Pricing, Hotels, & Delegations

Note that hotel block rates (and the registration discount for hotel block stays) expire November 22.

Local attendees - those who live in the Chicago area and are not staying at a hotel - pay the same price as attendees staying in the hotel block.

Canadian attendees - Prices above are in USD. Canadian participants will receive a 17% discount from the above rates at checkout.

*Attendees who qualify for reduced prices:

  • Young Adults (aged 18-36)

  • Active members of the armed services (US, Canada, or Israel)

  • Current HUC-JIR students

  • Retired members of a synagogue professional association (ARJE, CCAR, ACC, NATA, etc)

  • WUPJ/IMPJ congregation members outside of the USA

Small Congregations Fund


The URJ’s Small Congregations Fund (SCF) has 150 grants of $400 each available to small congregations that send attendees to Biennial. Small congregations are classified as having fewer than 250 families for the purposes of this grant. Each congregation can receive a maximum of 2 grants. Grant applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be paid out after Biennial (as a refund). Grant applications should be submitted after completing registration (you will need a registration confirmation number for the application), please use this form to apply. Questions about the grant can be directed to Merry Lugasy at

Official Hotels (prices expire November 22)


We will have three headquarter hotels for the 2019 Biennial. The Marriott and the Hyatt are both connected to the convention center via indoor skywalks. The Hilton Chicago is located downtown, and we will provide a complimentary shuttle to McCormick Place daily. A link to book your hotel room will come in your registration confirmation.

  • Marriott Marquis Chicago: $179 plus 17.4% tax (SOLD OUT)

  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place: $179 plus 17.4% tax

  • Hilton Chicago: $119 plus 17.4% tax (shuttle ride to McCormick Place)

Teens/NFTY participants will stay in a block together, with URJ staff supervision. Rooms are in quads (four to a room). Rates are $220 for Wednesday - Sunday or $125 for either Wednesday - Friday or Friday - Sunday.



New for 2019, our Biennial coaching program will be open to all congregations! The Biennial program is complex with hundreds of workshops, receptions, and events happening over the course of a week. For both first-time attendees and veterans of the program, figuring out which sessions to attend can be a challenge. The Biennial coaching program provides each congregation with one Biennial coach – either a URJ Staff person or North American Board member – who consult with you and help your congregation’s participants identify the right sessions to attend. 


Questions about the congregational coaches should be emailed to