Travel & Accommodations

Airports

Go Airport Express is offering a special conference rate to attendees, $19 shuttle service from O’Hare and $15 shuttle service from Midway. Go here to make a reservation: http://airportexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=UWC&LOGON=GO​

Lincoln Park Zoo and the nearby conference hotels are equally accessible via taxi or train from both Midway and O’Hare airports.

Location & Directions

Get to the Zoo Using Public Transportation

Lincoln Park Zoo is accessible by a number of public-transportation options. Bus fare $2.00 per trip and train fare is $2.25. Fare cards (Ventra) are available at machines at both airports and in the train stations near the zoo. You can use exact change/cash on buses.To learn more, call 312-836-7000 or use the CTA’s trip-planner.

Buses

  • #151 and #156 stop at the zoo’s West Gate (Stockton & Webster)
    and near the Farm-in-the-Zoo (Stockton & Armitage)
  • #22 stops near the zoo’s West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster)
    and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage)
  • #36 stops near the zoo’s West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster)
    and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage)

Trains
The Brown line and Purple line stop at the Armitage station, which is about one mile west of the zoo. Exit and walk east on Armitage, past Clark, to the Café Brauer Gate.

Cabs
Cab fare from O’Hare and Midway Airports to Lincoln Park Zoo and nearby hotels is about $30-$35. Enter at the Café Brauer Gate or West Gate (Stockton and Webster).


Parking

Lincoln Park Zoo is located off Lake Shore Drive at the Fullerton Parkway exit, just minutes north of downtown Chicago. From I-94, exit at either Fullerton Parkway or North Avenue and go east. The zoo’s parking lot entrance is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 North Cannon Drive, Chicago IL 60614). Parking fees are collected at the lot exit.

Rates
A discounted parking rate is available for conference attendees at a rate of $9 per day. Enter the parking lot as normal. Coupons will be available during the conference.


Hotels

The conference has secured room blocks at two nearby hotels for discounted rates:


Hotel Lincoln
1816 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 312-254-4700

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Thursday, May 21, 2015
Standard/Park View King/Queen: $239
Standard/Park View 2 Double Beds: $239

The cut-off date to reserve rooms at the negotiated rate is midnight on April 27, 2015.
Book by calling (312-254-4662) or by clicking here to book.

Hotel amenities
  • Valet Parking is available for $49 per day (Subject to change)
  • Self Parking is available for $28 per day (Subject to change)
  • Complimentary high speed Internet access throughout hotel
  • On site fitness center
  • 24 hour business center
  • Complimentary wine hour Monday – Thursday


Days Inn Chicago
644 W. Diversey
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-525-7010
Fax: 773-687-5213

The cut-off date to reserve rooms at the negotiated rate is March 1, 2015

Guests must call individually to make their reservation from the room block. Reservations can be made by calling 1-773-525-7010 x 0 and using Group Code: URWC
Standard/Two full beds: $126.90
Business class/Two queen beds: $162.90
Standard/one full bed: $117.90

Rates quoted are for up to 2 people. Additional adults in rooms with two beds will increase rate by $10 per adult per night.

Hotel Amenities

  • Wi-fi throughout
  • Valet parking available for $26 per day
  • Fitness room
  • Free breakfast


Hotel Indigo Chicago Downtown Gold Coast
1244 North Dearborn Parkway
312-787-4980
Chicago, Illinois, 60610

Sunday May 17, 2015- Thursday, May 21, 2015
Standard King: $239

The cut-off date to reserve rooms at the negotiated rate is Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Book by calling 855-392-4447 or by clicking here to book.

Hotel Amenities
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Valet parking available for $47 per day
On site fitness center and business center

Alternative accommodations

For those looking for alternative accommodations during the conference, we suggest you check out nearby hostels such as Chicago Getaway Hostel, or several apartments/rooms for rent in the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast neighborhoods via Airbnb.