Travel for the 2014 HSS Meeting

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

HSS2014 will be held at the Westin Hotel at 909 North Michigan Ave. in Chicago, located on the “Magnificent Mile,” three blocks north of the historic Water Tower and just one block north of the John Hancock Center.

http://www.thewestinmichiganavenue.com/

1. CAR

If you are coming into Chicago by CAR, here are driving directions:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/area/directions.html?propertyID=1030

From O’Hare International Airport

  • Take Interstate 190 East which turns into the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94 East)
  • Take Ohio Street exit and travel east on Ohio for approximately 9 blocks to Michigan Avenue
  • Turn left onto Michigan Avenue
  • Travel north approximately 9 blocks to Delaware
  • Turn right onto Delaware

From the West

  • Take Interstate 55 East to I-90/94 North
  • Exit at Ohio Street
  • Travel east on Ohio for approximately 9 blocks to Michigan Avenue
  • Turn left onto Michigan Avenue
  • Travel north approximately 9 blocks to Delaware
  • Turn right onto Delaware and continue to hotel

From the South

  • Take I-94 North and exit at Ohio Street
  • Travel east on Ohio for approximately 9 blocks to Michigan Avenue
  • Turn left onto Michigan Avenue
  • Travel north approximately 9 blocks to Delaware
  • Turn right onto Delaware and continue to hotel entrance

From the North

  • Take Interstate 94 South and exit at Ohio Street
  • Travel east on Ohio for approximately 9 blocks to Michigan Avenue
  • Turn left onto Michigan Avenue
  • Travel north approximately 9 blocks to Delaware

 

PARKING in this downtown area is not cheap; the hotel charges big bucks: $67 each day for valet parking.

http://www.thewestinmichiganavenue.com/chicago-hotel-parking

But one company has two lots in the vicinity and offers the more “reasonable” rate of $30/day.

Salstar Parking.
http://salstarparking.com/
860 North Dewitt Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-7550

AND

110 E Delaware
Chicago, IL
Tel.  (312) 915-0068

atigenc@salstarparking.com

Alternatively, drivers coming by car can consider parking for free on the street in a suburb like Evanston or the north side of Chicago (if they are coming in from the north or west) or a neighborhood like Hyde Park (if they are coming in from the east or south) and then take public transportation to the site.  (For CTA information, see http://www.transitchicago.com).  Generally, cars left over the weekend should be fine, but watch the rules….

2. AIRPORTS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

There are several options for public transportation both from Chicago’s two airports (O’Hare and Midway) and within the city itself.  See:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/area/transportation.html?propertyID=1030&language=en_US

The Chicago area is served by the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), which runs the famous “L” train lines and busses (http://www.transitchicago.com).   Service is also available from Metra, which runs commuter trains to/from the suburbs (http://www.metrarail.com).

For a map of the L system, see: http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/maps/ctatrainmap.png

From O’Hare Airfield

– A cab fare to the hotel will cost you approximately $40-45 and take 30 minutes in perfect traffic, or up to 1 hour during peak rush hour.  Figure 45 minutes.

– To take the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) aka “the L,” the charge is $5.00 (this is a premium fare from O’Hare into the city. All other L fares in Chicago are $2.25). It will take you about an hour door-to-door.  Go to the Blue Line station in the airport, easily accessible for domestic arrivals in terminals 1, 2, or 3.  Folks coming in on international arrivals to terminal 5 will need to take the airport monorail shuttle to terminal 3 to access the station.  From the O’Hare train station take the Blue Line train into the loop.  Transfer to the Red Line at the Jackson St. station (where there is a transfer tunnel which makes the switch much easier than at the Washington St. station) and then take the Red Line train going north (direction Howard).  Go four stops and get out at the Chicago Ave. stop.  Then walk three blocks east to Michigan Ave. and three blocks north to the hotel at the corner of Delaware St.  http://www.transitchicago.com/airports/#ord

– GO Airport Express (shared) bus service will run you $30 each way, and take 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic and the number of stops.   You can make reservations here: http://www.airportexpress.com/service_to_from_hotels

From Midway

– A cab fare to the hotel will cost you about $40 and take 30 minutes in perfect traffic, to an hour or so during rush hour.  Figure 45 minutes.

– To take the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) aka “the L,” the charge is $2.25 and will take you about 45 minutes door-to-door.  Leave the terminal and take the enclosed walkway to the Midway Orange Line station and take the train to the loop.  Transfer at Roosevelt station to the Red Line (you will be going from the above-ground L to the subway below ground).  Then take the Red Line train north (direction Howard) for 6 stops to the Chicago Ave. stop.  Walk three blocks east to Michigan Ave. and three blocks north to the hotel at the corner of Delaware St.   http://www.transitchicago.com/airports/#mdw

– GO Airport Express bus service will run you $25 and take 45 minutes or more.   You can make reservations here: http://www.airportexpress.com/service_to_from_hotels

From the train stations

– For those arriving by train at either Union Station (via Amtrak) or Ogilvie Transportation Center (via Metra commuter train; see http://www.metrarail.com or (312) 322-6777), the easiest way to get to the hotel is by taxi, which should set you back about $10 and shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes.  You may also take the CTA 151 bus from Union Station for $2.00; it runs right up Michigan Ave.  http://www.transitchicago.com/bus/151/

Travel within Chicago

– Walking from the Westin Hotel to the Loop/Millennium Park will take about 25 minutes.

– The walk to the CTA L Red Line stop at Chicago Ave. (at State St.) takes about 5-7 minutes.  The walk to the Brown/Purple line stop at Chicago Ave. (at Franklin St.) takes about 7-10 minutes.  There are also various buses that run up and down Michigan Ave.

http://www.transitchicago.com

– Cabs are readily available and plentiful at all hours.