MommyCon :: Chicago 2020

Chicago 2020

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This event was originally scheduled for March 13-14, 2020 and has been postponed to October 23-24, 2020.

MommyCon Chicago 2020 will take place on October 23-24, 2020 in the South Ballroom of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

We bridge education and learning with an interactive exhibitor hall, expert-lead new parent education sessions and a hands-on approach to testing new products. You will meet leading experts who focus on subjects specific to parenting. Meet with one of our resident educators to try on baby carriers in-person, learn about cloth diapering and so much more!

Our mission is to create a community of support, acceptance, and non-judgment for parents journeying through parenthood. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Schedule & Event Hours

Friday, October 23, 2020:

Registration opens: 1:00pm

Session hours: 1:30pm-4:15pm

Sip n Shop Exhibitor Hall hours: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Saturday, October 24, 2020:

Registration opens: 8:30am

Exhibitor hall hours: 9:00am-4:00pm

Session hours: 10:00am-4:00pm

Ticket Options

 

Who needs a ticket?

All adults need to buy a ticket. Children 16 and under are always free with adult admission but require a Child Admission Add-On ticket. As an adult, select from one of the following options.

Ultimate VIP: Do you want to feel like a celebrity? Then the exclusive Ultimate VIP package is the match for you! This ticket provides the ultimate MommyCon experience and weekend getaway! This ticket package includes accommodations at the MommyCon hotel on Friday, March 13th along with a room drop. It includes two-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions (including any VIP only sessions on Friday), event elements, and the exhibitor hall. Ultimate VIP attendees will receive an upgraded VIP gift bag with valuable items from our sponsors and an invitation to an exclusive gathering. Price: $1000.00. SOLD OUT!

Platinum VIP: This ticket includes two-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions (including any VIP sessions on Friday), event elements, and the exhibitor hall. Platinum VIP attendees will receive an upgraded Platinum VIP gift bag and an invitation to an exclusive gathering. Price: $350.00.

Gold VIP: This ticket includes two-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions (including any VIP sessions on Friday), event elements, and the exhibitor hall. Gold VIP attendees will receive an upgraded Gold VIP gift bag. Price: $250.00. SOLD OUT!

Silver VIP: This ticket includes two-day admission (Friday and Saturday) and will give you access to all sessions (including any VIP sessions on Friday), event elements, and the exhibitor hall. Silver VIP attendees will receive an upgraded Silver VIP gift bag. Price: $150.00.

Premium Admission: Premium admission includes admission all day Friday and Saturday and will give you access to non-VIP sessions, event elements, and the exhibitor hall. Premium admission attendees will receive a Premium Admission gift bag with samples perfect for those who are expecting or with children up to 18 months of age. Price: $50.00.

Family Admission – Saturday: The Family Admission ticket includes admission for two (2) adults which includes Saturday admission only and will give you access to Saturday sessions, our event elements, and the exhibitor hall. This ticket includes one (1) Premium Admission gift bag per Family Admission (not per adult) with samples perfect for those who are expecting or with children up to 18 months of age. Both Family Admission ticket holders must check-in at registration together.  Price: $60.00 ($30 per person).

General Admission: General admission includes admission to the Friday night Sip ‘n Shop, and will give you access to Saturday sessions, event elements, and the exhibitor hall. This ticket does not include a gift bag. Price: $25.00.

Child Admission Add-On: This ticket is for children under 16 and helps us identify how many children will be attending the event. You must purchase at least one (1) adult ticket type to register for a Child Admission Add-On. Price: FREE with adult admission.

Are you or a family member in the military? Check out our Military Ticket Program.

Would you like to attend but need a discounted ticket? Please learn about our Scholarship Ticket Program.

Location and Directions

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
South Ballroom – 2nd Floor
5555 N River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
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Hotel Information

We will have discounted room blocks available at the Embassy Suites and the Hilton. Please check back for room block information.

Parking Information

Parking is available at the William Street Parking Garage for $15.00 per day. This parking garage is connected to the convention center via the Skybridge. The convention center is also easily accessible by train and complimentary shuttle bus from the Rosemont Blue Line Station.

Rental Car Discount

MommyCon is proud to team up with Advantage Rental Car! Renters will receive 10% off and no charge for additional drivers. Renters are also eligible to use our counter-bypass service which means no more standing in line! This is such a great perk, especially when traveling with kids. Use discount code MOMMYCON to start saving today.

Schedule

Friday Saturday Print

1:00PM

Registration

1:00PM - 6:30PM
Registration Hours
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1:00PM - 4:15PM
VIP Pamper Party!
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Hey VIPs! Are you ready for a little rest and relaxation? On Friday afternoon, VIP ticket holders will be able to receive some complimentary services including henna by Crescent Moon Henna, a mini-mani and chair massage by Windy City Mobile Spa, and a glitter tattoo by Freaky Fun Faces!
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1:30PM

Room 1

1:30PM - 2:30PM
VIP Only Cloth 101 and So Much More!
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VIP's, come learn about cloth diapering from this locally - based wealth of knowledge, Andrea Haggard. We will go over why to use cloth diapers, the different styles, the basics of a wash routine and when to use a service! You will walk away with the confidence to effectively cloth diaper. The session will end with a giveaway!

Are you a Premium Admission or General Admission ticket holder? You are invited to attend the Cloth 101 session on Saturday at 10:00am.
Speaker(s)
Andrea Haggard
Andrea is passionate about sharing its environmentally-friendly method of caring for baby's essential needs, while delivering exceptional customer service and unprecedented product quality.

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2:45PM

Room 1

2:45PM - 3:30PM
Bri's Bump, Baby 'n Dance Class
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Parents come get a fun workout in a safe and encouraging environment. Our class is catered to expectant and new parents to encourage families to stay fit through dance before, during, and after pregnancy. Moms and Dads bring your wearable baby carriers for 3-18 months and expectant parents bring your bellies. Learn fun routines centered around pregnancy such as “Push It”, “Walk It Out” and the “Wobble."
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Brianna Hairlson
Brianna Hairlson, also known as Bri, began dancing and choreographing at the age of 7. She went on to attend Howard University where she trained in Modern, Ballet, and West African dance. Currently, she is the Owner of Bri’s Dance Place, with classes for all ages at all stages. Classes include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop for ages 2-18 as well as pregnancy and new mom classes and senior chair fitness. Even though she is quite busy being an entrepreneur, she makes time for her awesome husband, Paul. They were married on October 22, 2016, and they had their first child, Paul II on October 10, 2018. They love traveling together.

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3:15PM

Room 2

3:15PM - 4:00PM
Ultimate and Platinum VIP Gathering
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We're excited to be hosting a VIP gathering just for Ultimate and Platinum VIP's at MommyCon Chicago! Let’s gather for some fun, laughter, and a sweet treat!

This is your opportunity to start your MommyCon weekend off getting to know your fellow VIPs, have a few laughs, and maybe win something great! We can't wait to see you on Friday from 3:15-4:00!
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3:45PM

Room 1

3:45PM - 4:15PM
Parenting: Instructions Needed
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Parenting can feel like the hardest job in the world because you’re always learning something new as your child grows. Whether it’s a bad day or a bigger concern you’re struggling to address, know you’re not alone. We all need help on this journey. This group will give you the tools to reduce that stress, find support, and care for yourself so you can better enjoy this time and balance expectations in your life.
Speaker(s)
Renata Klabacha
Renata's a LMFT specializing in kids, teens and families facing various mental health issues. She’s passionate about reducing stress and hurdles all parents face, bringing a practical view as a mom herself. She aims to build confidence and create an effective parenting style unique for each family.

