#SMSociety Conference is on July 22-24, 2020
DePaul University (Loop Campus), USA
14 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Many people do not require a visa to visit the United States. Visit the U.S. Department of State to find out whether you will need to apply for a travel visa and how to apply for one. For information on visitor visas, refer to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.
ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION (ESTA)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Visa Waiver Program allows nationals of 38 countries to travel to the United States without a visa. Individuals eligible to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program have to obtain an approved travel authorization (ESTA) prior to their travel to the United States. Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and an individual can take multiple trips to the United States without having to re-apply for another ESTA.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises that travelers apply for an ESTA no later than 72 hours before departing for the United States and that real-time approvals will no longer be available, meaning that arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding.
Individuals traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA. Canadian citizens are not required to obtain an ESTA. For U.S. entry requirements for Canadian citizens and residents, visit this link.
TRAVELLING TO CHICAGO
- The CTA Blue Line station, which services downtown, is located right within the airport ($5.00 fare) — 45 minutes to downtown.
- A taxi ride fare from downtown is dependent on traffic conditions ($40 or more) — 45 to 60 minutes to downtown.
- Uber and Lyft ride-share companies service the airport as well — 45 to 60 minutes to downtown.
- The CTA Orange Line station, which services downtown, is located right outside the airport via a connected walkway ($2.50 fare) — 30 minutes to downtown.
- A taxi ride fare from downtown is dependent on traffic conditions ($35 or more) — 20 to 40 minutes.
- Uber and Lyft ride-share companies service the airport as well — 20 to 40 minutes.
- Amtrak train and regional buses (Union Station)
- Amtrak, METRA and various regional bus companies service Union Station, located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the conference venue.
For events happening around the time of the conference, check back for a blog post on July events closer to the conference dates.
- In the city, you can use the CTA for subway and elevated trains (the “L”) and buses ($3.25). You can buy an unlimited one-day travel pass for $10.00 on all CTA routes. A three-day pass is $20.00.
- The METRA rail train system provides regional transportation in the Chicagoland area.
- The Divvy bike share program lets you rent bikes throughout the city.
- In addition to taxi services, which can be hailed on downtown streets, both Uber and Lyft ride-share services are available in Chicago.
- Chicago is a very walk-able city and can be enjoyed on foot.
- For touring purposes, you may enjoy the Water Taxi on the Chicago River or Shoreline sightseeing tours.
You can locate parking in the Chicago “Loop” (downtown area) with the app Spot Hero.
It is not recommended that you drive to the DePaul Loop campus in downtown Chicago. We recommend taking public transportation, as well as taxi or ride-share options for transit into, and around, the downtown area.
There is no ‘conference’ hotel. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of accommodations in the Chicago Loop, with walking or public transit access to the conference venue (14 E Jackson Blvd). The conference has no relationship with any of the providers and receives no financial return from any of these providers. Any rates/discounts mentioned are presented as a reference and might be higher at the time of your booking. We encourage you to shop around and book early.
19 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
24 E Ida B Wells Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
125 W Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60610
1244 N Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
111 W Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
733 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60661
68 E Wacker Place
Chicago, IL 60601
10 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(various locations and rates)
A great affordable option that allows you to live like a local by renting out a Chicago home.
VEGAN & VEGETARIAN FOOD OPTIONS
Most of these choices are quite casual, but look out for the asterisk (*) to indicate more upscale dining options. Restaurants are listed starting from closest to conference venue.
Beatrix Market (DePaul Loop location)
Has Deep-Dish to Go option
23 E Jackson Blvd
Loop Market (11th Floor DePaul Center)
1 E Jackson Blvd
20 East Jackson Blvd
24 E Jackson Blvd
Cafecito (South Loop location)
26 East Ida B. Wells Drive
226 S Wabash Ave
327 S Plymouth Ct
Upscale Food Court
125 S Clark St
Gino’s East – South Loop (deep dish Chicago-style pizza)*
Please note deep dish pizza can take up to 45 minutes to prepare.
521 S Dearborn St