Travel Information

Travel Information

Below you will find details about Lodging options, the multiple locations of the conference, an interactive map of the conference sites, resources for finding things to do in Chicago, and recommended restaurants.


  • The Fairmont - Main conference hotel, $189 a night for conference attendees.  Hotel includes free wifi and is on the "please patronize" list for fair labor practices. NOTE: some nights have now been completely booked up. Call for details.
  • Hosteling International - Chicago Youth Hostel - Offering accomodation ranging from $29 to $35 a night; must be booked one month in advance.
  • The University Center - Rates as low as $65 per night (including tax)
  • The Central Loop  
  • The Best Western Grant Park Hotel, 110 S. Michigan Ave, 866-516-3164
Another option to consider is Couchsurfing (an international non-profit organization that connects travelers to locals willing to offer a room).  The SCRA Planning Committee has created two private groups on to link up those looking for a place to stay for the SCRA Biennial with people in the Chicago area offering accommodation for SCRA attendees. Note that these groups are private and not visible to the general CouchSurfing community; however, you must have registered for an account on (which is free) to access these groups.  The password to each of these groups is "scra27."  You may, of course, search the general community for accommodation as well.

Lodging options and conference locations are displayed in the interactive map below. 

Click on the link below the map to view more details about each of the locations.  Or alternatively, download the .pdf format of this map here


View 2011 SCRA Biennial Conference Locations in a larger map
OR Click anywhere on the map and drag your mouse to reposition it.

To download a version of this map, please click here


Information about getting to and from the Biennial, as well as traveling around Chicago. 

Note: We encourage walking and using public transportation when possible in Chicago as the best vantage point from which to see our beautiful city.  Our regional Transit authority provides an easy to use trip planner website that can help you get around at  All you do is type in where you are going and what modes of travel you prefer and the planner will offer your best options. 

Midway International Airport (5700 S. Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60638)

Public Transportation/Elevated Train to the Fairmont Hotel

  • Public transportation to and from Midway and the Loop is served by the Orange Line of the CTA's Elevated (EL) railsystem.  
  • Midway airport is at the outermost end of the Orange Line, so after locating the station you may take the first departing train and will be headed toward the Loop.
  • If you are unsure about locating the EL station, please ask an airport employee for assistance.
  • There is a $2.25 fare to ride the EL. Fares must be paid for by way of transit cards. There are several machines at all EL stations that accept cash (and many that accept credit or debit cards) in which you may add funds to transit cards.The estimated time of travel from Midway to the Loop on the EL is 25 minutes.
    1. When you arrive in the Loop, get off the train at Washington and Wells Streets
    2. Walk north on Wells Street to Washington Street and Lasalle Street
    3. Take the #20 bus towards the Illinois Center
    4. Get off the bus at Columbus Drive (Upper) and South Water Street
    5. Arrive at 200 N Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 (Fairmont Hotel)

The Orange Line runs from 4:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on weekdays, 4:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, and 5:50a.m. until 11:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, with trains arriving at stations approximately every 8 to 15 minutesdepending on the time of day.

For a map of the CTA rail system, visit:

For a PDF of the CTA rail system, click:

When returning to Midway, boarding any Orange line train in the Loop will take you back to the airport.

Driving to the Fairmont Hotel (200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, 60601)
  1. From Midway Airport follows signs to Cicero Avenue (Northbound).
  2. Proceed on Cicero Avenue for two miles to I-55 North.
  3. From I-55 North, follow the signs to Lake Shore Drive North.
  4. From Lake Shore Drive North, drive one mile past Museum Campus, staying to the right. 
  5. Exit Randolph Street/Wacker Drive.
  6. Upon crossing Randolph Street, stay to the left following the signs to Wacker Drive.
  7. Once on Wacker Drive, immediately merge right driving up ramp to upper level.
  8. Turn left on Columbus Drive (first stoplight) - 1¼ block.The Fairmont Chicago will be on your right (immediately after South Water Street).


