Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Hotel and What to do in Chicago

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Join us in Chicago, IL

The 2019 Conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue 

Hilton Chicago
700 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration forms for the conference are available on the forms page of the membership tab of this site. If your proposal has been accepted for the 2019 Convention, you may wish to register for your hotel room here.

  

Chicago Ground Transportation

OHare International Airport (ORD)

ORD Ground Transportation link: 

http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/tofrom/pages/default.aspx

Link includes: CTA 'L' and Metra trains; Shuttle Services;

Regional Bus; Taxi, Limo, Rideshare, and Rental Car services

        'L' Blue Line from ORD to LaSalle stop (includes walking): cost $5

                Approximate time from airport to hotel via 'L' Blue Line: 1 hr

Taxi service outside each terminal: average cost is $30-40

Uber from ORD to Hilton Chicago: average cost is $36.97

Lyft from ORD to Hilton Chicago: average cost is $40-45

Approximate time from airport to hotel via car: 40 minutes

 

Chicago Union Station (CHI)

CHI link: https://www.amtrak.com/stations/chi

CTA Bus #7 from CHI to Hilton Chicago (includes walking): cost $2.25

        Uber from CHI to HIlton Chicago: approximate cost $6.96

        Lyft from CHI to Hilton Chicago: approximate cost $8-10

        Approximate time from train station to hotel via car: 15 minutes

 

Greyhound Bus Station

CHI Greyhound Bus Station link: 

https://locations.greyhound.com/bus-stations/us/il/chicago/bus-station-560252

CTA Bus #7 from CHI to Hilton Chicago (includes walking): cost $2.25

'L' Blue Line from CHI to LaSalle stop (includes walking): cost $2.50

        Uber from CHI to Hilton Chicago: approximate cost $6.76

        Lyft from CHI to Hilton Chicago: approximate cost $6-8

        Approximate time from bus station to hotel via car:  11 minutes

 

Chicago 'L' Train

 'L' Fares and Passes link: https://www.transitchicago.com/fares/

 

Chicago Metra 

Metra Fares and Passes link: https://metrarail.com/tickets

 

Garages and Parking Near Hilton Chicago

Grant Park South Garage (Early Bird Rate $16)

https://www.millenniumgarages.com/millennium-park-garage/

Multi-Day Packages Available

        7th Street Parking (Flat Rate $16)

                710 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

        Spot Hero

                An online parking reservation service

                Hilton Chicago link:

                https://spothero.com/chicago/chicago-hilton-parking

 

Hilton Chicago Parking (taken from Hilton Chicago website)

On-site pre-paid parking, fee: 30 USD 8 hour rate, 55 USD 24 hour rate

        Valet parking, fee: 75 USD 24 hour rate

        Onsite parking garage height clearance 6 feet 3 inches

 

  

Food, Activities, and Places in Chicago to Look Forward to:

Click here for a handy 1-page .pdf of our "Things to do in Chicago!"

 

Some Highlights!

  • Cloud Gate: Our conference is minutes away from Millennium Park, home to one of Chicago’s most famous sculptures: Cloud Gate! Also known by its nickname “The Bean,” this public art piece is impressive to behold and is a Chicago must see.
  • Museum Campus: A 57-acre museum park that rests alongside Lake Michigan and surrounds four of Chicago’s most notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and Soldier Field. This location is perfect for museum and football lovers alike!
  • Green Mill: In the 20’s, Chicago’s Al Capone was known to frequently visit the Green Mill. Since then, this establishment has become a Chicago staple. Offering phenomenal live jazz performances, Sunday night poetry slams, and an opportunity to step into Chicago’s jazz-rich history, this popular cocktail lounge is worth the visit.
  • Chicago Style Pizza: Deep dish pizza is one of Chicago’s claims to fame and a highly recommended meal for out-of-towners. For those looking to try the best in the city, we recommend Lou Malnati’s, Pequod’s, or Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
  • Skydeck Chicago – Willis Tower: Discover a breathtaking view of the city at Skydeck Chicago! Located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, the Skydeck offers a completely unique way to see the skyline with a 360-degree view spanning across the entire city and 4 states. But no trip to Chicago is complete without stepping onto The Ledge, an attraction featuring enclosed glass balconies extending outside of the skyscraper, allowing one to see 1,353 feet straight down!
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. This museum exhibits masterpieces by some of the most celebrated artists of every era, from Vinvent van Gogh’s The Bedroom to Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (famous for its appearance in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Andy Warhol’s print of Elizabeth Taylor. Throughout the museum you’ll also be able to see incredible collections of video media, photographs, and suits of armor, just to name a few. After you tour the art and check out the iconic pair of bronze lions guarding the museum, make sure to take a stroll in the gardens in Pritzker’s Pavilion just outside the museum.
  • Navy Pier: One of the most visited attractions in the Midwest, Navy Pier is Chicago’s lakefront playground. Find events, shopping, dining, and boat tours at the Navy Pier.
  • The Magnificent Mile: Located on the same street as the Hilton Chicago, The Magnificent Mile is the top shopping destination in the downtown area. The Mag Mile will lead you through its cosmopolitan atmosphere, luxury brand storefronts, boutiques, and endless restaurants. Further down on Michigan Avenue, you will see the Wrigley Building and Chicago Tribune Tower as well as the Water Tower and Pumping Station, a historic building that survived the Great Chicago Fire.

Food and Drinks (Within Walking Distance of Conference):

  • Shake Shack - 12 S Michigan Ave
  • Lou Malnati’s - 805 S State St 
  • Italian Village Restaurant – 71 W Monroe St
  • Nando’s Peri Peri – 22 S Wabash Ave
  • Café Press Chicago - 800 S Clark St
  • Stan’s Donuts – 26 E Roosevelt Rd
  • Intelligentsia Coffee Millennium Park Coffeebar – 53 E Randolph St

Food and Drinks (Accessible via Car or Public Transportation):

  • Smoque BBQ – 3800 N Pulaski Rd
  • Portillo’s – W Taylor Street
  • 3 Arts Club Café – 1300 N Dearborn Pkwy
  • Crisp – 2940 N Broadway
  • Frontera Grill – 445 N Clark St
  • Girl and the Goat – 809 W Randolph St
  • The Purple Pig – 500 N Michigan Ave
  • Eataly – 43 E Ohio St
  • Half Acre Brewery – 4257 N Lincoln Ave
  • Au Cheval – 800 W Randolph St
  • The Publican – 837 W Fulton Market

Attractions (Accessible via Car or Public Transportation):

  • Wrigley Field – 1060 W Addison St ('L' Red Line to Addison)
  • National Museum of Mexican Art (Free) – 1852 W 19th St (CTA 18 bus)
  • Millennium Park – 201 E Randolph St (walk 0.7 mi)
  • Museum Campus – 337 E Randolph St (CTA 146 bus)
  • Lincoln Park Zoo (Free) – 2001 N Clark St
  • Chicago River Walk - Chicago River (CTA 6 bus)
  • Museum of Science and Industry ($19.95 online) – 5700 S Lake Shore Dr (CTA 6 bus)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago ($25) – 111 S Michigan Ave (walk 0.6 mi)
  • Maggie Daley Park – 337 E Randolph St (walk 0.6 mi)
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory (Free) – 2391 N Stockton Dr ('L' Red line to Fullerton, includes walking)
  • Cloud Gate – 201 E Randolph St (walk 0.2 mi)
  • Garrett’s Popcorn – 625 Michigan Ave (CTA 3 bus)