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Support IFT by booking your room through Experient at an official IFT18 hotel!

In addition to the benefits available to you, when you book through Experient, you are supporting IFT’s ability keep attendees’ costs down in future years so we can continue providing industry leading education, experiences, and networking.

  • Rate Guarantee
    IFT has negotiated lower rates for our attendees at premier Chicago Hotels.  Know that you have received a rate lower than what would be paid if booked on your own.

  • No additional fees
    Escape from booking, change, and cancellation fees (as long as you do so within the cancellation window).

  • Networking
    Stay at hotels with other IFT attendees!  Make it easy to network and make new friends or meet up with friends you met last year.

  • Customer Service
    Experient is available prior to, during, and after the conference to answer all your housing questions.  Know that you will be taken care of at all points throughout your IFT18 experience!

  • Transportation:
    IFT offers attendees staying in the official IFT18 room block complementary shuttle service to and from McCormick Place during scheduled hours. 

Housing Reservations

You must register for IFT18 or a Pre-Event Short Course in order to make your housing reservation. IFT18 will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. IFT headquarters hotels include the Hilton Chicago and Marriott Marquis. Shuttle service will be available near all hotels except the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

IFT18 Housing is now closed.
If you have a confirmed hotel reservation through IFT Housing and need to cancel or make a change to your reservation, please contact your hotel directly.

For new hotel reservations, book online through ARES, an IFT authorized booking agent, or contact the hotels directly. Regrettably, room availability and rates may no longer be available.

Click here to book online through ARES or call 877.300.6147 (from North America) or +1.619.546.7263 (from outside North America) and request hotel information for IFT.


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Attendee Registration and Housing


Toll-Free: 800.462.9440 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST) 
International: +1.847.996.5848 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST) 


Click here to access Exhibitor Registration in the “Exhibitor Only” section.

Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitors

Experient is IFT's Official Housing ProviderExperient is the only housing company affiliated with IFT18. No other housing company or travel agent is authorized to place hotel reservations on behalf of IFT. Reservations made through any other agency cannot be guaranteed by IFT, and may result in a loss of deposit, additional charges, incorrect placement, or inflated room rates for conference participants. Please use the online hotel reservation system or official housing forms on this website to avoid confusion, additional charges, and unsatisfactory service.

Special rates are available in select hotels through IFT Housing. Hotels will not accept reservations directly. Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis and a credit card valid through July 2018 is required to guarantee each hotel reservation. Hotels may charge a single night’s room and tax (currently 17.4%) deposit to your credit card after June 15, 2018.

Please be aware of housing poachers that have been reaching out to exhibitors regarding booking hotel rooms at IFT18 and we apologize for the inconvenience.  We are NOT working with any other outside companies for housing.  Please ignore these pirating emails and/or calls.

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If you’re serious about advancing your career, business, research, or the science of food and technology, then you can’t afford to miss IFT18.