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The World’s Largest & Most Diverse Interfaith Convening 

2023 Parliament of the World's Religions

Returns to the Birthplace of the Modern Interfaith Movement

1 Year
102 Days
10 Hours

About Parliament Convenings

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the world’s premier interfaith convening of civic, spiritual, and grassroots changemakers. Parliament Convenings are the most culturally and religiously diverse global interfaith event. 

The historic convenings are organized by the 501(c)3 non-profit organization by the same name, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, headquartered in the city of Chicago.

In August of 2023, the Parliament of the World’s Religions returns to the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement after 30 years away to celebrate 130 years of history in the city of Chicago. Parliament Convenings attract participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations.

Registrants enjoy access to all the plenary sessions, hundreds of breakout sessions, art & cultural exhibits, performances, a film festival, and countless opportunities to connect with individuals and organizations committed to justice, peace, and sustainability.

The Call for Programs is NOW OPEN!

Every attendee of the Parliament Convenings brings unique wisdom and world views from their religious traditions and lives, their scholarship, their artistic talents, and their activism. At the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions, attendees from around the world are answering a call to conscience.

Programming for the 2023 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively on:

  • The theme of "A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom and Human Rights"
  • Faith and interfaith understanding
  • The broad critical issues of our mission statement: justice, peace, and sustainability
  • Our critical constituencies: Indigenous Peoples, The Next Generations, and Women & Girls
  • Our signature document, Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration (also known as The Global Ethic)

Do you have a bold idea for a program, performance, religious observance, art exhibit or film? Answer the call, submit a proposal today.

The theme of the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions,"A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights," is anchored in a call to action first endorsed by the world’s religions 30 years ago in its foundational document Towards a Global Ehic to defend freedom, human rights, and democracy around the world.

Parliament Executive Director, Rev. Stephen Avino, affirms that the 2023 Parliament Convening will serve as, “...a place of open minds and open hearts where we can all express the wonder and dignity of our religious and spiritual traditions against the backdrop of the majestic beauty of Lake Michigan. But we could not do all this without addressing the foundational issue of our time; the threat to freedom and human rights. We must defend freedom and human rights together and find solutions to the rise of autocracy in our world.”

The logo of the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions is deeply inspired by the rich history of the organization in the city of Chicago. The skyline of the city appears on a blue backdrop, inspired by the blue that appears in the flag of the city, and features three key buildings in the city representing the history of the organization with corresponding years: the Art Institute for 1893, the Palmer House Hotel for 1993, and the McCormick Lakeside Center for 2023.

Rising behind the skyline of the city is a Ferris wheel with flames inspired by the Parliament logo, representing the 30 years of history of the Parliament in the city and the historic Chicago Ferris wheel which was inaugurated 130 years ago as part of the same Columbian Exposition that hosted the 1893 Parliament.

About the Lakeside Center at McCormick Place

As the largest and most flexible convention center in North America, McCormick Place is the perfect venue for meetings and events of all sizes. The entire campus is accessible via sky bridge, making the campus the most connected venue available in the city of Chicago. 

The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be hosted at the Lakeside Center overlooking Lake Michigan from Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18.

The Lakeside Center is ideally suited to serve meetings and exhibitions. Highlights include:

  • Hall D and E provide a total of 580,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • Forty meeting rooms that provide a total of 141,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Lakeside Ballroom – a 44,754 square foot ballroom divisible into two equally sized rooms
  • An outdoor, landscaped deck with cascading waterfall overlooking Lake Michigan
  • The 4,192 seat Arie Crown Theater, Chicago’s largest, first class legitimate theater

McCormick Place strives to create the best possible experience for every guest, every time. Should you or someone from your organization require assistance while attending an event at McCormick Place, the following amenities may assist your team during their visit.

  • For scooter and wheelchair rentals, please visit the in-house provider Scootaround.
  • For questions, please visit the McCormick support page.
Service Animals

Trained service animals are welcome at McCormick Place.

Assisted Hearing Devices

TTY Phone access is available at the Security Command Center located in the North Building on Level 1. For more information, call our TTY number at 312-791-6505. Assisted listening transmitters and receivers are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis.

Elevators

Elevators are located near the main entrances in all McCormick Place buildings, and near the main exhibit halls on all levels.

