2016 Women Build Nations Conference Events

Coming to the 2016 Women Build Nations conference early?  Consider joining us for all or some of the WBN conference events. Chicago Women in Trades is excited to share our city with you!  If you’re looking for more fun things to do during your stay in Chicago, check out the Official Chicago Visitor’s Guide here!  To access the Chicago Regional Transit Trip Planner for more details using public transit in Chicago, please go here.

 Thursday, April 28 – Open House Reception

Chicago W20160330_120943 (002)omen in Trades invites you to join us on Thursday, April 28th for an Open House Reception! Come tour our facility and training center from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   Meet up with local tradeswomen, learn about Chicago Women in Trades’ history and programs and enjoy some tasty Chicago treats. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. 

Please RSVP online at:  CWIT WBN OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION to let us know we can expect you!  We are located at 2444 West 16th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608 on the 3rd floor with elevator access.  Shuttle transportation will be available from the Crowne Plaza beginning at   4:45 PM  and returning to the hotel beginning at 8:00 PM.  *Please note that due to Chicago rush hour traffic on the way to CWIT the ride may be an hour or longer.  Travel back to the hotel is approximately a 30 minute ride.  Th entrance and parking are at the rear of the parking lot and we are located on the 3rd floor by elevator.

LABOR HISTORYFriday, April 29th                                                        

Chicago and Women’s Labor History – SOLD OUT            If you have already purchased a ticket, please note that buses will depart from the CROWNE PLAZA at 9:00 am and return at approximately 2:00 pm.

On this tour we will visit the Haymarket Memorial, Hull House, the Stockyards, Steelworkers’ Park and Pullman with a focus on the contributions of women to the labor movement. The tour will be led by the Illinois Labor History Society. Your ticket includes a boxed lunch.  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED – THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT


Sunday, May 1st May Day Rally and March – SOLD OUT                                                                    If you have already RSVP’d through Eventbrite to secure a seat and box lunch, you will have transportation to and from the CROWNE PLAZA to the event.  Please note buses leave the CROWNE PLAZA at 1:00 PM.

Chicago has a long and proud history in observing American Labor history and honoring those who fought in the struggle for worker’s rights and justice! Join us this year in attending the May Day Rally and March at historic Haymarket Square and ending downtown.

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Buses leave Crowne Plaza:   1:00 PM

Buses return to Crowne Plaza:  4:30 PM – please board the buses at the pre-determined site / area – your bus volunteer will let you know where –  to return to the hotel. Please note that depending on traffic, buses may not arrive back to the Crowne Plaza until 6:00 PM.  PLEASE MAKE SURE THIS WORKS WITH YOUR TRAVEL PLANS! Volunteers will be on the buses and at the march to assist participants with information and logistics.

What should I expect at the May Day Rally & March?

Rain or shine! Seasoned labor activists, first-timers, and everyone in between. On Sunday, May 1st buses will leave from the Crowne Plaza and take us to the rally point, just west of downtown. We will join the other activists at a rally, hear some music and speakers, and then kick off the march! We then march downtown (please note the march route is approximately 3 miles). At Daley Plaza there will be a larger rally with different speakers, celebration and protesting the attack on workers everywhere!  *Please note: that the rally and march are physical activities – expect prolonged standing, 3 miles of walking, and getting on and off school buses.

Don’t forget to wear your “No Right to Work!” t-shirt to the rally and march! Order your official 2016 Women Build Nations t-shirt to wear to the event!  T-shirts will also be available for purchase for $25 at the TWTF Action Clinic table near registration during the conference.  We want to have a strong unified group presence and our t-shirts will help us stand out!

Make and bring your own custom protest signs at the TWTF Action Clinic during the conference or at the International Workers’ Day History workshop Sunday morning before getting on the bus.

To learn more about May Day, attend the International Workers’ Day:  The History and Contemporary Context of the Haymarket Affair workshop Sunday, May 1st 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM at the Crowne Plaza Metro Room.  Don’t forget to stop by the International Ironworkers’ Labor History Wall which will be on display during the conference.

*If you are checking out of hotel on Sunday, please check your luggage at your hotel as there will not be room for baggage on the buses.  You can pick your baggage up after the march upon return at approximately 6:00 PM.