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Young Adult (17-21)US$$100
The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago
Page Contents 1. By Air
2. By Car
3. Other Ways to Chicago

Getting Here

By Air
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Chicago is served by two International airports:

Getting to the hotel from the airport:

The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) takes you directly downtown by train (light rail).

From either train line, a taxi ride from your downtown exit will be about $6 or $7.

Fixed-price shuttle services that will take you directly to the hotel via Airport Express.

Taxi fare can work out more cheaply if you are able to go as a shared ride.

Cost and Time Comparison
O'Hare to DowntownMidway to Downtown
CTA trains $2.25 or less* 45 min $2.25 or less* 25 min
Taxi around $40 25-90 min around $25 15-40 min
Shuttle Van over $25 25-90 min over $15 15-40 min
*CTA fares can be less than the $2.25 if a multi-day passes is purchased. Passes be obtained at the airports. Details are on the CTA web page.

To find a closer estimate of cab fares from the airport to the hotel, as well as from other points of entry, this taxi fare finder will give you routes, estimated fares, and telephone numbers of the taxi companies.

By Car
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Chicago is accessible via several major interstates and highways: I-90, I-94, I-55, I-290, I-294.

Parking in the hotel for Chicon members is half their usual rate. At the moment, it will be $26 a day. We are looking into less expensive options. Please watch this space for updates.

Motor homes/RVs can park at McCormick Place Marshaling Yard, 3050 S. Moe St., Chicago, IL 60616, (312) 808‑3161. Current rates: $30 per night - in/out privileges

Average Distance and Driving Time
Cincinnati300 miles 5 hours 
Cleveland350 miles6 hours
Detroit285 miles5 hours
Indianapolis 180 miles3 hours
Kansas City 530 miles9 hours
Milwaukee 95 miles2 hours
Minneapolis 410 miles7 hours
Pittsburgh460 miles8 hours
Quad Cities 170 miles3 hours
St. Louis295 miles5 hours
Toronto500 miles9 hours

Other Ways to Chicago
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By Train:

The Amtrak Sytem Map shows its train routes to Chicago. The Amtrak site has more detail about various route options.

Amtrak trains will take you to Union Station, about 1½ miles from the hotel. The #20, #121, and #151 buses will take you to within a couple blocks of the hotel. The fare is $2.25 and for buses, exact change is needed.

By Bus:

Greyhound departs from many points across the country.

Megabus departs from a number of Midwestern cities.