RIPA Board of Directors “PLUS” Meeting

October 20 – 21, 2021


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InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Chicago, Illinois

October 20 – 21, 2021

See a  “Quick-Look” Event Schedule   HERE


In lieu of the cancelled Annual Conference, RIPA is inviting interested members to a Board of Directors “PLUS” meeting which will be held on October 20 & 21 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago!

The purpose of the meeting is to provide interested members with an opportunity to see industry friends and colleagues, hear updates from staff on important technical and policy issues, and attend the Board of Directors meeting, all in a limited time frame.

RIPA will host a reception the evening of October 20 in the hotel at 6:00pm. Dinner is on your own.  On Thursday morning, breakfast will be on your own however refreshments will be offered in the meeting room. RIPA staff will lead discussions about key issues facing the association. A speaker from the scrap industry has been invited tp talk about current and emerging issues in that industry.

The Board will convene late morning and all RIPA members in attendance are welcome to attend as observers.  Lunch will be available to all attendees as part of the modest registration fee.  The event will conclude after the Board meeting, at approximately 3:30 pm.

Chicago is one of America’s great cities, so it’s a great spot to meet and spend time with family or friends. It is filled with extraordinary museums, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The cost of this meeting has been greatly reduced to just $175 to encourage participation. To register, simply go here:  REGISTER NOW.  A confirmation, along with hotel booking information, will arrive promptly in your email Inbox.   If you wish to book rooms at the hotel go here:   HOTEL BOOKING.   Or call the hotel at  1-800-628-2112; mention the RIPA Annual Conference.

PLEASE NOTE: The cut-off date for the RIPA room rate at the hotel is Friday, September 24, 2021. Room costs remain a very low $229 per night.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Rankin or call Bonnie Cunningham at 203-524-0674 (email:

RIPA 2021 Board Meeting “Plus” Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 20

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception       

King Arthur Court                                                 

Thursday, October 21

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

RIPA Technical & Policy Session                

Grand Ballroom

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

RIPA Board of Directors Meeting

Grand Ballroom

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM


Empire Ballroom

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

RIPA Board of Directors Meeting cont’d

Grand Ballroom



Q. How do I register for the Conference?

A. Visit our registration site here.

Q. How do I reserve a hotel room at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel?

A. The hotel booking link and hotel phone number will be in the “Registration Confirmation Email”. Click on the link on the page and you will be guided through the process. Any questions call Bonnie Cunningham (RIPA Meeting Planner) at 203-524-0674 or email her at

Q. Can I upgrade my room reservation?

A. Yes.  When you make your room reservation on the hotel site, you will have the option to upgrade your room if one is available.

Q. What are the Conference fees for full registrants and accompanying persons?

A. Full Registrants pay $175.00 US and Accompanying Persons (defined as: spouse, partner, significant other. Not an employee of the Member’s company) pay $75.00.

Q. Can I purchase individual tickets to specific events or tours?

A.  No; the Conference Planning Committee has decided not to sell individual event tickets.

Q. What is the weather like in Chicago, IL. in late October?

A. The weather is expected to be mild and sunny.  The average high temperature is in low to mid- 60’s and the average low is 45.

Q. What is the dress code for the business sessions? For the social events?

A. The attire for the annual meeting is business casual. For example, a man may wear slacks and a golf shirt and a sport coat (should he prefer). A woman may wear slacks, skirt, or dress.

B. The social events are varied, so suggested attire is shown below by event:

(i) Welcome Reception (Wednesday night): The Welcoming reception will be held indoors, so, dress is business or resort casual and you should bring a sweater or light jacket.

Q. Should I rent a car? How much is parking at the hotel?

A. It is entirely your choice to rent a car, although taxicabs, Uber and Lyft are readily available. The Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel only offers Valet Parking: $75 for over-night with in/out privileges. Chicago is very accessible by cabs, which are plentiful in downtown Chicago and at the hotel. There are also several car service apps available, like Uber and Lyft.  Be prepared for “surcharges” added on to Taxicab, Uber and Lyft charges as many cities are experiencing.  

Q. Should I take a cab, Uber or Lyft from the airport to the hotel?

A. The airport is approximately 55 minutes from the hotel, however, depending on traffic can take between 45-90 minutes  or longer and a typical fare is $50.00 – $80.00+ tip.

Q. What is the typical tipping policy at restaurants in Chicago?

A. 20% is typical.

Q. Are touring options available if I decide to stay in Chicago for vacation?

A. Yes, there are a wide range of wonderful options available to individuals and families that want to see Chicago. The concierge desk at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile can assist you.   

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

505 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Ill, 60611


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