Chicago, IL Regional Conference

3CMA Regional_Chicago_RESIZED3CMA delivers the communications goods in Chicago at the Old Post Office — the city’s largest, most prominent, historic structures recently transformed and brimming with life and energy.

Do you feel like delivering your message these days gets lost in transit or undeliverable - return to sender? 

Join communications professionals from across Illinois and the Midwest to listen, learn and engage around effective communications so your message not only reaches its destination but resonates and reaps results.


Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
The Old Post Office 
433 West Van Buren Street, Suite 450
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Conference Registration

  • 3CMA Member: $75
  • Non-Member: $99
  • New Member Bonus: $400 (One-Year 3CMA Membership and Conference Registration)
  • Registration Closed on 3/12/2023


11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch (Included with Registration)
Special Delivery! You’re invited to join communications peers from the metro Chicago and beyond over lunch to talk shop. As time allows, lunch attendees can get a brief tour of the iconic Old Post Office building.  This is an optional opportunity prior to the start of the conference. 

1:00 - 1:10 - Welcome/Intro

1:15 - 2:15 - P.S. - Post Strategically
Social media has become a main stay for all organizations - public and private. But are we moving the needle on our strategic goals? Is strategy more of an afterthought? Have your delivery routes increased, but you’ve got one truck for the job? We’ll share how to send your message and how to save some postage and work capacity, and share insights and expertise on posting with purpose. 

P.S. Send us your questions in advance - Express Mail Your Questions

2:15 - 2:20 - Break

2:20 - 3:10 - Postcards from a Communicator
If you could share your three biggest lessons as a communicator, what would they be? Our panel members each share two successes and a failure they have experienced in their roles as government communicators. Find out what they’ve learned along the route, what messages were received, and how they deliver the goods differently, as a result.

3:10 - 3:15 - Break

3:15 - 4:50 - Delivering Communications During a Crisis
In today’s world, communications teams must be prepared to respond to and deliver important, potentially life-saving messages during crisis situations, especially in the aftermath of a mass shooting. Effective crisis communications are crucial in ensuring public safety, managing public perception, and promoting healing in affected communities. 

In this session, attendees will hear from professionals with the City of Highland Park, IL who will speak about their experience during the tragic mass shooting that occurred in their community on July 4 of 2022. They will share best practices for delivering communications during a crisis, including executing a crisis communications plan, communicating with the media, responding to public inquiries and collaborating with multiple stakeholders.

4:40 - 5:00 - Closing Remarks

5:00 - Social Networking Event - Message in a Bottle
Following the conference, enjoy a cocktail and conversation in the Old Post Office Snorklebox bar

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