GENERAL TRAVEL ADVICE


Transportation & Directions

W Chicago City Center
172 W. Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
+1 312 332-1200
http://www.wchicagocitycenter.com/

The W Chicago City Center is located 18 miles/29 km from O’Hare International Airport and 8 miles/13 km from Midway International Airport. Both airports offer train, bus or taxi transportation to the hotel. Click here [HYPERLINK TO COME] for driving directions to the hotel.

O’Hare International Airport

For public transit directions, click here. The CTA’s Blue Line (also known as the ‘L’) departs O’Hare, and from the Monroe Street stop the hotel is a 5-minute walk. Transit fare is $2.50USD.

Go Airport Express offers daily shared ride and non-stop direct service to/from O’Hare, and depart approximately 10-15 minutes from each terminal. Advance reservations are recommended; however, they do welcome walk-ups. Click here for more information.

Taxis are available from the baggage level of all airport terminals. Approximate cost is $45USD, and shared rides are available. Click here for more information on taxi travel from O’Hare.

Midway International Airport

For public transit directions, click here. The CTA’s Orange Line (also known as the ‘L’) departs Midway, and from the Quincy/Wells Street stop the hotel is a 2-minute walk. Transit fare is $2.50USD.

Go Airport Express offers daily shared ride and non-stop direct service to/from Midway, and depart approximately 10-15 minutes from each terminal. Advance reservations are recommended; however, they do welcome walk-ups. Click here for more information.

Taxis are available from the baggage level of all airport terminals. Approximate cost is $30USD, and shared rides are available. Click here for more information on taxi travel from Midway.

Time

Chicago is in the Central Time Zone. In April, the Central Time Zone is -5h UTC/GMT.

Language

The official language of the IOMA Conference is English.

Weather

April in Chicago is mild with an average high temperature of 60°F (15°C) and an average low of 40°F (4°C).

Dress

Business-conservative or business-casual attire is appropriate for all meeting events.

Telephone

  • U.S. country code: +1
  • Chicago area codes: There are approximately 9 area codes in use in the city of Chicago and surrounding areas. The most popular are 312 and 773.
  • U.S. telephone numbers have seven digits, (e.g., 555-1234). You will often have to use the area code + seven digits to complete a call within the U.S.
  • To call internationally from Chicago dial "011" + country code + area code + phone number.

Exchange Rate

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Tipping

Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis and for services you receive.

Emergencies

For all emergencies, and to reach fire or police personnel, dial 911.

Electricity

Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz. Adaptors that may be required are for two flat blades or for two flat blades with a grounding pin.

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