I recommend you bookmark this page, as the link is not available anywhere.... Here are a few things to get you around the city. If you've never spent time here, relax. It's easy. Chicago is known as a great walking city, with lots of terrific architecture, and thousands of great restaurants and other diversions. Bail not included.
Getting into Downtown:
Life is a series of tradeoffs: You want easy and expensive, or fun and cheap?
Easy and expensive: Cabs from Midway and O'Hare are easy to get, but depending on the time of day can be pretty expensive. If you travel with six steam trunks and have lots of money (Barbara, I'm looking at you) this might be your best bet. The Club Quarters is at 111 West Adams. That's on Adams a half a block west of Clark.
But if you're traveling light, you should think about the CTA El trains. Both the Orange Line from Midway and the Blue Line from O'Hare take you into the loop, give you a great view of the fascinating diversity that is Chicago, and drop you close to the hotel.
Be warned, though, that not all the stations are accessible, which is not normally a big deal until you try to schlep luggage. The Chicago Transit Authoritycan help if you want directions from an accessible station. But plan to buy a 3-day pass for $14and you're done! Just one little tip: Although Chicago is a safe big city, it's still a big city. Keep your jewelry, IPhone and other electronics safe on the train, especially as you approach a stop.
Short version, if you can carry a bag up or down steps: From Midway, take the Orange Line into the Loop. Get off at Quincy. When you get off the train, go down the steps and head north (the same direction the train was traveling) to Adams. Turn right on Adams. The hotel is 1.5 blocks on the right.
From O'Hare, take the Blue Line. Get off at Jackson. Depending on which exit you use you may come out at the Dirksen Federal Plaza, where you'll see Calder's Flamingo. If you don't see it, you should head toward it by walking north (toward the action). It looks like this:
Head across the plaza veering to the right toward Adams Street. Continue in that direction across Clark. The hotel is on the left.
Dinner at the world famous Berghoff Restaurant. We'll meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15 for a 6:30 reservation. If you show up late, it's easy: From the hotel front door, turn right. Cross Clark and Dearborn, and the restaurant is on the right. Several admissions staff members from DePaul will join us. Anyone who does anything that resembles recruiting my staff away will get stuck with the check.
Thursday, June 28
Ride Chicago's Famous EL Train to the Fullerton Stop for your day at the Lincoln Park Campus. It's an easy walk to the EL from the hotel. From the front door, turn right. Cross Clark, Dearborn, State. At Wabash, go under the El Tracks, and go up the steps. You want the Brown Line.
At Fullerton, you'll get off the EL and go west (that's left, in the direction of travel) a block to the DePaul Welcome Center, aka the Admissions Office.
We will have guest wireless access for you both days. You'll need to fill out a short form in case you conduct any illegal activity while logged in (I'm looking at you, Bob Mundy!) Complaining about the quality of our signal is common. Join the club.
Come back downtown early to join 300 of your newest and closest friends as guests of DePaul Enrollment Management and Marketing as we hold our annual Summer Celebration on the roof of the DePaul Center, from 3-6 pm. Take the Brown or Purple Lines back to Harold Washington Library. You'll see the DePaul Center in the opposite direction of the Library. You could also take the Red Line to Jackson, but it's underground...a little dirtier, a lot louder, and usually more crowded, but it drops you right at State and Jackson, where the DePaul Center is.
We'll walk as a group (with some more DePaul folks) to dinner at a real Chicago Tradition, Giordano's Pizza. Leave your diets and your health issues and your "New York Pizza or New Haven Pizza or Boston Pizza or thin crust pizza is the best" attitudes at the hotel. This is Chicago Pizza, stuffed and loaded with calories, and if you can eat more than two pieces, you'll win my undying respect and gratitude.
If you poop the Enrollment Management party, meet us at Giordano's at 6:30. From the hotel door, turn left, then left on LaSalle, which dead ends at Jackson. Go right on Jackson, under the El tracks at Wells, and Giordano's is a half block on the left. If you get to the Sears (Willis) Tower, you've gone too far.
Friday, June 29
Your Friday meeting will be at DePaul's Loop (Downtown) campus, in the Board Room of the 22nd floor at 55 E. Jackson. It's on the SE corner of Jackson and Wabash, a gray building with a Starbucks in the Lobby (or Dunkin' Donuts across the street, for Mary Grondahl and the more particular among you.) Bring your luggage.
Departure will be via EL train, although cabs are abundant. Ride the Orange Line (one block) to Midway, or the Blue Line (three blocks) to O'Hare.
Some Help: A Map of the Loop Campus. You'll be staying in the Loop at Club Quarters, on Adams just west of Clark. On Thursday, you'll take a short walk to the Purple, Brown, or Red Line Trains to the Fullerton EL stop on the Lincoln Park Campus, and you'll be meeting in our Welcome Center (aka Admissions Office.)
Below is the Lincoln Park Campus. Large version here. If you drive, park in one of the pay lots or be sure to get a visitor pass at the reception desk. We have the fastest tow trucks in the city roaming campus.