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The 78th annual ABCA Convention is slated for January 6-9, 2022 at McCormick Place in Chicago! This will mark the eighth time in history that the ABCA Convention has been held in Chicago and first time since 2013. 

All ABCA events will take place in the McCormick Place Convention Center and connected hotels that together make up the McCormick Square. McCormick square offers easy access either walking or using the CTA Public Transportation to numerous local attractions, shopping, dining and entertainment options!

All coaches that register for the convention or live streaming option will once again receive the entire clinic video set after the convention. Members that do not take part in the in-person Convention or live stream will receive access to the on-demand video set at the end of May.

Register for the ABCA Convention

Register for the Clinic Live Stream

Registration for the 2022 ABCA Convention is now open as well as registration for the Clinic Live Stream! The Convention, which is the 78th annual ABCA Convention, will be held in Chicago from January 6-9, 2022. The Convention will feature four days of coaching clinics across the General Session, Youth Coaches Session and Expo Theater, ABCA Trade Show, Hot Stove and Question & Answer Sessions, award celebrations, committee & league meetings, networking events and so much more! Save the Date, Register Now and we'll see you in Chicago!

Attractions

Shedd AquariumJust a couple of miles from the McCormick Square, is museum campus, which is a 57-acre lake front park featuring some of Chicago's most notable attractions, museums and breathtaking city views.

Museum Campus


  • Shedd Aquarium - An indoor public aquarium, the John G. Shedd Aquarium features 25,000 marina animals and 1,500 different species.

  • Field Museum of Natural History - From Dinosaurs to DNA, this Chicago favorite houses amazing natural history and scientific exhibits.

  • Adler Planetarium - Experience immersive sky shows and live views of the nighttime sky in one of the world’s most technologically advanced theaters, which also happens to be America’s first planetarium.

  • Museum of Science & Industry – Be inspired by the one of the largest science museums in the world, creating learning experiences for visitors in science, technology, medicine, and engineering.

Millennium Park

Home of the famous Cloudgate, also known as “The Bean,” Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Lurie Garden, and more, this park is a must-visit. Experience dozens of cultural events, activities, concerts, and tours.


Navy Pier

Navy Pier

Spend a day exploring Navy Pier, with 50 acres of attractions and experiences for all ages. Take in the view along the 3,000-foot pier, ride the famous Ferris Wheel, and try local eats in one of the many restaurants located on-site.


Willis Tower Skydeck

Ascend this 103-story observatory for exceptional views, with sights of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana visible on clear days. Visit the interactive exhibits to learn about Chicago's dreamers, schemers, musicians, and sports greats.


Soldier Field

The oldest NFL stadium dating to 1971, this iconic football field that is home to the Chicago Bears could be hosting an NFL Playoff Game!

 

Shopping

Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile

Stroll the exclusive northern half of Michigan Avenue for some of the most elegant boutiques, department stores, and retail shops in the world. Splurge on little luxuries in the comfort of vertical indoor shopping malls.


Roosevelt Collection

Located in the heart of Chicago’s sophisticated South Loop, this an open-air shopping destination is one of the region’s most popular.


State Street

Walk this shopper’s paradise for Chicago’s best retail stores and restaurants, including the second-largest Macy’s in the world. Take in the historic buildings and iconic landmarks, like the Great Clocks and Burnham Fountain.


Water Tower Place

Shop this iconic 8-story mall featuring more than 100 stores, restaurants, and entertainment destinations across 758,000 square feet along Magnificent Mile.