Visitors Guide

Welcome to Chicago! We hope that you enjoy your stay in our beautiful city. Chicago is an amazing place to be, especially in the summer when visitors can always find neighborhood festivals, a major league baseball game or two (Cubs on the North side, White Sox on the South), al fresco dining at any number of the city’s fantastic restaurants, and of course beautiful Lake Michigan with its lovely beaches and harbors.

We’ve put together some information to insure that you have a successful conference and give you the inside track on everything you need to know about the city.


Getting to Chicago


Chicago is easy to access from anywhere in the country. We have two major airports, O’Hare and Midway, which are minutes away from downtown Chicago (The Loop) and the conference site, and easy to access by taxi or public transportation.

Located just 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport is accessible via the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line ‘L’ train.

Midway International is 10 miles southwest of downtown Chicago and is accessible via the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line ‘L’ train. Taxi and limousine services are available from both airports.

For information on the CTA visit


Chicago is also accessible by Amtrak rail service through Union Station in downtown Chicago. For information on Amtrak and Union Station visit


Parking in Chicago is expensive. Rates vary between $15 to $35 per day. Since Chicago has one of the best public transportation systems around and taxicabs are plentiful any time of the day or night, a car really isn’t necessary. In addition, the conference is conveniently located close to hotels, campus housing, restaurants, bars and museums.


Due to high demand, all campus housing is sold out, as well as the block of hotel rooms that were reserved for the conference.

For hotel accommodations, contact the following hotels directly. Limited availability.

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
1100 S. Michigan Avenue

Club Quarters
111 W. Adams Street

The Chicago Hilton and Towers
720 S. Michigan Avenue

Dining and Nightlife

Watch this site for an updated listing of Columbia College Chicago Film & Video faculty and staff recommendations.

Useful Links

There is so much to do in Chicago. We've listed a sampling of links for your information.

Chicago’s Official Tourism Website
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Bar
The Art Institute of Chicago