Activities & Events
Sunday, October 27
3:30 - 4:15 p.m - First-time Attendee Reception
Mingle with fellow first-time attendees who are at the NFDA convention for the first time. This is a great opportunity to network with funeral directors and fellow hospice professionals.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Welcome Party at Navy Pier
Aon Grand Ballroom
840 E. Grand Avenue
Joliet meets Chicago – NFDA-style! – at this Blues Brothers-inspired kickoff bash! Channel your inner Jake or Elwood and reconnect with old friends (or make some new ones) while enjoying Chicago’s most requested tribute band – The Blooze Brothers, Chicago-inspired snacks and a cash bar.
Dress Code: Casual
Complimentary motor coach shuttles begin at 6:15 p.m. from hotels in the NFDA room block and return starting at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Service of Remembrance
Public-safety officials serve and protect their communities and put their lives on the line every day. When the time comes, their lives deserve to be remembered with the utmost honor and respect through a meaningful funeral service. Join us as we explore the customs associated with celebrating the lives of our public servants, and honor the memory of funeral service family members who died this year.
Wednesday, October 30
6 - 9 p.m. - An Evening Under the Sea at the Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Explore Shedd Aquarium like never before during this unforgettable evening. Soak up Abbott Oceanarium’s breathtaking recreation of a Pacific Northwest coastline and enjoy the Underwater Beauty Exhibit during cocktail hour. The evening continues with exclusive access to the Caribbean Reef and aquarium galleries, complete with dinner stations featuring a taste of Chicago, live music and a hosted bar.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Price per person: $100 Adult, $50 Child (12 and under) by September 20; $110 Adult, $60 Child (12 and under) after September 20. Fee includes
private access to aquarium exhibits, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, hosted bar and transportation.
Complimentary motor coach shuttles depart from hotels in the NFDA room block at 5:45 p.m. and return starting at 7:30 p.m.