As of April 21, Symposium capacity has been reached and Registration is closed.
If you have registered for the Symposium but not reserved a hotel room, please see updated hotel information below:
Participants are responsible for travel and hotel arrangements and costs. The AWESOME block of rooms in the host hotel – The Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago – is now closed.
If you have not yet reserved a room, you might call the hotel and ask if they can still honor the AWESOME rate. If not, they may have rooms available at their regular rates. To inquire about room availability, call 1.877.865.5321.
Palmer House Hilton information:
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
If you have reserved a room at the Palmer House Hilton and must cancel, please note: Cancellations made less than 3 days prior to the reservation arrival date will forfeit one night’s room and tax.
Following is a list of other hotels in proximity to the University Club of Chicago:
|Chicago Athletic Association|
|Hampton Majestic – Theatre District|
|Hyatt Centric The Loop|
|The Kimpton Gray Hotel|
|The Alise Chicago|
|Hard Rock Hotel Chicago|
|Kimpton Hotel Monaco|
|Virgin Hotels Chicago|
|Radisson Blu Aqua|
|Fairmont Millennium Park|
|Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile|
Palmer House Hilton Hotel Parking
Self Parking is available at 55 E. Monroe, directly across the street from the Palmer House Hilton. The garage can be accessed from either Monroe Street (west bound traffic) or Adams Street (east bound traffic).
Overnight guests can charge parking to their guest room for payment at check-out. Simply present your parking or valet ticket to a Guest Service Agent for validation prior to departure.
The University Club is a short walk (1-1/2 blocks – 5 minutes) from the Palmer House Hilton. Other Symposium venues are a short walk or cab/Uber ride away.
University Club of Chicago
The venue for the 2017 Symposium sits on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue, overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Symposium sessions will take place in rooms throughout the 14-story structure, including Cathedral Hall, an architecturally stunning space with a three-story vaulted interior and 14 stained glass windows depicting educational values and institutions. Founders of UCC, a group of college alumni, set out to make the club “an environment where excellence thrives.”
Valet parking is available 24 hours a day – Day rate $32; Overnight $47
Self parking is available at the following garages:
- East Monroe Garage – 55 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL
Grant Park North Garage – 25 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Grant Park South Garage – 325 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Two major airports serve Chicago.
- Airlines that service Midway: http://www.flychicago.com/midway/en/MyFlight/Airline/Pages/Airline-Information.aspx
Midway is located approximately 11 miles from downtown Chicago. Depending on time of arrival and traffic, this trip by car typically takes 35-55 minutes.
Taxi costs vary significantly (approximately $30-$50) depending on time and traffic.
If you choose to use Uber:
- At Midway, Uber riders requesting uberX, uberXL, and UberSELECT must meet their driver upstairs on the Departures level. Exit through Door 1.
Riders requesting UberBLACK or UberSUV, must meet their driver downstairs on the Arrivals level.
Rapid Transit train (Orange Line) runs Midway to downtown from 4am to 1 am on weekdays and usually takes 20-25 minutes. To exit the train nearest the Palmer House, get off at the Adams/Wabash stop. The Palmer House is located on the west side of Wabash Avenue.
- Airlines that service O’Hare: http://www.flychicago.com/OHare/EN/MyFlight/Airline/Airline-Information.aspx
O’Hare is located approximately 18 miles from downtown Chicago. Depending on time of arrival and traffic, this trip by car typically takes 45 to 60 minutes.
Taxi costs vary significantly (approximately $40-$60) depending on time and traffic.
If you choose to use Uber:
- Riders requesting uberX, uberXL, and UberSELECT must meet their driver upstairs on the Departures level. Be sure to meet your driver in the posted “Rideshare Pick Up” zone.
Riders requesting UberBLACK or those in the International Terminal (5) must meet their driver downstairs on the Arrivals level.
Rapid Transit train (Blue Line) runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and usually takes 40-45 minutes. All trains leaving the O’Hare station go through downtown. To exit the train nearest the Palmer House, use the Monroe/Dearborn stop. Take Monroe east to the hotel. The Palmer House is on the south side of the street.