Welcome to Chicago

    Chicago, the largest city of the American Midwest, was incorporated in 1837. Ideally situated to take advantage of the trading possibilities created by the nation’s westward expansion, the city was first established as a water transit hub, and evolved into an industrial metropolis, processing and transporting the raw materials of its vast hinterland. In October 1871, a fire destroyed one-third of Chicago and left more than 100,000 homeless. The factories and railroads were largely spared, and the city rebuilt quickly. Much of the debris was dumped into Lake Michigan as landfill, forming the underpinnings for what is now Grant Park, Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Just 22 years after the fire, in 1893, the city hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, with its memorable “White City” of plaster Gilded Age buildings. Chicago is a city of many “firsts” from the nation’s first skyscraper, the 10-story, steel-framed Home Insurance Building built in 1884 to the start of the “Historic Route 66” to the birthplace of mail-order retailing from Sears and Montgomery Ward. Today, Chicago is a multicultural city that thrives on the diversity of its neighborhoods. With a unique mix of global attractions and local charm, the city truly has it all. You can visit world-class museums, dine at one of their many Michelin-star restaurants or catch a show in one of over 200 theaters. And, with over 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront and a skyline of architectural wonders as your backdrop, Chicago is a unique and memorable city not to be missed.


    Getting to Chicago
    Chicago is serviced by both O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. O’Hare airport is 14 miles away from the Drake hotel with an approximate travel time of 45 minutes. Taxi service is available with an average fee of $42. Midway airport is located 17 miles from the hotel with an average travel time of 25 minutes and taxi fare of $22.


    Planning Your Visit
    In July, Chicago enjoys long, sun-filled days. The average daily high temperatures are in the mid-80’s. Additionally, a sweater or jacket may be needed in air-conditioned hotel meeting rooms. Workshop and Institute participants usually wear business casual clothing and find that relaxed, comfortable summer attire is appropriate for all of the sessions and meals. Casual clothing is acceptable for touring.


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