• Third Coast Festival
  • Navy Pier
  • 848 East Grand
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • 60611-3509

Third Coast Conference

The Third Coast Conference convenes in the Chicago area for three days every other fall. Radio producers, audio artists, journalists, documentarians, and students come together, listen to each other’s work, share ideas and expertise, and make priceless connections with future colleagues and new friends. Sessions and discussions range from practical topics to philosophical perspectives, and all include plenty of listening.

The weekend culminates with an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.



The 2014 Conference will take place November 7-9 in Chicago, IL, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in the center of our city, overlooking the river. Registration will open mid-July.

Check this page for the latest information as it becomes available, or sign-up for our mailing list.

For information about becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Third Coast Conference, please contact us.


2014 registration & Fees

Registration for the Third Coast Conference covers all sessions and other happenings, breakfast, lunches, and - of course - afternoon snacks.

Earlybird registration is $425, late registration (and, if space allows, on-site registration) is $475. The Holiday Inn Mart Plaza will be offering conference attendees single or double rooms for $139/night. 

Important dates:

7/17 - Registration opens, volunteer applications announced, hotel reservations accepted

8/14 - Deadline for volunteer applications

9/25 - Early registration deadline

10/16 - Hotel reservation deadline

10/23 - Late registration deadline



2012 Third Coast Conference

The 2012 Conference took place October 5-7 in Evanston, IL, in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

All of the 2012 Conference sessions plus more than 100 sessions from past Conferences (2001 - 2010) are available for your downloading and listening pleasure.

Got a few spare hours? Browse our library and listen to past conference sessions.

The 2012 Conference was presented in partnership with:


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