Conference Location and Lodging
(All conference activities will take place in this hotel)
Conference participants are strongly encouraged to stay at the headquarters hotel, as our cost for meeting facilities will be based on the number of sleeping rooms used. Exceptional rates have been negotiated for our attendees.
505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611 USA
Telephone: +1 312.944.4100
Toll free from U.S. and Canada: 1-800-628-2112
Fax: +1 312.944.1320
Located in the heart of Chicago's "Magnificent Mile," the InterContinental Chicago is one of the city's most luxurious hotels. Originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, the hotel combines historic charm (the South Tower) with contemporary elegance (the North Tower). Referenced in architectural tours of Chicago, the InterContinental's blend of architecture and art from around the world creates a truly unique hotel environment. The hotel's fitness club, one of the largest hotel fitness facilities in the city, features an indoor junior Olympic swimming pool. Extraordinary shopping, dining, nightlife, and cultural attractions are within easy walking distance.
Visit the hotel website for additional information, details on other amenities, as well as photo and virtual tours.
RATES-All rates are good for occupancy of up to four guests per room.
The following special rates have been negotiated for the conference:
$149 - Main Building (North Tower)
$174 - Historic Building (South Tower)
Sleeping rooms in the Historic Building are approximately 150 sq. ft. larger than comparable ones in the Main Building, and bathrooms feature a separate shower and tub. Guest amenities are identical in both towers. These include: 24-hour room service, 27-inch television, oversized desk and computer-compatible dual-line phones, mini-bar, coffee maker with free tea and coffee, hairdryer, terry bathrobes, individual temperature controls, iron and board, clock radio, daily newspaper delivery, and windows that open. Both one-bed and two-bed rooms will be available, so specify your preference when making your reservation.
Rates are per room per night and subject to state and local taxes, currently 14.9%.
ROOM BLOCK DATES AND RESERVATION DEADLINE
Our official room block is established for check-in on Tuesday, July 20, and checkout on Sunday, July 25. On a space-available basis, conference rates are available three days before and two days after these dates.
Rooms will be held until rented, or the reservation cut-off date of June 20, 2004. After the cut-off date, any rooms that have not been reserved will be released for general sale. The hotel will continue to accept reservations from attendees after the cut-off date, based on room and rate availability.
RESERVATION AND ROOM GUARANTEE/CANCELLATION PROCEDURES
Guests are responsible for making their own reservations. The hotel requires that all reservations be guaranteed, which may be done by check or major credit card equal to one night's room and tax. Cancellations must be made seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a charge for the first night. Reservations can be cancelled only by calling the hotel directly and obtaining a cancellation number. No-shows will be charged accordingly.
The Group Booking Code, H10, is already inserted in the "Optional Information" section of the reservation form (under the heading "Additional Information").
Note: If your arrival or departure date falls outside of three days before or two days after our official block dates (July 20-25), the online reservation system will not recognize our meeting and your reservation request. In such cases, you will need to make your request by telephone, keeping in mind that requests for earlier arrival or later departure dates at the conference rate are subject to availability.
Call the hotel directly at +1 312.944.4100 (or 1-800-628-2112 toll-free from U.S. and Canada) for reservations. Office hours (Central Standard Time) are 7:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. After-hours calls are automatically transferred to the national reservations office. To ensure you receive the conference rate, be sure to provide our Group Booking Code, H10.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Checkout time is 12:00 noon. Credit cards accepted by the hotel include American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Euro Card, JCB Card, MasterCard, Optima, and Visa. Taxis cost about $25 or $30.
GETTING TO THE HOTEL, PARKING
Shuttle service to the hotel from both O'Hare and Midway Airports is provided by Airport Express ($21 per person in a shared van). A discount coupon ($2 off) is available at: www.airportexpress.com/PrintCoupon1.htm. Taxis cost about $25 or $30.
Onsite parking is available for hotel guests at a daily rate of $35, including in and out privileges (rate is subject to change without notice).
Additional information, including driving instructions, can be accessed from the Hotel Website: http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/chicago/ordha/hoteldetail
see also our Chicago Tourist & Travel Info. page