Entrances and Exits

McCormick Place has 4 designated drop-off points for taxis and cars that provide ramped curbs and automatic entry doors:

  • Lakeside Center (Site of 2023 Parliament) – Drop off at Gate 37 (car drop off at Gate 31); pick up at Gate 30
  • North Building – Drop off or pick up at Gate 22
  • South Building – Drop off or pick up at Gate 4
  • West Building – Drop off or pick up at Gate 40
Meeting Rooms and Theaters

All meeting rooms and theaters are wheelchair accessible, except rooms E268 and E269 of the Lakeside Center.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available in Lot A (located on Martin Luther King Drive), Lot C (located underground in Lakeside Center) and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place parking garage.

Seating

The Arie Crown Theater provides wheelchair seating throughout the theater; wheelchair companion seating can be arranged with advance notice. 

Service Areas

First aid stations, restaurants, retail outlets and drinking fountains are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms provide either accessible or ambulatory stalls.

Signage

All McCormick Place public signs incorporate raised lettering and Braille.

Wheelchairs, Mobility Services and Oxygen Equipment

For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs and oxygen equipment rentals, contact our preferred service partner, Scootaround Mobility Solutions at 888-441-7575 or visit https://locations.scootaround.com/McCormickPlace

Public transportation is the most affordable and convenient way to get to McCormick Place.


Learn more at McCorcmickPlace.com

Public Transit Resources:

Google Maps (With integrated Driving, Public Transit, Walking and Bicycle Directions)
RTA Trip Planner – Transit Information Hotline at 312-836-7000
TransitChicago.com
Ventra Card
MetraRail.com

Ridesharing Programs:

CHICABS – download “Curb” from your favorite App Store. Click “Arro” for the Arro App site.
• Download “Lyft” and “Uber” application(s) from your favorite App Store.
Divvy Bikes

Metra Train and CTA Bus City Map

Metra Train and CTA Bus Locations at or near McCormick Place

Parking

There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. All are in close proximity and walking distance to the convention complex and are ADA accessible.

  • Events in the North, South and West Buildings designate Lot A as the primary parking location.
  • Events in Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater designate Lot C (Fort Dearborn Drive, Chicago, IL 60616) as the primary parking location.
    • (6’4″ height clearance) is an underground garage with 1,900 parking spaces and is located on Ft. Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. The parking rate is a flat fee of $25 per day with no in-and-out privileges.* This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

The following information is shared by Choose Chicago®, vendors and companies listed are not affiliated with the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Chicago welcomes hundreds of thousands of international visitors each year. Two documents are needed to enter the United States:

  • A valid passport
  • If your country is not part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you will need to obtain a visitor visa from the U.S. Department of State. The VWP allows citizens of over 30 participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less. Find out if you qualify.

If your country is not part of the VWP, there are three visitor visa categories you may apply for:

B-1: For those entering the U.S. temporarily for business

B-2: For those visiting for pleasure

B-1/B-2: For a combination of both

Note: Citizens of Canada and Bermuda visiting the United States for temporary travel generally do not require a nonimmigrant visa.

Currency exchanges

In addition to major banks, you can find currency exchanges at:

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport: Terminal 1 – Gates B9 and C18; Terminal 2 – Main; Terminal 3 – Gate K11; Terminal 5 (International) – Upper Level and Lower Level.
  • Chicago Midway International Airport: Concourse A.
  • Currency Exchange International: The Shops at North Bridge, located downtown in The Magnificent Mile shopping district at 520 N. Michigan Ave. (ask for the Customer Service desk).
Translators and Interpreters

Chicago translation and interpretation services include:

A-Class International Simultaneous Interpreters
130 Booth Lane
Haverford, PA 19041
(610) 649-8181

InterpreNet – Chicago Interpreters & Translators
27 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 270
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 928-1188

Accurate Translation
9525 S. 79th Ave., Suite 5
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
(312) 226-3372
Suburbs: (630) 455-0474;
Toll free: (888) 871-5311

LTC Language Solutions
Global Headquarters
5750 Castle Creek Parkway, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46250
(317) 578.1661
Toll Free: (888) 456-1626

Atlas Translation Services, Inc.
500 W. Superior St., Suite 2802
(312) 644-1444

TransPerfect
150 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 7
(312) 578-0887

Chicago is home to two international airports conveniently located in the center of the country, with thousands of daily inbound and outbound flights to more than 240 destinations.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Multi-award-winning, environmentally conscious O’Hare (ORD) is one of the largest airports in the world. It lies just 16 miles from downtown Chicago and boasts four terminals — three domestic (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and one international (Terminal 5).

Chicago Midway International Airport

Midway (MDW) is the nation’s premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations. It’s located only 11 miles from downtown Chicago.

Transportation to/from O’Hare and Midway

Both O’Hare and Midway are within easy reach of downtown Chicago.

Chicago’s central location and its position as a hub for the nation’s major interstates make it a convenient drive from anywhere in the country. Chicago is accessible via several major interstates and highways: I-90 (Kennedy Expressway), I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway), I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway), and I-294 (Tri-State Tollway).

View an interactive parking map of downtown Chicago to search for public parking lots and garages by address and points of interest.
Total Charter Bus Chicago

If you’re headed to Chicago from a Midwestern metropolis like Detroit, Indianapolis, or St. Louis, catch a leisurely ride on a private charter bus. Charter buses include free WiFi, reclining seats, panoramic windows, and plenty of legroom. Find a private charter bus.

Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Greyhound has five Chicagoland locations, including two 24-hour stations and 20 express routes to major U.S. cities. Find Greyhound stations.

Megabus.com
Megabus is a budget-friendly, city-to-city service. Find Megabus stations and rates.

Chicago’s iconic Union Station serves both Amtrak and Metra, the city’s commuter rail service. Originally designed by Daniel Burnham and completed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, Union Station is a glowing expression of Chicago’s status as a national railroad hub, and remains a treasured part of the city’s history.

Additionally, the Richard B. Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago serves the three commuter rail lines of Metra’s Union Pacific District, which approach the terminal elevated above street level. There are also two Metra stations in the Loop: Millennium Station on the Metra Electric District line and Lasalle Street Station on the Rock Island District Line.

Amtrak

With 21,000 miles of routes across the United States and Canada, Amtrak offers more than 300 high-speed trains to more than 500 destinations daily. Find Amtrak routes and fares.

Metra Rail

The high-speed Metra commuter rail train connects outlying suburbs to downtown Chicago and is a fast and easy way to travel to the heart of the city. Find fares and route maps.

South Shore Line
South Shore Line serves Chicago through Northern Indiana to the South Bend Airport. Call (219) 874-4221 ext. 245 for group rates. Find South Shore Line routes and fares.

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Each Parliament Convening is uniquely shaped by the contributions of the global interfaith movement. Are you looking to enhance your participation beyond registration? Here are a few ways you can help support and shape the 2023 Parliament Convening.

Answer the Call for Programs

The Parliament is accepting proposals for programs, presentations, religious observances, art, and performances. Propose transformative opportunities for dialogue and inspiration from your unique faith perspective.

Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor

Are there vendors or organizations in your community who would benefit from connecting with the interfaith movement? Help us spread the word about the exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the Parliament.

Join the Parade of Faiths

The Parade of Faiths opens the 9th Convening of the Parliament of the World's Religions with a parade of music, dance, and celebration of Chicago's rich diversity. Connect with Chicago representatives from your tradition and encourage them to sign-up today!

Host a Pre-Parliament Event

Join us in answering the call to conscience at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, USA. From now until August 2023, join us in hosting a local pre-parliament event to offer "a taste" of the Parliament experience.

Volunteer at the 2023 Parliament

Each Parliament of the World's Religions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Join volunteers from around the world in making this Convening unforgettable.

At every Parliament Convening, we aim to cultivate a diverse and international press pool that will help us tell the stories of the world’s premier global interfaith event, and report on the groundbreaking work that people of diverse religious, spiritual, and secular communities are achieving together to showcase the 130 years of legacy of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Visit the 2023 Press Center - Learn more about the guidelines for press credentials, media policies, and the latest news for the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions.

Visit Our Press Center - Explore curated information about the Parliament of the World’s Religions; including press releases, electronic news updates, flyers, social media graphics, and other helpful material.


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In 2023, Chicago is reaffirming its commitment to its history as the birthplace of this movement and to the mission of the organization making this possible...

I look forward to the continued success of the Parliament and making history once again with your support. See you all in August of 2023.

- Mayor Lori Lightfoot

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