Gun Rights Policy Conference this month
SAF is holding it at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago O'Hare Airport, on September 26, 27 and 28, 2014. Drat, I won't be able to make it, but for any who can, the event is very useful, and free (so are the extensive materials distributed with it. You can make hotel reservations by calling 888-421-1442 -- mention you are attending the conference, and the rate will be $112/night.
UPDATE: the logistics and economics of such a gathering can differ. A Gun Rights Policy Conference brings together a few hundred activists. It's no measurable economic boost to the locality, and SAF can afford to make its location a defiant gesture. An NRA convention, in contrast, brings together 50,000 or so gunnies and hunters (in addition to the activists) and is a major economic boost, hence NRA won't hold conventions in an antigun city. The two events have utterly different economic impacts and, in a policy sense, face entirely different considerations.