REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED Registration is now open. Registration fees cover all workshops, site visits, and all meals except for one dinner.
SAFSF Member Registration
Early (March 31-May 1)
Full Forum: $650
Single Day: $325
Late (May 2-June 8)
Full Forum: $800
Single Day: $400
Early (March 31-May 1)
Full Forum: $850
Single Day: $425
Late (May 2-June 8)
Full Forum: $1,000
Single Day: $500
Join us in Chicago in 2015—the International Year of the Soil—as we unearth the complexities, juxtapositions, and innovations in the food system. With the Upper Midwest as our inspiration, we will dig into issues that too often do not receive the attention they deserve: deepening diversity in philanthropy; supporting heterogeneous farming systems; addressing social inequities; bringing the voices of workers to the fore; and, given the emerging understanding of the human microbiome, even reflecting on the diversity within ourselves. Given our responsibility as funders in the face of multiple crises, we don’t have the luxury to simply scratch the surface. Together we can strengthen our effectiveness.
There are numerous public and private transportation options to get you from the O’Hare or Midway airports to our downtown hotel– please see the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below for further details. We encourage taking public transportation when possible; however we know that a taxi or shuttle is sometimes the best option. SAFSF has secured a special rate of $19 each way from O’Hare and $15 each way from Midway for a shared shuttle ride. Click the icon below to make a reservation with GO Airport Express at the special reduced rate. You must book reserve your space online to get the reduced rate.
FORUM HOTEL Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel
636 South Michigan Ave.
Group rate: $239/night Reserve your room online.
Use code “SAFSF” if you call to make your reservation.
Book your room early, we will sell out. The cut-off date for receiving the SAFSF special group rate is June 5, 2015.
Cubs Game on Monday Night?
Do you like baseball? Want to go to a Cubs game with fellow funders on Monday night? The Cubs are playing the Dodgers. The game starts at 7pm and tickets range from $20-$116. If you want to get looped in with the group looking to sit together and coordinate transportation, please contact[email protected].
U2 Concert on Wednesday?
Are you a fan of U2? Want to go to a show with your fellow funders on Wednesday night? U2 is playing at the United Center and a few people already have tickets to attend. There are resale tickets available through Ticketmaster. If you want to get looped in with the group going together, please contact [email protected].
Broadway Play on Wednesday?
Broadway hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike makes its debut at Chicago’s Goodman Theater this summer. SAFSF Forum attendees will receive a 50% discount on mezzanine seating for the 7:30 show on Wednesday 6/24. Tickets must be purchased through this online portal to qualify for the discount, and all sales are final. To learn more and to purchase tickets, please visit www.goodmantheatre.org/vanya and enter the promo code “SAFSF” .
SAFSF’s annual forum is for funders only. We welcome all types of funders— family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a funder, please contact [email protected].
Go Airport Express shuttle
SAFSF has secured a special rate of $19 each way from O’Hare and $15 each way from Midway for a shared shuttle ride. Click the icon below to make a reservation with GO Airport Express at the special reduced rate. You must book reserve your space online to get the reduced rate.
Fares range from $50-$70 from O’Hare to the Blackstone and $35-$60 from Midway.
All Funder Attendees(including those who are moderating or speaking): You are responsible for making your own reservations directly with the hotel. Book early as we expect to sell out our room block. Reserve your room here.
Invited speakers from non-funder organizations: SAFSF staff, or your funder sponsor, will book your hotel room and provide you with a confirmation number. If you have any questions, please email Bridget Dobrowski or call the office at 805.687.0551.
Yes, site visits happen regardless of what the weather brings. The 2015 Forum has two choices of half-day Pre-Forum site visits on Tuesday, June 23rd, and five choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 24th.
Be sure to bring a water bottle with you on the site visits and wear comfortable clothing. It can be very hot in Chicago in mid-June, or quite chilly, layers and hats are highly recommended.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending a Wednesday site visit must wear closed-toed shoes!
Boxes MUST NOT arrive before Sunday, June 21st and CANNOT require a signature.
Packages must be addressed as follows:
Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel Hold for Guest: (Guest Name) (Arrival Date) (Guest Cell Number)
636 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Package Handling Fees
Fees are applied on a per item basis. Envelopes are excluded. The first inbound package is complimentary for all hotel guests. Fees will apply to any packages thereafter. Packages can be picked up at the front desk and will require a signature before being released.
$5.00/box for 0-10 lbs.
$10.00/box for 10.1-20 lbs.
$15.00/box for 20.1-50 lbs.
$30.00/box for 50.1-Over
No, you will not need a car while attending the Forum. We provide bus transportation for all site visits. You can walk, take cabs, or the “L” for public transit to get to restaurants for the dine-arounds.