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What should I wear to the DISCUS Annual Conference?

We recommend wearing business casual attire and comfortable shoes. Presenters typically dress more formally. Meeting rooms are often cool, so layered clothing is recommended. June temperatures in Chicago are typically in the low 80s° F during the day, and low 60s°F in the evening.

Will there be internet access at the conference?

There will be complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting spaces. Information about the network and password will be provided to all attendees on-site.

Is there a conference app?

Yes, included with your registration is access to the DISCUS Annual Conference app, which will be housed within the Cvent mobile app.

The app contains a fully searchable schedule of events, list of program participants, abstracts, maps, exhibit information, and more.

As a registered attendee, you will be able to create an account on the Conference Platform that allows you to select events to build your own personal schedule, making it easy to prioritize your time by planning your activities in advance.

Information on how to access the DISCUS Annual Conference app will be emailed to all registrants shortly before the conference.

Do I need to be a member to attend?

No, you do not need to be a member of DISCUS to attend. Everyone with an interest in the fields of Distilled Spirits is welcome to attend. There are registration categories for members and non-members.

What meals are included with registration?

The Opening Reception on the evening of June 14th, open to all registered attendees, will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Breakfast and a buffet lunch will be available on June 15th, followed by several optional evening receptions. The Conference will end with the 50th Anniversary Celebration, where we’ll raise a glass to recognize the significant milestones and trends and look ahead to what the next 50 years will bring.

Can I register on-site? Is there a cut-off date to pre-register?

Yes, please visit the on-site DISCUS Registration Desk in the Great Lakes Foyer (2nd floor) in the Marriott Marquis. However, it is highly recommended to register online prior to attending. Early Bird registration will remain open until March 17, 2023. Regular registration will remain open until May 30, 2023. There will be a higher fee for late registration and on-site registration.

Where and when can I pick up my registration materials?

Beginning on Tuesday, June 13th at 2pm, attendees who are registered can pick up registration materials at the DISCUS Registration Desk in the Great Lakes Foyer (on the 2nd floor) of the Marriott Marquis.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Registration cancellations must be emailed to [email protected] by May 30, 2023. You will be charged a $100 fee for cancellation. After May 30, 2023, no refunds will be possible.

What are the safety precautions in place at the conference?

We have put the following safety protocols in place to provide a safe conference experience for our attendees and staff:

  • Masks will be available at registration and throughout the conference.
  • You may also bring your own mask or facial covering.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.
  • If you are experiences symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the DISCUS Annual Conference

Who can I contact with more questions?

For further questions, please contact DISCUS directly at [email protected].