Local Chicago Information

Below is some important information, compiled by ALSC's 2017 Local Arrangements Committee, to help you make the most of your visit to Chicago.


While planning your trip to the Second City, check out:

Getting Around Town

Chicago is known for deep dish pizza, the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox and the blues, but you don’t have to get the blues when it comes to arriving in Chi-Town. 

  • Midway Airport and O’Hare Airport are the two major airports serving the area. 
  • The CTA Orange Line train serves Midway and the CTA Blue Line train serves O’Hare. The blue line runs to downtown, but riders will have to switch to the red line at if they are going straight to McCormick Place. Midway travellers on the orange line will have to switch to the Red Line at Roosevelt to get downtown or to McCormick Place. Before leaving either airport, take a minute to find CTA traintracker to speed you on your way.
  • Uber and Lyft are ride sharing companies that work in Chicago. To catch a ride share at O’Hare, you have to go to the Departures level of the airport. At Midway, use the exits on the baggage claim level.
  • Cab fare from Midway to Downtown, where most of the Conference hotels are located, is about $40. Cab fare from O’Hare is about $50.
  • If driving to the conference, get the skinny on parking and how to get to McCormick Place.
Once you are here, you can also use the conference shuttles, CTA #3 King Drive bus, Divvy Bikes and MetraElectric to get around town.
Chicago Dining Information
The dining options near McCormick Place are abundant if you have the time and desire to leave the conference center:
The options downtown are truly dizzying. Take a look at Serious Eats or Zagat Chicago for some great choices. And look at this Chicago edition of Eat This Now for some awesome foodie ideas! Use grubhub for delivery or opentable to make a reservation. 
Things to Do in Chicago
Have just one day to see it all? Check out our Must-Do list below!
Chicago Museums:
Chicago shopping is world class. Local favorites include:
Chicago Sports:
  • Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch & Chicago Sports Museum.  Sports themed restaurant and sports museum. Dinners receive complimentary tickets to the museum, otherwise tickets are $6. 
  • Chicago Cubs Professional baseball team that plays in the National League of the MLB (Major League Baseball). They play at Wrigley Field on the north side of the city.
  • Chicago White Sox Professional baseball team that plays in the American League of the MLB (Major League Baseball). They play at the Guaranteed Rate Field on the south side of the city.
  • Chicago Bears Professional football team that plays in the NFL (National Football League). They play at Soldier Field which is open to public tours.
  • Chicago Blackhawks Professional hockey team that plays in the NHL (National Hockey League). Their games are held at the United Center. The NHL Draft is happening June 23-24th at the United Center. The Blackhawks will also have outdoor festival that weekend at the United Center.
  • Chicago Fire Professional soccer team that plays in the MLS (Major League Soccer). They play at Toyota Park and have a home game on June 24th.
  • Chicago Bulls Professional basketball team that competes in the NBA (National Basketball Association). 
  • Chicago Sky Professional women’s basketball team that plays in the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association)
Chicago Bookstores:
Need a laugh? Then you have come to the right city! See the full Chicago’s Improv Guide for comedy gold, or try these local favorites:
Have just one day to see it all? Sooo not going to happen! But here are a couple of Chicago MUSTS:
Other fun things to do: