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Chicago Wilderness Congress 2020

Inspiring Healthy Communities for People and Nature

Thursday, April 2, 2020

UIC Forum - Chicago, IL

Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people working in conservation, business, science, education and beyond. Together we tackle challenging issues and strive to foster a resilient region. Building on a 20-year legacy of collaboration, our broad alliance of member organizations advance work in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

The Chicago Wilderness Congress 2020 is a daylong conference that brings together 500+ practitioners, individuals, students, researchers, volunteers and leaders representing government agencies, cultural and education institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations and more. This regional gathering is an opportunity to inspire dialogue, catalyze new ideas, and create opportunities for collaborative action.

The goal of Congress 2020 is to inspire and cultivate healthy communities for both people and nature through broad participation from all who call this region home. We believe that when all our region’s communities and identities are represented, we can achieve our common goal of supporting resilient natural ecosystems and improving quality of life for all communities, including those impacted by environmental issues. Congress 2020 is an opportunity to re-energize and strengthen Chicago Wilderness and ensure that everyone is invited and empowered to participate in conservation-based decision-making. 


Chicago Wilderness is accepting proposals for Congress 2020, visit the Call for Proposals page to learn more. All proposals are due on Thursday, October 31, 2019.


Interested in sponsoring Congress 2020? View our official sponsorship letter or contact Laura Reilly at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 


Please check back at the beginning of 2020 to learn more about volunteer opportunities the day of Conference.


Congress 2020 will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Forum building located at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL. 


Congress 2020 early bird registration will open in January 2020. The early registration fee is $50 for members, $75 for non-members, and $40 for students. Late registration is $75 for member, $100 for non-members.  A limited number of scholarships are available for individuals as needed. 


The 2020 Congress will continue to build on our student and emerging professional engagement efforts from prior years. Additional information will be forthcoming.


Consider becoming a member of Chicago Wilderness! Join fellow individuals, organizations, corporations, institutions and agencies that make up the Chicago Wilderness Alliance. Visit the Membership page to learn more. 

Check back often as we will update this page as details become finalized and more information is available to share. 

If you would like to learn more, please contact us at