Organizers are gearing up for what they figure could be the group’s biggest annual conference yet, Nov. 5-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Everything kicks off with a Chicago Street Fest at 11 a.m. Nov. 5 and then blends into afternoon sessions at the convention center on Chicago’s lakefront. Monday morning sessions will be highlighted by a keynote address by Arthur C. Brooks, a Harvard professor, social scientist, best-selling author and columnist at The Atlantic. Among other things, he is a co-author, along with Oprah Winfrey of “Build the Life You Want.”

The Tuesday morning keynoter will be Karen Walrond, a nationally-recognized author and photographer who inspires others to find and celebrate their own uniqueness, through the power of storytelling. She has spoken around the world appearing on CNN, TEDxHouston, and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Through her book “The Beauty of Different,” her blog Chookooloonks, her e-books, online courses and in-person retreats, she impresses that individuals’ uniqueness, skills and stories have the power to connect in the “most beautifully different ways.”

Dozens of educational sessions, with the opportunity to earn up to 16 continuing education credits, will be offered during the LeadingAge annual conference.

And the exhibit hall has been transformed into the E2 Experience, according to organizers. E2 is composed of seven learning communities, each corresponding with a LeadingAge educational track. It will be open 12-3:30 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday.

With “thought-provoking activations, collaborative spaces, and eateries to creatively interactive booths, every moment in E2 will be more experiential and less transactional than a traditional expo,” organizers said. Included will be “chef-inspired hot meals in spaces that feel like swanky downtown restaurants.”

Numerous opportunities for member site visits, as well as many networking opportunities onsite also will be available.

Visit the event website for more information or to register.