Important Fraud Alert - Academy 2017 Chicago Housing Bureau




It has come to our attention that our members and exhibitors are possibly being contacted by companies claiming to be the Academy's housing block provider for Academy 2017 Chicago. Lured by what appear to be highly attractive rates, many individuals fall prey to these companies, losing significant deposits, discovering hidden costs, up front charges or being "bate and switched" to hotel rooms they never booked. Do NOT give them your credit card information.


These companies are in no way affiliated with the American Academy of Optometry, Academy 2017 Chicago, or the official hotels in Anaheim. Orchid Events is the ONLY official housing company for this event and will not contact you directly to make a reservation. Booking through the Academy's official housing provider, Orchid Events, ensures you will be working with a reputable company, that your credit card information is secure, and that you will benefit from all services provided to conference attendees at the official hotels.

If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room reservation for Academy 2017 Chicago, or if they represent themselves as the "Academy's housing provider," please get as much information as you can, then contact Orchid Events at or call toll-free 1-866-365-1113.


If you have any questions regarding your reservations, please feel free to contact Thank you for your attention to this matter!




Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO
Executive Director