Conference 2022

We are happy to announce the location of our next conference

2022 CHICAGO!!

Chicago Skyline and Lake Joanne Archibald RSD

View from the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel and convention center.  Photo by Joanne Archibald

8th NACRJ Conference

NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and its projected impacts in 2021 on NACRJ's ability to plan and safely conduct a large conference led the NACRJ Leadership Team to conclude that the conference could not be safely or successfully conducted in June 2021.  It was then that we made the difficult decision to postpone the conference to 2022.  The evidence and options considered in making this difficult decsion can be reviewed - HERE

Conference Dates:  

Main Conference:                                 July 8 - 10, 2022

Pre-Conference Training Sessions:        July 7, 2022

Conference Venue:

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel and convention center. 

On-Line Registration:

Scheduled to Open during the first week of September 2021

Contact the organizers:

  • Michelle Day
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    • 312.852.8520
  • Cheryl Graves
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Chicago and the state of Illinois have been leaders in Restorative Justice across the U.S. for over a decade.  Because of this, there are several strong coalitions, numerous organizations, schools, institutions and community leaders committed to implementing RJ across the city and state. Additionally, Chicago is home to many ground breaking restorative justice initiatives such as:

  • Community Restorative Justice Hubs including the Peace Room at Precious Blood Reconciliation Center, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, New Life: Urban Life Skills, Circles & Ciphers, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Restorative Justice Hubs are a community-led approach to youth crime and conflict. The RJ Hub vision is that RJ Hubs are safe spaces in the community where youth and emerging adults and their families are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma, and developing necessary skills and competencies.  Importantly, the RJ Hub model is directly informed by the latest science on childhood trauma. It is designed as a strategy for helping people to move beyond the effects of adverse childhood experiences, guiding them towards sustainable healing and growth



Chicago has two major airports to choose from for travel:

  1.  O’Hare International Airport
  2.  Midway Airport

Both airports are easily accessible by public transportation rail lines, taxicabs and hotel shuttles. The airports are within an hour of travel from sites which will be considered for the conference and lodging.


There are numerous hotels available for consideration for the conference site. Additionally, we are making certain to ensure the availability of lower cost “overflow” hotels in the immediate area – within a mile or two of the likely/preferred conference venue.

Places of Interest

There are many local attractions which may be of interest to attendees of the 2022 conference:

  1. Downtown Chicago highlights: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, Architecture tours; Lake Michigan provides miles of lakefront for boating or swimming and beachfront sports; World-class Museums such as the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute, and Museum of Contemporary Art and many others:
  2. The Bronzeville Historical Tour: The Underground Railroad Trolley Tour & The Douglas Tomb and Historic Site Tour
  3. National Museum of Mexican Art and Public Mural Tour in the Pilsen Neighborhood
  4. Lincoln Park Zoo
  5. DuSable Museum of African American History, the first of its’ kind in the nation.
  6. Chicago, is known as “a city of neighborhoods” which reflect the deep cultural roots and history of the city. Chicago neighborhoods offer an array of amazing food, art, music and shopping to experience first hand, the ethnic diversity and social depth of the city.
  7. The Holocaust Museum

Chicago is home to more than 15 seminaries or divinity schools and other faith tradition schools of higher learning, all of which have programs centered around peacemaking, reconciliation and restorative justice which would enhance engagement and benefit from engagement with NACRJ.