MBLGTACC 2017

United in Solidarity | 25th Anniversary

February 17-19 in Chicago

Lodging

MBLGTACC 2017 has two host hotels within walking distance of Navy Pier where the conference will be held.

Please note: the group-rate prices are no longer guaranteed as of February 1, 2017. Rates are subject to change.

W Lakeshore

The W Lakeshore looks over Navy Pier and has an underpass nearby that leads to Navy Pier. 

Either follow this link or call 888-627-9034 and mention "MBLGTACC 2017" to get the group rate.

Sheraton Grand

Navy Pier can be seen from The Sheraton and is a short 5-minute walk to the Pier. This is only one of three Sheraton Grand Hotels in America! Parking is included here for a small fee, very reasonable for downtown Chicago.

To book at the Sheraton, please follow this link. You can also call 312-464-1000 and mention "MBLGTACC 2017" to obtain the group rate.

Transportation

Getting Around Navy Pier

MBLGTACC 2017 is taking place in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall A. Parking is available at Navy Pier. For parking closest to Festival Hall A park in the east parking garage marked on Navy Pier’s event parking map. For more information about parking at Navy Pier click here.

If you are taking public transportation to MBLGTACC you will most likely get off a bus at the Navy Pier Transportation hub. To stay warm you can enter the Pier at the Main Entrance near Giordano’s Pizza and Bubba Gump Shrimp and make your way through the Pier. Festival Hall A is near the opposite end of the pier just past the gallery of stained glass. There are maps throughout the Pier for further help.

Navy Pier offers a wide array of food, shopping and more! To find out more about what is at Navy Pier visit their website and take a look at their maps under the “visit” tab.

Accessible Routes to the Sheridan Grand Hotel-

These are not necessarily the fastest routes but are the most accessible. For more direct routes use google maps public transportation mode.

From O’Hare Airport: Get on the Blue Line at the O’Hare stop. Get off at Clark/Lake. Head South on N Clark St, turn left on W Washington St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #124 bus at Washington & Clark/Dearborn. Get off at Columbus & North Water. Head north on Columbus Dr. Turn right on E North Water St.

From Midway Airport: Get on the Orange Line at the Midway stop. Get off at Clark/Lake. Head South on N Clark St, turn left on W Washington St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #124 bus at Washington & Clark/Dearborn. Get off at Columbus & North Water. Head north on Columbus Dr. Turn right on E North Water St.

From Union Station: Pick up the Navy Pier bound #124 bus at the Union Station Transit Center stop (near Canal & Jackson). Get off at Columbus & North Water. Head north on N Columbus Dr. Turn right on E North Water St.

Accessible Routes to the W Lakeshore Hotel

From O’Hare Airport: Get on the Blue Line at the O’Hare stop. Get off at Clark/Lake. Head east on Lake St. Turn right on N State St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #29 bus at State and Lake. Get off at Illinois and McClurg. Head east on E Illinois St. Turn left on N McClurg Ct. Turn right on E Ontario St. Turn left on N Lake Shore Dr.

From Midway Airport: Get on the Orange Line at the Midway stop. Get off at Clark/Lake. Head east on Lake St. Turn right on N State St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #29 bus at State and Lake. Get off at Illinois and McClurg. Head east on E Illinois St. Turn left on N McClurg Ct. Turn right on E Ontario St. Turn left on N Lake Shore Dr.

From Union Station: Pick up the Navy Pier bound #124 bus at the Union Station Transit Center stop (near Canal & Jackson). Get off at Illinois & McClurg. Head east on E Illinois St. Turn left on N McClurg Ct. Turn right on E Ontario St. Turn left on N Lake Shore Dr.

Accessible Routes to Navy Pier

From O’Hare Airport: Get on the blue line at the O’Hare stop. Get off at Clark/Lake. Head east on Lake St. Turn right on State St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #29 bus at State/Lake. Get off at the Navy Pier Terminal.

From Midway Airport: Get on the orange line at the Midway stop. Get off at Clark/Lake. Head east on Lake St. Turn right on State St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #29 bus at State/Lake. Get off at the Navy Pier Terminal.

From Union Station: Pick up the Navy Pier bound #124 bus at the Union Station Transit Center stop (near Canal & Jackson). Get off at the Navy Pier Terminal.

From the Sheridan Grand Hotel: Head west on E North Water St. Turn right onto N Park Dr. Turn right on E Illinois St. Pick up the Navy Pier bound #29, 65, 66, or 124 bus at Illinois & McClurg and get off at the Navy Pier Terminal.

W Hotel: We recommend using a taxi cab service, Lyft’s accessible option, or the Lakeshore pedway to get to the base of the pier.

Transportation at Navy Pier

There are several busses which stop and pick up at Navy Pier including the #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago, and the #124 Navy Pier. The #2 Hyde Park Express also picks up from Navy Pier during the weekday morning and evening rush hours. Taxi stands are also available at points along the Pier. Entrances 1 and 2 are closest to where MBLGTACC will be held, the Festival Hall A.

No Shuttles Will be Provided

Please note that there will be no conference shuttles for this year’s MBLGTACC. Attendees will need to arrange their own transportation between hotels and Navy Pier. Both the W Lakeshore and the Sheridan Grand are less than one mile from the base of the pier. Navy Pier is accessible by CTA buses (see above). There are also sidewalks on Grand Ave. leading to the pier.


Note: We recommend using the transit option on the Google Maps app and to refer to the Chicago Transit Authority website for directions.

Accessibility

Elevators

  • All levels of Navy Pier are accessible by elevator

Wheelchair Rental

  • Navy Pier offers wheelchair rental which you can find more information on here

American Sign Language Interpretation

  • ASL interpretation will be provided at all keynote addresses

Personal Assistants

Quiet Room

  • There will be a room designated as the quiet room on the second level of our festival hall space

Scent Safer Seating

  • All events in the main hall (where keynotes take place) will have a designated area as scent safer seating

Restrooms

  • All restrooms in the conference area will be gender-neutral. Unfortunately, this is not so for the rest of Navy Pier.
  • And thanks to SmartSign for donating all-gender restroom signs!

Large Print Programs

  • Large print programs are available upon request
  • A PDF version of the program will be available