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4:30PM

Exhibitor Hall

4:30PM - 6:30PM
Sip n' Shop!
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8:30AM

Registration

8:30AM - 4:00PM
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9:00AM

Exhibitor Hall

9:00AM - 4:00PM
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10:00AM

Room 1

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Cloth 101 and So Much More!
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Come learn about cloth diapering from this locally - based wealth of knowledge, Andrea Haggard. We will go over why to use cloth diapers, the different styles, the basics of a wash routine and when to use a service! You will walk away with the confidence to effectively cloth diaper.
Speaker(s)
Andrea Haggard
Andrea is passionate about sharing its environmentally-friendly method of caring for baby's essential needs, while delivering exceptional customer service and unprecedented product quality.

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Room 2

10:00AM - 11:00AM
Keeping Your Baby Well-fed and Growing Strong: Breastfeeding and Beyond, presented by Weston A. Price Foundation
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Angelica Baraona
Angelica Baraona, FNTP & RYT-200, has a background in bilingual-education and education management, having worked with children from 18-months to their adolescent years. Angelica’s passion for learning and teaching led to her becoming a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Registered Yoga Teacher. As a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Angelica believes in the healing wisdom of ancestral traditions and wants to empower others to find holistic well-being through their modern-day use. Dedicated to healing using food and yoga as medicine, Angelica works with women to help prepare them for pregnancy; coaching them on how to establish a nourishing diet and lifestyle, supporting them towards a healthy birth and baby.

Christine Muldoon
Christine Muldoon is a mom of two and former bilingual educator turned Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She is also one of the co-chapter leaders for the Chicagoland Weston A. Price Foundation chapter. Through her online platform—Nourish the Littles, Christine works with caregivers teaching about nutrient dense foods and empowers them to create holistic, sustainable lifestyle changes. Her goal is to help parents shift their mindset around feeding their littles in order to create a thriving and healthy future generation. She works with clients (parents, kids, caregivers) in the Chicago area as well as virtually.

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11:15AM

Room 1

11:15AM - 12:00PM
Choices in Childbirth
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What options are available for giving birth in the Chicagoland area?
What's the evidence on alternative methods and standard hospital procedures?
Do you really need to: take a childbirth class, make a birth plan, hire a doula?
Join us for an informative, interactive session designed to help you (and your Partner) navigate the maternity care system and advocate for ourselves and your baby!
Speaker(s)
Christina Sheets
The founder of AP Chicago South, a 1600-strong online community dedicated to providing peer support for families who practice Attachment Parenting, Christine has been assisting parents through pregnancy, baby loss, postpartum adjustment, and early childhood for over 15 years.  For the past six years, she has been attending births professionally to offer emotional and mental support and physical comfort measures. Christine has created several childbirth information series including:  Organic Birth -- A Wholistic Approach to Education and Preparation.  As an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, she provides workshops, seminars and continuing education for parenting groups, college students, and hospital staff including:  nurses, midwives and physicians. Christine currently serves as the President for Illinois Friends of Midwives (ILFOM); as the Facilitator for Chicago Area Homebirth Meetup, and on the Childbirth Education Advisory Committee for Evidence Based Birth®. Born and raised outside of St. Louis, Christine now lives in the Southwest suburbs with her husband and three children. Christine and her husband educate their children at home through child-led learning. She is an avid reader and genealogist who creates the funniest cross-stitch in the tri-state area.

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Room 2

11:15AM - 12:00PM
Toddler Nutrition: A Guide to Getting Your Little One to Love Healthy Foods, presented by ChildLife Essentials
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Toddlers can be tricky to feed. Many develop food aversions and are reticent to try new foods. Not only can this be frustrating for parents, but it can also lead to severe nutrient deficiencies that can have an impact on a toddler's long-term health, attitude and behavior.

In this session, Dr. Nicole Avena, a nutrition expert, professor and author, will discuss infant and toddler nutrition, and offer science-backed ways to ensure your little one is getting the proper nutrition. She will also discuss ways to improve food-related bad habits that may have developed, train your baby to like vegetables, and ways to avoid sugar. The information presented in this session will benefit all families, not just those with toddlers.
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Dr. Nicole Avena
Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University and then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Dr. Avena presently is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and a Visiting Professor in Health Psychology at Princeton University.

