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Travel & Lodging

Northwestern University is conveniently located just north of Chicago along Lake Michigan. The closest airport to the meeting headquarters is Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Midway airport is also nearby.

Driving directions

Driving directions to campus from both airports and other destinations can be found here.

Transportation from the Airport to Evanston

Transportation from the airport to Evanston, including the campus, workshop site and the hotels, is available via taxi or shuttle bus. The use of these options is the simplest, shortest and highly recommended. The options are:

  1. Taxis from the airport to the Evanston campus charge a fixed rate of about $35. There are several taxis that go from O'Hare to Evanston. One of them is Northshore Cab at 847-864-7500. Another option is 303 Taxi at 1-800-225-5303. Taxis are accessible from the lower level curb-front of every terminal outside the baggage claim areas.

    After collecting your baggage, or for international arrivals after passing customs, call the taxi of your choice. Let them know that you are going to Evanston. They will give you a taxi number and tell you at which terminal exit door (vestibule) your taxi will pick you up. For International guests, exit the terminal building through door 5E, wait under the sign, "Pre-arranged Taxi" for your taxi to arrive. Taxis should arrive within 5-10 min.

  2. Airport Express provides shared shuttle transportation for up to 10 people to/from either airport and must be reserved in advance by calling 800-654-7871. Rates start at $34 from O'Hare and $51 from Midway for the first passenger and $5 for each additional passenger. Ticket counters and loading zones for boarding the Airport Express van are at Door 1E, Door 2D, and Door 3F across from baggage claim on the Baggage Claim level.

    At the international terminal Airport Express shuttles are located just outside Door 5E which is just outside of baggage claim and customs. If you do not see a van you can call their toll-free number at 1-888-284-3826, and ask a reservationist to send a van to the terminal.

Hotel Accommodations

All meeting attendees book their own hotel rooms. Special Group Rates have been arranged at the following hotels. Please mention "NU-Manufacturing" to receive the discount rate.

  • Best Western University Plaza
    1501 Sherman Avenue,
    Evanston, Illinois, 60201-4416, US
    (847) 491-6400
    Room rate: $105 +tax
    Block rate until 9/1/2008
    15min walk to campus

    * Guests can book Best Western via email now by sending an email to Peter with:
    Phone #
    Dates of stay
    Credit card # (if you would prefer to guarantee your booking)

  • DoubleTree Hotel
    9599 Skokie Blvd.,
    Skokie, Illinois, USA 60077
    (847) 649-7000
    Room rate: $129 +tax
    Includes free shuttles to/from meeting site
    Block rate until 9/1/08

  • Hilton Garden Inn
    1818 Maple Avenue,
    Evanston, Illinois, USA 60201
    (847) 475-6400
    Room rate: $159 +tax
    Block rate until 9/1/08
    10 min walk to campus

  • The Homestead Hotel
    1625 Hinman Avenue,
    Evanston, IL 60201
    (847) 475-3300
    Room rate: $95 +tax
    Block rate until 8/5/08
    10 min walk to campus

  • Hotel Orrington
    1710 Orrington Avenue
    Evanston, Illinois 60201
    (888) 677-4648
    Room rate: $139 +tax
    Block rate until 9/1/08
    10 min walk to campus

    * Guests can book rooms at Hotel Orrington online.

All hotels, except for the Double Tree Hotel, are within a 5 to 15 min walking distance from the workshop site. Shuttle service is provided from the Double Tree Hotel.

* Please note that hotels rooms must be booked by the date listed for each hotel in order to receive the discounted rate. Rooms booked after the cut-off dates will be charged regular price.