Useful Information on Chicago

Conference Site

Roosevelt 431 Wabash Ave. or 430 S. Michigan Ave.

 

Hotels

Congress Hotel 520 S. Michigan (see special group deal)

Travelodge, 65 East Harrison (see special group deal)

 

(slightly pricier)

Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe

 

Coffee

Cafecito, 26 E. Congress

 

(Chains)

Starbuck’s 55 E. Jackson

Dunkin Donuts   62 E. Jackson

 

Food

Quick lunch:

Artists Café, 420 S. Michigan

Cafecito, 26 E. Congress       (Cuban)

BeeZzee Fresh Food, 425 S. Wabash

 

(Chains)

Corner Bakery, 224 S. Michigan

Potbelly Sandwiches, 55 E. Jackson

Roti     59 E. Jackson     (Mediterranean)

Tokyo Lunch box   60 E. Jackson

Panera, 501 S. State

Chipotle, 10 E. Jackson

 

Dinner ($$$):

Park Grille, 11 N. Michigan

The Gage, 24 S. Michigan

Frontera Grill 445 N. Clark (acclaimed Mexican—advance reservations)

 

Food and/or Drink

Tavern 2Twenty2, 222 S. Wabash

Miller’s Pub, 134 S. Wabash

Cavanaugh’s Bar, 53 W. Jackson (historic Monadnock Building)

Plymouth Restaurant and Rooftop bar, 327 S. Plymouth Court

 

Outdoor attractions

Grant Park (directly across from Roosevelt to lakefront)

Millenium Park (4 blocks north on Michigan Ave.)—Thursday night free concert

Program TBA

Lincoln Park zoo and conservatory (about a mile north)

 

Museums

Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan (many tours of Chicago architecture;

River tour recommended)

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington   (free)

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lakeshore Drive

American Writer’s Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave

 

Night Life

Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Club, 700 S. Wabash

The Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct, Dearborn Station

Tavern 2Twenty2, 222 S. Wabash

 

(further away, notable Chicago spots)

Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway

Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave

City Winery, 1200 W Randolph St

Second City, 1616 N Wells

 

From the airports:

O’Hare to downtown. Take the CTA Blue line and get off at Jackson. You’ll come above ground at State and Jackson, walk west one block to Wabash, then south to either hotel (Travelodge is on Wabash; Congress Plaza is at Congress and S. Michigan, one block east of Wabash). CTA fare is $2.50 vs. a cab for $28.   You’ll need to buy a CTA ticket from a machine at the entrance to the turnstiles.

 

Midway to downtown. Take the orange line and get off at Harold Washington Library (Van Buren and Wabash). Walk south to either hotel (Travelodge is on Wabash; Congress Plaza is at Congress and S. Michigan, one block east of Wabash). CTA fare is $2.50 vs. a cab for $28.   You’ll need to buy a CTA ticket from a machine at the entrance to the turnstiles

 

Orienting to the city.  

Streets are almost all on a grid, running either north-south or east west. The zero point is State St (running N-S). and Chicago Ave (running E-W).   Any address between State and the lake will be an East address, etc.

 

Roosevelt is 2 blocks east of State St., and 4 blocks south of Chicago Ave. in what we call the “South Loop” (the CTA circuit that runs through downtown).

 

Almost all of the locations listed above are in the Loop, very close to Roosevelt University, the conference site. You’ll have no trouble walking among most of them. There is a wealth of other things to see and do that you can find online. If you’re interested in attractions further away, you may want to buy a two or three-day CTA pass, or you can take a cab or Uber.

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