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1:00PM

Room 2

1:00PM - 2:00PM
Babywearing 101: From SSC's to Wrapping, presented by Ergobaby
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Babywearing 101 is a comprehensive overview of baby carrier safety and an assortment of carriers including the meh dai, soft structured carrier, woven wrap, stretch wrap, hybrid wrap, ring sling, wrap conversion, and custom carrier options.
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3:00PM

Room 1

3:00PM - 4:00PM
Enhancing Your Intimacy After Children
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The stress of having a new baby often effects couples relationship. Learn concrete tools to enhance your marriage through the 5 Love Languages, sexual intimacy, communication styles, self care, and making sure to put your oxygen mask on first!
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Kelley Kitley
Kelley Kitley LCSW
Kelley provides her patients with the highest quality of confidential treatment in a serene retreat like atmosphere, located on The Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been inspiring clients for the past fifteen years. Kelley is a sought after international women’s mental health expert and author who has appeared in hundreds of publications, podcasts, live news, and radio including WGN, NBC, The Chicago Tribune, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Self, Shape, and as a columnist for Fitness Magazine, Recovery Connection, and Thrive Global. Kelley has shared her experience, strength, and hope on national media outlets such as Dr. Oz, TODAY, and Access Live, and as a TEDx speaker.

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Room 2

3:00PM - 4:00PM
The Incredible Importance of Crawling
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Crawling takes on many different forms, setting the foundation for your child’s health. In this class, learn the proper way to crawl and the importance of crawling in neurological, core and spinal development. You will learn ways to encourage your baby not to miss this important milestone. A must attend class for the proper development of your little one.
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Dr. Sarah Keuss
Dr. Sarah Keuss-Boyce
Dr. Sarah Keuss-Boyce is the co-owner of Boyce Chiropractic, a family oriented chiropractic office in La Grange, IL. She is a leader in her community for raising happy, healthy families naturally through chiropractic care, education, and her passion for wellness. She was selected two years in a row as Chicago’s top chiropractor by Chicago Magazine! You can see why with her energy, enthusiasm and love for educating the public about prenatal, labor/delivery, neurological and bio- mechanical development in all her speaking engagements across Chicago land.

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Exhibitors

FAQ

Registration

Show us your ticket on your phone, or as a printout, and we will get you your badge at registration. You can come and go as you please once you have your attendee badge. These badges have space on the front to write in your name and a little bit of info about yourself. We’ve found this is a great way to break the ice and meet other attendees.

Gift Bags

If you have a ticket type that includes a gift bag, you will be given a wristband that you will then trade in when you pick up your bag.

Giveaways

So many chances to win! At MommyCon Chicago 2020 you will have the chance to win a minimum of three different ways:

  • Check the back of your badge! Attendee badges are randomly selected to be instant winners.
  • Connect with exhibitors in our exhibitor halls. Many exhibitors offer giveaways directly at their booths.
  • Attend sessions! Speakers love to do giveaways!

Who Should Attend

New and expectant parents. Our sessions focus on the first years of a child’s life and advice for parents of every stage. You can read more about our event here.

Food Options

The convention center will have a variety of food options available for sale. Items include sandwiches, salads and hot food. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and snacks.

Stroller Policy

Strollers are welcome at the event. However, we will ask for strollers to be folded if crowding becomes an issue.

ASL Interpretation Services

If you are in need of ASL interpretation services or any other accessibility accommodations, please email info@mommycon.com with your ticket information 60 days prior to the event so we can discuss details with you.

Ticket Refund Policy

Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred at any time by emailing your e-ticket to the new attendee.

Connect

Please remember that you will be receiving emails leading up to the event with more details and please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates! You can find us on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook.