Travel and Lodging Information

This page details travel and lodging information for the 2015 Conference. For lodging, please scroll down or click here.

Travel Information

Detailed Directions to the Conference Site, the Hotel, and the Dorm

Participants flying into Chicago can come into either of its major airports, O’Hare or Midway.

Want to Get to Conference Registration (1104 S. Wabash) from the Airports? (driving and public transit directions)

Driving from O’Hare:

  • Take I-90 E
  • Use 2nd lane from the Right to take Exit 51H-51I for Congress Parkway toward Chicago Loop
  • Keep Left at the fork to continue onto Exit 51I, follow signs for Congress Parkway / Chicago Loop
  • Continue straight Congress Parkway
  • Turn Right onto Wabash Ave
  • 1104 S Wabash will be on your Right

Driving from Midway:

  • Take Cicero Ave (IL Rt 50) Heading North
  • Turn Right onto I-55 N toward Chicago
  • Take exit 293A toward Cermak Rd/Chinatown
  • Turn right onto W Cermak Rd
  • Turn Left onto S Clark St
  • Turn Right onto W Roosevelt Rd
  • Turn Left onto S Wabash Ave
  • 1104 S. Wabash will be on the Left

 Public Transit from O’Hare:

  • Take the CTA Blue Line (the only CTA train that leaves from O’Hare) towards Forest Park (the only direction the train goes in leaving O’Hare)
  • Change trains at the Clark/Lake stop
  • At the Clark/Lake stop, take the Orange Line towards Midway (in order to switch from the Blue Line to the Orange Line you will have to go from the underground Blue Line tracks to the above ground platform — be careful on the above ground platform as multiple lines share the same tracks)
  • Get off the train in 4 stops at the Roosevelt Rd stop
  • Head East on Roosevelt Rd (towards Wabash Ave)
  • Take the first Left onto Wabash Ave
  • 1104 S. Wabash will be on the Left

 Public Transit from Midway:

  • Take the CTA Orange Line (the only CTA train that leaves from Midway) towards Loop (the only direction the train goes in leaving Midway)
  • Get off the train at the Roosevelt Rd stop
  • Head East on Roosevelt Rd (towards Wabash Ave)
  • Take the first Left onto Wabash Ave
  • 1104 S. Wabash will be on the Left

Want to Get to Hotel Blake from the Airports? (driving and public transit directions)

Driving from O’Hare:

  • Take I-90 E
  • Use 2nd lane from the Right to take Exit 51H-51I for Congress Parkway toward Chicago Loop
  • Keep Left at the fork to continue onto Exit 51I, follow signs for Congress Parkway / Chicago Loop
  • Continue straight Congress Parkway
  • Turn Right onto S Federal St
  • Take the first Left onto W Harrison St
  • Take the first Left onto S Dearborn St
  • Hotel Blake will be on your left at 500 S Dearborn St

 Driving from Midway:

  • Take Cicero Ave (IL Rt 50) Heading North
  • Turn Right onto I-55 N toward Chicago
  • Take exit 293A toward Cermak Rd/Chinatown
  • Turn right onto W Cermak Rd
  • Turn Left onto S Clark St
  • Turn Right onto W Polk St
  • Take the second Left onto S Dearborn St
  • Hotel Blake will be on your left at 500 S Dearborn St

 Public Transit from O’Hare:

  • Take the CTA Blue Line (the only CTA train that leaves from O’Hare) towards Forest Park (the only direction the train goes in leaving O’Hare)
  • Get off the train at the LaSalle stop
  • Head East on Congress Parkway towards Clark St
  • Take the third Right onto S Dearborn St
  • Hotel Blake will be on your right at 500 S Dearborn St

 Public Transit from Midway:

  • Take the CTA Orange Line (the only CTA train that leaves from Midway) towards Loop (the only direction the train goes in leaving Midway)
  • Get off the train at Harold Washington Library stop
  • Head West on Van Buren St towards Plymouth Ct
  • Take the second Left onto Dearborn St
  • Hotel Blake will be on your right at 500 S Dearborn St

Want to Get to University Center (Dorm Housing) from the Airports? (driving and public transit directions)

Driving from O’Hare:

  • Take I-90 E
  • Use 2nd lane from the Right to take Exit 51H-51I for Congress Parkway toward Chicago Loop
  • Keep Left at the fork to continue onto Exit 51I, follow signs for Congress Parkway / Chicago Loop
  • Continue straight Congress Parkway
  • Turn Right onto S State St
  • University Center is immediately on your Left at 525 S State St

Driving from Midway:

  • Take Cicero Ave (IL Rt 50) Heading North
  • Turn Right onto I-55 N toward Chicago
  • Take exit 293A toward Cermak Rd/Chinatown
  • Turn right onto W Cermak Rd
  • Turn Left onto S Clark St
  • Turn Right onto W Polk St
  • Turn Left on S State St
  • University Center is on your Right at 525 S State S

 Public Transit from O’Hare:

  • Take the CTA Blue Line (the only CTA train that leaves from O’Hare) towards Forest Park (the only direction the train goes in leaving O’Hare)
  • Get off the train at the LaSalle stop
  • Head East on Congress Parkway towards Clark St
  • Turn Right onto S State St
  • University Center is immediately on your Left at 525 S State St

 Public Transit from Midway:

  • Take the CTA Orange Line (the only CTA train that leaves from Midway) towards Loop (the only direction the train goes in leaving Midway)
  • Get off the train at Harold Washington Library stop
  • Head East on Van Buren St towards S State Dt
  • Take the first Right onto S State St
  • University Center is on your Left at 525 S State St

Lodging Information

Housing Accommodation Options for PTO 2015

PTO Chicago 2015 has reserved two housing blocks, a hotel and a lower-cost dorm option. If you have any questions, email conference@ptoweb.org and put “housing” in the subject line.

