Location and Accomodations

Location and Accomodations

28 August – 1 September 2017 Chicago, IL

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Local food and drink options

Name: Lobby Lounge of the JW Marriott Hotel

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Good for: Cocktails..

Description: Strange that we recommend a hotel lobby bar? I (Scott) often visit this place on my way back to Chicago Union station. Great cocktails! Amazing historic lobby at a fancy hotel.. Feel like you are in the 1%.

Bookings: Nope.

Walking distance: Yes (ish) about one mile.

Public transport: Head to Columbus and East Wacker. Take the 20,121, 124 or 151 heading North. Get off at Madison and LaSalle.

Contact: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/chijw-jw-marriott-chicago/

 

Name: Italian Village

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Good for: Italian food (yep).

Description: A village within a building. Three restaurants great italian food!

Bookings: Recommended for larger groups.. Easy to make online

Walking distance: Yes (ish) about one mile.

Public transport:Walk to Wacker & Stetson and take the No. 6 bus towards 79th/South Shore. Get off at State and Monroe.  

Contact: https://italianvillage-chicago.com


 

Name: The Gauge

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Good for: Small groups. Noisy. Great food and craft beer.

Description: HIstoric location with great food, cocktails and beer. Gets noisy but a cosy atmosphere. My favourite is the poutine.

Bookings: You can usually fit one or two people in easily at anytime.. 4 or more suggest a reservation.

Walking distance: Yes, 15 minutes

Public transport: Quicker to walk.

Contact: All you need to know here: https://www.thegagechicago.com/

 

Name: Howell’s and Hood

Recommended by:  Scott Collis

Good for: outdoor dining in an iconic square

Description: Howells and Hood is a classic American bar/food place. Large menu, not the cheapest but not the most expensive. Right across from the Wrigley building in the middle of a large square and the river. Great outdoor dining area. Very reasonable draft beer list.

Bookings: For lunch you should be good. Can get busy for dinner if you have more than 4 people.

Walking distance: 8 minutes

Public transport: quicker to walk

Contact: All you need to know: http://www.howellsandhood.com/

 

Name: Pleasant House Pub

Recommended by:  Scott Collis

Good for: Pies (not the Pizza variety...  Meat and other pies)

Description: In Chicago’s Halstead neighbourhood, out of the main loop this is a very cool pub with communal seating and the best pies in Chicago. Great coffee and beer (occasially they have english beers on cask). Scratch kitchen where they get many ingredients from the urban farm lot next door.

Bookings: For lunch you should be good. Can get busy for dinner if you have more than 4 people.

Walking distance: No

Public transport: Take orange line from State/Lake Streets towards Halsted

Contact: All you need to know: http://www.pleasanthousepub.com/

 

Name: The Berghoff

Recommended by:  Scott Collis

Good for: Beer and German Food

Description: One mile from the hotel in the center of town this German pub/beer hall is “Just the right amount of old school”. Nothing fancy at all.. Very loud but good fun.

Bookings: For lunch you should be good. Can get busy for dinner if you have more than 4 people.

Walking distance: Yes (ish).

Public transport: Walk to Wacker & Stetson and take the No. 6 bus towards 79th/South Shore. Get off at State and Monroe.  

Contact:  https://www.theberghoff.com/

 

Name: Revolution Brewing (Logan Square)

Recommended by: Bobby Jackson

Good for: Beer, food

Description: In Logan Square, this brewery has all of the Revolution Brewing beers that are made right here in Chicago. I tend to like the Eugene beer.

Walking distance: No

Public transport: Take the Blue line to the California stop

Contact: https://revbrew.com/brewpub/overview

Bookings: Can be quite busy Friday and Saturday nights. It is reasonable for a Monday to Thursday evening outing of less than about 6 people, but too far from the conference for lunch. There is also an awesome beercade nearby (Emporium Logan Square) if you want to spend a night gaming.

 

Name: Lao Sze Chuan or Chinatown in general

Recommended by:  Virendra Ghate

Good for: Food (dinner or lunch)

Description: If you are a fan of spicy chinese food, this is the restaurant to go to. It is located in the heart of China town. There are about 50 other mostly good chinese restaurants around, so you can just have a Dim Sum if you feel like at some other place.

Bookings: Not required.

Walking distance: No

Public transport: Can take the red line train to Cermack China Town stop. There are multiple CTA buses that go from conference center to there.

Contact: http://www.chicagolaoszechuan.com/menu.aspx

Activities

What: Andy’s Jazz Club

Recommended by: Virendra Ghate

Description: Cool spot for listening to nice Jazz/Blues music and have good food. They have a full bar. Gets crowded (loud) at times, so better to make dinner reservations.

Contacts: http://www.andysjazzclub.com/

 

What: Chicago Architecture river cruise  

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Description: Very relaxing cruise along the Chicago river with very knowledgable guides. On board bar helps as well! Note: There is an organized activity for this Wednesday at 3:30pm.  

Contacts: https://www.architecture.org/experience-caf/tours/detail/chicago-architecture-foundation-river-cruise-aboard-chicagos-first-lady-cruises/



 

What: Maggie Daley Park

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Description: Located due south of the hotel this park includes outdoor rock climbing and a roller skate/blade track. There are also extensive playgrounds for attendees with kids. There is also bike hire on the northern end of the park

Contacts: http://maggiedaleypark.com/

 

What: Navy Pier

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Description: Originally completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham's plan for Chicago, Navy Pier is an iconic city landmark inspiring discovery and wonder. Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million visitors have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. As Navy Pier enters its second century, the venue is evolving into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures. Navy Pier is a one mile walk from the hotel via the chicago riverwalk.

Contacts: https://navypier.com/

 

What: Chicago Riverwalk

Recommended by: Scott Collis

Description: The newly created riverwalk is right outside the hotel! This series of riverside paths, boardwalks, historic sites and art installations stays low and close to the river so you pass underneath Chicago’s historic opening bridges.

Contacts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Riverwalk

 

Who is Playing

What: The Cubs are at Home during the Conference!

Description: Cubs home games against the Pirates and Braves at Wrigley FIeld (easy access from CTA). 705pm start times.

Contacts: https://www.mlb.com/cubs/schedule/2017-08

 

What: The Sox are at home Sunday and Friday

Description: Chicago White Sox (the south side team) are at home Sunday night (Tigers) and Friday Night (Rays). Head South to Guaranteed Rate (yes.. That is the name) field.

Contacts: https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/schedule/2017-08

 

What: Chicago Bears preseason!

Description: Home game at historic Soldier field against the Cleveland Browns August the 31st at 7pm.

Contacts: http://www.chicagobears.com/gameday/schedule.html

 

Transportation

Ride the L from the Airport to the Conference

CTA Home

Map

Accommodations

Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. All meeting sessions for the conferences will be held at Swissotel Chicago in Chicago, IL. 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Swissotel Chicago for all meeting attendees at a special rate of $197.00 plus 17.4% tax. To receive the special meeting rate, attendees must request a room under the AMS block by using the Group Affiliation: AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY.

Make a Reservation

To book your room, please call 1-800-637-9477 and reference the American Meteorological Society room block

Or

Book online at: AMS 38RADAR

Thank you in advance for booking your sleeping room at the meeting host hotel. In doing so, you’re helping AMS maintain a strong pick-up history for future hotel contract negotiations, helping to keep registration rates as low as possible.

Federal Government Employees

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Swissotel Chicago for Federal Government Employees at the government per diem rate of $192.00 plus 17.4% tax. To receive the special meeting rate, attendees must be Federal Government Employees and use this link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/gov38th

 

28 August – 1 September 2017 Chicago, IL