O'Hare International Airport (10000 Bessie Coleman Drive, Chicago, IL 60666)


Public Transportation/Elevated Train to the Fairmont Hotel

  • Public transportation to and from O'Hare and the Loop is served by the Blue Line of the CTA's Elevated (EL) railsystem.
  • O'Hare airport is at the outermost end of the Blue Line, so after locating the station you may take the first departing train (toward Forest park) and will be headed toward the loop. 
  • If you are unsure about locating the EL station, please ask an airport employee for assistance.
  • There is a $2.25 fare to ride the EL. Fares must be paid for by way of transit cards. There are several machines at allEL stations that accept cash (and many that accept credit or debit cards) in which you may add funds to transit cards.The CTA Blue Line train runs 24 hours a day between O'Hare and downtown Chicago. 
  • Trains generally arrive every 8 minutes from 5 am to 11 pm Monday through Friday, and every 10 minutes from 5 am to 11 pm on weekends.The estimated time of travel from O'Hare to the Loop is 40 minutes.
    1. When you arrive in the Loop, get off the subway at the Washington stop
    2. Walk to Washington and Dearborn
    3. Take the #20 bus towards the Illinois Center
    4. Get off the bus at Columbus (Upper) and South Water
    5. Arrive at 200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 (Fairmont Hotel)

For a map of the CTA rail system, visit: 

For a PDF of the CTA rail system, click:

When returning from the Loop to O'Hare, be sure to board a Blue line train headed north toward O'Hare.

Driving to the Fairmont Hotel (200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, 60601)

  1. Take I-90/94. Follow signs to Chicago.
  2. Exit at Ohio Street (Exit number 50B) 
  3. Proceed three blocks to LaSalle Street.
  4. Turn right on LaSalle Street. 
  5. Proceed five blocks to Wacker Drive.
  6. Turn left on Wacker Drive.
  7.  Proceed ¾ mile to Columbus Drive. (Second light after Michigan Avenue)
  8. Turn right on Columbus Drive - 1¼ block.
  9. The Fairmont Chicago will be on your right (immediately after South Water Street).


Alternative Options: Shuttle Between the Airports and Downtown

Chicago Department of Aviation
Airport Express
Omega Airport Shuttle

Getting Around Town on Public Transportation
For more details about CTA busses and trains, and for system maps, visit:
Busses accept transit cards and cash but do not give change; trains accept only transit cards.
Bus and train fares paid via transit cards include 2 hours of unlimited transfers.

1 ride: $2.00 bus, $2.25 EL train
1 Day unlimited pass: $5.75
3 Day unlimited pass: $14
7 Day unlimited pass: $28 
Fare cards may be purchased and have funds added at any EL station.  Day Passes can be purchased at all CTA train stations and at many retailers, including: CVS Pharmacy, 137 S. State (close to HaroldWashington Library); CVS Pharmacy, 205 N. Michigan (close to Hotel); Wabash/Adams Currency, 27 E. Adams (close to Roosevelt and Library).

All CTA busses are equipped to provide service for persons with disabilities, as are most (but not all) EL stations. Please consult for details.

Most Chicago attractions are accessible by public transportation. Trip planning, bus and train schedules can be found at

For those traveling with Internet capable phones or other devices, the CTA provides a tracking service with estimated bus and train arrival times.
For Bus Tracker, bookmark or visit:
For Train Tracker, bookmark or visit:

Information about Taxis

Important Addresses:
National Louis University - 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
Roosevelt University- 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Adler School of Professional Psychology- 17 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Harold Washington Public Library - 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Fairmont Chicago Hotel at Millennium Park- 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601


Things to do in Chicago

Here are some resources that can help you get the most out of your time in Chicago.

Local Events:

June 15th

June 16th

  • Music Without Borders, Dandana A Celebration of Muslim Voices featurig Hakim and Alim Quasimov Ensemble, 201 E. Randolph Street, Chicago
  • After After Dark (21+), Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive.  6-10pm.  "Cocktails and appetizers against the view of the Chicago skyline.  Amble around in Adler's exhibitions or take in a sky or space show." 

