2018 Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL, March 21-24, 2018 

Welcome back to the birthplace of MAC: Chicago, Illinois!  The 2018 MAC Annual Meeting will take place March 21-24, Chicago.  Join us for an agenda full of educational sessions, tours, social events, and networking opportunities. In keeping with the conference theme, Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines, we call archivists to a place whose official city motto itself, “city in a garden” (Urbs in Horto), invites an exploration of contradictions and contrasts.

The 2018 Conference Program is now available HERE.

Registration Information

UPDATE: Online registration will close at 5pm (CST) on Monday, March 12. After that date, conference attendees must register onsite at the Sheraton Grand.

Register by February 23, 2018, to receive advance registration rates:

$100 for MAC members
$130 for nonmembers
$55 for students

Rates for registration after February 23:

$120 for MAC members
$150 for nonmembers
$65 for students

The one-day registration rate is $70.

Register by submitting the online registration form or by printing the form and mailing it with a check made payable to "Midwest Archives Conference" to:

AMC Source
631 U.S. Highway One, Suite 400
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

The registration desk at the Sheraton Grand Chicago will be open on Wednesday, March 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cancellations and Refunds
If for any reason you must cancel your registration for the Annual Meeting or MAC workshops, your written request must be received before February 26 to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after February 26.

Refunds will be granted for tours or MAC workshops that are cancelled by MAC due to low enrollment or other reasons.

Hotel Information

Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel 
301 E North Water St, 
Chicago, IL 60611 
Phone: (312) 464-1000 
Group rate site: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1712131050&key=325B3CA7

To reserve a room at the meeting rate in the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, guests can simply call our toll free number 888-627-7106, and request the Midwest Archives rate, or use the Sheraton's group rate reservation site.

Rate: $149 singe/double, $169 triple, $189 quad, plus applicable taxes.

Deadline for reserving a room with the MAC group rate is February 24, 2018.

Exploring Chicago

As the Midwest’s largest city, Chicago offers an abundance of attractions for every type of traveler. Take in the some world-class architecture, enjoy the exciting food scene, or check out one of the city’s numerous museums - with the conference centrally located in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, you’ll find all this and more just steps away from the hotel. And for those who want to get out and explore this city of neighborhoods, there’s easy access to ample transportation options.

Find more information at the MAC 2018 Local Arrangement Committee’s blog or at Choose Chicago.

Getting Here

Chicago is easily accessible by car, Amtrak trains, and Midway and O’Hare International Airports. For more information, visit Choose Chicago - Getting to Chicago.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9am-5pm: Appraisal of Digital Records (SAA DAS workshop)
9am-5pm: Getting What You Need to Do What You Want (an NHPRC grant writing workshop)
Thursday, March 22, 2018
8am-noon: Strategic Planning for Small Archival Programs
8am-noon: Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing
8am-noon: Don't Be Scared of All Those Films and Videotapes You've Been Avoiding

Special Events

Thursday, March 22
1:00 pm-1:30 pm MAC Pals Reception
6:00 pm-8:00 pm Opening Reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Friday, March 23
8:00 am–5:00 pm Graduate Students and New Professionals Poster Sessions
3:30 pm-5:00 pm MAC Members’ Meeting
6:00 pm-9:00 pm Restaurant Tours


Thursday, March 22
Evanston Tours, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Rotary International, Frances Willard House Museum and Archive, Shorefront Legacy Center
South Side Tours, 9am-12:30pm
Harsh Collection at the Woodson Regional Library, Chicago State University Archives
North Side Tours, 10am-12pm
Gerber Hart Library and Archives, Leather Archives and Museum
Newberry Library, 10am-11am
Chicago History Museum: 11:30am-12:30pm
Pritzker Museum, 11am-12pm

Vendor Fair and Breaks
Join your colleagues for refreshments and conversation during the scheduled breaks between sessions. You will have opportunities to meet with a variety of archival suppliers and learn about their products and services during the vendor fair to be held on Thursday, March 22, from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, and Friday, March 23, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.