Travel Planning

Ground Transportation

Daily Conference Shuttles

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Marriott Marquis, Hampton Inn McCormick Place, Hilton Garden Inn McCormick Place, and Home2 Suites McCormick Place are within walking distance of the conference venue and no shuttle service will be provided. 

A shuttle service will be provided from all other hotels to/from the convention center during posted hours. 

Shuttle service will be provided during the following times:

  • June 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • June 30 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • July 1 from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • July 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

*Students and advisers should consider 30-minute travel time.

Shuttle Schedule with Map

Private Transportation

FBLA highly encourages all attendees to use the conference shuttles available. If you choose to use your own private charter to travel to/from McCormick Place at any time during the conference, you will need to submit a request no later than June 10, 2022 using the form below.

All private charter drop off/pick up locations must be assigned; time restrictions apply and space is very limited. Locations will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Completed form must be sent to Carol Betz with TMS no later than June 10, 2022.

Private Charter Loading Request Form

Transportation to and from the Airport

GO Airport Express Discount

GO Airport Express offers fixed rate non-stop transportation to/from the airports. No meters, no surge pricing! Attendees will receive a limited time offer 10% discount! (24 hour advanced reservations are highly encouraged.) If your party is larger that six people call 773-247-1200 to inquire sprinter/van availability.

Use discount code: FBLA

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Please reach out to your hotel directly for current parking options and rates.

McCormick Place

  • Bus & Van Parking – Bus/Large Van and RV Parking is available at McCormick Place in surface Lot B, which is an outdoor parking lot located at 31st Street near Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. The overnight parking rate is a flat fee of $38 per day with in-and-out privileges. Bus and RV overnight parking is permitted but subject to availability and restrictions. More information can be found here.
  • Car Parking – Any participants driving to McCormick Place should park in Lot C. Parking is a flat rate fee of $25 per day with no in/out charges. Click here to reserve parking ahead of time.


McCormick Place Dining Options

A food court will be a part of the Expo Hall and open during exhibition hall hours. There will also be food available for purchase in the General Sessions. 

Additionally, McDonald’s Express, Starbucks and Connie’s Pizza have outlets on Level 2 of the North Building

Payment Options

McCormick Place only accepts debit and credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. They also accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express gift cards. Cash and mobile pay options are not accepted. 

Meal Cards

Meal cards are an option that can be purchased during registration. These cards, much like a gift/debit card, can be used at the food venues in our exhibit hall.

  • Cost: $31 each ($30 Food Value + $1 Convenience Fee)
  • How to Purchase: Cards can be purchased when registering for the conference. If you do not purchase when registering, you can purchase them directly using the links below:
  • Deadline to Purchase: Cards must be purchased prior to June 8.
  • Questions? Questions regarding meal cards should be directed to

Please note: McDonald’s Express and Connie’s Pizza are not participating in the meal card offering.

Sample Food Menu

*All items and prices below are designed to assist in your planning but subject to change. 

Menu Option Approximate Price
Hot Dog, Chips and Soda or Water $12.00
Burger, Chips and Soda or Water $16.50
Connie’s Pizza Slice, Chips, and Soda or Water $12.00
Grab N Go Salad and Soda or Water $15.75
Breakfast Sandwich or Muffin and Coffee $10.00

Getting to NLC

Airline Discounts

United Airlines is the official airline partner for the 2022 National Leadership Conference.  Take advantage of discounts by clicking the link below or calling the United Meeting Reservations Desk at (800) 426-1122 and reference discount code ZKE5881732.

Flights must be booked into Chicago O’Hare Airport. Be sure that your destination airport is listed as Chicago, IL, US (ORD) when reserving online to use the discount code.

United Meeting Reservation Desk Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST 

Click here to access the United Discount Code