HOBY Homecoming Weekend


Are you a HOBY Alumni, Volunteer or Friend?

We want to see you in Chicago!

July 25 – 29, 2018  Chicago, IL, USA

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus (Downtown Chicago)


Gather up your friends, dig out those HOBY t-shirts, flip through your photo albums and find your pin collection because it’s time to come together and celebrate!

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the World Leadership Congress (and it’s predecessor, the International Leadership Seminar) and the 60th Anniversary of Hugh’s remarkable trip to Africa and the founding of what would be his life’s work, HOBY.

Plan now to join us in Chicago to reconnect with old friends and make new ones!


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Program Details

Schedule of events:

Wednesday, July 25:
If you’re arriving in town early, join HOBY at the world headquarters of Cushman & Wakefield for a special Welcome Reception and help HOBY and Cushman & Wakefield recognize real estate industry leaders.

Thursday, July 26:
Join the 2018 World Leadership Congress Ambassadors and Volunteers for the WLC 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception and Gala at the Aon Grand Ballroom of the iconic Navy Pier overlooking Lake Michigan, featuring Jason Latimer, three-time world champion magician and star of Science Channel’s SciJinks.

Friday, July 27:
Join us at the World Leadership Congress at Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus for a day of programming and fun.

  • Keynote and private reception/booksigning with Carla Hall
  • The WLC Mentor Mingle
  • Alumni Panel
  • WLC 50 Years Block Party
  • HOBY Reflections

Saturday, July 28:
Kick off the day with some inspiration and insight at HOBYx. Highlighting a diverse group of HOBY alumni and volunteers sharing their expertise and insight through brief, thought provoking presentations. Featuring Keynote with Don Tocco – we don’t want you to leave without one last dose of inspiration.

Join us for one last keynote over
breakfast before you head back home!


Homecoming Host Team:

Chicago is a great city to discover and enjoy, especially in the summer!

The Homecoming Host Team will be organizing some fun, optional activities for Homecoming participants for Saturday afternoon as well as help you with organizing dinner plans and other details to help make sure you have a great time in Chicago!

Share Your HOBY Memories:

We’re collecting your favorite HOBY photos, videos, and stories from your seminar, WLC or even an International Trip! This is your chance to share your #HOBYStory.

Please submit any photos, videos, and stories to wlc@hoby.org by June 1. And feel free to BRING your HOBY Swag with you! You’ll have an opportunity to showcase/ share it during the Reunion Reception Saturday evening!

HOBY Store:

We will have a selection of custom items available for pre-order (pick up at the event). These will be added to the event registration by April 1 and you can add to your event registration until July 1, 2018.

Registration Details:

Registration for this program is $360 and includes the following program events:

  • Early Arrivals Reception at Cushman Wakefield World Headquarters
  • WLC 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception and Gala at The Navy Pier
  • Keynote with Carla Hall
  • The WLC Mentor Mingle
  • Alumni Panel
  • WLC 50 Years Block Party
  • HOBY Reflections
  • HOBYx
  • Reunion Reception
  • Sunday Send Off Keynote

Please note, registration includes the following meals:

 (3) Receptions (Wed/Thurs/Sat); 2 Dinners (Thurs/Fri); 1 Lunch (Fri); 2 Breakfast (Sat/Sun)

The Registration Deadline is June 1, 2018;

You must be 21 or older to register and attend the HOBY Homecoming.

ONLY Registered HOBY Homecoming participants and guests will be allowed access to any HOBY events. Each participant will receive an official name badge and this will serve as your HOBY credentials, which will be required to attend any of the WLC program elements and the Homecoming programs.

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Hotel & Accommodations:

Option 1: The Whitehall Hotel

Discounted rates in the HOBY room block are:

  • Superior King: $165.00 per night + applicable taxes
  • Superior Double Queen: $185.00 per night + applicable taxes

Act Now! These rates expire on June 14th | To reserve a room in the HOBY block and receive the discounted rate (Group Code: 6188247), please Click Here.

You can reach the central reservations desk twenty-four (24) hours a day by calling (866) 408-4041.


Option 2: Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus – Baumhart Hall

Baumart Hall has two types of residential apartments available to reserve for HOBY Homecoming. Each apartment has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a shared living space and kitchen. You can choose from hotel style, with Queen beds or Dorm style with twin beds.

Reservations can be made for a bedroom or an entire apartment.

Please note: If you reserve a bedroom, Loyola housing will coordinate apartment sharing with others attending HOBY Homecoming; each bedroom is individually secured.

Hotel Style Apartment Prices:

  • Two Bedroom Apartment: $225 per night + applicable taxes
  • One Bedroom (Shared Apartment): $125 per night + applicable taxes

Dorm Style Apartment Prices:

  • Two Bedroom Apartment: $199 per night + applicable taxes
  • One Bedroom (Shared Apartment):  $105 per night + applicable taxes

For helpful hints, please download instructions HERE

Can’t join us for the weekend, single tickets are available here for:

WLC 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
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HOBY Reunion Reception
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus
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Contact:             Cheryl Brenn, HOBY Chief International Programs Officer

                             Noel Elgrably, HOBY International Programs Associate