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September 28-30, 2012
University of Illinois
at Chicago campus



What do I wear?

The conference is focused on transitioning into the workplace. Attendees should be focused on networking and being dressed for success. We encourage business casual throughout the entire conference and more business formal on Sunday for the career fair and one-on-one networking with representatives from various companies and organizations. You will not be allowed to wear jeans or t-shirts.

How does a group registration work?

Group registration is very easy. Once you have registered your group of 10 or 20 and have submitted your payment for the group, OUT for Work will set up a special group and discount code for you. We will send the representative of the group the discount code for the entire group, which can be sent out to whomever they choose. From that point, any individual who is planning to attend the conference will be able to individually go to the website and put in their school's discount code and register within their group. This makes it easy so that there isn't one person registering everyone and there is no need to know exactly who is attending right away. Groups can be set up anytime and registration within them is so easy. It is recommended that groups are registered early so that there is more time to fill the group. 

What do I bring with me?

You will want to bring a pen and notebook with you in case you would like to take notes. In addition, please bring a copy of your resume with you on a flashdrive so that before the career fair, you can make any edits to your resume before printing copies to bring into the career fair.

Do I need to bring a resume with me?

Yes. You will want to have a copy with you to be able to give to the employers and the representatives that you meet. You never know who you might run into and you'll wish you had your resume with you. Remember, this is a networking conference and being prepared is very crucial. Bring your resume on a flashdrive so that you can make edits to it before the career fair.

How accessible is the shuttle from the hotel, how often does it run?

There is a shuttle that runs from the Chicago Marriott at Medical District/UIC hotel (625 South Ashland Avenue at Harrison Street) every 30 minutes throughout the weekend. The hotel is the one closest to the Student Center on campus and one at which OUT for Work has a group rate. There are only a limited number of rooms available within the group rate ($169/night group code: OFWOFWA)

How do you know if your school is certified for the discount?

If you are unsure if your college/university is in our 2012 Career Center Certification Program, which gets your campus a discount in attendance at the conference, e-mail and we will get back to you. Campuses that have been involved in the past can be found here.

Chicago Area

How do I get to the Marriott Medical District (the host hotel)?

The Marriott Medical District is located at the corner of Ashland and Harrison and is easily accessible from highway and public transit. Directions can be found on the hotel website here.

How do I get to UIC Student Center East (conference site)?

Student Center East is located at 750 South Halsted (corner of Halsted and Polk). The closest rail stop on the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) is UIC-Halsted on the Blue Line. Upon exiting on the Halsted Street exit, walk about 3 blocks south to Student Center East.
Driving directions can be found here. Individuals driving should park in the garage across the street from Student Center East at Halsted and Polk. There is an hourly or daily fee that applies to parking in this garage.

What restaurants exist around the conference hotel?

The Marriott Medical District borders the Tri-Taylor/Little Italy area of Chicago, so expect great Italian food! Most to the restaurants and the heart of the neighborhood live on Taylor Street, about 3 blocks south of Harrison. A list of neighborhood restaurants can be found here.

Where can I get Chicago Pizza nearby?

Giordano’s Pizza located on Halsted Street and Van Buren has authentic Chicago style pizza. This restaurant is located next door to the UIC-Halsted Blue line stop or about 2 blocks north of the conference site.

Where are the LGBTQ Community hangouts?

Chicago’s LGBTQ population centers exist on the north side in an area of the Lakeview neighborhood called Boystown and a small Swedish neighborhood called Andersonville. Both are easily accessible via public transit (Boystown - Red line stops of Belmont and Addison; Andersonville - Red line stops of Berwyn and Bryn Mawr). Both of these neighborhoods are full of LGBT centered restaurants, shopping, and night life. The Center on Halsted located at 3656 North Halsted is the Chicago area’s community and event center for LGBT issues.

Boystown’s concentration of restaurants and shopping mostly exists up and down Broadway Avenue from Belmont to Addison. Most of the bars and clubs live on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison.

How to get around on public transit?

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the bus and rail system inside Chicago. It provides easy transport from both airports and all around the city. Fair cards can be purchased at all rail stations, but exact change or a fair card is required for buses. You can plan your CTA trip using Google Maps ( and selecting to travel via public transit or using the CTA’s routing service at Most transit begins in early morning and ends by late evening. Certain buses and the Blue and Red line trains run 24 hours a day.


Additional questions & information

Please e-mail or call (866) 571-LGBT

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