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Chicago Freedom Conference

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Oct 6 - Oct 7
3:00 pm
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Event Overview

YAF is coming to Chicago for college students and select high school students interested in conservative ideals. Students from schools across America are invited to attend this exciting program—in a city that could really learn a thing or two about Freedom! 

At this student conference in Chicago, Illinois, students interested in conservative ideas will hear from leading Conservative Movement speakers on why the principles of freedom are enduring, network with like-minded peers from around the Midwest and across the country, and learn how to make the case for FREEDOM on their campus and beyond. 

If you are interested in public policy, free speech, less government, and a strong national defense, this conference is for you.

At this conference you will:

  • Hear from leading conservative speakers about why freedom must be protected and expanded
  • Explore ways to effectively push back against leftist, big government threats to your freedoms
  • Be inspired by the hope that lies in American values, free enterprise, and the Constitution
  • Network with your peers from across the country
  • Leave with the best writing and resources to help you get organized on campus
  • Arm yourself with the facts and arguments necessary to make the case for Freedom on your campus and beyond!

The Speakers: We will update this page with speakers as they are confirmed. Please check back for an updated list of speakers.

The FAQs: Click here for all the details.

The Tuition Fee: The $35 conference fee includes Friday night lodging at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, conference tuition, conference materials, dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For those traveling long distances, we have arranged for a block of guest rooms you may reserve at your own expense beginning September 1. When accepted to the program, you will receive an email with the link for you to purchase an extra night if needed. Rooms are available for $230.00 per night, this includes the excessive taxes in Chicago. 

The Application: Click here to apply.

Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Sheriff David Clarke

Born and raised in the City of Milwaukee, Sheriff Clarke played on the championship varsity basketball team at Marquette University High School. He went on to earn a degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University Wisconsin, graduating summa cum laude. As part of his ongoing educational studies, he also graduated from the prestigious FBI…

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Jesse Watters

Host of Fox News Channel's Watters' World

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Declan J. Ganley

Executive Chairman & CEO, Rivada Networks

Declan Ganley is the Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Rivada Networks, a leading public safety communications business with operations in the US and Europe. Ganley has been the founder of wireless broadband and cable TV businesses in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, including Broadnet, which deployed broadband wireless networks in ten EU countries, and Cabletel,…

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