ARCHIVES / Chicago 2007
3. GET TO – AND AROUND – CHICAGO
The official airline carrier selected to assist travelers to ARCHIVES / Chicago 2007 is American Airlines. To receive the special discount for travel, provide the reference number below and travel between August 22 and September 5, 2007.
1-800-433-1790 / www.aa.com
Alternative schedules and lower fares may be found with other airline carriers, such as:
1-800-864-8331 / http://www.united.com/
800-435-9792 / www.southwest.com
800-221-1212 / www.delta.com
800-428-4322 / www.usairways.com
You may also contact SAA’s official travel agent for assistance in arranging your air travel:
800-235-1309 or 650-553-9600
O’Hare International Airport (http://www.ohare.com) is located 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, and Chicago Midway Airport (http://www.chicago-mdw.com/index.html) is located 10 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The Fairmont Chicago does not offer an airport shuttle service, but from either airport the hotel is readily accessible by limousine, taxi, Continental Airport Express shuttle (print and bring with you a $2 discount coupon available online), automobile, or Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train. (Note that the CTA trains are better known as the “el,” for “elevated” – even the underground lines.)
Most ground transportation access areas are located at the main entrance for each terminal. Taxis are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the lower-level curb front of all terminals at O’ Hare and in the front of the main terminal at Midway. Shared ride service is available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Expect to spend approximately $35 to $40 for a cab ride to downtown Chicago. For wheelchair-accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 1-800-281-4466.
Use public transportation via the CTA Blue Line (from O’Hare to Washington/Dearborn station in about 40 minutes) or Orange Line (from Midway to State/Lake station in about 30 minutes) to avoid traffic and save on travel costs. The CTA fare is $2 per trip, regardless of the length of the trip. It’s a bit of a walk from the el stations to the hotel.
Amtrak Trains (www.amtrak.com): Chicago’s Union Station is located at 225 South Canal Street (about 2 miles from the Fairmont). From there, you can take a taxi or a CTA bus (see CTA’s trip-planner http://tripsweb.rtachicago.com/).
Greyhound (http://www.greyhound.com): The Greyhound Station is at 630 West Harrison Street (about 2 miles from the Fairmont). From there, you can take a taxi or a CTA bus (see CTA’s trip-planner at http://tripsweb.rtachicago.com/).
Megabus (http://www.megabus.com/us/ ) travels to Chicago from Minneapolis/St Paul, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo. The stop for all Chicago arrivals and departures is next to Union Station (225 South Canal Street).
There are several ways to get to the Fairmont Chicago if you drive. The Fairmont provides detailed directions at http://www.fairmont.com/chicago/. Go to Virtual Concierge (at the bottom of the page) and click on “Maps and Directions” from the drop-down box. Valet parking at the Fairmont Chicago is currently $45 per day. See the Hotel’s Fact Sheet for more details: http://www.fairmont.com/facts/CHI/ . Street parking is difficult and often limited to metered spaces. For additional parking options, see http://www.chicagoparkingmap.com/ . Keep in mind, too, that the Chicago Jazz Fest begins on Thursday, August 30, and is likely to have a significant impact on street traffic and parking.
We suggest you take a cab or use mass transit to avoid the hassle and expense of driving and parking. The Fairmont Chicago is located 1.2 blocks from Millennium Park. Within easy walking distance of the hotel are the Art Institute and the Field Museum; Grant Park, which hosts Chicago Jazz Fest events; Navy Pier and Chicago's Lakefront; acclaimed shopping along the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street Boutiques; Chicago's theaters and nightclubs; and the bustling business district.