Thursday, February 08, 2007

Other Hotels/Lodging Options

Lots of folks are interested in staying someplace other than the Max Palevsky dorm during the conference. Here's a quick list of close-ish local hotels:

There is one hotel in Hyde Park, the Ramada Lake Shore, which is at 4900
S. Lake Shore Drive, 773-288-5800. We have a special conference rate of
$95/night reserved; use DSNA when you call.

Unfortunately, it's a considerable walk (>10 blocks) from the Oriental Institute.

There are quite a few hotels by the McCormick Place Convention Center, which is at King Drive and 31st street. Here's a list: McCormick Hotels Guide.

For these, you would probably want to rent a car; there should be plenty
of parking on campus as there will be no classes in session -- and
there's also a parking structure that's $20/day.

You could also stay in the Loop, and take the Metra commuter train to
Hyde Park; any hotel south of, say, Huron Avenue, north of Balbo, and
east of LaSalle would put you in a nice walking distance of the Metra
Station, or even the #6 Jeffrey bus, which goes directly down Michigan
Avenue to Hyde Park. Here's a link to help with the CTA: Transportation in Hyde Park.

If you are adventuresome and on a more limited budget, your best bet for lodging (other than the dorms) is to use and name your own price. Here's a site that will help you bid: Better Bidding. With this site you can see what other folks have bid for hotel rooms and gauge your bid accordingly. By choosing only the "Millennium Park, Loop & Grant Park Area" and the "North Michigan Ave - River North Area" and only bidding on hotels three stars and higher, you are likely to get a very nice room for a good price. However, you have to take what they assign you, you may not cancel, and you can only try for the same area for the same dates every three days, so you may want to start bidding now!


Blogger Donna said...

pretty scary comments online about the Ramada Lakeshore. Too bad there isn't a nicer place to stay in Hyde Park.

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