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The Mid America Club @ Aon Center

News | Dates & Times At-a-Glance Schedule


Connect with fellow publishers, vendor partners, and industry insiders at the IPG Publisher Summit 2020 on April 20th-22nd at the The Mid America Club @ Aon Center.

IPG Publisher Summit is a three-day annual publishing event, creating a convergence of publishers, service providers, review publications, graphic designers, librarians, booksellers, media, printers, and more, hosted by Independent Publishers Group. Meet the entire IPG team, hear directly from industry thought leaders, form closer relationships with trade reviewers and production partners, learn about new tools to improve your business, and engage with other like-minded publishers and industry professionals.

The 2020 IPG Publisher Summit Program is coming soon! View and download last year's here. Please note: Printed programs will be distributed at registration.

Update regarding Coronavirus Covid-19:

As the COVID-19 public health issue continues to unfold, we are keeping tabs on CDC recommendations related to the virus. As we approach this year’s IPG Publisher Summit in Chicago, we will move forward as planned on April 20 and 21 at the MidAmerica Club at the Aon Center. Currently, the threat level is low in Chicago, and other events happening here around the same time (including the Social Media Strategies Summit, Global Real Estate Conference and Expo, and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management Annual Conference) are moving forward as planned. We are in close touch with the Aon Center’s venue team and will continue to monitor the Center for Disease Control recommendations.

As we move forward with our Summit, we recommend all participants use the following general health measures for any meeting to help prevent illness:

  • Follow the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization.
  • Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds each time. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at the registration desk and in all meeting rooms.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with something disposable (like a tissue) when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or clothing.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. We will be recording the Summit sessions and keynotes and will make them available to all registrants in the weeks following Summit.

We are committed to keeping you informed and updated. As the situation progresses, we will post updates here, and will continue to communicate via email to registered attendees, exhibitors, presenting speakers, and other conference participants. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Marketing Department.


IPG Publisher Summit Dates and Times

Full schedule with details coming soon! Check out last year's programming and events to see why this is one of the most worthwhile conferences you'll attend in 2020.

Publisher Summit Dates & Time:

Monday, April 20th begins at 9 a.m.

Publisher Summit:
Monday, April 20th
Tuesday, April 21st

Cocktail Reception:
Cocktail Reception planned for the evening of Monday, April 20th from 7 - 10 p.m at Chicago Cultural Center

Bookstore Trolley Tour
RSVP required.
Sunday, April 19th from 6 - 9 p.m.
Meet in Fairmont lobby at 5:45 p.m.

Publisher Summit: Workshop - Making Money From Audiobooks
Wednesday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch)

At-a-Glance Schedule

Sunday, April 19th:

5:45 pm - 9 pm   Annual IPG Bookstore Trolley Crawl
Pre-registration required


Monday, April 20th:

8:00 am - 9:15 am   Exhibitor set up

8:30 am - 4:30 pm   Attendee registration open

9:30 am - 9:50 am   Opening remarks
Joe Matthews, CEO | IPG

10:00 am - 12:00 pm   Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm   Lunch w/Keynote:
The US Book Industry in Review
David Walter, Executive Director, Client Development | NPD

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Sessions

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Dedicated Exhibit Hall time

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm   Sessions

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Cocktail reception at the Chicago Cultural Center
Drinks & light hors d’oeuvres will be served


Tuesday, April 21st:

8:00 am - 9:30 am   Breakfast w/Keynote:
Libraries and Publishing
Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director | American Library Association

9:40 am - 10:30 am   Sessions

10:30 am - 10:55 am   Dedicated Exhibit Hall time + coffee break

11:05 am - 11:55 am   Sessions

12:05 pm - 12:45 pm   Ask the IPG Experts

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm   Lunch w/Keynote:
Inside Amazon with special guest Shira Schindel | Audible
Lara Alexander, National Accounts Manager & Kelly Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy | IPG

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm   Sessions

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm   Dedicated Exhibit Hall time + snacks

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm   Publisher round tables

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm   Joe’s closing remarks & champagne toast – Summit 2020 concludes!


Wednesday, April 22nd:

8:00 am - 9:00 am   Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Audiobook Workshop
Pre-registration required.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   Lunch



Update regarding Coronavirus Covid-19: