Routes Americas 2023

The route development forum for the Americas

Chicago, Illinois
21 – 23 March 2023

Speaker Guide

Informa contact

Lucía García

Senior Partnerships & Conference Production Manager | Routes

Mobile: +44 (0) 79 6613 4208

Email Address:


The Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk is the official event venue for Routes Americas 2023.

Located in the heart of the bustling River North district, the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk is an urban sanctuary amid iconic attractions and with striking views of the lake, river and Chicago cityscape. With 125,000 square feet of dynamic event space for meetings and conferences, the Sheraton Grand is the perfect venue to host Routes Americas 2023. 

Address: 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Visit the venue website for more information 

Official Accommodation

The Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk is one of the Routes Americas 2023 official hotels. Visit the dedicated webpage to view the options and book your stay today. 

 Speaker Registrations/Badge Collection

You will be able to collect your badge from the registration desk at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk during the three days of the event:

Monday 20 March



Location: Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk

13:30 - 17:30

Tuesday 21 March, Wednesday 22 March & Thursday 23 March



Location: Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk

08:00 - 17:15

 Speaker Arrival Time

Please ensure you arrive at your theatre 30 minutes before your session is due to begin. This allows time for your session to be set up, mic up, run through procedures and check slides if necessary.

 Location of Conference Theatre

All the conference sessions and the airline briefings will take place in the Keynote Theatre. 

Download the Routes Americas Floorplan

 Official Hotels

HOTELMAP are our only Official Accommodation Partner. For more information on the official hotels please click here

Alice Gray


What if you had unlimited opportunities to build relationships with decision-makers from the Americas route development community? 

Routes Americas is designed for you to make new connections, bringing together the key players from the industry that you need to network with. With over 10 hours of dedicated networking events, Routes Americas is the forum where you can engage with all your industry partners under one roof.

Welcome Reception

Catch up with existing industry partners and meet new targets after the first main business day of Routes Americas. 

Time: 17:30-19:30
Date:  21 March 2023
Location: Riverwalk Ballroom, Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel

Networking Evening

It's the highlight of the Routes Americas social programme and a show-stopping networking event not to be missed. 

Time: 19:00-22:30
Date: 22 March 2023 
Location: Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier

Content/Sessions Information

When you arrive, please make sure you collect your speaker badge from the registration desk and please make your way to the Keynote Theatre. There will be a hostess and AV technician to assist you with any questions / technical queries. Please do make sure you are in the theatre and ready to go 30 minutes before your session is due to begin.

Panel Sessions

Even though you won't be delivering a formal presentation, it is still essential that you prepare for a panel discussion. The best way to start preparing is to understand your role on the panel and understand the audience.

You would have been invited to join the panel because of a specific perspective you offer, and you should find out a bit about the other panellists (see the programme and speaker page here) so you know how you can add value to the discussion.

The moderator will make contact with you and the other panellists prior to the event to discuss topic and questions that will be covered in your session.

Those speaking on a panel session will not be required to prepare a formal presentations/PowerPoint slides.


Presentations should be in 16:9 PowerPoint format (widescreen) and emailed to Lucía García by EOD 17th March. Please let Lucía know as soon as possible if you are unable to meet this deadline.

Please also remember to bring your presentation on memory stick as backup should there be any technical problems on the day.

PowerPoint Tips

  • Clear fonts & colour
  • Text no smaller than 20pt
  • No more than 8 bullet points per slide
  • Avoid lots of text on one slide - pictures and diagrams are ideal
  • Each slide should normally take one minute of speech

Video Content/AV Equipment 

If you are planning to embed video content into your slides, please provide the video files separately to the PowerPoint presentation as we may need to re-embed the file - the AV tech can help with this on the day if needed.

The following equipment will be available:

  • Screen
  • Laptop
  • Remote slide changer
  • Lectern
  • Handheld & Lapel microphones 

If you would like to use your own laptop/Mac, please let Lucía García know as soon as possible. Please ensure you bring the relevant connection cables (i.e. the appropriate VGA adapter for your Mac Model)