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This year's Prairie Grassroots Lobby Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019. You are invited! Register here before March 12. The event is free thanks to our generous sponsors, includes travel from the Chicago area, and will ensure that the sunset of the Illinois Architecture Practice Act, which takes place every decade, is renewed smoothly. Plus, more than 50 new legislators took office in January, who may not know how much our profession impacts our cities and our communities. Your viewpoint is an important one as they begin to analyze and vote on legislation.


Prairie Grassroots is AIA Illinois' coordinated lobby day at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Illinois architects have a great track record of achieving our legislative goals because of member participation in Prairie Grassroots.

It's important for architects to make their presence felt at the state capitol--because government officials listen to their constituents. Take one day out of the office to ensure new bills and policies have a positive impact on your business, and to hear from the agencies that implement the regulations and laws that affect you. 

We make it easy for you to participate:

  • Don't drive--network! Free, early morning bus/van pick-up in Chicago and Joliet

    • ​Chicago Merchandise Mart (SW Corner) – Departs 7:45a (returns appx 10:00p)

    • Joliet Park and Stop (Exit 257 on I-55) – Departs 9:00a (returns appx. 9:00p)

  • Luncheon includes a how-to-lobby lesson and guest speakers

    • Issue Briefing Luncheon 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Arlington's, 210 Broadway, directly SE of the AIA Illinois's offices. ​

  • Two hour window in the afternoon for coordinated group visits with legislators and agency officials

    • Capitol Visits, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Illinois State Capitol. ​

    • Walk to the Capitol from Arlington's. ​

    • An AIA Illinois table will be located at the NW section of the Rotunda for any questions you may have. 

    • Finished early with your Capitol Visits? Arlington's, JP Kelly's Pub, Buzz Bomb Brewing Company, and Cafe Moxo are all very close to Resource One. 

  • Legislator of the Year Networking & (hearty) Reception to end the day

    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Resource One Showroom, 321 East Adams St. 

    • Walk to Resource One from the Capitol. 

    • Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, an advocate for Historic Preservation, will be honored.  

Prairie Grassroots is held annually on a weekday when legislators are in session, usually in March or April.

View pictures from last year's Prairie Grassroots on Facebook.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors
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