OMG XX – Lodging

OMG XX – Lodging

Chicago is a city that caters to the visitor, and accommodation can range from thrifty to full service. If you’re unsure where to begin, the options below are especially recommended, but you might also consider searching for hotels using Google, Expedia, Hotwire, or some other travel agent. See below for more information on getting around Chicago.

Loyola University, Water Tower Campus
This is the easiest option and well priced. Stay on site for the conference in university housing at the Water Tower campus at Loyola University. Visit lodging.luc.edu and enter durrell as the promotion code. This code is good for nights of July 1-7; please note that conference activities begin on the evening of July 4, with presentations and discussions July 5-6 and optional excursions planned for July 7. If you would like to book for three nights, this direct link should make it easier.
Because the rooms offered here are apartment suites with two bedrooms, we recommend pairing with another attendee if there is someone you’d like to share with.
Price: $263.63/night, plus tax, for two bedrooms; book before May 1.
Ritz-Carlton Condo Association
Minutes away from the conference, these luxurious rooms have king-sized beds, wireless internet, and access to amenities including a pool and fitness center.
Price: $229/night, plus tax
Inn of Chicago
Located just off the Magnificent Mile about six blocks away from the conference location, the Inn of Chicago is very well priced for the area. Rooms include wireless internet, with bed options for singles or doubles.
Price: $109/night, plus tax

Public transit

Chicago has a thorough mass transit system with buses and light rail, and it’s effective enough that many residents forego personal vehicles. Buses and trains take cash or contactless options like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and the local Ventra Card, which you can refill online.

The conference venue is serviced via rail by the Red Line with the Chicago stop nearby and via bus with numbers 3, 66, 143, 146, 147, 148, and 151 having stops nearby on Michigan Avenue. Both airports are serviced by rail: O’Hare has the Blue Line, and Midway has the Orange Line. Chicago Transit Authority’s map of routes can be a little confusing at first, but it is a handy way to plan out your travels ahead of time. Additionally, Google Maps and Apple Maps work very well to route travelers over public transit.