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Conference Venue

Union League Club of Chicago

The IES Abroad Annual Conference is returning to the historic Union League Club of Chicago for the 2019 Conference.

The Union League Club continues to be a dedicated partner of our Annual Conference, allowing us to keep costs low and quality high. This partnership, combined with having no conference registration fee, means we can dedicate even more funds to scholarships and financial aid for our students so they can experience the life-changing benefits that come from studying and interning abroad.

For nearly 140 years, the Union League Club of Chicago has promoted honesty and efficiency in government, supported cultural institutions and the beautification of the city, and assisted our nation’s military and their families.

Accommodations & Parking

We’ve secured two hotel blocks—one at the Union League Club of Chicago and the other at Club Quarters Hotel, Central Loop—for your convenience during the Conference.

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Union League Club of Chicago (Conference Site)

65 West Jackson Blvd.
  • Exclusive Rate: $214.80 single/double occupancy per night (includes nightly surcharge)
  • Reserve Your Room:
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: September 16, 2019
  • Check-in is 3 p.m., check-out is 11 a.m.

The following additional benefits and services are available to guests during their stay:

  • Complimentary wireless internet throughout the building
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art, 5-level Health & Fitness Center
  • Complimentary Business Center with five private offices
  • Complimentary Coat Check
  • Discounted Parking (validated at the Front Desk for overnight guests)
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Parking at Union League Club of Chicago

  • Valet Parking is available at the Federal Street Entrance.
  • Self Parking is available at the garage on the northwest corner of Federal and Van Buren. Special rates are available for guests with tickets that are validated at the Front Desk.

Visit ULC’s website for self parking and valet parking rates.

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Club Quarters Hotel – Central Loop (3-Minute Walk)

111 West Adams Street
  • Exclusive Rate: $221 single occupancy per night ($19 charge applies per extra adult per room, per night, excludes 17.40% tax)
  • Reserve Your Room:
  • Reservation Cut-Off Date: September 16, 2019
  • Check-in is 3 p.m., check-out is 12 p.m.

The following additional benefits and services are available to guests during their stay:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary La Colombe coffee, tea, and snacks in the Club Living Room for breakfast during the work week
  • Unlimited chilled bottled water
  • 24/7 Fitness Center, as well as exercise equipment and yoga kits delivered to your room to work out in privacy
  • CQ Guest Closets on each floor with extra amenities to help yourself during your stay
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Parking at Club Quarters – Central Loop

  • Valet Parking is available at the hotel with in-and-out privileges.
  • Self Parking is available at a local garage; directions will be provided upon arrival.

Visit Club Quarters’ website for valet parking rates.

Transportation from O'Hare & Midway
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From O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

To Union League Club of Chicago

  • By Subway (CTA): 
    • Follow signs in the airport that say “Trains to City”.
    • Purchase a Ventra ticket from a kiosk. Plan to use a credit/debit card or exact change as the machines don’t give change back.
    • Proceed through the turnstiles and down the stairs to the platform. There is one line, the Blue Line, that goes one direction out of O’Hare. So any train you get on is the right one! 
    • Get off at the Jackson stop, walk less than a block west to the Union League Club on the left.
  • By Metra Train: The Club is just two blocks from the LaSalle Street Metra Station, and six blocks from Union Metra Station.
  • By Car:
    • Taxi: Follow signs in the airport to a taxi stand outside of “Arrivals”.
    • Uber/Lyft: Follow directions in the app and in the airport to the car share pick up outside of “Departures”.
    • Drive: Go east on the Kennedy Expressway (I90/94), exit on Jackson Blvd., drive 12 blocks, and then turn right on Federal Street.

To Club Quarters - Central Loop

  • By Subway (CTA):
    • Follow signs in the airport that say “Trains to City”.
    • Purchase a Ventra ticket from a kiosk. Plan to use a credit/debit card or exact change as the machines don’t give change back.
    • Proceed through the turnstiles and down the stairs to the platform. There is one line, the Blue Line, that goes one direction out of O’Hare. So any train you get on is the right one! 
    • Get off at the Monroe stop, head south on Dearborn Street toward Adams Street. Turn right onto Adams Street, and the hotel is located on the left.
  • By Metra Train: The hotel is three blocks from the LaSalle Street Metra Station, and five blocks from Union Metra Station.
  • By Car:
    • Taxi: Follow signs in the airport to a taxi stand outside of “Arrivals”.
    • Uber/Lyft: Follow directions in the app and in the airport to the car share pick up outside of “Departures”.
    • Drive: Go east on the Kennedy Expressway (I90/94), exit on Washington Blvd. east bound. Turn right on Clark Street, and then right again on Adam Street, and the hotel is located on the left.
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From Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

