N u F a c t 0 9

11th International Workshop on
Neutrino Factories, Superbeams and Beta Beams

July 20-25, 2009 — Illinois Institute of Technology — Chicago

IIT

Transportation

The Main Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology is located south of Chicago's downtown "Loop" district, between the Dan Ryan Expressway and Michigan Avenue, from 30th Street to 35th Street. It is also between the Green and Red rapid transit lines of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Please note: if you are familiar with Chicago, you will find that certain expected streets like Dearborn, Wabash, 32nd and 34th are missing on the IIT map below. This is because these streets have been closed and ceded to IIT. However, you may also note that postal addresses on these streets are still used to designate buildings built before the streets were removed, and some street signs remain as well.

The NuFact09 conference is being held principally in Hermann Hall, located west of State Street between 32nd and 33rd Streets. You may enter the building from the fire lane west of State Street near 32nd Street, at the south end of the building near 33rd Street, or on the west side of the building, just east of Federal Street.

From O'Hare and Midway Airports you may reach IIT or the hotels via public transportation, automobile, taxi cab, or limousine. Taxi cabs from O'Hare are metered and will cost $40-50 depending on traffic. From Midway, also metered, they will be $10-20 less. Shared cabs are available from both airports — check with the taxi dispatcher outside any terminal. Limousines may be arranged from call boxes located in the airport baggage claim areas, and will probably cost about the same as taxi cabs. If you have a lot of luggage, airport shuttle transportation is the best way to get from an airport to the hotels.

If you choose to use public transit from O'Hare airport to the hotels, you should take the Blue Line train from O'Hare. You can ride it to the Jackson station for the Essex Inn or Best Western Grant Park. If you want to do a bit less walking you can transfer to the Red Line at Jackson and proceed south to Harrison for the Essex Inn or Roosevelt for the Best Western. You can also transfer to the Green or Orange Line at Clark and Lake and get off at Roosevelt. For the Holiday Inn, transfer at the Clark and Lake station to the Brown Line to the Merchandise Mart. Public transportation should be used from the conference hotels to IIT.

Driving to IIT

From O'Hare Airport (or the north and northwest suburbs)
Take the Kennedy Expressway, I-190, merging with the Edens Expressway (I-90/94) south and east toward and through the Loop (downtown) area to the Circle Interchange where the same roadway becomes the Dan Ryan Expressway. Exit the Dan Ryan at the 31st Street exit, proceed south along the frontage road (Wentworth Avenue) to 31st Street (the first traffic signal), take 31st two blocks east (left) to State Street, and then south (right) one block on State Street to 32nd Street.
From Midway Airport (or the southwest suburbs)
Take the Stevenson Expressway, I-55, to the downtown area and exit south on the Dan Ryan Expressway, I-90/94, towards Indiana. Exit the Dan Ryan at the 31st Street exit, proceed south along the frontage road (Wentworth Avenue) to 31st Street (the first traffic signal), take 31st two blocks east (left) to State Street, and then south (right) one block on State Street to 32nd Street.
From the west suburbs
Take the Eisenhower Expressway, I-290, to the Circle Interchange and exit south on the Dan Ryan Expressway, I-90/94, towards Indiana. Exit the Dan Ryan at the 31st Street exit, proceed south along the frontage road (Wentworth Avenue) to 31st Street (the first traffic signal), take 31st two blocks east (left) to State Street, and then south (right) one block on State Street to 32nd Street. Note that it's sometimes faster to take I-294 or I-355 between I-88 and I-55 instead, bypassing I-290. You may want to check real-time traffic before you leave.
From the south suburbs
Take the Dan Ryan Expressway, I-90/94, north to 35th Street. Exit at 35th Street, go two blocks east (right) to State Street, and then north (left) three blocks to 32nd Street.

The most convenient visitor's parking lot is located on State Street at 32nd Street. You can find a detailed campus parking map here. Metered spaces in the visitor's lot accept quarters for 15 minutes, or you may purchase a permit for daily or weekly use in non-metered lots at the registration desk.

Public Transportation to IIT

IIT can be reached by CTA rapid transit using the Green or Red Lines, exiting at the 35th Street station of either line. The Green Line station is on the IIT campus, whereas the Red Line runs in the median strip of the Dan Ryan Expressway one block west of IIT. At either station you should exit from the north end of the platform (at the rear of the train coming from downtown) which is 34th Street on the Green Line, or 33rd Street on the Red Line. IIT is an urban campus and caution should be exercised off the campus. If you should miss the 35th Street station, simply exit the train at the next station, stay on the platform, and take the next train in the opposite direction — do NOT exit to the street southbound. If you anticipate using the CTA during your stay in Chicago, you might consider one of the multi-day tourist passes. Information on fares as well as maps and schedules can be found here, as well as at the airports and some downtown locations.
From the Essex Inn Hotel or Grant Park Best Western
Both the Green and Red Lines are easily accessible from the hotel. Green Line elevated stations are at Wabash (one block west of the Essex Inn entrance) and Adams, about 6 blocks north of the hotel and at State (two blocks west of the Essex Inn entrance) and Roosevelt, about 4 blocks south of the hotel. The Red Line Subway is also at State Street and Roosevelt Road, with another closer station 2 blocks north of the hotel at State and Harrison Streets.
From the Merchandise Mart Holiday Inn
Take the Brown Line CTA train to Adams and Wabash and transfer to the Green Line train, or walk to State Street and take the #29 bus. Follow directions given above for the Green Line or below for the bus..
From the Loop area you can also get to IIT via the southbound #29 State Street or #4 Michigan Avenue buses. You can use a farecard or exact cash on buses. The State Street bus stops at the corner of State and 32nd Streets 1 block east of the Hermann Hall. (There is no traffic signal - or street! - at 32nd Street, but there is a bus stop.) The Michigan Avenue bus stops at Michigan and 33rd Street, three blocks east of Hermann Hall.
From O'Hare Airport
To reach the Green Line from O'Hare Airport, you take the Blue Line train from the O'Hare CTA station on the lower level beyond the baggage claim area. Take the train to the Loop, transferring to the Green Line at the Clark and Lake station. To get to the Green Line, you go UP to the street level and continue UP onto the Elevated platform. Directions to the Green Line are prominently posted at the station. You will want to take the train in the direction South toward 63rd Street. The one-way fare is $2.25, and you must buy a farecard from a vending machine at the airport station to enter the system. Transfers between rapid transit lines are free, but you must hold onto your farecard to transfer.
From Midway Airport
The CTA serves Midway Airport with the Orange Line. You can transfer from the Orange Line to the southbound Green Line on the platform at Roosevelt Road. IIT (the 35th Street/Bronzeville station) will be the first stop after Roosevelt Road. Again, purchase a farecard for at least $2.25 at the airport before entering the system and see instructions above for directions to the Conference.
Hotels and nearby CTA stations are shown on the map below.