HOTEL and Lodging OPTIONS
Crowne Plaza Hotel:
There are some rooms still available at discounted prices but until we have a new code you must email your reservation form, which will be treated on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 15 rooms remaining at the discounted rate of $184 plus tax for Wed. Sept. 26 and Sat. Sept. 29. 14 or 15 rooms for Thursday Sept. 27 and Fri Sept. 28 are at $169 + tax. Once these rooms are reserved, 15 more rooms will be available for Thu. and Fri at the $184 plus tax rate. There are no discounted rates for Sunday, Sept. 30th. The cutoff date for taking advantage of these discounts in July 25th.
The Crowne Plaza is between Greek Town and one of the most popular restaurant areas in Chicago. It is also a short Uber-ride away from the Theater District. As noted earlier, it is within easy walking distance of the conference sites through Greek Town. Parking at the hotel is expensive, but you have the freedom to take your car out anytime. Parking information will be provided to you by the hotel.
There is no extra charge for double occupancy as long as doubles remain. An email was sent earlier asking to let me know if you wish to share a room.
If you are interested in sharing a room at the Crowne Plaza, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line “Sharing rooms”.
These hotels are not as highly rated as the Crowne Plaza but receive favorable reviews
Please keep in mind that hotel tax in Chicago is 16.5 % (ouch!). Prices on Booking.com and other hotel sites do not include tax (neither does the discounted price at the Crowne Plaza – as noted above).
On the Medical campus – 20 min. walk to conference sites or a short Uber ride
There are several rooms available at the Hotel Chicago West Loop on the Medical Campus of UIC if you go through Booking.com –right now the price for 3 nights (checking in Wed., leaving Sat) is comparable to the Crown Plaza rooms at the discounted rate. Not the same quality as the Crowne Plaza, but it is often the hotel of choice for graduates and professors coming to visit the Medical Center. During the day, the area is perfectly safe, but we do not recommend walking alone in the area after dark (there are frequent reports of robberies in the Medical campus after dark). If you stay here, please take an Uber back to the front door of the hotel in the evening. We checked, and you will get a better deal through Booking.com than by going through the hotel itself for your reservation.
The hotel is near Taylor Street and quite a few Italian restaurants, but again, be sure to take an Uber or a taxi when going back to the hotel at night.
The Congress Plaza Hotel – About 1 mile from the conference site.
Great location for visiting the Art Institute and other popular Downtown sites. Rates are comparable to the Crowne Plaza at the discounted rate.
You can get to and from the Conference by the Blue Line or Bus # 7
The Inn of Chicago
Streeterville. Not a luxury hotel but a good option for those who want to be closer to Michigan Ave and tourist attractions. A block from the busiest stretch of Michigan Ave and near the Lakefront. About 2.5 miles from Conference site. Dianna stayed there several times before moving to Chicago – no frills but a clean room.
Dewitt Hotel and Suites and the Rafaello Hotel
Two small hotels in Streeterville, near the lakefront and Michigan Ave, but approximately 2-2.5 miles from campus. You can Share an Uber for about $10 at most times of day – a private Uber may be twice as much, depending on the hour. We have had visitors stay at both of these hotels and they’ve been pleased. Again, it appears that your rates are better if you reserve through Booking.com.
PLEASE NOTE: September is a popular month for Conventions in Chicago. We recommend that you make your reservation as soon as possible because the number of rooms available for the conference dates are limited at any of these hotels.
You were sent an earlier note with information about the Chicago Parthenon Hostel –a steal, and a 10 min. walk to conference sites, but none of the private rooms have private bathrooms – and the rooms are hostel, not hotel, quality.
The Chicago Getaway Hostel in Lincoln Park has some private rooms with private bathrooms. It’s in Lincoln Park so a longer ride to campus, but shared Ubers are inexpensive in Chicago.