JDRF Illinois TypeOneNation Summit

February 22, 2020, Chicago, IL
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration is CLOSED. Please email cbissler@jdrf.org with any questions.

Enjoy a full day of inspirational and educational activities led by national and local experts to help you and your loved ones better manage life with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Network with others and visit our Wellness Area, featuring diabetes devices, resources, and other summit supporters.


  • Featuring Ryan Reed, professional stock car racer living with T1D

    • Family Teamwork Across the Lifespan (for Parents/Caregivers) – presented by Dr. Jill Weissberg-Benchell from Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • Adulting and T1D Panel – including Dr. Gregory Clark of Chicago Diabetes Experts; Dr. Liana Billings of NorthShore University Health Systems; Tonja Horn, MSW, LCSW; Charlotte Niznik, APN at Northwestern Medical Group OB/GYN; and Beth Heagy, adult with T1D
    • Teen-only session – led by our Chapter Young Leadership Committee, Youth Ambassadors and Dr. Jenna Shapiro, psychology fellow from Lurie Children’s Hospital
    • Exercise and T1D: Put the Wheels in Motion! – presented by Lauren Plunkett, RDN LD CDE
    • Recent Updates in T1D Management (Pumps and Sensors) – presented by Dr. Anita Swamy of La Rabida Children’s Hospital
    • Teen-only session
  • OPTIONAL SESSION: Conversations about Severe Low Blood Sugar and New Treatment Options –  presented by Xeris

    • Transitions/Off to College Panel – including parents of college students with T1D; current college students with T1D; Lauren Plunkett, RDN, LD, CDE; and Dr. Sanjay Bansal of Loyola University Medical System
    • School and T1D Panel – including Steven Glink, education rights attorney with T1D; Marc Spacone, school administrator and current Faculty member at Concordia University with T1D; Gloria Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN; Rose Briars, ND, PNP-BC, CDE and Co-Director of the Chicago Children’s Diabetes Center (CCDC) at La Rabida Children’s Hospital; Dr. Claudia Boucher-Berry, Associate Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois; and parents of school age children.
    • Advocacy: Health Policy Priorities Panel Sponsored by University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center – including Representative Jim Durkin, local Advocacy Chair Marcus Quaranta, Amy Hess-Fischl from University of Chicago, and Shawn Rutkowski, HR professional and T1D father
  • Presented by Raghavendra Mirmira, MD, PHD, Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Director of Translational Research Center at University of Chicago



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McCormick Place Convention Center South Building

The event will be held on Level 1 of the South Building.

2301 S Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

More Info/FAQ

The event is open to anyone impacted by T1D. Children ages 5-12 are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day in our Kids Zone, which features arts and crafts, special guest presentations, and diabetes education activities.

Lunch will be provided. Click here for nutritional info.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I park for the event?
Click here for detailed directions.

Closest Option: Lot A

Parking is available in Lot A, and is $25 for up to 16 hours. To find Lot A, please search for the intersection of Cermak and Prairie. The event is in the South Building, Level 1 (S100-106).

Please park on the South end of Lot A. Take the parking lot elevator to Level 4. There will be signs directing you for entrance into McCormick Place. You will enter into the West Building (on Level 3). Walk across the Sky Bridge to the South Building. Take the escalators down to Level 1 and our event.

Second Closest/More Expensive: Hyatt McCormick Hotel Parking
Parking is also available at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place; however it may be more expensive than McCormick Lot A or Lot C.

Farthest/Comparable Price: Lot C – Lakeside Center
Lot C is the farthest away, but is comparable in price to Lot A ($25). This lot is a 15 minute (indoor) walk from the South Building. After parking in Lot C, enter the Lakeside Center. Follow the signs to the escalators up to Level 2 of the Lakeside Center (near the Lakeside Ballroom). Once on Level 2 – make sure you are on the west side of the building (away from the Lake/closest to Lake Shore Drive), and follow the signs to the South Building (across the windowed walkway/to the Grand Concourse). Once on the Grand Concourse, follow the JDRF signs to our event.

What are my other transportation options?
Click here for public transportation options.

Guests arriving via taxi should be dropped off at Gate 4. The event is in the South Building, Level 1 (S100-S106).

What should I bring to the event?
Bring your diabetes supplies, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Attire is casual.

Will tickets be sent to me?
No. You will check in at registration by your last name.

Is there a room rate?
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place: $159/night for a either a King room or a Queen/Double room; available until January 23, 2020 or until rooms are no longer available.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Hyatt at 877-803-7534. If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

Can I update my registration information or make changes to my schedule?
Yes, you may update your registration information. Please contact Christine Bissler to make changes. We will do our best to accommodate changes if space allows.


Event Contact

Christine Bissler | Director of Community Engagement
312-423-7198 | cBissler@jdrf.org

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