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.
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.
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.
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:
The map makes also clear that it is easy to get to and from Chicago O'Hare Airport.
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