 

Hotel Option: Hotel Blake

  • 500 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL (5 blocks from conference registration location)
  • www.hotelblake.com
  • Call Hotel Blake’s Reservations Manager, Gina, at 312-344-4950 (US country calling code is 011). For the conference rate, say you are with the “21st Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference.”
  • Reserve by Monday, May 11 to secure the conference rate.
  • Reservation Deadlines: rooms are first-come, first-served. We recommend you reserve as soon as possible, as our block will likely fill early. Because of the extremely high demand for hotels in Chicago that weekend, it may be hard to find other accommodations after our room blocks have filled.
  • Learn why Hotel Blake was selected as the hotel option for this conference

Options and Rates

  • One king bed: $219 plus tax (16.4%)
  • Two queen beds: $259 plus tax

Amenities

  • Complimentary High Speed Internet access in all guest rooms
  • Complimentary use of hotel fitness center on the 2nd Floor
  • Complimentary use of hotel business center (lobby level)
  • Complimentary coffee & tea every morning from 6AM – 10:30AM in the lobby

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Lower-Cost Housing Option: Conference Chicago @ University Center

525 S. State Street (about 4 blocks from the conference registration location at 1104 S. Wabash)

Reservation Deadlines: These rooms are first-come, first-served. You must reserve dorm housing by Friday, May 8. However, we recommend you reserve as soon as possible, as our block will likely fill before that date. Because of the extremely high demand for hotels in Chicago that weekend, finding housing after our room blocks fill may prove difficult.

Options and Rates (Conference Length Stays) – Check in June 11 Check Out June 14

All dorms are suites of two bedrooms, two single beds per room, connected to one additional bedroom by shared bathroom.

Shared Room Option:  Connected suites with 2 twin beds each, semi-private bath shared with one additional room. Suite-style units have access to common kitchenette and lounge areas located on each floor. Cost $234 ($65 USD + $13 taxes and fees = $78 per person, per night X 3 nights) CLICK to BOOK.

Semi-Private Option: Connected suites with only one guest per room, semi-private bath shared with one additional room. Suite-style units have access to common kitchenette and lounge areas located on each floor. Cost $330.75 ($92 USD + $18.25 taxes and fees = $110.25 per person, per night X 3 nights) CLICK to BOOK. 

We can only book rooms in the dorms for the entire duration of the conference—three nights. We are unable to accommodate requests for partial conference stays during the conference dates.

Options and Rates (Pre-Conference dates)

Shared Room Option:  Connected suites with 2 twin beds each, semi-private bath shared with one additional room. Suite-style units have access to common kitchenette and lounge areas located on each floor. Cost $78/person/night ($65 USD + $13 taxes and fees). Nights may be booked for June 8, 9, and/or 10. Additionally, you may book the three night conference block (nights of June 11-13, check out June 14) as noted above. Be sure to enter the correct check in and check out dates when registering.  CLICK to BOOK.

Amenities

  • Hot breakfast included each day
  • Linens (bed sheets, towels, basic toiletries)
  • Internet access in the guest rooms.
  • All bedrooms are furnished, with extra-long twin-sized bed, desk, chair, bookshelves, and alarm clock

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Hotel Selection Process

Here are some factors we considered as we chose Hotel Blake:

  • PTO respects labor. This hotel appears on the Chicago labor “Please Patronize” list. Many hotels were disqualified because of questions about labor politics. We aim to be financially accessible, but we also know that most of our members do not want us to get cheaper prices on the backs of workers. We know labor justice matters to you.
  • Some years our conferences are in larger cities; on other years we are in smaller cities and towns. We want to visit a wide variety of places. On the years we visit larger cities like Chicago, the hotel prices are almost always higher. On those years, participants tend to spend more on housing but save on flights and transportation from the airport. On the years we are in smaller cities and towns, housing prices tend to be lower, but flights and ground transport are often more expensive. Each site holds different possibilities and challenges.
  • The conference location is relatively close to the hotel; not everyone is able to walk long distances.
  • The hotel is close to public transportation, which makes it easier to save on the cost of travel from airports.
  • Summer is high tourist season in Chicago. Many factors go into the choice of the dates for the PTO conference, and the weekend when PTO was able to hold its conference this year coincided with huge conventions in the city. As a result, prices everywhere are relatively high that weekend—and have been high since long before Chicago was even identified as the conference location. This was the lowest price for which we could negotiate because Hotel Blake has a relationship with Columbia College Chicago. We examined many other options and exhausted them before publishing final housing info. For example, Holiday Inn, a hotel many people might perceive as cheaper, is actually far more expensive that weekend than Hotel Blake (and has been so for a while).