Transfixed by stunning Lake Michigan and decorated with inspiring architecture, Chicago is more than just a big city. Besides its striking downtown area, which includes some of the tallest buildings in the world, Chicago has a distinctive coastline, hundreds of vibrant parks and more than 200 unique neighborhoods. It’s this truly distinctive mix of incredible attractions and cultural allure that make Chicago one of the friendliest, most livable cities in America.
Chicago’s developed a reputation as a must-visit destination for diners. In fact, Chicago is one of only three cities in the country to have its culinary chops rated by the prestigious Michelin Guide. With incredible shopping on The Magnificent Mile, world premiere performances in its famed Theater District and one of the country’s most active nightlife scenes, this city is always buzzing. Chicago also vaunts more than 40 museums, five regional Tony Award-winning theaters and, no matter the season, there’s always a professional sports team to cheer to victory.
Situated squarely in the center of the country and equipped with two major, international airports, getting to Chicago is easy. Millennium Park, deep dish pizza and Wrigley Field are all compelling enough reasons to visit Chicago, but the city’s most endearing quality is its people. Chicago’s neighborhoods represent more than 100 countries and it’s through this diversity and profound city culture that we are able to develop the country’s best restaurants, theaters and museums. Enjoy your visit to Chicago. We hope to see you again soon.
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Event Venues and Directions
The Field Museum - Conference Venue
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive • fieldmuseum.org
Located on the picturesque Museum Campus, The Field Museum is a treasure trove of natural history and home to the most complete T. Rex skeleton ever discovered. Right nearby, you’ll find 32,500 animals at the Shedd Aquarium and countless stars at Adler Planetarium, America’s first.
From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street. Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field. Signs will indicate available visitor parking lots.
KAM Isaiah Israel – Pre-Con and Welcome Dinner Venue
1100 E Hyde Park Boulevard • kamii.org
KAM Isaiah Israel is located across the street from the Obama family residence, so there are security procedures in place that you should note. Here is information from KAM:
We are delighted to work with the United States Secret Service who provide security for President Obama’s Chicago home. While access to the synagogue is not restricted for members and guests, we kindly ask that you bring a government-issued photo ID. We appreciate your cooperation with any of the agents who may need to speak with you.
If you are arriving on foot, you can enter the synagogue block from the north side of Hyde Park Blvd. (at University Ave.) or from the intersection of 50th St. and Greenwood Ave.
If you are arriving by vehicle, please be advised that vehicular access is limited on Greenwood Ave. To access the synagogue parking lot, please proceed south from the intersection of 50th St. and Greenwood Ave. (past the sign that reads ‘residental traffic only’) one half block to the synagogue parking lot on the left (immediately before the second security barrier).
If you are dropping someone off at the synagogue, we would appreciate it if you would do so at the intersection of Hyde Park Blvd. and University Ave. to help ease congestion in our parking lot. If dropping off members and guests with mobility issues please proceed to the handicap entrance in the synagogue parking lot.
When the presidential family is home, additional security measures may be in place. Please be patient and allow additional time when coming to the synagogue.
Garfield Park Conservatory – Gala/Garden Soiree Venue
300 N. Central Park Ave. • garfield-conservatory.org
Take the CTA Green Line to the new Conservatory-Central Park Drive Station. The station is just steps away from the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Note: the Conservatory is located at the “Conservatory-Central Park” stop of the CTA Green Line on the West Side of Chicago, not the “Garfield” stop on the South Side at 55th St.
Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). Exit at Independence Boulevard (Exit 26A) and travel north. Turn right (east) onto Washington Boulevard. Turn left (north) onto Central Park Avenue.(3600W) Travel two blocks north past the Garfield Park Golden Dome field house and the Lake Street public transit line. The Conservatory is on the west side of the street at 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Free parking is available adjacent to the conservatory.
Getting to Chicago by Plane
O’Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America’s major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.
Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors. It is the nation’s premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations.
Visit flychicago.com for details on parking, amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O’Hare and Midway airports.
Both airports offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs. Rates range from $40-50 from O’Hare, and $30-40 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.
The Chicago Transit Authority serves both airports for easy and economical travel between downtown and Chicago neighborhoods using the ‘L’ train. The 24-hour CTA Blue Line connects directly to O’Hare and the CTA Orange Line connects directely to Midway. Read more on getting around Chicago with public transportation or visit transitchicago.com/airports for full fare information and maps.
GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown/suburban hotels and many businesses. Pair fares and group discounts are available along with customized reservation portals for your groups.
Many major car rental companies have facilities at the O’Hare and Midway Airports, including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz. Please visit specific rental company websites for details.
Limousine and chauffer agencies prefer that all customers reserve cars at least 48 hours in advance although cars can occasionally be ordered with a two-hour notice. Click here for a list of available transportation services.