There are many, many hotel options in the Chicago area in proximity to Columbia College Chicago, which is why we opted not to incur the expense to guarantee a room block. Instead, here are a list of recommended hotels to check out; let them know you are booking to attend an event at Columbia.

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

Hotel Blake
500 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL

Best Western Grant Park
1100 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

Renaissance Blackstone
636 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown
68 E. Wacker Place
Chicago, IL

Home2Suites McCormick Place
123 E. Cermak Road
Chicago, IL

HI Chicago Hostel
24 E. Ida B. Wells Drive
Chicago, IL


Getting to Chicago will hopefully be a smooth experience for you! Here is some more info to help you.

Flying in
Chicago is served by two international airports, O’Hare and Midway. You can find more info about the airports here.

The conference will be hosted at Columbia College’s building at 1104 South Wabash Avenue. You’ll want to take the train to the Roosevelt CTA Station (Red, Green, and Orange Lines).

There are many parking lots in the South Loop. Parking in the area can range from $10 to $25+. Columbia does not recommend parking on the street, but they do recommend booking parking in advance through SpotHero.


For your convenience, we’ve created the map below of recommended hotels and conference locations in the area surrounding the summit.