The WiCyS 2018 conference will be held at the Hilton Chicago Downtown  located at

720 S Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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The hotel is easily accessible from either the Blue or Orange line train when arriving from O’Hare International or Midway airport. The Hilton offers self-parking for overnight hotel guests at the discounted conference rate of $28.50 per day.


The Conference bears the cost of lodging for all scholarship recipients. All student scholarship and faculty accommodation grant recipients will share a room (with two double beds) with another peer (student or faculty, whichever applies). Roommate requests can be submitted during registration.




Transportation to/from Chicago Airports

Midway - Getting to the Orange Line from the Midway Airport Terminal Building

The fully-accessible Midway station is situated just east of the airport terminal building and is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway. Follow the signs to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City” from the airport. An orange line painted on the ground will guide you there. WiCyS transportation volunteers will meet you at the entrance to the Orange Line and will be wearing WiCyS T-shirts and have a sign so that they are easily identifiable.

O'Hare Airport - Getting to the Blue Line from Terminals 1,2 or 3

If you're coming from domestic and international flights arriving at Terminals 1, 2 or 3, follow signs in the airport to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City." These will lead you to the train station. You can walk from the baggage claim to the train in under ten minutes from any of these three terminals.

(Note: There is no Airline Terminal 4 at O’Hare.)

Getting to the Blue Line from Terminal 5

If you're coming from international flights that land in Terminal 5, follow signs to the Airport Transit System (ATS). Ride the next train to Terminal 2 and exit the train at the station. Then, follow signs to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City."

WiCyS transportation volunteers will meet you at the entrance to the Blue Line and will be wearing WiCyS T-shirts and have a sign so that they are easily identifiable. The volunteers will show you how to purchase a ticket, ride the train with you and escort you to the hotel. 

Please note you will be responsible for purchasing a Ventra ticket or card to ride the train. A single Ventra ticket is $3 from Midway and $5 from O'Hare airport. These can be purchased from kiosks located at the airports with a debit/credit card or cash. There is also an option to purchase a Ventra card that you can load money on to, this can be done online ( or at the kiosks.

Departure times from both airports will be at 10 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please check back here shortly for departing location meeting spots at both airports.

There will be no travel volunteer students after the conference is over, conference attendees are on their own for returning to the airport.

For those that do not wish to ride the train or have a conflict due to flight times, there are taxis and ride share cars available. provides door to door ride share shuttle service. There are signs directing individuals to those options at the airport.