General Info

Things You May Want to Know...

We will be updating this page as the Congress get’s closer, so please check back here for more information about what you will find at the Congress, Loyola University, Rogers Park ( the area where we will be) and more…

Congress Information Desk

The Congress Information Desk will be located in the upstairs in the Damen Student Center in the of the University Campus. It will be open as follows:

  • Sunday, July 29 from 9:00 to 5:30  (Registration will take place downstairs in the atrium in the Damen Center)
  • Monday, July 30 to August 4 our office will be open from 8:00-10:30, from 12-2:00 and from 5:30- 6:30
  • Saturday, August 4th  8 10:00, from 12:30-2:00

Venue Related Information

For parking information, maps etc, please see our venue page. For information on how to get to Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus, please click here.

Poster Presentations at the Congress

We’re so glad you are interested in presenting a poster at the 2018 Alexander Technique International Congress. Even if you are unable to attend the Congress we would be happy to have your poster displayed Tuesday through Friday, upstairs in the Damen Center, which is centrally located. If you have research projects (you may submit more than one) that you could represent in poster form in any of our three themes, Education, Science or Performance please submit a 100-word description of your proposal to Sarah Barker at Use subject title, Poster Display.

The best format to present your research will be an infographic (click here for Examples) of your work in poster form. For your convenience, we have provided information about printing your poster in Chicago at:


4610 North Clark Street

Chicago, Illinois 60640

Store #1617

(773) 769-0536

Go to the main Staples website: Staples

This webpage will take you through the process and you can pay for the poster online. Please select size 24 inches by 36 inches landscape format. You have choices of a standard heavyweight for $29.99 (you may spend more and have it laminated and mounted if you’re like for about $70 to $101). Be sure to select “Pickup in-Store” and give them the above store address.

You can also produce a poster at home and bring it with you.

The Congress will provide Cardboard mounting and easels.

Our Congress Site committee will pick up the posters at the Staples location on North Clark by 12:00 pm, July 26. After that time you will need to collect it yourself.

Please notify Sarah Barker at by July 21, 2018, of how you plan to produce and supply your poster and she will complete arrangements as needed.

The Poster should provide a brief guided tour through your research project, including the following information:

  • Title: project title
  • Authors: your name, names of collaborators
  • Purpose (Project Intent or Introduction)
  • Methods
  • Results or Findings or Description of on-going work in progress
  • Discussion
  • Photos, graphs or illustrations if appropriate


Tourist Information

Will be updating…

Emergency Telephone Contact

If you are in a serious emergency situation and do not know what to do, please contact our dedicated Congress Helper (the number will be displayed here nearer the Congress). Please do not use this number for anything other than serious emergency situations. For general information, please contact the Congress Office or information desk.

Useful phone numbers:

  • Loyola Campus Police:
  • Police: 911
  • Fire Brigade: 911
  • Medical emergency: 911

Congress Badge

Your Congress Badge is your admission ticket to all sessions. Please wear it at all times, or you may be refused admission to Congress sessions.


Numerous banking facilities and ATM can be found. We will update this as time gets closer.

Currency & Exchange

The monetary unit of USA is the Dollar. 100 cents equals one Dollar. Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques are exchanged in banks and at the two airports. This is probably where you will get the best exchange for your dollar.

More info to come…

Shops in the Area

Loyola University is located in Rogers Park. Shops are generally open from 8:00 or 9:00 to 5.00 pm from Monday to Saturday (with an interval of one or two hours). Some, but not all, shops are open on Sunday 12:00 – 5.00.

Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday and Saturdays generally from 9-2:00.

Chicago weather:

Summer time in Chicago is generally nice. It can be hot and humid, but the lake shore location moderates this! There can be occasional showers. We will keep you posted as we get closer to July 30, 2018!

You can always check out the Weather Here

Loyola University classroom equipment

digital projector, dvd player, cd player, etc…

If you will be using the University’s audio or visual equipment (digital projector, DVD player, CD player, etc.) for your congress workshop, please come back to this page as we will be updating it with any information you may need.

Laptops and cables for presentations

If you will be using a digital projector for your workshop or presentation, please bring your own laptop or iPad / tablet that you will run your presentation program on. We will not have laptops or computers available for use. Since there are so many styles of laptops, be sure that your laptop has a VGA (female) out port, or an adaptor to connect to a VGA (male) cable that will go to the projector.

Don’t forget plug adaptors that fit the standard U.S. electrical sockets used in the United States if you are coming from afar. Also please bring your own laser pointer if you wish to use one.

Nearer the Congress, we will display here the name of the person who will be handling the equipment questions in the University classrooms.

Head books & floor coverings

As with all Congresses it is impossible to provide books and floor coverings for everyone.  Please bring with you something that you can use underneath of your head when lying down, so that you can use it in multiple workshops. Many of the workshop rooms have hardwood and some will be carpeted but it is best if you can bring a mat or blanket with you. Thank you!


For your safety and those you may be working with please help us be absolutely sure any tables you use are completely set up and locked into place. They may be taken up and down during the week.


Please start and end your workshops on time, as your attendees will need to move on to their next workshop, and there may be another teacher coming into your room who needs to set up for their workshop.

Personal Responsibility

Neither ATCA, Alexander Technique Congress Association, the current Congress Directors nor any of its agencies can accept any responsibility for any accident, injury, illness, damage or loss howsoever caused to any person attending or involved with the 11th International  Alexander Technique Congress.


Neither the Directors nor any of the congress helpers can accept any responsibility for any loss or injury resulting from any cancellation or failure of any Congress presenters or entertainers.