Editors Council Meeting 2017 – Chicago 

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Registration Deadline: September 11, 2017

Conference Dates: September 21-24, 2017

Conference Registration Rates: $175 for SATW Active Editor Members; $275 for all other SATW Members and Non-Members

Service Fee for Registering Online: $10/person

Location: The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois

Hotel Rate: $189/nt

Hotel Group Booking link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/49240360/owner/1455/home

Questions? Please contact Miriam Weiner at miriam.b.weiner@gmail.com or Spud Hilton at spudhilton@gmail.com.

General Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 21

All Day    Group Arrivals   The Palmer House Hilton
All Day Explore Chicago CityPASS/Big Bus Tour/Ventra Passes
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception hosted by the Palmer House Hilton The Palmer House Hilton
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds See Thursday Dine-Around Options Below
10:30 p.m.                        Readings                                                                                      The Palmer House Hilton


Friday, September 22

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast The Palmer House Hilton - Honore Room
Until 4:30 p.m. Explore Chicago                                                   CityPASS/Big Bus Tour/Ventra passes 
5:00-6:30 p.m. Architectural River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady
(light bites by Harry Caray’s)
Meeting abbr departing from Palmer House
7:30-8:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds Friday Dine-Around Options Found Below
10:00 p.m.                  
Option After-Diner Drinks and Entertainment    
Kingston Mines 
Green Mill   


Saturday, September 23

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast The Palmer House Hilton
9:00-11:45 a.m. Professional Development Sessions (Options Below)                 The Palmer House Hilton
12:00 p.m. Boxed lunches and Optional History Tour of Palmer House Hilton The Palmer House Hilton
1:00-4:15 p.m. Professional Development Sessions (Options Below)                 The Palmer House Hilton
4:30-6:00 p.m. Chicago Gourmet Grand Tasting  Millennium Park
6:30/7:00-10:30 p.m.        
Evening Events

Lyric Grand Opera Season Opener
(red carpet with VIP seats)
Chicago Gourmet event at Wrigley Field 


Sunday, September 24

8:00-9:00 a.m.                  Editors Council Meeting                                                              The House of Blues                           
9:00-10:00 a.m.       Professional Development Sessions (Options Below) The House of Blues         
10:00-11:45 a.m. House of Blues Gospel Brunch The House of Blues


Thursday Dine Around Options

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Rib & Crab – 6 spots available
Ema – 6 spots available
Wildfire Chicago – 6 spots available
Big Bowl Chicago – 6 spots available
Tallboy Taco – 8 spots available
Nacional 27 – 6 spots available
Osteria Via Stato – 8 spots available
Naoki – 6 spots available

Friday Dine Around Options

GT Fish & Oyster – 8 spots available
Swift & Sons – 8 spots available
Momotaro – 8 spots available
Duck Duck Goat – 8 spots available
GT Prime – 8 spots available
Boka – 4 spots available

Saturday Professional Development 

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Harnessing the Power of Your Freelancers

Instead of aiming to improve our own social media presences, let's consider strategies to harness the power of our writers and freelancers, and the social media networks they potentially bring to our publications, both before, during and after assignment. We'll draw on the expertise of members already doing this well, both on the editorial and the freelance side.

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Live-Streaming 101

The Live Streaming Session will help editors imagine and reimagine what they can do (both with their publication and individual account) to harness the power of live streaming services like Facebook Live, Periscope, and the new Instagram live streaming feature. Ideally, the session will include people from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (plus possibly an editor who has been doing interesting things with live streaming) and will cover the current capabilities for each platform, how to use live streaming to boost your pub, and the tools needed to make the most of streaming.

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Go Film!

We want to provide folks with an opportunity to get out into the city and try their hand at live streaming or filming. Local photographers and videographers will be stationed at key points throughout the city to offer guidance. To participate, please bring a smartphone or a digital camera with filming capabilities. (Boxed lunch will be provided.)

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | How to Edit Video (For Reel)

We'll bring in a video editing expert to give us a hands-on tutorial on editing video for web and social. Using footage taken in the early afternoon, we'll have our expert help us slice, dice, overlay, do sound stuff etc. At the end, we can do a show and tell of some of our productions. We will provide information on the video editing software our expert plans to use prior to the session via email and on our Facebook page.

Sunday Professional Development 

9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. | Taking Photos That Are Good Enough to Eat

Let's face it: We all take pictures of our food, but we all want to take GOOD pictures of food. Using the small plates prepared for us for brunch, we'll ask a food photographer to show us how to capture shots that look appetizing – and how to do so without pissing off everyone in the restaurant. (This will be a great opportunity for us to provide PR to local chefs, since we'll all be instagramming their plates.)

Pre/Post Conference Tour Options 

If interested, contact Michelle Revuelta, Vice President of Media Relations at Choose Chicago, mrevuelta@choosechicago.com.

Frank Lloyd Wright

One of America's most legendary architects, Frank Lloyd Wright began his career in Chicago and peppered the state of Illinois with examples of his genius. In the city, Wright's influence is clear in works such as the Frederick C. Robie House and the Rookery lobby, while many downstate designs—such as the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield—show off his signature Prairie style. But it's Oak Park, where Wright lived and worked for 20 years, that's home to some of his most iconic buildings, including the concrete minimalist masterpiece known as Unity Temple. 


Nestled in the northwest corner of the state, the small city of Galena is named after a mineral that's abundant in the area—but the town is a hidden gem all its own. Dozens of 18th-century storefronts line the cozy sidewalks of Main Street, which Architectural Digest recently named one of the 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets in America. Enjoy a range of experiences such as golfing, wineries, ziplining, shopping or a visit to the President Ulysses S. Grant Home. As a home base for your Galena getaway, it's worth a stay in any of the cozy bed and breakfasts or town hotels in the tree-lined hills that surround the town. 


Chicago may be the biggest city in Illinois, but the central region known as the Land of Lincoln contains some of the state's most varied attractions. In the capital, Springfield, Lincoln's legacy comes alive at sights such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol Building, the National Park Service site of the Lincoln Home, and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. And of course, the fabled Route 66—with its own museums and authentic roadside attractions—runs right through the Springfield. Find experiences as unique, fun and memorable as the road is long with Illinois Made Makers like Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, Custom Cup Coffee and Maldaner's Restaurant.

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