The short answer is no. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in the area, or with friends or family in the area, etc. However, most families report that it’s super helpful to stay at the convention hotel if possible, as it is so much easier to run up to your room between sessions or at lunch, etc., and for both you and your kids to follow up with new friends “after hours.” But others really feel like they (or their kids) do better with a break from all the activity, or appreciate the chance to take advantage of the opportunity to stay with friends or family.
The WSA secures a block of rooms and the best rate possible at the convention hotel and at an additional hotel close by. Links to each of the convention hotel’s online registration for the WSA room blocks are included as part of the convention registration process, and can also be found below:
- Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Reserve your room.
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Schaumburg Woodfield, 1939 North Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. (About a 10 minute walk from the convention hotel.) Reserve your room.