Hotel & Travel

All Annual Meeting activities will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E North Water St., Chicago.

The Sheraton Grand Chicago and the Westin Lakeshore are now sold out. Individual rooms are available at many nearby hotels. We encourage you to search area hotels for availability near the meeting.

This year’s program ends at 3:00 pm to allow for departure Friday afternoon/evening. Additionally, we have arranged overflow rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at the Westin O’Hare for $115 per night. Register online.

Chicago

Visit www.choosechicago.com for information on activities and events in Chicago. 

Airports

Chicago is served by two airports -- O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport. Both are served by taxis, public transportation, and shuttles.

Air Travel Discount

Delta Air Lines is offering special discounted* airfares for #SSP2018 attendees traveling within the U.S. to Chicago. Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, up to 10 percent off the fare.

*Please note the following:

  • Not all fare codes are eligible for a discount; fare rules determine eligibility.
  • Discounts vary, depending on the class of ticket purchased, and apply to round trip travel only.
  • Not valid with any other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers.
  • Name changes on the ticket are permitted at $200 USD/$200 CAD on select fares.

To take advantage of these Travel Discounts for flights to and from ORD:

  • Visit the www.delta.com website and click the Advanced Search link
  • Complete the required fields, and enter meeting code “NMRCL"

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® Reservations at +1-800-328-1111. Use this phone number to make changes to an existing Delta Meetings Network reservation.

On the Search Results page, verify the discount is applied. (Reminder: not all fare codes are eligible.)

Ground Transportation

Taxi

From O'Hare International Airport, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is approximately 18 miles (45 minutes) by car. Taxi fare is approximately $40 - $45 one way and drive time can range from 45 minutes to an hour.

From Chicago Midway Airport, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is approximately 12 miles (25 minutes) by car.  Taxi fare is approximately $30 - $35 one way and drive time is approximately 35-45 minutes.

Public Transportation

From O’Hare Airport: Fare: $5 one way  

  • Take the Blue Line Train
  • Exit on Clark and Lake Stop
  • Taxi Cab option: will take 5 minutes and cost approximately $6-$8
  • Walking Directions:
    • Head East on Lake Street (toward Lake Michigan)
    • Turn Left or North on Michigan Avenue
    • Cross Chicago River and Turn right on Wacker Drive (toward Lake Michigan)
    • Follow Wacker Drive to Columbus Drive
    • Turn Left or North on Columbus Drive (will need to take stairs down to re-connect with  Columbus)
    • Hotel will be on the right

From Midway Airport: Fare: $2.50 one way

  • Take the Orange Line Train
  • Exit on State and Lake Stop
  • Taxi Cab option: will take 7 minutes and cost approximately $6-$8
  • Walking Directions:
    • Head East on Lake Street (toward Lake Michigan)
    • Turn Left or North on Michigan Avenue
    • Cross Chicago River and Turn right on Wacker Drive (toward Lake Michigan)
    • Follow Wacker Drive to Columbus Drive
    • Turn Left or North on Columbus Drive (will need to take stairs down to re-connect with  Columbus)

Driving Directions

From O’Hare Airport

Exit airport onto I-90 (Kennedy Expressway).  Follow signs to Downtown Chicago.  Exit Ohio Street (one-way Eastbound).  Continue on Ohio to Fairbanks Court/Columbus Drive, turn right and proceed 3 blocks to North Water Street.  The Sheraton Chicago is on the left.

From Midway Airport

Exit airport onto Cicero Avenue north.  Take I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) east until it ends at Lake Shore Drive.  Take Lake Shore Drive north approximate 3 miles to the Illinois Street exit.  At the second stop sign, turn left (you will be on Grand Avenue).  Continue 3 blocks to Columbus Drive.  The hotel is ahead 3 blocks on the left.

From Lake Shore Drive South

Take Lake Shore Drive North toward downtown Chicago Exit at Illinois Street.  Proceed to the second stop sign, turn left (you will be on Grand Avenue).  Continue 3 blocks west to Columbus Drive.  Turn left on Columbus Drive.  The Sheraton Chicago is ahead 3 blocks on the left.

From Lake Shore Drive North

Take Lake Shore Drive South toward downtown Chicago.  Exit at Illinois Street.  Go 3 blocks to Columbus Drive.  Turn left.  The Sheraton Chicago is ahead 3 blocks on the left.

From I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway)

Take I-290 east.  Exit Congress Parkway.  Continue on Congress Parkway until it dead ends at Columbus Drive.  Turn left on Columbus Drive.  Proceed approximately 4 blocks.  After you cross the Chicago River, the Sheraton Chicago is the first building on the right.

From I-55 (Stevenson Expressway)

Take I-55 east until it ends at Lake Shore Drive.  Take Lake Shore Drive to the Monroe exit and turn left.  Go 1 block and turn right on Columbus Drive.  After crossing the Chicago River, the Sheraton Chicago is on the right.

From 90/94 (Kennedy and Edens Expressway)

Follow signs to downtown Chicago.  Exit at Ohio Street.  Proceed 11 blocks east on Ohio.  Turn right at Columbus Drive.  Go 4 blocks south, the Sheraton Chicago is on the left.

Parking

The Sheraton Grand Chicago offers valet and self-parking.

Valet is $67 per day
Self-parking $55 per day

Chicago Climate

Average high temperatures in the Chicago area in May and June can range from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees to 27 degrees Celsius). Average lows are in the mid-50s Fahrenheit (9 to 14 degrees Celsius). Temperatures in Chicago tend to be cooler near Lake Michigan. You may wish to bring a light jacket for evenings.

Because people have varying sensitivities to temperatures in hotel meeting rooms, please bring a sweater or other warm clothing to wear inside the hotel.