69th Annual Conference & Marketplace

The International Downtown Association and co-host, Chicago Loop Alliance, will present the 69th Annual Conference & Marketplace in Chicago, Illinois, on October 4-6, 2023. Over 1,000 inspired leaders shaping cities around the globe will convene and discuss emerging trends in place management and walk away with solutions to apply in their respective cities. Attendees will gain actionable insights and tools to help strengthen vital urban centers and commercial neighborhoods. 

The 2023 conference, themed Community, Culture & Commerce, embodies the work of place managers – from implementing and nurturing public-private partnerships to recognizing a city’s unique customs, traditions, and heritage and acknowledging how commerce is the main driver for districts globally.  

Chicago provides the perfect backdrop for this year’s conference. Its iconic downtown features rich public art, entertainment, dining, shopping, cultural attractions, nature, business and residents in a harmonious multi-use setting. Attendees will get to know many of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods and the surrounding area so come ready to experience this world-class city. 

Conference Details

The 2023 Annual Conference & Marketplace will be held at the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, located at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60603, U.S. and at various other locations throughout Chicago. 

This year’s conference co-host, Chicago Loop Alliance, creates, manages and promotes positive and inclusive programs that attract people to the Loop and accelerate the economic recovery of the third largest city in the United States. Named “Best Big City in the U.S.” (Conde Nast Traveler ) for an unprecedented sixth year in a row; “#2 best city in the world” (Time Out); and the fastest-growing residential downtown in the country (U.S. Census Bureau), Chicago provides the perfect backdrop for this year’s conference. The iconic downtown features rich public art, entertainment, dining, shopping, cultural attractions, nature, business, and residents in a harmonious multi-use setting. Learn more about the Chicago Loop, and begin your travel planning at

Get social! What questions will you come ready to ask? Share them on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn using #IDACHI23. Members can log in to IDEA Connection, IDA’s online virtual community to connect with peers, share best practices, and exchange ideas before meeting up in Chicago. Learn more and log in here. 

Registration for the 69th Annual Conference & Marketplace will open in late spring / early summer 2023. View a full schedule of rates and deadlines. Prices and dates are subject to change.

The official conference accommodations will be at the Palmer House a Hilton Hotel, located at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60603, U.S. Currently, rooms are available for IDA delegates from October 2 – 8, 2023, at a special rate of USD $229 per night plus tax. Reserve your room online by using this link. The deadline to reserve your room is Monday, September 11, 2023. 

Please be mindful, the Chicago Marathon is taking place on Sunday, October 8, 2023. If you plan to stay in Chicago for the weekend after the conference, please be sure to book your hotel room early.

About the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel 

A timeless Chicago hotel, Palmer House offers historic charm with hip conveniences, comprehensive amenities and gracious service. In recent years, this historic Chicago hotel has undergone a $170 million renovation to ensure that it includes all the conveniences and comforts the 21st century guest expects while also preserving significant history. Clearly “the Chicago hotel the world knows best” has positioned itself for the next era in downtown Chicago accommodations–and the next generation of Palmer House Hilton with a hip and historic outlook. Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America. The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, is located at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60603. 

Don’t be Scammed by Third Party Housing Companies

The official hotel is listed above. Please beware of other companies soliciting hotel room “deals” over the dates of the Annual Conference & Marketplace. Third party housing companies typically offer a higher rate than the official block rate. These companies’ cancellation policies are often harsh and unforgiving. IDA is not working with any third parties to offer attendees accommodation. If you receive a solicitation and are unsure whether or not it is legitimate, please contact Lul Teklit at

IDA is committed to making our educational sessions accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, and to reasonably accommodating the assistive needs of our members, attendees and partners. We are actively working to increase the accessibility of our offerings. In so doing, we strive to comply with the available standards and guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related laws to the greatest extent possible. If you are having trouble accessing an IDA offering, or have a question regarding session accessibility features, please contact IDA at for assistance.

For decades, urban place management professionals have acted as leaders of their communities by undertaking the strategic and visionary work of city building. IDA has developed seven official knowledge domains, recognizing the distinct areas of professional practice used to shape vibrant urban districts which anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions around the world. Content for IDA’s Annual Conference is organized around this framework. For more information about each domain, visit the Career Center. 

To see an example of a past Annual Conference & Marketplace program, click here 


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