Travel and Tours

Getting to Chicago

With two major international airports, O’Hare and Midway, Chicago offers more than 3,600 flights a day, making it the most accessible destination in the nation.

Those flights include direct non-stops to more international and national destinations than any city on the planet -- 46 international and 134 domestic business centers.

Chicago is a less than four-hour flight from all major North American business destinations and less than nine hours from European trade centers.

Chicago is at the center of the nation's interstate highway and rail systems, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the country.

Chicago/OHare airport: the hotel is 15 miles from the airport. Subway service from OHare to the station nearest the hotel is $2.00 one way. The estimated taxi fare from OHare is $40 one way.

Chicago/Midway airport: the hotel is 12 miles from the airport. Subway service from Midway is $2.00 one way; estimated taxi far is $30.00 one way.

Subway Station: the nearest subway station to the hotel is Grand Avenue and State Street
(Red Line) which is 0.2 miles from the hotel.

Bus Station: Greyhound is 2 miles from the hotel.

Train Station: Union Station (Amtrak & Metra) is 1.9 milesfrom of the hotel.

There are shuttle services from the airports. We will soon provide more detailed information.

See above for taxi and subway information.

Tours of Chicago

We are very pleased to sponsor Chicago Jewish Roots Tours and a docent let tour of Spertus Museum and know that you will find them interesting and enjoyable.
Sign up now to reserve your space!

(1) Chicago Jewish Roots Tour

The Conference will be offering a narrated motor coach tour of historic Jewish Chicago. The tours will be led by Dr. Irving Cutler, author of The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb. Dr. Cutler is a founding member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. All three tours will include a number of stops at places of historic Jewish significance, providing an opportunity for walking, viewing, and visiting. Each tour will emphasize a different set of neighborhoods.

Sunday, August 17, 2008
Chicago Jewish Roots Tour: Overview
Have lunch on your own before embarking on this tour. The journey includes Maxwell Street, Lawndale, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Albany Park and West Rogers Park.

The tour will leave the Marriott at 12 noon and will return at about 5:00 p.m. The charge for this tours is $35.00 per person. Guests are welcome, even if not registered for the Conference. Advance reservations are required.

(2) Spertus Museum Tour

The world-famous Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies has just moved into an architecturally significant new home, located at 610 South Michigan Avenue, directly across from Chicago's Grant Park. The Conference will be sponsoring a one and one-half hour tour of this outstanding Jewish Museum and Educational Center, led by a docent and offering an opportunity at the end of the tour for a "Dutch-Treat on Your Own" luncheon in Wolfgang Puck's casual kosher cafe overlooking the Magnificent Mile. Spertus is the home of the Chicago Jewish Archives. In addition to its museum, archives, educational facilities, and cafe, Spertus has an outstanding Jewish book and gift shop. The Spertus tour will take place on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The charge for the tour is $15.00 per person. Guests are welcome, even if not registered for the Conference. Participants will meet at the Spertus Institute.

Registration for the sightseeing tours may be accessed through
Registration Update,   for those of you who already have registered for the Conference.

And, through Register Now,  for those of you who have not already registered.