The Water Environment Federation is committed to the safety and well-being of its conference attendees, exhibitors and guests. The information on this webpage is intended to provide general guidance on how best to prepare and respond to an emergency. This webpage will also be used to relay information to WEFTEC registrants and family members in the event of an emergency or natural disaster that severely affects WEFTEC.

Safety and Security
WEF works hard to provide a comfortable and safe environment for WEFTEC, including contracting with a private security firm and off-duty police officers. Your help also is needed to provide a safe and secure meeting environment. WEF recommends that you follow these safety guidelines:

  1. Share your plans. Advise a family member or friend of your travel plans, including the dates you will be gone, how you will travel to the meeting, and where you are staying;
  2. Protect your identity. Wear your name badge only inside the meeting and convention facility; remove and secure your name badge when going to and from the meeting; when disposing of your name badge, scratch out or destroy your name and the QR code to protect your personal information;
  3. Plan for an emergency. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the nearest exists are located. Use the buddy system. Exchange contact information with another meeting attendee. In the event of an emergency, agree where you will meet up. Call for help if your buddy doesn’t meet up at the agreed location within a reasonable amount of time.
  4. See something, say something. If you see something that raises a safety or security concern, please say something. Call Convention Center Security at extension “6060” from the closest house phone or 312-791-6060 from your mobile phone.

Be Familiar with Your Surroundings

It is everyone’s responsibility to be familiar with their surroundings. When entering a meeting room, hotel room, or public space, take account of what is around you:

  • Locate the nearest bathroom, main exit, and fire/emergency exit.
  • Determine where the closest house phone is to your location.
  • Examine the evacuation plan posted on the back of the hotel room doors and the instructions listed in the hotel directory.
  • Count the doors between your room and the nearest fire exit and remember how many there are. This may be an enormous help in a smoke-filled hallway.
  • Choose a consistent place to keep your hotel room key at all times.


Health & Well Being 

  • Any individual who is sick with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and away from others.
  • If you are onsite and experiencing COVID symptoms
    • Visit the Safe Expo Testing Suite located in McCormick Place in Room S101b.
      • Friday, October 15 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm CT
      • Saturday-Tuesday, October 16-19 | 8:00am - 6:00pm CT
      • Wednesday, October 20 | 8:00am - 5:00pm CT
    • Or you can book an appointment online with Safe Expo. 
    • If you receive a positive test result, notify the WEFTEC Conference Management Office at 312-791-6604. 

Nearest Medical Facilities & Pharmacies  

Insight Hospital Chicago (closest to McCormick Place) 312-567-2000 2525 S. Michigan Avenue
Northwestern Memorial Hospital 312-926-2000 251 E. Huron St.
University of Chicago Hospitals 773-702-1000 5841 S. Maryland
Rush University Medical Center 888-352-7874 1650 W. Harrison St.
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County 312-846-6000 1969 West Ogden Ave.
Walk-In Clinic

On Duty Urgent Care
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 4:00pm

312-663-3522 1430 S. Michigan Ave.

Physicians Immediate Care
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

312-566-9510 825 S. State St.

Walgreens Advocate Clinic
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Closed Thursday)
Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00pm

312-321-0951 410 N. Michigan Ave.
Covid 19 Testing

Loop Medical Center
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am - Noon

312-414-1088 1921 S. Michigan Ave.

Clear Wellness
Monday – Wednesday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
(Closed Thursday and Friday)

Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm



1605 S. Michigan Ave.

On Duty Urgent Care
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm



1430 S. Michigan Ave.

Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dentist Chicago
24 Hours



312-791-0392 316 W. Cermak Rd.

CVS Pharmacy (24-hour)


741 W. 31 Street


Jewel Osco Drug


1224 S. Wabash Ave.


Walgreen’s (24-hour)


501 W. Roosevelt Rd.


Resources to assist you with your travel, health and safety inquires:

If you are traveling to Chicago from outside of the continental U.S., please review and note the requirements and restrictions that may impact your plans:

Your Conference Experience

WEF respects and takes the broadest view of human diversity and inclusion, and is committed to providing a professional, safe, and welcoming environment at its events for all water professionals and their guests.  WEF expects all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to uphold our commitment to diversity and inclusion by helping us provide a positive conference environment for everyone.

Download WEF's official policies to learn more:

Non-Discrimination and Harassment

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion