This year's Connections conference isn't all business. Attendees will also be treated to an unforgettable night at Chicago's Wintrust Arena as we celebrate our Trailblazers and rock out to an exclusive concert!


After an amazing day of learning and innovation at the customer engagement event of the year, attendees will get the change to kick back and rock on out with us...you know you want to!

The Party at Connections

Wednesday, June 13

7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Wintrust Arena

Chicago, IL


To get ready for The Party, here are four tips to make it a highlight of your Connections experience:


TIP 1: Bring your conference badge

This is your ticket to The Party. We will be scanning badges, and re-entry will not be allowed.


TIP 2: DON’T bring your laptop, backpack, selfie stick, or dangerous weapons of any kind

Your security and safety is paramount to us, so we’ll be doing a full security screening – metal detectors included. Bags larger than 14”x14”x6” will not be permitted – and there is a small bag storage at Wintrust Arena. Attendees are strongly encouraged to return to their hotels to drop off valuables, or to check bags in at the coat check located outside Wintrust Arena on Indiana Street. Wintrust Arena coat check will be open until 12:00 a.m., so you can grab your bag after the show.


TIP 3: You can get to The Party in a few different ways.

Wintrust Arena is located directly across the street from McCormick Convention Center. To support our sustainability goals and reduce traffic on city streets, we encourage you to use the Connections shuttle service to The Party. Shuttles from hotels to Wintrust Arena will stop running at 9:00 p.m. The last shuttles will depart The Party at 12:00 a.m. Taxis and rideshare services have a specific drop-off and pickup location on South Prairie Street, one block east of Wintrust Arena. The “L” drops off 2.5 blocks west of Wintrust Arena:

  • Take the green line and get off at Cermak-McCormick Place Station.
  • Parking and bike valets are not available at the venue.
  • Street closures will be in place to accommodate event transportation plans. Please plan accordingly.


TIP 4: Bring your ID

Illinois law requires bartenders to check IDs before severing any alcoholic beverages. So, if you are fortunate enough to look younger than 30, don't leave your hotel without it.