39th Annual Chesterton Conference – Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The Apostolate of Common Sense

join us in the windy city for our best conference ever!

– 39th Annual Chesterton ConferencE –

The Laughing Prophet:

G.K. Chesterton & the Seven Virtues

JULY 30 - aug 1, 2020 | CHICAGO, IL



Three days of intellectual stimulation, spiritual edification, fellowship & fun!

The entire hotel is ours for this year’s Chesterton conference, our annual three-day reunion offriends, old and new. Don’t miss this opportunityto experience Chestertonian joy and to learn how to live the spirituality of G.K. Chestertonin your everyday life.

Bring a friend...bring your whole family!

In the event of cancellation ...

While we are planning in hope and good faith that the conference will be able to happen, we know that many things in our world are unpredictable at this moment.

In the chance that the conference will need to be cancelled for circumstances beyond our control, or if you must cancel your attendance due to personal illness, we will:

1. Refund 90% of your purchase amount back to you – OR
2. Provide a tax-deductible receipt for 100% of your purchase amount

Everything that we do is made possible by your generosity. Any attempt we make at thanks is inadequate, but we strive to be good stewards of everything that comes into our hands.

Be bold in your prayer, that all of us may be delivered from the coronavirus, that our small business may survive this trying time, and that our Chestertonian family may be able to still gather this summer at what will truly be the best conference ever.

Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian.

- G.K. Chesterton

An all-star speaker line-up including ...

Dale Ahlquist

President, The Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Virginia de la Lastra 

Medical Doctor and Professor, University of Chile  

Joseph Pearce

Director of Book Publishing, The Augustine Institute

Talks Include:

✦   Dale Ahlquist on the laughing prophet – why Chesterton’s message is one of hope and not despair

✦   Prolific author Joseph Pearce on Chesterton and John Henry Newman

✦   Two prominent Jewish converts to Catholicism – Dawn Eden Goldstein and Robert Asch – on the issue of Chesterton’s relationship with the Jews

✦   Dr. Virginia de la Lastra of the University of Chile on how G.K. Chesterton is finding his way into the medical school curriculum

✦  Many more speakers … plus our legendary conference Afterglows and annual Closing Banquet

Greet old friends and make new friends in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere!

Hotel Venue

This year’s conference will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel. Book online or call the hotel at +1 630-505-1000. Hurry – book now to take advantage of the special conference room rate of $109 per night!

Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532 | +1 630-505-1000

Notes and FAQs

A 6-meal package of catered meals at the hotel may be purchased on an a la carte basis or as part of a complete conference registration package. The meal package includes Thursday night dinner; all meals on Friday; and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. You will receive a meal ticket good for one plate for each meal of the weekend. Meals are served buffet-style in the same area of the hotel as the talks, making meals both inexpensive and convenient. Meal packages must be purchased ahead of time; we are unable to sell meals on site. 

One-Day Tickets are available for purchase at the door as seating allows. Member, student, or clergy discounts do not apply for One-Day tickets.

Faculty, staff and board members from member schools in the Chesterton Schools Network (CSN) will gather at Chesterton Academy of Holy Family from Tuesday, July 28 to Thursday, July 30  for our annual conference. For more information, please contact Emily de Rotstein at [email protected]

Tickets for the closing banquet do not qualify for member discounts. Banquet tickets are purchased separately or as part of the complete conference packages. This joyful evening of jokes, toasts, songs, clerihews, and other fun is hosted by Dale Ahlquist and is the highlight of our annual conference. Hurry – seating is limited!

This year’s conference will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel. Book your room now to take advantage of the special conference rate of $109/night. To reserve your room, book online or call the hotel at +1 913-234-2100. 

We are unable to issue refunds for any conference item (registration, meals, banquet tickets, or vendor tables) at any time. For more information, please contact the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton toll free at 1-800-343-2425.


For more information or assistance, contact the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton toll free at 1-800-343-2425.

See you in Chicago!