Roosevelt 431 Wabash Ave. or 430 S. Michigan Ave.
Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe
Cafecito, 26 E. Congress
Starbuck’s 55 E. Jackson
Dunkin Donuts 62 E. Jackson
Artists Café, 420 S. Michigan
Cafecito, 26 E. Congress (Cuban)
BeeZzee Fresh Food, 425 S. Wabash
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
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
Grant Park (directly across from Roosevelt to lakefront)
Millenium Park (4 blocks north on Michigan Ave.)—Thursday night free concert
Lincoln Park zoo and conservatory (about a mile north)
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
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.