Conference 2022

Our planning for the 8th NACRJ Conference is getting exciting!!

Click here to access the official NACRJ Conference Website


CHICAGO - July 6-9, 2022!!

Early Bird Registration EXTENDED to Jan. 7, 2022

Lock in YOUR Savings - Register NOW

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

8th NACRJ Conference

The Gathering:  Real Transformation.  The Time is NOW.  How do we get there TOGETHER?

Conference Dates:  

Main Conference:                                 July 7 - 9, 2022

Pre-Conference Sessions:                      July 6, 2022

8th NACRJ Conference FLYER - Latest Version (Keynote Speakers - Eddie Glaude & Ed Valandra)

Fees (credit card only)
NACRJ Event Protocols for COVID

Call for Presentation Proposals -- submit online --  NOW OPEN

Call for Presentation Proposals  -- NEW INFORMATION SHEET  -- read this before you start.  Develop your proposal offline.  Once your proposal is developed offline, go to the online submission portal and enter the information needed.

NEW Deadline -- Jan. 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Online Registration -- NOW OPEN

Early Bird Deadline Extended - Jan. 7, 2022

Check out the SUMMARY on the registration site & follow program developments as they are announced.  The summary pages provide detailed information about the:

On-site Events in Chicago

Pre-Conference Sessions, Keynote Speakers, Breakout Sessions and Presenters

Keynote Speakers

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Eddie Glaude  -- Princeton University, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair, Department of African American Studies.  Read more about Dr. Glaude on the Speakers page located on the conference REGISTRATION SITE.

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Edward Charles Valandra is Sicangu Titunwan who was born and raised in his homeland, the Great Sioux Nation. He received his BA Minnesota State University-Mankato, MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and PhD from SUNY-Buffalo. Read more about Dr. Valandra on the Speakers page located on the conference REGISTRATION SITE.

Check back to see who else has been added as a keynote speaker. 


The types of experiences attendees can expect during the Conference

Descriptions of 6 major tracks within the conference

Ancillary services available to attendees

A short animated video Explaining Restorative Justice

Online - Virtual Options - for those who cannot be with us in Chicago

Option 1 - Plenary sessions,

Option 2 - Plenary Sessions plus 4 Key Breakout Sessions

Option 3 - Plenary Sessions plus 4 Key Sessions and 6 Curated Sessions

EXHIBITORS  -  Registration Instructions - Early Bird EXTENDED to Jan. 7, 2022

Exhibitors must be pre-approved by Darcey Carter, NACRJ Exhibit Coordinator before registration for the conference. Contact her about your interest in exhibiting at the 8th NACRJ Conference. She may be reached by:

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Phone: 872-222-9759

Approved exhibitors will be given a Verification Code for registration as an exhibitor. Registration of exhibitors closes on June 26, 2022 (11:59 pm).

Exhibitors will set up their exhibits on the afternoon of July 6, 2022.  They will begin packing up ("strike") to depart at 2 pm on July 9, 2022. 

Instructions for shipping items to/from the venue will be provided at a later date.

Conference Hotel & Venue:

Hotel Reservations at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place - conference hotel and venue

COVID Protocols

NACRJ (conference admission and participation)

Hyatt Regency (conference hotel)

McCormick Place Convention Center (conference venue)

Contact the organizers:

  • Michelle Day
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    • 312.852.8520
  • Vanessa McNorton
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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

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 decision can be reviewed - HERE


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.