2024 Annual Conference

The American Great Lakes Ports Association will hold its 2024 Annual Conference on Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th in downtown Chicago.

This event is the largest maritime policy conference on the Great Lakes. Last year’s conference was attended by more than 180 participants, including Great Lakes port authorities, marine terminal operators, vessel operators, marine construction companies, engineering firms, state, local and federal government officials and allied organizations.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome.


Attendees will be welcomed to Chicago with a glittering dinner cruise and networking event along the iconic Chicago River. Conference presentations will include subject matter experts from government and industry who will address current port challenges such as infrastructure modernization, supply chain resiliency, environmental enhancement, and trade development.


Conference registration will go live in April, 2024. Sign-up for our mailing list below to receive updates.


Loews Chicago Hotel will host the AGLPA 2024 Annual Conference. This contemporary, 400-room property sits near the junction of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The hotel is steps from Navy Pier attractions, Michigan Avenue shopping, and is surrounded by iconic architecture.

Hotel registration will go live in April, 2024.