FAQ – What to Expect
EVENT AT A GLANCE
The Boardroom presentations take place on Monday and Tuesday mornings, are twenty (20) minutes in length and provide a high-level overview of the innovations and capabilities that the Suppliers have to offer. You will be placed in a small Boardroom Group based on the information you provided during registration. This group will be comprised of peers who have similar interests or needs in products and categories. You will have the opportunity, a few weeks before the Event, to review and approve your Preliminary Boardroom Schedule.
Monday and Tuesday afternoons are set aside for One-on-One Appointments. These are fifteen (15) minutes in length, with a five (5) minute transition, and have been designed to provide you with a private environment to determine needs, partnership opportunities, next steps, and to continue building your business relationships.
Prior to the Event, we will schedule the One-on-One Appointments that you have requested and/or approved. Throughout the Event, you will have the opportunity to add additional appointments to your schedule.
If you are contacted directly for a One-On-One a meeting, and you would like to meet, please have them work through us to ensure the meeting is properly scheduled.
Keynote/Content Sessions bring you actionable and inspiring insight delivered on trends, opportunities, skills, best practices, and personal growth. Featuring leading speakers or panels from within and outside of the Industry. Our intent is to inspire innovation, leadership, and growth for you personally and your Company.
Within the Event agenda, you will find many ways to develop and strengthen your industry relationships in a structured and casual environment. From the Welcome Reception and Dinner on Sunday, to the Closing Dinner on Tuesday evening, and everything in between, the opportunities to connect are numerous and fun! Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards (although our app allows you to share your contact details too!).
Click here to view the current overall Event agenda. (Check back for updates)
Your schedule will be customized based on your specific interests that you provided during registration. (See Boardroom Group and One-on-One Meetings above for additional information.) You will have the opportunity to review your customized schedule a few weeks before the Event.
Marriott Chicago Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone (312) 836-0100
Connecting Point will make a reservation in your name for arrival on Sunday, and departure on Wednesday. If you have any special requirements for your stay, please let us know.
Extending Your Stay
If you would like to extend your stay, either three days prior or three days post Event, we are pleased to extend our discounted room rate, based on availability. The rate is, $318.00, plus taxes. Please contact Sandy Roginski to request extending your stay.
Health & Safety
Our team is committed to creating an Event experience where our customers, partners, and team can safely and effectively conduct business. To support these efforts, we have established some guidelines relevant to your participation RestaurantPoint East Health & Safety Guide. Please take a moment to review; and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Arrival: Sunday, October 1, 2023
Departure: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Airport: Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Connecting Point will pay for one round-trip, restricted, coach airline ticket from your location. Please contact Atlas Travel to complete your travel request form. Your proposed itinerary will be sent to you for approval prior to finalizing your reservation.You may also contact Atlas by calling (800) 595-4894.
Complimentary transportation between the airport and resort will be provided for you within designated times listed below. From the Airport:
- Optional Activity Participants: Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 11:00am – 4:00pm every half hour.
- All Participants: Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 11:00am – 5:00pm every half hour.
To the Airport:
- Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 4:00am – 10:00am. Complimentary transportation will depart every half hour. A Grab & Go breakfast will be provided.
Instructions Upon Arrival:
Upon arriving at the airport, please proceed to the baggage claim. You will meet your greeter holding a RESTAURANTPOINT EAST sign upon entering baggage claim.
Should you have any difficulty locating your greeter, please call our Transportation Manager, David Minner, at (321) 231-6096.
Arrivals outside the Travel Window
If your flight arrival/departure time falls outside the complimentary transportation windows, you will be responsible for your own arrangements. Taxis are available curbside at Baggage Claim, approximately $45 one way.
Attire for meetings is business casual. Evenings are casual.
This time of year, Chicago weather averages are from low-70’s during the day and low-50’s at night. We encourage you to visit
The Weather Channel for the upcoming forecast and plan accordingly.
There will be two optional Sunday morning activities offered, which will require arriving on Saturday. Your hotel reservation will be adjusted to include your Saturday stay. Space is limited and you can sign up for one of the optional activities during registration.
Optional Sunday activities being offered:
Wrigley Field Tour
Departing from hotel at 9:45am
You will experience the beauty, charm and historic features fans have come to know and love, all while learning about our majestic ballpark that has captivated baseball fans for more than 100 years. Exclusive Tour of Wrigley Field to include Dug out, Field, Upper Deck, Bleachers, Outfield “Every baseball fan must go see Wrigley”! A continental breakfast and registration will run from 9:00-9:45am, we will depart the hotel at 9:45am. We will return to the hotel by 2:00pm. Lunch at the stadium included. Pre-registration required.
Architecture Cruise Tour
Departing from hotel at 9:30am
The cruise route goes along the main stem, a short way up the North Branch, a short way down the South Branch, and returns on the Main Stem up to the Lake. Highlights include The Wrigley Building, The Apple Store, River Cottages, The Old Post Office, and Willis Tower. A journey through the heart of the city, introducing passengers to Chicago’s legendary architecture, narrated by a professionally trained architectural guide. A continental breakfast and registration will run from 8:45-9:30am, we will depart the hotel at 9:30am. We will return to the hotel by 1:30pm. Beverages on board the boat and lunch afterwards included. Pre-registration required.Optional Event activities will follow COVID related restrictions and guidelines; additional details will be provided.
Please reach out to Sandy Roginski at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (603) 379-8515.