Getting To and Around Chicago
WEFTEC 2013 Location
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown Chicago
Address: 10000 West O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois 60666
General Inquiries: 773-686-3700
Midway International Airport, located 10 miles from downtown Chicago
Address: 5700 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60638
General Inquiries: 800-832-6352 or 773-838-0600
Visit http://www.flychicago.com for details on parking, amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O'Hare and Midway airports.
Official Travel Agency
Telephone Reservations: 1-855-845-8634
Email Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Online: http://www.macnairtravel.com/WEFTEC.html
MacNair Travel Management company is a full-service travel agency that provides personalized service, electronic ticketing, email access to your booked trips, and more convenient features to make booking your travel a stress-free process. Plus, MacNair will search for the lowest available fare on any airline, any time.
Go Airport Express provides shuttle service at both O'Hare and Midway airports offering daily, door-to-door service to/from the airports and most city and suburban neighborhoods. To book your shuttle, call 1-888-284-3826 or visit the Go Airport Express website at http://www.airportexpress.com Advanced reservations are recommended.
Location at O’Hare Airport:
Shuttles depart for downtown approximately every 10 to 15 minutes from terminals 1E, 3F, 2D and 5E. Shuttles pick up outside the baggage claim areas in the innermost lane of the lower level roadways of the Domestic and International Terminals.
Location at Midway Airport:
Departures from Midway are about every 15 minutes. An information counter is located at Lower Level Arrivals Door 3. The pickup location is located outside door 3, inside lane.
The Chicago Transit Authority also provides ‘L’ train service directly to both O'Hare and Midway airports. For more information on ‘L’ schedules and fares to and from the airports, please visit http://www.transitchicago.com/airports
Chicago taxis charge a base rate of $2.25 for the first 1/9 mile, plus, $0.20 for each additional 1/9 mile. Rates are $1 for the first additional passenger over age 12 and under age 65; each additional passenger is $0.50. If a gas surcharge is in effect, a sign will be displayed inside the taxicab and a surcharge may apply. Credit cards are accepted in all cabs by city mandate. Sample taxi fare between downtown and O'Hare Airport is $40-50, and between Midway Airport is $30-35. Fares are subject to change.
Convention Center Parking
Parking is available at McCormick Place in three locations:
Lot A (8' height clearance) is a six level garage with 2,100 parking spaces located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel also provide added convenience. The parking rate is $21 for up to 16 hours and $32 from 16 to 24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the $32 (overnight) fee per day.
Lot B (also known as 31st Street Lot) is an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. It holds over 1,800 vehicles. The parking rate is a flat fee of $14 per day with no in-and-out privileges. This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available in this lot.
Lot C (6'4" height clearance) is an underground garage with 1,900 parking spaces and is located on Ft. Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. The parking rate is a flat fee of $21 per day with no in-and-out privileges. This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available in this lot.
View a map of these locations online here: http://www.mccormickplace.com/attendees/pdf/McPlace-parking--lots.pdf
Services for Persons with Disabilities
McCormick Place is ADA compliant, providing service ramps to entrances and elevated areas, an array of passenger elevators, accessible restroom facilities, and braille incorporated on all public signs throughout the building. Trained service animals are welcome inside McCormick Place. TTY access is available at the Security Command Center located in the North Building on Level 1.
Mobility Device Rentals
Special needs visitors to McCormick Place have access to a complete list of mobility services. For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs and oxygen equipment rentals, contact the preferred service partner, Scootaround Mobility Solutions at 888-441-7575 or visit http://www.scootaround.com/rentals/m/mccormickplace
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system, serving the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus.
Pay cash for single trip rides, or purchase a reloadable Transit Card for added savings.
Not all of Chicago's eight ‘L' lines are elevated. They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level and subway trains and serve 144 rail stations all over town, making the ‘L' one of the most efficient and affordable methods of transportation available. Two lines operate 24 hours a day: the Blue Line, which connects O’Hare airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown. For schedules and fare information, visit http://www.transitchicago.com
More than 100 routes span the city with bus stops every few blocks. Several lines operate 24 hours a day. Exact change is required for cash fare. For schedules and fare information, visit http://www.transitchicago.com
WEFTEC 2013 Shuttle Buses
Shuttle service will be available beginning Sunday, October 6, through Wednesday, October 9. Inbound routes between the official conference hotels and McCormick Place (convention center) will operate between 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Outbound routes between McCormick Place and official conference hotels will operate between 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Final routes and schedules will be posted on site in each hotel’s lobby and will be published in the Conference Program and Exhibitor Guide, distributed on site.
Due to traffic patterns within the City of Chicago, buses are not able to stop directly in front of some hotels; guests will be asked to walk short distances to another hotel or location to catch the bus.
The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, which is directly connected to McCormick Place, is the only official conference hotel that will not be serviced by shuttle buses.