Hotel and Travel

Conference Hotel

AAUP 2012 will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.
The conference hotel has sold out!

Alternate Hotel

The Holiday Inn Mart Plaza's sister property the Amalfi Hotel (a few blocks from the Mart Plaza) has set aside a few rooms for AAUP attendees at rate of $209 a night (includes breakfast and evening reception at the hotel). Attendees can book either by calling the reservation department at 877-262-5341 and mention that they are with the Association of American University Presses meeting or via this custom booking link.

Please book by May 18 May 25 (extended deadline!) to take advantage of this rate.

Additional Chicago Hotels
We've listed below a number of alternate Chicago hotels. AAUP has no arrangements with any of these hotels and cannot guarantee rates or availability. Check discount travel sites, such as, to compare rates/read reviews. View the proximity of these alternate hotels (green pins):

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Amalfi Hotel Chicago
20 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL
Phone: 866-676-9946

Club Quarters
75 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: +1-312-357-6400

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue, (Driveway Entrance on 541 North Rush Street)
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1-312-836-0100

Hampton Inn and Suites
33 West Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, 60654
Phone: 1-312-832-0330

Hotel Sax
333 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60654
Reservations: 877-569-3742
Hotel phone: 312-245-0333

James Hotel
55 East Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
Reservations: 888-526-3778
Hotel Line: 312-337-1000

La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown
One South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 1-312-558-1020
Fax: 1-312-558-1014

Millenium Hotel Knickerbocker
163 East Walton Place @ North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-751-8100

Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
505 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Reservations: 877-731-0505
Phone: 312-755-9703

W Hotel
644 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3017
Phone: 312-943-9200

Travel Information

Arriving by Air

Two airports service Chicago.

O'Hare International is serviced by most major carriers. O'Hare is 13 miles from downtown, and is one world's largest and busiest airports.

Midway is located about 10 miles from downtown, and is served by Delta, Southwest, Frontier, and a few other discount carriers.

Ground Transportation to Mart Plaza

Airport Express Shuttle
Airport Express operates shuttle services from both Midway and O'Hare airports. The cost is approximately $50 roundtrip from O'Hare and $40 Roundtrip from Midway.

Annual meeting attendees can get a 10% discount if they book in advance via one of the following methods:

  • Online 
  • Through the AirportExpress website and enter the code: "HOLIDAYMAR"
  • By calling: 1-800-284-3826 and using the code: "HOLIDAYMAR"

A one-way taxi fare to or from Chicago airports should cost between $40 and $50. Travel time is between 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.

Mass Transit
Both airports are accessible by train. There is a Brown line CTA "L" station at the Merchandise Mart adjacent to the Mart Plaza.

The Mart Plaza offers the following directions:

  1. Take CTA BLUE LINE (from O'Hare Airport) or ORANGE LINE (from Midway Airport) toward Chicago Downtown.
  2. Exit at Clark/Lake Station
  3. Switch to CTA BROWN LINE
  4. Get off at Merchandise Mart Station (fist stop) .
  5. Walk through Merchandise Mart to Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
    Note: Walk-Through Door is closed after departure of last train on Saturday until arrival of first train on Monday. During this time, please use main entrance of Merchandise Mart on W North Bank Dr to leave the building & go right to the hotel entrance.

CTA Maps

Arriving by Car


Self Parking: $39.00 for Overnight with In & Out Privileges

Arriving by Train

Chicago's Union Station is served by Amtrak.

Arriving by Bus

Greyhound and Megabus offer service to Chicago.

Visiting Chicago

AAUP 2012 Chicago Guide
For a true introduction to the city, AAUP locals have put together an insightful guide to food, entertainment, and activities in their home town.

For general reference, you'll also find useful information for visitors at the following sites and apps. (geared toward International visitors)

Chicago Travel Apps

Chicago Apps Gallery

CTA Apps

Printable Maps
for reference, the AAUP 2012 hotel is adjacent to the Merchandise Mart

The Loop

Top Attractions