June 17th

  • Rally to End the War on Drugs, NOON-1pm James R. Thompson Center 100 W. Randolph 
  • SCRA CONFERENCE RECEPTION at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue (Enter on Columbus Drive & Monroe Street) 6-9pm. FREE Food, Drink, Art, and Community Psychology. Sponsored by DePaul University.

June 18th


Local Restaurants

(Reviews by SCRA's own restaurant critic, Chris Keys).  View and download the restaurant list in Microsoft word format by clicking here

Closest to the Conference Sites and Hotel:

  • Park Grill in Millennium Park - 11 N Michigan Ave (at Madison St) Average main course: $19.  Review: A few blocks north of Roosevelt University on Michigan Avenue. Good American fare inthe park.
  • Terzo Piano - 111 S. Michigan Avenue (inside Art Institute) (312) 443 - 8650begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 443 - 8650      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Average main course: $23       Review: Great spot for lunch; also serves dinner
  • Russian Tea Time - 77 E. Adams St. (312)-360-0000Average main course: $20 (dinner).  Review: Fun downtown spot for a variety of Russian dishes and afternoon tea.
  • Heaven on Seven- 111 N. Wabash, 7th floor (312) 263-6443begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 263-6443      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Lunch only)600 N. Michigan Ave (312) 280-7774begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 280-7774      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Average main course: $12.  Review: A taste of New Orleans in Chicago
  • El Cafecito - 26 E. Congress Parkway (312) 922 - 2233begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 922 - 2233      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Review: Delicious Cuban sandwiches and robust coffee. Price range: under $10
  • Fontano's Subs - 20 E. Jackson, (312) 663-3061Price range: under $10.  Review: Perhaps the best Italian subs in town. Get plenty of napkins.

Outside the "Loop" but not very far:

  • NaHa -  - 500 N. Clark St. (312)-321-6242Very classy American gourmet place with complex cuisine to delight your palate and great social values for supporting not-for-profit agencies and schools for low income youth.
  • Topolobampo -  - 445 N. Clark St. (312) 661-1434begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 661-1434      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $37  Review: Upscale Mexican restaurant in Chicago. Book reservations early.
  • Frontera Grill -  - 445 N. Clark St. (312)-661-1434begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312)-661-1434      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $16.  Review: Bayless' slightly less upscale restaurant with inventive Mexican regional cuisine. Fewreservations on the day of eating. Significant wait at popular times.
  • XOCO -  - 449 N. Clark St. (enter on Illinois St.) (312)-334-3688begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312)-334-3688      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Review: Xoco- "little sister" in Aztec is Rick Bayless' lower priced spot. The best $12 sandwich ever. Try the Barcelona Hot Chocolate.
  • Girl and the Goat -  - 800 W. Randolph St. (312) 492-6262begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 492-6262      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  Average main course: $14  Review: Stephanie Izard the Top Chef winner of 2008 has opened this winner to near universal applause. Tough reservation; can walk in early. Diverse creative food, especially good with fish.
  • Veerasway -  - 844 W. Randolph St. (312) 491- 0844.  Average main course: $17  Review: Fun inventive Indian cuisine.
  • Crofton on Wells -  - 535 N. Wells St. (312) 755-1790begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 755-1790      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Average main course: $28 Review: Upscale; well-prepared. Reserve ahead.
  • Reza's near north-  - 432 W. Ontario (312)-664-4500begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312)-664-4500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $17.  Review: Good Persian food in bountiful amounts for midscale prices.
  • Wishbone -  - 1001 W. Washington Blvd. (312) 850-2663begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 850-2663      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $10.  Review: Southern food done well at reasonable prices

Not downtown but still close by:

