Special Events

We’re taking advantage of Chicago’s incredible attractions and offering not 1, but 2, offsite events. The President’s Welcome Reception will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Experience! at Navy Pier. We also are providing an opportunity for you to give back to the local community during our Community Cares Project and take in the Chicago skyline’s incredible views during our Friends of Children Fund 5K Fun Run & Walk. We hope you will join us at these special events.

AAP Community Cares Project

Friday, September 15 
12:00PM – 4:30PM

Join us for an opportunity to provide support for Chicago area children by volunteering your time before the National Conference during our annual “Community Cares” project.

This year the AAP will be working with the Chicago Parks Foundation, an organization dedicated to maintaining and promoting the use of Chicago’s parks. Volunteers will be cleaning up a downtown park or playground enjoyed by Chicago children and their families.

Conference attendees, families, and children (5 years of age and older) are welcome to participate in this fun and rewarding activity. Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for light manual labor.

Transportation will depart from McCormick Place at 12:00PM and return by 4:30PM. A boxed lunch will be provided. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Chicago’s children!


President’s Welcome Reception at the Museum of Science and Industry

Friday, September 15
6:30pm – 10:00pm
Museum of Science and Industry


 Kick off the 2017 National Conference & Exhibition at the President’s Welcome Reception. This year’s reception will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry — the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Network with peers, taste a delicious menu inspired by Chicago neighborhoods, and explore 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. You’ll have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado, climb aboard a World War II German submarine, take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel, descend into an Illinois coal mine, board a 727 hanging from the ceiling, transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart, and much more!

Shuttle-bus transportation provided from conference hotels.

Photo by Adam Alexander Photography


Chicago Experience! at Navy Pier

Saturday, September 16
6:30PM – 10:00PM
Navy Pier

Are you ready to have the ultimate Chicago Experience? Immerse yourself in the Lakefront treasure Chicagoans call Navy Pier with activities for the young and young at heart. Sample Chicago’s culinary delights, play in the Chicago Children’s Museum, and explore Navy Pier Park with its iconic Centennial Ferris Wheel, family attraction rides, and activities! To top it off, we’re also offering private sightseeing cruises aboard Seadog Cruises. You will surely leave singing “My Kind of Town.”

Cost: $5 p/child, $15 p/adult

Shuttle-bus transportation provided from conference hotels.


Photo by Ranvestel Photographic


AAP Friends of Children Fund 5K Fun Run & Walk

Monday, September 18
7:30AM – 8:30AM

This year’s run will offer incredible views of Lake Michigan and the iconic Chicago skyline.

Cost: Recommended entry fee of $25

Shuttle-bus transportation provided from conference hotels.




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James W Bass Pediatric Bowl

Tuesday, September 19 
12:30pm – 1:30pm
* This event is not designated for CME credit.

Carl Sandburg described Chicago as the “City of the Big Shoulders,” but what is the most common pediatric shoulder injury?

In the Windy City, what FEV1/FVC ratio suggests that a child has mild persistent asthma?

If a 2-year-old child eats a Chicago deep-dish pizza, what is the most likely food allergy that would be triggered?

Pediatric questions galore await in Chicago, which will host the world’s premier pediatric trivia contest. The 2017 James W Bass Pediatric Bowl promises to be a battle of wits and endurance among three outstanding Chicago residency programs that will compete for the chance to sip, but not aspirate, from the coveted Meconium Cup. You will be entertained, educated, and enthralled by questions covering everything you thought you’d never need to know about pediatrics.