FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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Will I get an email confirmation that I’ve registered?
Yes, shortly after you register, you should receive an email confirmation. If you did not receive an email confirmation, please check whether it was delivered to your junk mail folder. If you do not find it there, contact us immediately at oil@winteroil.org.

Can I attend OIL without pre-registering?
We highly discourage walk-ins. We will not send you back home, but walk-in registration takes much longer and there is a good chance you won’t get your first seminar choice. The walk-in rates are $220 for overnight attendees, $200 for Thursday overnight attendees, and $180 for commuter attendees. Your best bet is to contact us at oil@winteroil.org before you come to OIL.

I’m a working professional and can only take Friday off. Can I come late to OIL?
Yes! We welcome you to come to OIL after work on Thursday. We have a registration type called “Thursday Overnight” just for you. This rate includes conference attendance, 2 nights hotel, and meals starting with breakfast on Friday.

Can I come for evening worship only?
Yes, please join us! In order to offset overhead costs, we are recommending a donation of $25. This donation can be made in-person when you arrive on-site.

Do you have discounts/scholarships?
As much as we would like to help, unfortunately we don’t have the resources to be able to provide discounts or scholarships.

What is the age range?
You must be at least a college freshman to attend OIL. The conference draws mostly college students and young adults in their 20s and 30s, but anyone over the minimum age is welcome to attend.

My spouse and I are both attending OIL. Can we be assigned a room together?
For married couples who would like to be assigned to a room together, this can be requested at an additional charge of $100 to cover the cost of the room for all 3 nights. If you are interested in this, when the first spouse registers, they should check the “shared room” box and pay the extra $100. A unique code will then be issued and the other spouse should also click “shared room” and enter this code during registration so that we can ensure you are roomed together and you will not be charged twice. If you have any questions, please email oil@winteroil.org.

Changes/Cancellations Back to Top

If I signed up, but for some reason I cannot attend the conference, can someone else take my spot?
No, sorry, someone else cannot take your spot and use your deposit. If you can’t make the conference, please let us know ASAP (to open up space for prospective registrants), no later than midnight CST on Friday, December 21, 2018, and we’ll refund your payment (except for the $40 non-refundable deposit).

I can’t attend. Can I get a refund?
Please contact us before midnight CST on Friday, December 21, 2018 to cancel. Space is limited and we’d like to give as many people the chance to attend as possible. When you tell us you’re canceling, we’ll refund your payment, except for the $40 non-refundable deposit.

Why is there a non-refundable deposit?
If someone cancels we have to pay two sets of processing fees (on the original registration and on the refund) to the credit card company. The deposit is to cover the processing fee for the refund, not for the original registration.

Can I change my registration information (e.g. address, email, seminar choice, etc.)?
Yes. Click here to log in and edit your registration choices. There will be no changes after December 21, 2018.

Housing & Transportation Back to Top

Will I be staying in a Wheaton College dorm room?
The Wheaton College dorms are occupied by current Wheaton students, so OIL overnight attendees will be staying at the nearby Hilton Lisle (3003 Corporate W Drive, Lisle) or overflow at the Sheraton Lisle (3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle).  Both hotels are about 15 minutes from Wheaton College. OIL has blocked standard rooms with 2 double beds, wireless internet, bedding, towels, mini-refrigerator, and coffee maker.

How is housing arranged?
Rooms will be assigned same gender, generally 4 attendees to a standard 2 queen-bed room. Each attendee will be given a room key. You will likely be rooming with other attendees around the same school year/age, who may be in your small group.

Will OIL provide transportation between the hotel and Wheaton College?
There will be a shuttle service (passenger vans) after evening worship and before morning worship during OIL. We will also run the shuttle during registration and free time. If you need shuttle service during OIL, please note it when asked during registration.

Can I drive my personal car during OIL?
Yes, feel free to drive your own car between Wheaton College and the Hilton/Sheraton. If you will be driving, we encourage you to take other attendees as passengers and get to know each other during the drive. This will help with transporting people between the 2 sites.

Where can I park?
There is free parking at Wheaton College, the Hilton, and Sheraton. At Wheaton College, we recommend parking at the Billy Graham Center at 500 College Avenue in Wheaton and then walk to the Todd Beamer Student Center. Please obey all Wheaton College parking regulations and signage.

Can OIL provide accommodations for my special needs?
Please contact us as soon as possible at oil@winteroil.org.

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What time do I need to get to OIL by on Wednesday, January 2?
Check-in officially begins at 2PM in the lobby outside Coray Auditorium in the Todd Beamer Student Center at Wheaton College. If you come early and are an overnight attendee, you can register and either drive or take the shuttle to the hotel to drop off your belongings and then have some time to rest or pray until Opening Worship.

When are the first and last meals served?
Lunch and dinner will be served at Wheaton College and breakfast will be served at the hotels. The first meal will be dinner on Wednesday, January 2 served at Wheaton College. For overnight attendees, the last meal will be breakfast on Saturday, January 5 at the hotels. For commuters, the last meal will be dinner on Friday, January 4 served at Wheaton College.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?
Contact us at oil@winteroil.org.

What to Bring Back to Top

What should I bring to OIL?
Clothes for 4 days and 3 nights, toiletries, your Bible, a pen, and spending money/credit card if you’d like. For overnight attendees, you do not need a sleeping bag. Bedding and towels are provided by the hotels.

Will you make any resources available at OIL?
We try to provide you with resources to preserve the OIL experience at minimal cost. There will be opportunities to buy OIL T-shirts, hoodies, and books.

Will you take credit cards at the conference to register and purchase USBs, books, and other resources?
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.

Miscellaneous Back to Top

How many people are you expecting?
The attendance has been anywhere from 600-800 people for the last few years.

Will OIL be live-streamed?
Yes!  We plan to live-stream all of the main plenary sessions online.

Does OIL have exhibitors during the conference?
Yes, we have space for a limited number of exhibitors on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $220 per exhibitor, which includes full overnight attendee registration to OIL (all sessions, overnight lodging, meals). Each organization will be provided 1 8-foot table and 2 chairs. Exhibitors will share a double queen guestroom with one other exhibitor of the same gender. Please contact oil@winteroil.org to check availability and for the special registration code.

What will the weather be like?
Wheaton, Illinois is about 30 degrees during the day, 15 degrees during the night in the month of January. However, most of your time will be spent indoors. Right before you come, it may be helpful to check weather conditions via the internet.

How far is Wheaton from downtown Chicago?
In light traffic, the drive time is approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour.

How far is Wheaton from O’Hare airport? Midway airport?
In light traffic, the drive time is approximately 45 minutes from both airports.

How do I get from the airport to Wheaton College?
Please click here for directions from Google Maps.

Do you provide rides to Wheaton College for Commuters?
We do not provide rides to/from Wheaton College and the Chicagoland area. You are responsible for your own transportation to/from OIL.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?
If you have any other questions, please contact us at oil@winteroil.org.