  • Francescas -  - 1400 W. Taylor St. (312) 829-2828begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 829-2828      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $19.  Review: Tasty midscale Italian, Consistently first-rate salads, pasta, gourmet pizza, meat andfish.
  • Tufano's Vernon Park Tap -  - 1073 W. Vernon Park Place (312) 733-3393begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 733-3393      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $14 (No credit cards accepted; reservations 10+) Review: Home cooking Italian. Try the eggplant.
  • Chez Joel Bistro Francais -  - 1119 W. Taylor St. (312) 226- 6479.  Average main course: $23.  Review: Classic French bistro; outdoor seating available
  • Nightwood -  - 2119 S. Halsted Street (312) 526 - 3385begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 526 - 3385      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $20.  Review: Upscale; make a reservation
  • Irazu -  - 1865 N. Milwaukee Avenue (773) 252-5687begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (773) 252-5687      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $12.  Review: Good vegetarian options. Best veggie burrito in town. Tasty meat options.
  • La Pasadita -  - 1132 N. Ashland Avenue (773) 384 - 6537Price range: under $10.  Review: Cheap eats- tamales done right. Local color and a kick of a website.
  • Alinea -  - 1723 N. Halsted (312) 867-0110begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 867-0110      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Perhaps the best restaurant in America; 3-4 hour multiple course meals. Three stars from Michelin. Grant Achatz is at his inventive best here. $195 per person was a recent price quote.
  • Perennial -  - 800 N. Lincoln Ave (312) 981-7070begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 981-7070      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $22Review: Somewhat upscale place with chefs who trained with Charlie Trotter at a fraction of the price.
  • West Town Tavern -  - 1329 West Chicago Avenue (312) 666-6175begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 666-6175      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $20 Review: Upscale comfort food hits the spot here. The kind of place every neighborhood should have.
  • Green Zebra -  - 1460 W. Chicago Avenue (312) 243-7100begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 243-7100      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $11.  Review: Excellent vegetarian place.
  • A Tavola-  - 2148 W. Chicago Ave. (773) 276-7567begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (773) 276-7567      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $23.  Review: Upscale Italian looks more like a house than a restaurant. Wonderful atmosphere withfood to match.
  • Kendall College Dining Room -  -  900 N. Branch St. (312) 752-2328begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 752-2328      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Review: Tasty upscale food prepared by culinary school students under the watchful eye of wonderful chefs. Always good, sometimes great food; eager student staff.
  • Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba -  - 2024 N. Halsted (773) 935-5000begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (773) 935-5000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average tapa: $6.  Review: Many good tastes with small plates. Nice sangria.
  • Manny's Coffee Shop and Deli -  1141 S. Jefferson (312) 939 - 2855begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 939 - 2855      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average main course: $9  Favorite spot for local politicians
Other Suggestions from Chicago students:
  • Portillo's Hot Dogs -  - 100 W. Ontario St. (312) 587-8910begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 587-8910      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Chicago style hotdogs, pizza, and Italian beef,  Price range: under $10
  • Pizzeria Uno -  - 29 E. Ohio (312) 321-1000begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 321-1000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Pizzeria Duo  - 619 N. Wabash Avenue (312) 943-2400begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 943-2400      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Average Pizza: $16
  • Bombay Wraps.  122 N. Wells Street (312) 739-972.  Price range: under $10
  • Giordano's Pizzeria - -  30 N. Rush St. (312) 951-0747begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 951-0747      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Chicago Style Pizza Price Range: $11-$30
  • The Weiner's Circle -  - 2622 N. Clark St. (773) 477-7444begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (773) 477-7444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Chicago style hotdogs  Price range: under $10
  • Al's Italian Beef  - 69 W. Ontario St. (312) 943-32221079 West Taylor St. (312) 226-4017begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 226-4017      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Chicago Italian beef sandwiches Price range: under $10
  • Foodlife - 35 N. Michigan Avenue (312) 335-3663begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (312) 335-3663      end_of_the_skype_highlighting Food court at Water Tower Place on mezzanine level



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