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2017 SOF Conference

October 12-15, 2017 | Chicago, Illinois

Chicago skylineThe Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship announces the 2017 Annual Conference, to be held from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the beautiful Kasbeer Hall at Loyola University’s Corboy Law Center. The SOF has arranged discounted rooms at the nearby Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. See below for lodging and venue details.

The full schedule of conference events is available here.



Conference Admission   Options for full or partial attendance.

Conference registration is $250 for non-members, $225 for members, and includes all conference materials, numerous coffee/tea/danish breaks over the four days, the closing banquet on Sunday, and one additional lunch.

Students with valid ID may attend conference presentations at no charge (meals not included).


Taming of the Shrew Ticket   Friday evening’s program includes an optional excursion to a performance of Taming of the Shrew at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. We have a limited number of tickets remaining, so please book as soon as you can.


Kasbeer HallThe conference itself will take place at the beautiful Kasbeer Hall at Loyola University’s Corboy Law Center, 25 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611. It is an easy 10-minute walk from the hotel or a modest and shareable cab ride. Kasbeer Hall is a modern and spacious venue with floor-to-ceiling grand windows, and an abundance of natural light. Located on the 15th floor of the Corboy Law Center, the venue boasts great city views. SOF is not affiliated with Loyola University, which is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this conference.


Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile We have reserved a block of rooms at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 Michigan Avenue). Room rates at the Marriott have a published rate of over $400 a night. SOF, however, is offering conference attendees a significantly reduced rate of $179 a night plus tax (single or double room), but you must make your reservation by September 21.

Marriott’s special group reservation line is at 877-303-0104. They will ask you which city you are booking for and the name of the group. You can also book directly online at our special webpage: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49043966. Reservations are available now by phone or through the website and can be changed or cancelled up to a week before.

If you are unable to book at the Marriott, we recommend that you look into the following alternative hotels, which are close to our conference venue at Loyola’s Corboy Law Center: the Whitehall and the Red Roof Inn (the latter, a very budget location on Ontario Street). Other hotels located near the Marriott Magnificent Mile – or in the six blocks between it and Loyola University – include, on the pricier side, the Intercontinental (right across the street from the Marriott), the Omni, Westin, Peninsula (posh) and Millennium. Less expensive are the Hampton Inn, the Dewitt, the Felix, the Dana, and the Warwick.


For additional information, contact Conference Committee Chair Richard Joyrich at rjoyrich@aol.com.

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