JANUARY 9-12, 2020

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Evolution of Leadership


Registration open


Sleek comfort awaits VLC attendees at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, a trendy destination on Michigan Avenue. Retreat into newly renovated hotel rooms with chic furnishings, modern amenities, and breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan.

Energize your mind and body in the 9,000-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and on-demand digital classes. Visit celebrated shops, high-end boutiques and famous attractions. After an unforgettable day of VLC business or sightseeing, you can savor delicious American cuisine on-site at the Harvest Restaurant and Rush Street Pantry.

Secure your hotel reservations in the AVMA's official hotel block at the Chicago Marriot Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Book Hotel

*Please note that if AVMA requests your arrival and departure dates during the registration process, we will be booking your reservation for you. Delegates, Alternate Delegates, and Veterinary Leaders will receive a specialty link for booking housing reservations.

The last day to receive AVMA's discounted room rate of $99/night is December 30, 2019. All room rates are subject to local sales and occupancy tax. Reservations received after December 30, 2019 will be confirmed on a space and rate available basis.

Complimentary meeting room internet will be available in addition to $1/day discounted guestroom internet and a reduced self-parking rate of $27/day. Visit Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile for additional hotel information.

Air travel & car rentals

Email Travelex Travel Agency at avmaattravelexbiz [dot] com or call 800-882-0499 and mention the Veterinary Leadership Conference for assistance with airline reservations and car rentals.

Worried about making January travel plans? Don’t sweat it! From flight delays, to changing flights to cancellations, by booking through the AVMA's preferred travel vendor, we’ve got you covered.

Ground Transportation

GO Airport Express



AVMA has partnered with GO Airport Express Shuttle to provide a 20% discount on round-trip ground transportation reservations booked by January 2, 2020. After January 2, a 15% discount will be provided for round-trip ground transportation between the airport and Marriott Magnificent Mile. These fares are only available through the AVMA reservation portal below, or by calling Go Airport Express at (773) 247-1200 and mentioning discount code, "AVMA".

Reserve Shuttle


A reduced self-parking rate of $27/day is available at Row Self Park, 50 East Ohio Street, Chicago IL 60611 (across Ohio St from the Marriott, adjacent to California Pizza Kitchen). To receive the parking discount, inform the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at check-in and validate your parking ticket at the valet desk as you leave Chicago. Discounted self-parking includes in-and-out privileges for overnight hotel guests only.

Helpful Links

City of Chicago
Things to do in Chicago

AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference Waiver and Release of Claims (PDF)

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A special thank you to VLC Presenting Partner Zoetis.