Conference 2021

We are happy to announce the location of our 2021 conference: 




Contact the organizers:

  • Michelle Day
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    • 312.852.8520
  • Cheryl Graves
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Chicago and the state of Illinois have been leaders in Restorative Justice across the U.S. for over a decade.  Because of this, there are several strong coalitions, numerous organizations, schools, institutions and community leaders committed to implementing RJ across the city and state. Additionally, Chicago is home to many ground breaking restorative justice initiatives such as:

  • Community Restorative Justice Hubs including the Peace Room at Precious Blood Reconciliation Center, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, New Life: Urban Life Skills, Circles & Ciphers, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Restorative Justice Hubs are a community-led approach to youth crime and conflict. The RJ Hub vision is that RJ Hubs are safe spaces in the community where youth and emerging adults and their families are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma, and developing necessary skills and competencies.  Importantly, the RJ Hub model is directly informed by the latest science on childhood trauma. It is designed as a strategy for helping people to move beyond the effects of adverse childhood experiences, guiding them towards sustainable healing and growth



Chicago has two major airports to choose from for travel:

  1.  O’Hare International Airport
  2.  Midway Airport

Both airports are easily accessible by public transportation rail lines, taxicabs and hotel shuttles. The airports are within an hour of travel from sites which will be considered for the conference and lodging.


There are numerous hotels available for consideration for the conference site. Additionally, we are making certain to ensure the availability of lower cost “overflow” hotels in the immediate area – within a mile or two of the likely/preferred conference venue.

Places of Interest

There are many local attractions which may be of interest to attendees of the 2021 conference:

  1. Downtown Chicago highlights: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, Architecture tours; Lake Michigan provides miles of lakefront for boating or swimming and beachfront sports; World-class Museums such as the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute, and Museum of Contemporary Art and many others:
  2. The Bronzeville Historical Tour: The Underground Railroad Trolley Tour & The Douglas Tomb and Historic Site Tour
  3. National Museum of Mexican Art and Public Mural Tour in the Pilsen Neighborhood
  4. Lincoln Park Zoo
  5. DuSable Museum of African American History, the first of its’ kind in the nation.
  6. Chicago, is known as “a city of neighborhoods” which reflect the deep cultural roots and history of the city. Chicago neighborhoods offer an array of amazing food, art, music and shopping to experience first hand, the ethnic diversity and social depth of the city.
  7. The Holocaust Museum

Chicago is home to more than 15 seminaries or divinity schools and other faith tradition schools of higher learning, all of which have programs centered around peacemaking, reconciliation and restorative justice which would enhance engagement and benefit from engagement with NACRJ.

National Conferences

Our 6th NACRJ Conference was held in Oakland, CA on June 16-18, 2017 with three pre-conference training sessions on June 15, 2017.  We had 1,319 attendees, terrific keynote/plenary sessions and cultural performances, nearly 300 presentations, an awards ceremony, and a concert by "dead prez".  

Audio recordings of keynotes, interviews, photos and more can be found on the 2017 Conference page.

Check out past NACRJ Conferences in 2013, 2015, 2017 on the Conferences tab.

Planning for our 7th NACRJ Conference is progressing nicely.  It will be in Denver, CO (June 14-16, 2019) with Pre-Conference Training Sessions on June 13, 2019.  Put it on your calendar.  We want to see you there.

In 2021, the 8th NACRJ Conference will be held in Chicago, IL.  We look forward to being in Chi-Town. 

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