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IFT18 will be held at McCormick Place. The Hilton Chicago and the Marriott Marquis are our co-headquarters hotels. 

Travel Details Chicago

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  • Air Travel

    The following airports service the Chicago, Illinois area.

    Distance to City
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
    17 miles / 28 km
    Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
    12 miles / 19 km

    Airfare discounts have been arranged with United Airlines and Delta Airlines for fares to Chicago on qualifying flights (discounts vary between 2% and 5% again depending on the flight).

    United Airlines
    United Airlines Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) only
    Online:  www.united.com  (no ticketing fee)
    Select the “Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare)” option
    Offer Code: ZED2180537

    Meeting Desk Phone: 800.426.1122
    Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.
    Booking service fees apply when booking by phone
    Z code: ZED2
    Agreement Code: 180537

    Delta Airlines
    Delta Airlines
    Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
    Online:  www.delta.com (no ticketing fee)
    Click on “Advanced Search” and enter the Meeting Event Code in the appropriate box.
    Meeting Event Code: NMR7T
    Delta Meeting Reservations Phone: 800.328.1111
    Booking service fees apply when booking by phone

  • Airport Transportation
    GO Airport Express

    Airport Shuttle
    GO Airport Express provides shuttle bus service between O’Hare and Midway airports and the downtown hotels and McCormick Place as well as around-town travel and is offering all IFT18 attendees a 10% discount. For information and reservations, visit GO Airport Express’s website or call 773.247.1200.  Don’t forget to apply or mention the discount code “IFT”.


    Car RentalsHertz
    Hertz Rental Car Company is offering special discounted rates for IFT18 attendees. Reservations can be made by phone or online.  You will need to provide the CV number to receive the discount.

    Online Reservations
    Phone:  800.654.2240
    Convention Number (CV#): CV053H001

    CTA/Public Transit

    Blue Line
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is served by the CTA Blue train route which stops at Terminal 2. Blue Line trains serve O’Hare 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Trains operate every few minutes during the day and every 15-30 minutes overnight. The average travel time on the Blue Line to/from O’Hare to downtown is 45 minutes.

    Blue Line Route Guide

    Orange Line
    Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is served by the CTA Orange Line train route which stops just steps from the airport terminal. Follow signs from the airport to the train station. Orange Line trains serve Midway from early morning to late evening hours, every day. Trains operate every 7 to 15 minutes. The average travel time on the Orange Line to/from Midway to downtown is 25 minutes.

    Orange Line Route Guide

    Taxis are available at the lower level curb front of Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). There are no flat rates as all taxis run on meters. The fare is approximately $50 from O'Hare and $40 from Midway to the downtown area.

    Private Car Service
    IFT has partnered with Windy City Limo to make booking an airport transfer.  Please visit the Windy City Limo website to book your transfer today.  Rates and cars subject to availability.
  • Getting to/from McCormick Place

    Shuttle Bus Service
    Shuttle bus service will be provided from stops near official IFT Hotels (except for Hyatt Regency McCormick Place which is connected to the center and the Marriott Marquis which is 2 blocks from McCormick Place) to McCormick Place.

    Download the Shuttle Bus Service

    Shuttle bus days / hours:

    Sunday, July 15
    8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.* and 3:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Monday, July 16
    6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, July 17
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, July 18
    7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    *limited 30 minute service on the hour and half hour from the following hotels only:

    Chicago Marriott, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hilton Chicago, InterContinental, and Palmer House Hilton

    Taxi service is readily available throughout the city and can cost between $5 and $30 per ride. Taxis pick up and drop off at McCormick Place South at Gate 4.

    Divvy Bike
    Looking for a way to get to McCormick Place while seeing the sights and avoiding traffic?  Divvy bike is an option.  Visit the Divvy website to learn how to sign up and take advantage of the $2 discount Divvy Bike is offering to IFT18 attendees on the Explorer Pass by using the code “IFT18”.  Visit their page for locations of Divvy Bike stations to plan your route to McCormick Place!

    Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Public Transit
    The CTA’s convenient and easy-to-use bus and train lines – including the famous “L” – carry you around town and to major attractions. The new CTA Green Line “Cermak-McCormick Place” station is located just 2.5 blocks from McCormick Place. The CTA website at http://www.transitchicago.com/ offers a valuable overview of transit services, a guide to the system, instructions for first-time riders, and much more.

    Metra Electric Train
    The Metra Electric District (ME) route runs from three downtown stations directly to McCormick Place in just 7 minutes. Stations are located within walking distance to many hotels and are located at:

    Millennium Station
    Michigan Avenue & Randolph Street
    Van Buren Station
    Michigan Avenue & Van Buren Street
    Museum Campus Station
    Michigan Avenue & 11th Street

    Schedule and pricing information can be picked up at the Metra Station on the Grand Concourse, Level 2.5, or can be found on the Metra website.

  • McCormick Place Parking

    Lot A is the primary parking location for events in the South Building. Covered walkways from Lot A lead directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Current pricing (subject to change) is $23 for up to 16 hours and $36 from 16-24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges.

    For more information and to view printable maps and directions, visit the McCormick Place website.

  • Bag and Luggage Check Information

    Located in McCormick Place,
    Near Gate 4 entrance, Level 1


    Sunday, July 15
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, July 16
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, July 17
    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, July 18
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you’re serious about advancing your career, business, research, or the science of food and technology, then you can’t afford to miss IFT18.