Registration information for the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 26-29, 2017

Registration Site

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Symposium Passes

Are you interested in the full learning and social experience of the Symposium?

The Workshops Pass gives you access to the full educational event, including the Welcome Reception, all of the faculty-led workshops, all lectures, and one demonstration, as well as the Closing Party and social activities.

This pass keeps you busy learning sketching techniques from top artists while visiting with friends old and new.

Are you interested only in the social experience of the Symposium?

The Basic Pass includes access to the Welcome Reception, organized sketchwalks, lectures, and one demonstration, as well as the Closing Party and social activities.

With the Basic Pass, you will have a leisurely experience. You’ll meet everyone for the morning gatherings and then explore Chicago between meeting up with others for sketch crawls twice a day. You’ll be able to meet all the other sketchers during the receptions, lectures, demo, and social activities.

Dates and Prices

Early Bird Registration

Opens February 11 at 8 am CST (14:00 GMT)

​Workshops pass US $415

Basic pass US $120

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Standard Registration

Opens February 18 at 5 pm CST (23:00 GMT)

​Workshops pass US $475

​Basic pass US $160

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Programming and schedule will be announced a few days before Early Bird registration opens.

Keep in mind that this event is likely to sell out. There will be no onsite registration in Chicago.

Tips for successful registration:

  • For best results, sign up for an Eventbrite account before registering. Go to and click Sign up.

  • If you log in to Eventbrite before the symposium registration start time, be sure to refresh your browser, or the registration information might not display.

  • Be prepared to select your workshops and demo when you register.

  • When workshops are full they will appear crossed out. Please select a different workshop.

  • All participants (both Workshops and Basic pass holders) can choose one demonstration to attend.

  • All participants are welcome to attend the lectures and sketchwalks.

  • On the Eventbrite site, make sure you fill in any fields with a red asterisk (*) next to them.

  • Once you select a pass, Eventbrite gives you 8 minutes to complete your purchase.  This ensures that passes still unpurchased after that time are released  for others.

  • If you purchase a Basic pass and then wish to upgrade to a Workshops pass, you will need to purchase a new pass and email to request a full refund for the original pass.

  • Once you are registered, you can log back into your Eventbrite account at any time to make changes to your personal information or symposium selections until June 18.

  • If you have any questions, please email Sorry, but we cannot guarantee an official response if you post your question on the Facebook pageorothersocialmedia.

Payment Options

On Eventbrite, you can pay with an existing PayPal account OR checkout as a guest (meaning you don’t need a PayPal account) using a credit or debit card.

Note: Urban Sketchers reserves the right to apply a $85(USD) cancellation fee for all refunds. Due to the need to finalize facilities, supplies and programming, no refunds will be offered after May 11, 2017.

Updating Registration Information

The last day to change your symposium selections in Eventbrite is June 18. After that, you will be able to see your selections but not make any changes. Clickhere to see how to update your symposium information and selections in Eventbrite.

See you in Chicago!

The Symposium will be held at 501 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

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