Hotel & Travel

Chicago - Lake Michigan

Overview

IFT15 will be held at McCormick Place South. The Hilton Chicago is our headquarters hotel.

Housing will open March 2, 2015. 
It is important for IFT15 attendees and exhibitors to book through Experient, IFT's official housing partner. Booking a room in using IFT’s official housing provider helps IFT secure future meeting sites, keeps meeting costs as low as possible, and enables us to provide some of the important features our participants have come to enjoy.

Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitors
Experient is the only housing company affialiated with IFT15. No other housing company or travel agent is authorized to place hotel reservations on behalf of IFT. Reservations made through any other agency cannot be guaranteed by IFT, and may result in a loss of deposit, additional charges, incorrect placement, or inflated room rates for conference participants. Please use the online hotel reservation system or official housing forms on this website to avoid confusion, additional charges, and unsatisfactory service.

Air Travel

The following airports service the Chicago, Illinois, area.

Airport                                                        Distance to City
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)    17 miles / 28 km
Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)                     12 miles / 19 km

 Airfare discounts have been arranged with United Airlines and Delta Airlines for fares to Chicago on qualifying flights. 

United Airlines
Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) only
Online:  www.united.com  (no ticketing fee)
Select the “Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare)” option
Offer Code: ZTC8974051

Meeting Desk Phone: 800.426.1122
$25.00 ticketing fee applies when booking by phone
Agreement code: 974051
Z code: ZTC8

Delta Airlines
Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
Online:  www.delta.com (no ticketing fees)
Click on “Advanced Search” and enter the Meeting Event Code in the appropriate box.
Meeting Event Code: NMKCF
Delta Meeting Reservations Phone: 800.328.1111
Ticketing fee applies when booking by phone

Transportation from the Airport

Airport Shuttle
GO Airport Express provides shuttle bus service between O’Hare and Midway airports and the downtown hotels and McCormick Place. For information and reservations, visit www.airportexpress.com or call 888.284.3826.

Car Rentals
Avis Rent A Car is offering special discounted rates. Reservations can be made by phone or online.  You will need to provide the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number in order to receive the discount.

Avis Rent A Car   
Online Reservations: www.avis.com
Phone:  800.331.1600
Code: AWD# T781499

CTA/Public Transit
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is served by the CTA Blue train route which stops at Terminal 2. Blue Line trains serve O’Hare 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Trains operate very few minutes during the day and every 15-30 minutes overnight. The average travel time n the Blue Line to/from O’Hare to downtown is 45 minutes.

Blue Line Route Guide: http://www.transitchicago.com/blueline/
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is served by the CTA Blue Line train route which stops at Terminal 2. Blue Line trains serve O’Hare 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Trains operate every few minutes during the day and every 15-30 minutes overnight. The average travel time on the Blue Line to/from O’Hare to downtown is 45 minutes.

Blue Line Route Guide: http://www.transitchicago.com/blueline/

Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is served by the CTA Orange Line train route which stops just steps from the airport terminal. Follow signs from the airport to the train station. Orange Line trains serve Midway from early morning to late evening hours, every day. Trains operate every 7 to 15 minutes. The average travel time n the Orange Line to/from Midway to downtown is 25 minutes.

Orange Line Route Guide: http://www.transitchicago.com/orangeline/

Taxi
Taxis are available at the lower level curbfront of Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). There are no flat rates as all taxis run in meters. The fare is approximately $50 from O'Hare and $40 from Midway to the downtown area.

Getting to/from McCormick Place

Shuttle Bus Service
Shuttle bus service will be provided from stops near official IFT Hotels (except for Hyatt Regency McCormick Place which is connected to the center) to McCormick Place. Shuttle bus days / hours:

Saturday, July 11  8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.* and 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12  6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 13  7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14  7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
*limited 30 minute service on the hour and half hour from the following hotels only:
Chicago Marriott, Hyatt Regency Chicago, and Hilton Chicago

Taxi
Taxi service is readily available throughout the city and can cost between $5 and $30 per ride. Taxis pick up and drop off at McCormick Place South at Gate 4.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Public Transit
The CTA’s convenient and easy-to-use bus and train lines – including the famous “L” – carry you around town and to major attractions. The CTA website at http://www.transitchicago.com/ offers a valuable overview of transit services, a guide to the system, instructions for first-time riders, and much more.

Metra Electric Train
The Metra Electric District (ME) route runs from three downtown stations directly to McCormick Place in just 7 minutes. Stations are located within walking distance to many hotels and are located at:

  • Millennium Station Michigan Avenue & Randolph Street
  • Van Buren Station Michigan Avenue & Van Buren Street
  • Museum Campus Station Michigan Avenue & 11th Street

Schedule and pricing information can be picked up at the Metra Station on the Grand Concourse, Level 2.5, or can be found on the Metra website at http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html

McCormick Place Parking
Parking for the South Building is located in Lot A (also known as Martin Luther King/MKL Lot)