2023 Bus Trip to the ALA Conference Exhibit Hall in Chicago

Join us for a one-day excursion to McCormick Place in Chicago, to visit the Exhibit Hall of the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference on Sunday, June 25, 2023

 The Library Marketplace (Exhibit Hall) offers the opportunity to explore & discuss with vendors the breadth and depth of new & favorite library products, services, books, online services, tools, and technologies. Learn about the Library Marketplace and see a list of exhibitors here: The Library Marketplace: Exhibits, Stages & Resources | 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Complete form at the bottom of this page to to save your spot on the bus to ALA on June 25.


  • Transportation will be on a 56-passenger Kobussen deluxe motor coach bus equipped with air conditioning, a bathroom, 110V outlets, and Wi-Fi.
  • You may board the bus in  Little Chute, Oshkosh, or Fond du Lac.
  • There are numerous restaurants and food courts onsite at the McCormick Center where you may buy lunch, and on the return trip at dinnertime we'll stop for to-go fast food. Food and drink (non-alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles or cans) are allowed.

How to Join Us:

Step One: Complete the form at the bottom of this page to save your spot on the bus.

Step Two: Submit payment of $25 to WInnefox by April 30 - watch your inbox for an invoice.

Step Three: Purchase your Exhibit Hall Pass here. Order online here at ALA website. Everyone is responsibile for ordering their own exhibit hall pass. 


Your costs for the trip:

  • $25 for a seat on the bus: 
  • $80 for exhibit all pass (early bird price through 3/31).
    • We are not able to guarantee free exhibit passes this year, due to lack of supply from vendors.  Please contact your system for options for scholarship or reimbursement available to your library:
      • Winnefox Library Staff - reimbursement available through scholarship fund - complete application after registering: CE Scholarship Fund 2022-2023
      • Nicolet Federated library staff - contact system for scholarship options
      • Manitowoc-Calumet library staff - contact system for reimbursement options
      • OWLS library staff - Scholarships are available: https://www.owlsweb.org/ce/scholarships
  • lunch and dinner: purchase, or bring your own.

Because seats are limited, each library-affiliated staff and trustees register at this time. (This restriction may be lifted if there are seats available after April 30, 2023.) Please submit a separate registration form for each person.


5:45am Bus arrives in Little Chute (location provided after you register)
6am Bus leaves Little Chute
6:30am Bus arrives in Oshkosh (location provided after you register)
6:45am Bus leaves Oshkosh
7:15am Bus arrives in Fond du Lac (location provided after you register)
7:30am Bus leaves Fond du Lac
10am Bus arrives at McCormick Place (estimated time of arrival)
4pm Bus leaves McCormick Place
5:30pm Bus arrives at a group of 3 fast food restaurants near Kenosha
9pm Bus arrives in Fond du Lac
9:30pm Bus arrives in Oshkosh
10pm Bus arrives in Little Chute

This event is sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin (NEWI) library systems – Manitowoc-Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, and Winnefox Library System.

Personal information
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