NPSA 2016 Annual Meeting

August 31 – September 2, 2016 (slightly modified for the Labor Day holiday)

Four Seasons, Chicago, IL

Schedule of Events

Online Registration Now Open!

Registration Form

Exhibit Form (you may also register for exhibits during online registration)

four seasons exteriorHotel Reservations and Information

The 2016 NPSA Annual Meeting is being held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

For Reservations, contact Jennifer Stone-Rogers at NPSA Headquarters: or 678-303-3016.

The NPSA rate is $289 for a city-view or lake-view guest room; or $339 for a city-view Executive Suite (separate bedroom and living area – 575 square feet); plus 17.4% tax. These rates are available until the NPSA block is sold out, or the cut-off date – July 29, whichever comes first.

Call In: Call the hotel directly at 312-280-8400, and ask for the Reservations department. When speaking to the Agent, please reference the code NP2016 or National Pecan Shellers Association to make a reservation in the block.

Tips for online reservations –  use all capital letters when entering the block code.  Please type in the block code, and do not copy and paste the block code as it will show as unavailable.  Online reservations are only available for the contracted group dates of August 29 – September 3, 2016.  If you need extend your stay outside of these dates, please call reservations direct at 312-280-8400.

Hotel information:

Four Seasons Chicago
120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL  60611
Phone: 312-280-8800

The hotel is located in the center of it all: steps away from the famed Magnificent Mile – North Michigan Avenue shopping, world-class dining; and minutes from the city’s business and financial centers.

  • Cancellation fees are one nights room plus tax if cancelled less than 24-hours prior to confirmed arrival date.
  • Self-Parking is $50/day; Valet Parking is $67/day with in/out privileges.
  • Basic wireless internet connectivity in guest rooms is complimentary. Upgraded access with no limit on devices or speed is available for $15/day.
  • Fitness center access and golf bag storage are complimentary for guests.
  • Check-in is 3 p.m.; check-out is 12 noon.  (notify hotel if arriving after 10 p.m. to ensure your room is held)


Optional Events

We hope you can join us for several off-site events at the 2016 NPSA Annual Meeting.  You can sign up and pay associated fees when you register online.

Wednesday, August 31, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tour the Clear Lam Packaging plant in Elk Grove Village, IL.  You can join us from O’Hare International Airport (about 20 minutes away) or ride with us from the Four Seasons Hotel downtown.  Clear Lam is a developer and manufacturer of innovative flexible and rigid packaging materials used with foods, personal health care products, electronics and detergents. Clear Lam focuses on structures that are used with perishable goods.  We will start the tour at 12 noon, departing the hotel at 11 a.m. (the bus will stage at 10:45 a.m.).  The tour will conclude by 4 p.m., and we will return to the hotel by 5 p.m., in plenty of time for the networking reception that evening.  The cost of the tour and transportation is included with your registration.

cubsThursday, September 1, 6:00 – 11:30 p.m.  Batter up!   We’re headed to historic Wrigley Field to see the Cubs vs. the Giants.  The bus will stage at the Four Seasons Hotel at 5:45 p.m., departing sharply at 6:00 p.m.  Game play starts at 7:05 p.m., and concludes at 10:30 p.m.  Drop-off for the game is 4 blocks from the stadium, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  Sanfilippo has assisted in getting a group block of 25 tickets in the Terrace Box Outfield, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the block are $75 each; and they include round-trip transportation to the stadium.  Be sure to bring additional funds for hot dogs, Cracker Jacks and ice-cold beer!  (Additional tickets will be available, but will not be in the group block, and pricing may vary.)

Friday, September 2, 11:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Sanfilippo Estate Tour and Place de la Musique.  Spend an exquisite and singularly unique afternoon at the Sanfilippo estate and the “Place de la Musique.”  Known worldwide for its magnificent collections of beautifully restored antique music machines; arcade and gambling machines; the world’s largest restored theatre pipe organ; the most spectacular European salon carousel in existence; street and tower clocks; steam engines and other functional mechanical antiques:  all displayed within a breathtaking French Second Empire setting.  Tickets are $85 and include a reception in the carousel pavilion at the estate, as well as transportation.  The bus will stage at 11:45 a.m., departing at 12 noon. A boxed lunch will be provided. Arriving at the estate at 1:00 p.m., the tour lasts three hours. We will have a reception from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m., and depart the estate by 5:30 p.m. Arrival back at the hotel is estimated at 7:00 p.m.

Travel Discounts


2016 Delta Air Lines Discount: travel discount of up to 10% off of domestic fares. Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMM28 in the “meeting event code”  box provided on the Search Flight page.


United Airlines: Discounted fares when you fly into O’Hare (ORD).  Book online at and enter your Offer Code ZX6W354999 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information:

  • Agreement Code: 354999
  • Z Code: ZX6W

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.


Future Meeting Dates and Locations

NPSA 2017 Mid-Winter Meeting: March 22 – 24, 2017; Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Tubac, Arizona

NPSA 2017 Annual Meeting: September 7-9; Westin Portland Harborview, Portland, Maine

Pecan Industry Meetings


National Pecan Shellers Association
1100 Johnson Ferry Road, NE – Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30342

Phone:  (678) 298-1189
Fax:  (404) 591-6811