared or individual room” rates but are unable to secure hotel reservations at Hyatt Regency Chicago, you will be invoiced for the conference registration difference.  We ask that if you have any trouble making hotel reservations, please contact the AAPA Central Office before making reservations elsewhere. 

Hotel Reservations:

This urban retreat is located near Navy Pier, a short walk to Millennium Park, and only steps from shopping Magnificent Mile.

Hotel direct telephone: 402-592-6464

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Important Note: If you register for the conference under the "shared or individual room" rates but are unable to secure hotel reservations at Hyatt Regency Chicago, you will be invoiced for the conference registration difference.  We ask that if you have any trouble making hotel reservations, please contact the AAPA Central Office before making reservations elsewhere. 


A detailed confirmation will automatically be emailed to you once your registration has been submitted.  You may choose to pay by credit card when registering or pay by check from the invoice that is generated.  The Cancellation Policy will be enforced once your registration is submitted (with or without payment).  If you have any questions, contact the Central Office at info@pathassist.org.

Registration Options

• Full Conference: Fee includes access to breakfast, coffee breaks, all lectures, discussion groups, poster sessions, exhibitor session, and credits awarded based on attendance requirements.  Lunch and dinner for the week are not included.  Registrants have the ability to earn up to 25 PACE credits by attending 19 lectures and four poster sessions!  Register by July 31st for the best available rate!

Full conference (individual room) = individual room booked at the host hotel.  Not sharing with another registered conference attendee.

Full conference (shared room) = room booked at the host hotel shared by one or more registered conference attendees.  

• Daily Attendance: Fee includes access to lectures offered on the day(s) registered, breakfast and coffee break, social events (if applicable), and PACE credits based on attendance requirements for the day(s) registered.  Lunch and dinner are not included.

Registration Fees

Must be registered with payment received by date noted to qualify for pricing.

*Early Rate = By July 31

**Standard Rate = After July 31

There are also options to register for live stream (group or individual) and on-demand lecture recordings.

Employer Approval

Need help getting approval to attend the conference? View our tips to help get employer approval or download our customizable employer approval letter.

Continuing Education Credits

The AAPA is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS PACETM Program.  To be eligible to receive continuing education credit, you must have passed the ASCP BOC exam prior to this conference AND you must have your name badge scanned upon entering EACH lecture.  You must be scanned within the first 10 minutes of the start of the lecture to receive credit.  Scanning is also required at each poster session along with your completed quiz submission.

Registration Changes

An additional $50 fee will apply to ALL adjustments made to your conference registration after it has been received.  This applies to daily registration changes and optional activity cancellations/transfers, unless otherwise noted in the activity description.  As space permits, you may add events to your registration at no additional charge.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice to cancel must be received via fax, mail, or email by July 25, 2019, to receive an 80% refund.  Cancellations due to active military duty will be fully refunded.  No refunds will be given after July 25.  For cancellations due to illness after July 25, 2019, a refund of 80% will be given with the submission of a physician's note.  If the AAPA cannot hold the conference due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder, or curtailment of transportation or other emergencies making it inadvisable, illegal, or impossible to provide the facilities or to hold the meeting, each prepaid registrant will receive a copy of conference handouts and any other materials that would have been distributed.  Fixed conference expenses will be paid from the pre-registration funds.  Remaining funds will be refunded to pre-registrants.  AAPA is not responsible for any other costs incurred by pre-registrants in connection with the conference.

Attire & Weather

All activities are business casual (no shorts, t-shirts*, or jeans).  Evening attire is dressy casual (again no shorts, t-shirts, or jeans), except for sporting and outdoor optional activities.

*Attendees are permitted to wear their Fall Conference t-shirts on Keynote Thursday (August 29) to show support for our social cause, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.  Attendees who wear their t-shirts on this day will be entered into a special drawing.

Expect daytime temperatures in the 70s to mid 80s °F and evening temperatures in the 60s °F.

Views & Opinions

The views and opinions expressed by speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent those of the AAPA.  The AAPA disclaims any responsibility for the use and application of information presented at this conference.

Travel, Transportation, and Parking

Transportation Options to/from Airport

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is located 12 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport and 17 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

Go Airport Express

Go Airport Express is an easy, affordable shuttle option from either airport to the hotel, offering attendees a 15% discount.  Benefits of using Go Airport Express include:

  • Digital screens to welcome attendees
  • Kiosks with live representative at each lower level baggage claims (O'Hare - Doors 1E, 2E, 3E, and 5E; Midway - Door LL2)
  • Convenient Inner Curb Loading (using the same lane as taxis)
  • Priorities are safety and customer satisfaction
  • Fixed rates

45th Annual AAPA Continuing Education Conference Go Airport Express Discount

Airport Shuttle

The Hyatt Regency Chicago does not offer a shuttle from Chicago Midway International Airport or O'Hare International Airport.


Take the 'L' Train! Both Midway (Orange Line) and O'Hare (Blue Line) airports are connected directly to downtown.  Get more information about train lines and fares on the Chicago Transit Authority website.

Other Transportation

Chicago Water Taxi

Divvy (Bike Sharing)

City Bus

Nearby Transportation Stations

Ogilvie Transportation Center: 1 mile from hotel

Union Station: 2 miles from hotel

Greyhound Bus Terminal: 2 miles from hotel


Take advantage of convenient valet parking with unlimited in-and-out privileges, or park at the nearby Illinois Center Garage lot yourself.

Valet Parking: $69/Overnight
Self Parking: $49/Overnight

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