Twenty-Seventh Annual Economic Outlook Symposium

Last Updated: 12/9/2013

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will host its Twenty-Seventh Annual Economic Outlook Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The symposium will focus on the forces shaping the U.S. expansion as it enters 2014.


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8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
9:30 AM
Financial and Consumer Outlook
Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial
10:15 AM
10:30 AM
Automotive Outlook
Michael Robinet, Managing Director, IHS Automotive Consulting
11:30 AM
Steel Industry Outlook
Robert DiCianni, Marketing Manager, ArcelorMittal USA
12:00 PM
1:15 PM
Illinois Fiscal Challenges
William Testa, Senior Economist and Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
2:15 PM
Heavy Machinery Outlook
Frank Manfredi, President, Manfredi and Associates
3:00 PM
Closing Remarks

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Hotel Information

Club Quarters
111 W Adams St
Chicago ,  IL   60603
(312) 214-6400

Room rate: $111/standard + 16.4% hotel occupancy tax. Please note that there is a $15.00 charge per extra person per room.

Reservations: Please call member services at (203) 905-2100 during business hours and use group code FRB512 for the special conference rate. You will need a credit card to guarantee the reservation.

Should you need to cancel your reservation, please contact the hotel directly at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.

Cut-off date: November 12, 2013. Any reservations after the cut-off date will be subject to availability.


Club Quarters is a club-like hotel in the center of "the Loop," Chicago's Central Business District and a two block walk to the Bank. This vibrant area is bound on the west and north by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan and on the south by Roosevelt Road. Club Quarters is minutes from Michigan Avenue and a short walk to the Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Board of Trade, the Willis Tower, the River Front, theaters, Grant Park and world famous Magnificent Mile.


Elephant and Castle Pub Restaurant: The onsite restaurant with authentic British décor boasts Chicago's most comprehensive menu of beer and whiskey. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature both American and British classic casual fare at reasonable prices.


Multi-menu Delivery: Chicago is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to food. Club Quarters has arranged for multiple restaurants to deliver to Club Quarters guests and menus are available in the guest rooms.

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Conference Supplemental Information

A link to a summary of last year's symposium is here. We also have included a link to our symposium series, where you can review past conferences and Chicago Fed Letter summaries.

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