Hotel & Travel

The 2024 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Hilton Chicago.

The Hilton Chicago hotel opened its doors in 1927 and has served as one of the city’s most revered addresses ever since. Located on South Michigan Avenue and overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the hotel has been meticulously redesigned and restored in a way that preserves the magnificence of its early 20th Century style while incorporating all the 21st Century conveniences our conference attendees expect. The Hilton Chicago has a full menu of amenities, exceptional dining options, and an ideal location in downtown Chicago. Hilton Chicago is part of the historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservations for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels.

Rooming Details and Deadlines Hotel

  • 1.7 miles to McCormick Place, the location of PACK EXPO International Trade Show
  • The reservation cut-off date is September 27, 2024.
  • Available rooms at the group rate are limited and may sell out prior to the cut-off date. The IBWA conference rate is being offered on a “space available basis” as well, so make your reservations today!
  • If you make reservations and then decide not to use them, please release them immediately to make those rooms available for other attendees.
  • Once a reservation is made, you may use this link to modify or cancel your reservation until the cut-off date.
  • The room block and rates are intended for conference registrants only. Registration lists and hotel reservation lists will be monitored carefully. Individuals who have made hotel reservations, but are not registered to attend the IBWA conference, will be notified, and given a grace period to register. After that, they risk having their hotel reservation moved to the public rates or having the reservation canceled.

Thank you for booking your reservation within the IBWA group room block. It enables the Association to receive the benefit of complimentary meeting space and helps prevent IBWA from being assessed penalties for not meeting its contracted room block guarantee. IBWA doesn’t get credit for rooms booked through corporate programs or rooms booked with loyalty points.

BE AWARE: Outside companies, not affiliated with IBWA, may call or email you with a discounted room rate, or say they are calling on behalf of the Association. THIS IS A SCAM. Please be aware that you will most likely be required to pay for your room in advance and the reservation may, or may not, be legitimately made with the Hilton Chicago. Some of these companies are just gathering credit card information. Rooms booked with outside companies are not considered part of the IBWA block; therefore, they do not contribute to the contract minimums IBWA is required to meet. Use only this URL:


Hilton Chicago

720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Room Rate

Single or Double

$380 per night, including taxes & fees.

Hotel Reservations

Reservation deadline is September 27, 2024

Reserve online to receive IBWA room rate.

Do not make reservations through the hotel website. 
You will not receive the IBWA rate.

Hotel Policies & Amenities

Check in: 3:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
  • Digital Key
  • Indoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Onsite Restaurants
  • In-Room Dining
  • Smoke-Free
  • Onsite Shops
  • Business Center

Frequently Asked Questions


Cooler temperatures begin to settle in early November in Chicago. The average high is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 38, so you may want to pack layers for chillier temperatures. The average rainfall for October is 3 inches so you also may want to pack an umbrella – just in case.


Be comfortable in business casual attire, and good walking shoes.  Temperatures may at times be cool in public areas of the hotel and in the meeting rooms.  We suggest you bring a sweater, jacket, or wrap as a “just in case” for the times you find yourself in those locations.


Membership Questions: Contact Cheryl Bass, Director of Membership Services at 703-647-4615 or [email protected]

Conference or Trade Show Questions: Contact Claire Crane, Manager of Conferences, Meetings, and Programs at 703-683-5213 or [email protected].

Air Travel & Ground Transportation

Depending on time of day the travel time from Chicago O’Hara International Airport (ORD) to the hotel is about 35-45 minutes (18-25 miles), from Midway Airport (MDW) it is 20-30 minutes (12 miles). provides information on a variety of transportation options between the airports and downtown Chicago.

CPO Exam

The Certified Plant Operator (CPO) exam will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Only IBWA members can take the CPO exam and the charge is $80.

PACK EXPO International

IBWA is holding our conference in conjunction with PACK EXPO International, which enables IBWA registrants to receive a complimentary registration for attendance at PACK EXPO. Once registered, IBWA attendees will be provided a link to register for PACK EXPO.

With packaging and processing solutions for every industry, educational sessions, and networking opportunities, PACK EXPO is the most comprehensive packaging event in 2024. See the world’s largest showcase (2,500+ exhibitors) of technology, including many product launches, for more than 40 vertical markets, experience the wonder, and collaborate with experts (40,000+ attendees).