After listening to your feedback for the past years, and considering our needs for a vibrant, comfortable, accessible retreat, the Abundia Board launched a search and has found a new location! The Abundia Retreat, November 11-13, 2016, will be held at The Hilton Chicago Northbrook, 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, Illinois. 

We know big changes mean a lot of questions, and we've tried to gather the most commonly asked here for you. 

Where is it, exactly?  The Hilton Chicago Northbrook is located near I-294 and US 45, in Northbrook, Illinois. The property is nestled in the Lake Ave Wood Forest Preserve, giving it a beautiful, natural setting, even while being very convenient to the highway and airports.  We're happy to note that it is also convenient to the Northbrook Metra (on the Milwaukee District North line) for those needing public transportation. There's even a shuttle that runs between the hotel and the Metra! (Call the hotel for details.) For anyone flying in, Northbook is SO much closer to O'Hare than our previous location. Visit the hotel's Directions Page for a map and full directions from major airports. 

But I'm used to Illinois Beach Resort. Why change? We were too, and we'll definitely miss the beautiful shoreline. But we have outgrown what IBR can offer and it was time to find facilities that could better meet our needs. We are thrilled that the Hilton Chicago Northbrook has stepped up and offered more than we could have hoped for!

How much are rooms? The room rate for a beautiful, modern queen, or two doubles is $95. That's only a couple bucks more than last year and in wonderful new surroundings! The rooms are spacious and well-maintained, many with a view of the Forest Preserve. Each has a refrigerator and microwave - no more calling ahead to try to score one! Many handicap-accessible rooms are available as well, including some with roll-in showers.

Additionally, we are happy to be able to continue to offer private swim times in the Hilton's beautiful pool, which is secluded from the larger part of the hotel. It is accessible by steps and a working lift! We have also secured a special breakfast discount to all Abundia attendees. Breakfast at the buffet at Allgauer's on the Riverfront, attached to the hotel, is $10.95 (+ tax). 

One big change about booking your room: the hotel cannot guarantee our $95 rate after October 21, 2016. So book your room now! It doesn't cost anything to book it, and individual reservations can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to 3pm the date of arrival. After October 21, 2016, the room rate will be based on room availability. 

We're excited, too, to be able to provide a personalized registration page at the hotel's website, where you can book your room and choose any special accommodations you might need. 

How much will the retreat cost now? This is the best part - there is NO change in the registration fee to you! As in previous years, we'll offer our sliding scale:

  • The Standard Fee is $200, which covers all budgeted costs per person for the weekend.
  • The Minimum Fee is $170, which covers most budgeted costs per person for the weekend.
  • The Maximum Fee is $230, which covers more than budgeted costs per person for the weekend.

As before, you can register by printing the Registration Form and sending it to us along with a check (saving us an online fee!), or by registering online. Visit the Registration Page to book your room and register for the 2016 Retreat now! 

If you have any questions about the new hotel, feel free to reach out on our Facebook page or to anne@abundia.org