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Travel Information for the 2015 SSCIP Conference

Chicago is a very well connected city, and offers a wide array of options for dining and accommodation. The information here is not in any way comprehensive, but it will offer you a good starting point to plan your trip to the SSCIP Conference.

Please pay special attention to the conference hotel information, which has been arranged particularly for the SSCIP. 

All prices and fares are in US dollars

The Conference Hotel

While there are countless options for lodging in Chicago, a very special rate has been arranged for SSCIP at the Hotel I​​ndigo​ in Chicago’s “Gold Coast” neighborhood. Because we have arranged a significant discount, and because the hotel is among the most convenient to the conference, we encourage conference attendees to stay at the conference hotel.

The Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel in a restored historic building. The hotel has a good restaurant with room service, a nice cocktail lounge, and breakfast options for $10-15 USD. There is a full business center, a concierge, and an extensive fitness center. 

The conference hotel is less than two blocks from the CTA Red Line and is just one El stop from DePaul University and the conference. The commute from the hotel to the conference is approximately 10 minutes by public transportation. A taxi ride is about the same amount of time, and the fare is less than $10. The hotel is in a very safe and welcoming area of the city filled with diverse and popular shopping and dining options. The hotel is also very near to downtown and many of Chicago’s main attractions.

The special rate for SSCIP is $189 per night and will be available to conference attendees for the conference weekend and two days before and after the conference. This rate is more than $100 off the regular room rate. 

You cannot book this rate through the regular website, and instead need to call the hotel’s direct reservations line toll free: 855-392-4447 for the specialconference rate. You can also access this link by pasting this URL ​into your browser. 

​If you call and speak to reservations please mention both SSCIP and DePaul University to the agent so they can find the correct rate for you. This rate is guaranteed if you book before June 15, 2015. After June 15, this rate will be available subject to availability- so book early to be assured of this special price!​

Travel & Tourism Sites

​Chicago, like any major city, has many listings on travel review sites. In addition to such sites, here are a few that provide information about the city, travel, and tourism to help you plan your trip.


Arriving in Chicago by Bus or Train

Chicago is also well connected by Bus or Train. Most major train and bus services originate/terminate at Union Station in downtown Chicago.

Information about train travel can be found at the Amtrak website.

Information about bus services can be found at the Megabus or Greyhound websites.

Public Transportation: The CTA

Chicago has an effective and extensive public transportation system managed by the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA). This system includes “the El” (subway) and bus system in the city, and connects to several regional transportation networks. Information about the CTA, including trip planners and guides can be found at their website.

Public transportation is a very efficient way to move around the city and to/from the conference, as both DePaul and the conference hotel are located on the CTA Red Line. To use the CTA, you will need to purchase a Ventra card ($5 for initial purchase) and you can add cash value to pay as you go, or purchase multi-day unlimited use passes that can be added onto your Ventra card. Cards can be purchased through vending machines at any CTA station including those at O’Hare and Midway airports. Fare information is available here. You can select a fare structure that will work for your particular travel needs.

Public Transportation: Taxis & Uber

Chicago has an abundance of taxicabs that can be found at taxi stands at airports, train stations, and hotels. You may also hail taxis on the street, and in busy areas it will take no more than a minute or two to find an available cab. There are also several apps you can download prior to travel that will allow you to summon a cab to your location.​ View information on cabs​​.

Uber​ also serves Chicago. The Uber app can be downloaded prior to travel.

Prices will vary depending on the service you choose. Fares from downtown to DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus run around $15 and from the conference hotel to DePaul about $10.​​

Arriving in Chicago by Air

Chicago is served by two major airports: O’Hare and Midway. The website for both airports is managed by the Chicago Department of Aviation, and there is a good deal of useful information on this site​ for travelers using either airport. Both airports also have information kiosks and traveler’s aid stations should you require them.

Midway is primarily a domestic airport being served by Southwest Airlines, although the Canadian carrier Porter Airlines also uses Midway. Midway is connected to public transportation through the CTA Orange Line. A trip downtown will cost $2.25. Taxis are also readily available and the fare to downtown is $26.

O’Hare is the primary international airport for Chicago and is a major hub for both United and American Airlines. International arrivals are in Terminal 5. Domestic arrivals are in Terminals 1-3 depending on the carrier.  Taxi service is available outside of each terminal, and the cost to downtown is approximately $40, but depends on traffic.

O’Hare is connected to public transportation through the CTA Blue Line. Passengers arriving in Terminals 1-3 can follow the signs to the CTA station. Passengers arriving at Terminal 5 must take the airport train system to Terminal 3 and then follow the signs to the CTA station. The CTA fare from O’Hare to downtown is $5.