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19'th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference (Tcl'2012)

November 12 - November 16, 2012

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: +1 312 361-0648
Fax: +1 312 222-9508

National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago
175 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602

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Important Information
Abstracts and proposals due August 27, 2012
Notification to authors September 10, 2012
Author materials due October 21, 2012
Tutorials start November 12, 2012
Conference starts November 14, 2012
Email Contact [email protected]

Special Social Activites

The NMHMC has arranged a special event for Friday after the technical sessions are over. This is free to attendees of the conference. Please see the Friday Afternoon Schedule.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza , with rooms at $149.00 (US) per night from Sunday (11/10) to the following Sunday (11/17). (Extensions of this rate may be possible. Inquire when you make a reservation.)

To register for a room at the conference hotel, phone 312-836-5000 between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM Central time.

These rooms will be released to the general public after October 20, so be sure to reserve your room early.

The room rate is $149/night.



Chicago is served by O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Midway International Airport (MDW). and Chicago/Gary International Airport (GCIA) .

There are shuttle busses (not free) from the airports to the Downtown area, or you can take Chicago Transit from O'Hare or Midway to the Holiday Inn. Please see below, under 'Local' for more information on Transit.

You can reach the hotel from the airport by Taxi if you prefer that.


Chicago is served by Amtrak and Greyhound. Within the city, there are light-rail Amtrak lines to the suburbs, as well as CTA/MTA busses and trains


It will not be necessary to rent a car for the duration of the conference.

The Magnificent Mile is a 15 minute walk from the hotel. This area is downtown the way big downtowns used to be, with every kind of shopping and eating experience you can hope to find.

The distance between the two sites (hotel, Museum) is not that large to preclude walking. Only a few minutes.

People not wishing to walk can use either Chicago Transit, or share cabs.

Regarding transit both hotel and museum have nearby stops for Brown and Purple lines. Which of the lines is better depends on the direction to go:

LocationTransit StopDestination
Hotel Merchandise Mart Brown Line To Museum
Museum Washington/Wells Purple Line To Hotel


The map makes also clear that it is easy to get to and from Chicago O'Hare Airport.
Airport Blue Line Clark/Lake Brown Line Merchandise Mart @ Hotel
Merchandise Mart @ Hotel Purple Line Clark/Lake Blue Line Airport

Other Maps:

Both show the relevant transit stops also, although not marked. They are the nearest stops to each location.

Food and Shopping

The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart is located in the heart of Chicago within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, the riverfront, and the lake. Food, clothing, shopping, entertainment and excitement are all within easy walking distance.

There is a Metra station inside the hotel, so you can catch the subway without being exposed to Chicago's legendary weather.


The hotel has internet connections in each room and wireless access in the public area.

For presenters, computers will be available for use during your presentation. These will be equipped with Linux or Windows 2000 with MS Office or OpenOffice.


For those of you coming early or staying late, Chicago-land is a large area with many sites and offerings.

In the downtown area, you'll find

Conference Committee

Clif Flynt   Noumena CorpGeneral Chair, Website Admin
Andreas Kupries   ActiveState Software Inc.Program Chair
Cyndy Lilagan   National Museum of Health + Medicine ChicagoFacilities Coordination
Joe Mistachkin   Mistachkin Systems
Brian Griffin   Mentor Graphics
Ron Fox   NSCL/FRIB Michigan State University
Arjen Markus   Deltares
Mike Doyle   Iomas Research LLC
Gerald Lester   SAP Labs, LLC
Donal Fellows   University of Manchester
Jeffrey Hobbs   ActiveState Software Inc.
Steve Landers   Digital Smarties
Kevin Kenny   GE Global Research Center
Larry Virden   Tcl FAQ Maintainer
Steve Redler IV   SR Technology

Contact Information

[email protected]