To Union League Club of Chicago

  • By Subway (CTA):
    • Follow signs in the airport that say “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City”; an orange line painted on the ground will guide you to the station.
    • Purchase a Ventra ticket from a kiosk. Plan to use a credit/debit card or exact change as the machines don’t give change back.
    • Proceed through the turnstiles to the platform. There is one line, the Orange Line, that goes one direction out of Midway. So any train you get on is the right one!
    • Get off at Library Station. Walk one block north to Jackson Blvd., and one block to 65 West Jackson Blvd.
  • By Car:
    • Taxi: Follow signs in the airport to a taxi stand outside of “Arrivals”.
    • Uber: Follow directions in the app to be picked up outside of “Arrivals”.
    • Lyft: Follow directions in the app to be picked up outside of “Departures”.
    • Drive: Go north on Cicero Ave. turn east on Stevenson Expressway (I55). Drive north on the Dan Ryan Expressway (I90) to Congress (I290) east bound. Then turn left on Dearborn, go one block to Van Buren, turn left, ¼ block, right on Federal Street.

To Club Quarters - Central Loop

  • By Subway (CTA):
    • Follow signs in the airport that say “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City”; an orange line painted on the ground will guide you to the station.
    • Purchase a Ventra ticket from a kiosk. Plan to use a credit/debit card or exact change as the machines don’t give change back.
    • Proceed through the turnstiles to the platform. There is one line, the Orange Line, that goes one direction out of Midway. So any train you get on is the right one!
    • Get off at Quincy. Head north toward Adams Street, then turn right onto Adams Street. The hotel is located on the right.
  • By Car:
    • Taxi: Follow signs in the airport to a taxi stand outside of “Arrivals”.
    • Uber: Follow directions in the app to be picked up outside of “Arrivals”.
    • Lyft: Follow directions in the app to be picked up outside of “Departures”.
    • Drive: Go north on Cicero Ave. turn east on Stevenson Expressway (I55). Continue to U.S. 41 N/Lake Shore Drive N exit. Turn left onto Jackson Drive, then turn right onto Michigan Avenue. Turn left on Adams Street and the hotel is located on the left.

What to Do in Chicago

Chicago, situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, is among the largest cities in the country. Famed for its bold architecture and world-renowned museums, it is a city that should not be missed! If you have time to explore our great city of Chicago before or after the conference, be sure to check out these highlights:

the bean sculpture in Millennium Park, Chicago

Millennium Park

Located a short 15-minute walk northwest from the Union League Club, this 24.5-acre park might be one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, known for its free concerts, famous public art installations and its proximity to the Loop. Home to Cloud Gate (a.k.a “The Bean”), Maggie Daley Park, the Lurie Garden, and more, Millennium Park is Chicago’s front yard.

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Located within 10 minutes of the Union League Club, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see. Recently ranked as the top museum in the world by TripAdvisor, the museum is home to more than 300,000 pieces of art, including everything from Japanese prints to ancient Greek sculptures, masterpieces by Monet & Seurat, Woods & O’Keeffe, an expansive modern wing, and much, much more.

the field museum grand stairway entrance

The Field Museum

The Field Museum is approximately a 30-minute walk from the Union League Club, and one of Chicago’s most beloved institutions. There more than 350,000 square feet of permanent exhibitions to explore displaying thousands of artifacts. Visitors can peek at ancient Egyptian mummies, marvel at rare jewels in the Grainger Hall of Gems, and come face-to-face with Sue, the largest most complete Tyrannosaurs Rex skeleton that has ever been uncovered.

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The Second City

Even if you know nothing about improv, chances are you've heard of Second City, a 20-minute cab ride from the Union League Club. This is the place that put both sketch and improvised comedy on the map while launching the careers of many distinguished comics including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell.

Willis Tower Skydeck

If you're looking to see more of Chicago than you'd be able to take in on a walking tour, the Skydeck is your best bet. Located within the second tallest building in the States, views from the 103rd floor are expansive, allowing guests to see up to four states and 50 miles out. The best times to visit are just after opening and at sunset, when you'll be able to look out at the glassy skyscrapers' sparkly lights against the night sky.