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Columbia College Chicago
Lodging & Travel
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Lodging & Travel

Conference headquarters will be the Palmer House Hilton, located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, adjacent to the theater district and within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile and many cultural centers.

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
312.726.7500; 312.263.2556 fax

Room Reservations
$145/night for single and double occupancy. Additional local and state taxes are currently 15.4%. Request the group rate for Center for Black Music Research.
The customized reservation link for this event is http://tinyurl.com/2352un.
1.877.865.5321 for toll-free reservations.
To ensure availability of the group rate, please make your room reservation by January 14, 2008, after which date the group rate will remain available only as space permits.
Check-in time is 3pm; check-out time is 11am.

Please contact The Palmer House Hilton concierge prior to arrival.

Conference Travel
  • By Air
    American Airlines is the official carrier for the conference. To receive a 5% discount off lowest applicable published fares, you may purchase your ticket on-line at www.aa.com or call 1.800.221.2255. The Discount Code is A9528AN; conference name is Center for Black Music Research; organization name is Columbia College. Travel must be made between February 11-20, 2008.
  • Rail
    Chicago is a major hub for Amtrak, which offers service from all directions. The conference hotel is a short taxi ride from Union Station. Visit www.amtrak.com or call 1.800.USA.RAIL or TDD/TTY 1.800.523.6590.
  • Bus
    Chicago is accessible by commercial bus service through the Chicago Bus Terminal, located at 630 West Harrison Street. The terminal is a short taxi ride to the conference hotel.
Ground Transportation in Chicago
  • Car Rental
    Avis Rent-A-Car and American Airlines have partnered to provide conference attendees with discounted travel. Call Avis at 1.888.754.8878 to receive the best possible rental rates. The CBMR conference Avis Worldwide Discount Number (AWD) is D005526.
  • Taxi
    Metered rates are approximately $25 from Midway and $35 from O’Hare airports.
  • Shuttle Service
    Airport Express is currently $22 from Midway and $27 from O’Hare airports. Discounted per person fares are available for multiple riders and for advance-purchase round trip tickets. Visit www.airportexpress.com.

Climate—February in Chicago
It will be cold and possibly windy, but it’s not as bad as you may think! Dress appropriately and, before packing, check your favorite online weather service for a five-day forecast. All conference events are in the conference hotel except for the optional House of Blues Gospel Brunch.