11th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

hosted by the

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

September 29, 30 + October 1, 2015


The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 787-2200


Each year the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference provides a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals.


In 2015, the Coalition’s Great Lakes Restoration Conference is again being held in collaboration with U.S. and Canadian federal environmental agencies, the International Joint Commission, the Great Lakes Commission, and many major funders in the region. The collective gathering—known as Great Lakes Week—will attract close to 700 activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, and academic institutions under one roof to network and collaborate on issues of critical urgency facing the Great Lakes.


This year the conference will be held in Chicago, Ill. at the famous Drake Hotel. Opened in 1920, this upscale hotel is in a landmark building along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. You’ll stay just off Chicago’s Gold Coast, one block from the Lakefront Trail and a 10-minute walk to the nearest L train station. Enjoy an evening reception at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, attend the Joint Session lunch with the Great Lakes Commission and other federal agencies, experience diverse field trips, and enjoy an unscheduled evening strolling the Magnificent Mile on the Gold Coast or eating at some of the finest restaurants in the city!
The Coalition has reserved a block of rooms for attendees to stay at the Drake.

Conference registration is $375 when you stay elsewhere (local exempt)


Parking is available at the hotel, but public transportation is encouraged.

$47/night for self parking

$67/night for valet parking

$26/day for events – valet parking only