Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Travel, Lodging and Parking

The National Louis University Flagship Downtown Campus is located at 122 S. Michigan, at the very start of historic Route 66, across from the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago.

Airports that work well - both O'Hare and Midway. Transit info below.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of walking distance hotels from last time Second City Conference was at National Louis. More can be found by using Google Maps, since this information can change and it seems like there are more hotels than this, but people need this information ASAP.

>>>>>>ALSO! UPDATE!  If the below are not in your price range and you are not wanting to share such as in a hostel, or the ones in your price range are already rented, there is this too. 

Our campus is directly on the Loop and has its own L Train stop literally visible distance. That is all the colors of L trains, all the lines. We are also close to the Blue and Red line subways. So you can get any hotel that is on an L route or the subways (sometimes called CTA if you are Googling) and get to the conference cheap and easy. This includes the fact that the major airports here are both on these lines, with O'Hare on Blue (45 min ride) and Midway on Orange (1/2 hr ride), so that if nothing else you can stay by the airports easily. Here's more details on that:

Meanwhile sadly the L trains are not great on wheelchair access at all, but the buses are really great and modern and spacious. Anything that goes to Union Station which is a travel hub will work well for buses, because there is a bus direct from there to our campus called 151. I just found this which shows there are more buses coming than just the 151,  from all around:

"Located on Michigan and Adams. From the Green, Orange, Brown and Purple Line Express elevated lines, exit at Adams/Wabash and walk one block east on Adams. From the Red and Blue Line subways, exit at Jackson. Walk two or three blocks east on Jackson and a half a block north on Michigan. Also served by buses 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 147, and 151. Weekday rush periods only - buses 1, 26, 28 and 148."

And here is what I found on AirBnB:

Last but not least, a thread on Facebook has been started for people to find each other if they want to look into sharing. It is here: <<<<<<

There is also a Hostel within very close walking distance, a few blocks. Much more affordable and much less private than hotels, but also can be a lot of fun.

Lodging: Hotel accommodations within walking distance from the campus include:

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The Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street
2.5 Blocks
The Silversmith Hotel
10 South Wabash Avenue
2.5 Blocks
Congress Plaza Hotel
520 South Michigan Avenue
3.0 Blocks
Hampton Inn Majestic
22 West Monroe Street
3.5 Blocks
Club Quarters
111 W. Adams Street
4.0 Blocks
Travelodge Hotel
65 E. Harrison
4.5 Blocks
Hotel Burnham
1 W. Washington
5 Blocks
Hilton - Cultural Mile
720 S. Michigan Ave.
5 Blocks
W. Chicago City Center
172 W. ADAMS
5.5 Blocks
Hotel Blake
500 S. Dearborn
6.0 Blocks
The Fairmont Chicago
200 N. Columbus Drive
8.0 Blocks
The Allerton Hotel
701 North Michigan Avenue
1 Mile

Parking: There are a number of convenient parking options available:
Convenient and security-patrolled 24-hour parking is located in the Millennium Park, Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street underground garages. For rates, directions and other information please visit, or call 312.616.0600.
The garages are easily accessed from North Michigan Avenue (south of Randolph), South Michigan Avenue (north of Congress Parkway), and Lower Columbus Avenue (south of Randolph). For driving directions to the parking garages, please call 312.616.0600.
Grant Park South Lot:
Location: 325 South Michigan Avenue (.18 miles)
On foot to NLU: Head north on Michigan (towards east Jackson St.) You will see the campus located on the left hand side across from the Chicago Art Institute.

55 East Monroe Street Parking Garage:
Location: 55 East Monroe Street
On foot to NLU: Head west on east Monroe Street (toward south Columbus Drive).
Go left on south Michigan Avenue. You will see the campus located on the left hand side across from the Chicago Art Institute.

You can also check this website for additional parking options:

1 comment:

  1. Another possibility to get lodging is I was able to get a moderately priced place, within a bit over a mile, including parking for my entire stay.