Traveling to Chicago



One of America’s largest, liveliest and most historic cities, Chicago boasts an exciting downtown, a scenic waterfront, hundreds of vibrant parks and 77 unique neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Boystown, Hyde Park and Lincoln Park. Each one is brimming with its own singular history, culture and personality. Home to some of the world’s best food, performing arts, museums and universities, Chicago has a truly distinctive mix of global attractions and local charm.


There are two major airports in the Chicago region: O’Hare International Airport (airport code: ORD) and Midway International Airport (airport code: MDW). These airports offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.

O'Hare International Airport
10000 W O'Hare Avenue
Chicago, IL 60666

Midway International Airport
5700 S Cicero Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638

Airline Booking

United Airlines is the official airline of AAIC 2018. The United Airlines discount for AAIC 2018 can be used when booking online at only. Enter tour code ZE9C 419968 in the offer code box in order to receive a 2-10% discount on United Airlines, United Express or other airlines operated by and branded United Express. Tickets may also be booked by calling the United Meetings desk at 800.426.1122 (in U.S. or Canada).

O'Hare International Airport
10000 W O'Hare Avenue
Chicago, IL 60666


Hotel room blocks have been secured at a discounted rate for AAIC attendees. Upon completing registration, attendees will be directed to AAIC's housing website to book their room. OnPeak is the official housing partner for AAIC.

Ground Transportation

More than 5,800 city taxis are at your service in Chicago. Chicago O’Hare International Airport is located 17 miles from downtown, and the average taxi fare is approximately $40-50 one way. Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown, and the average taxi fare is $30-40 one way. Credit cards are accepted in all taxi cabs by city mandate. Use this helpful Taxi Fare Finder tool to estimate the cost of your taxi ride.

You may also use Uber or Lyft to pick up/drop off at both airports. At O'Hare Airport, drivers will make domestic pick-ups on the departures level at Terminals 1, 2 and 3, while all international pick-ups will be available on the arrivals level. At Midway Airport, drivers will make pick-ups on the departures level at the designated ‘rideshare’ area.

Public Transportation

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, serving the city and its 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus. Pay cash for single-trip rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for added savings. For full fare information, visit the CTA website. Refer to their site for the latest updates to train schedules and routes that may affect your travel plans.

"L": The Chicago "L" (short for "elevated") is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago. You can take the "L" to/from O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport via these lines:

Parking at McCormick Place

The main parking lot for McCormick Place-West Building is Parking Lot A. The address is: 2301 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL 60616. Prices are $23.00 for up to 16 hours and $36.00 for between 16-24 hours. No in-and-out privileges are available. For more information, call 312.567.8360.

Rental Cars
AAIC 2018 has partnered with Avis®, Enterprise Rent a Car® and National Car Rental® to offer special car rental rates to AAIC 2018 attendees. Special rates are available one week prior to and one week after the conference. To receive your discount, use the reference I.D. numbers or account numbers provided below when making your reservation.

Call Avis® at 800-331-1600 and use Reference I.D. D381000
Call Enterprise at 312.670.7270 and use account #XZ15CT2
Call National Car Rental® at 844.393.9989 and use account #XZ15CT2


After identifying that a visa is needed, foreign travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in their country to determine visa processing time frames. For up-to-date information, access the DOS website.

We recommend the following for obtaining a visa for entry into the United States:

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