TRAVEL & PARKING
The hotel and downtown Chicago are approximately 10 miles northeast of Midway Airport and 20 miles southeast of O'Hare International. The hotel is served directly by shuttle buses from both airports and is also convenient to commuter trains and public transportation. Additional information on airport transportation options is provided below.
GO AIRPORT EXPRESS/AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE SERVICE
Shuttle service to all downtown hotels is provided by GO Airport Express: www.airportexpress.com. Ticket booths are located in the baggage claim area at both airports. Buses run every 15 minutes. A reservation is not necessary for incoming passengers, but is needed for return trips to Midway. (See "Reservations for Departures" below).
Note: Passengers will be dropped off according to their hotel location on the route. Given the number of stops that may be made on any service run, please allow at least one hour for arrival at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.
|FARE PER PERSON:||ONE-WAY||ROUND-TRIP
|O'Hare to Hotel||$27||$49
|Midway to Hotel||$22||$37
Discounts: A $2 discount coupon is available for one-way fares at: www.airportexpress.com/PrintCoupon1.htm. Additional discounts are available for two or more passengers traveling together to the same location.
Reservations for Departures: A return trip reservation is necessary if you are departing from Midway and recommended for O'Hare. Reservations may be made in advance (12-24 hours) with the hotel concierge or front desk staff, or you may make your own reservation online or by calling 888-284-3826. A confirmation number will be provided. Airport Express will pick up three hours prior to flight time to allow for other pickups and to ensure adequate time for check-in at the airport. Please allow a fifteen-minute window in scheduled pickup time.
Visit the company web site, or call for additional information, including pick-up locations at each airport, service hours, etc.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY (CTA)
CTA trains from both airports will take you to downtown Chicago and very close to the hotel. The basic fare is $2.25 each way. The Clark/Lake stop, located across the river and just southeast of the hotel (about 5 blocks away), is served by both the Blue Line (from O'Hare) and the Orange Line (from Midway). The closest stop to the hotel is the Merchandise Mart ("Merch Mart" on maps), which is 2 blocks east of the hotel; this stop can be accessed from either the Brown or Purple Lines. Any downtown stop is, at most, a short cab ride away.
Visit the above and following web sites for maps, schedules, hours of service, etc.:
From O'Hare Airport (Blue Line):
From Midway Airport (Orange Line):
The approximate cost for airport transportation by taxi, one way, is $45 for O'Hare and $35 for Midway. The cost is not a flat rate, so prices will vary due to traffic. Be sure to allow sufficient travel time.
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL: www.martplaza.com
Telephone: (312) 836-5000
The hotel occupies the top floors of the Chicago Mart Plaza (the lobby is on the 15th floor) and is located immediately north of the Chicago River and the Franklin Street bridge. (Note that Franklin becomes Orleans north of the river.) Orleans is a one-way street (north), immediately in front of the hotel, so drivers must access from the south.
Parking rates are as follows:
Self-Parking: $15/day. Overnight guests are entitled to in-and-out privileges.
Valet Parking: $35/day. Valet service for overnight guests includes parking for a 24-hour period, with in-and-out privileges.
Daily Rate: $15 for self-parking (no in-and-out privileges). Tickets must be validated at the hotel's front desk to confirm this rate. Commuter parking rates technically end at 6:00 p.m., but can be extended for an amount of time at no additional charge.