Travel and Accommodations


XRM2010 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois (USA) in downtown Chicago.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a standard rate of $176 per night.  The student room rate is $132.  To make a reservation, visit the group rate web site or call the Sheraton reservation desk at (312) 464-1000 and mention “XRM 2010”.

The Chicago metropolitan area is served by two major airports, national rail stations and other forms of public transportation.


O’Hare International Airport handles more passengers than any other airport in the world. For visitors needing information or directions, airport information booths are located on the lower levels of the domestic terminals and on the upper and lower levels of the International Terminal. A foreign currency exchange is located on the lower level of the International Terminal. O’Hare is located about 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

Midway Airport is located at 5700 Cicero Avenue, 20 minutes (13 miles) from downtown Chicago. The one-building airport is divided into three terminals, A, B and C. The main lobby at the airport’s center entrance is where the information booth and all vehicle pick-up services are available.

Transportation from both airports to downtown Chicago is available by taxi, limo, and/or public transport (see items below for more details)

Train Stations

Amtrak is a national rail train service serving Chicago and most of the continental United States. Trains arrive and depart primarily from the two major Chicago train stations, Union Station and Northwestern Station.

Metra Rail Trains, the Metropolitan Railroad operates 12 surface train lines serving the six-county area which hub into downtown Chicago from the outlying Chicago suburbs.

Local Public Transportation:

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers fast, direct train service from both airports to downtown via the Blue Line, and convenient bus and train lines to major attractions, simple fare cards, easy-to-use maps and brochures, and custom trip planning for groups.

Taxicabs: Cabs can be hailed anytime in the Loop and other central neighborhoods as well as all airports; otherwise call Yellow (tel 312/829-4222), for example.  The fare is about $40 each way between O’Hare and The Sheraton and about $30 from Midway.  (See fare estimator for more details.)

Driving to the Conference

Driving Directions to the Sheraton (pdf)

Parking:  The Hotel offers valet parking (in and out privileges) for up to 400 cars on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight valet parking rate is $49. As an alternative to valet parking, there are several self-parking garages located near the hotel which include: Ogden Plaza, River East (North Pier) Central, Cityfront Mid-Rise and Cityfront High-Rise. The Ogden Plaza self –parking (connected to the hotel via an enclosed skywalk).