Information for ICE 2007 Participants
There are several logistical details that will need your attention.
Please look through the checklist below to make sure you have taken the
necessary steps to ensure your efficient arrival and participation in
the ICE 2007 program.
- By air: Participants can get to the University of Chicago from either O'Hare International Airport or Midway Airport. Public transportation is available from both of these airports to downtown Chicago, and from downtown Chicago to Hyde Park. Alternatively, there are shuttle services available from each airport to campus. Please click HERE for further information on low-cost transportation methods (public transportation and shared shuttles).
- NOTE: you may purchase discounted shuttle tickets for your return trip to the airport for $13 to Midway and $20 to O'Hare. These discounted tickets are available at the ID and Privileges Office in the lobby of the Regenstein Library (map; hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday). More information may be found HERE.
- By car: Directions to campus can be found HERE. Please be advised that parking can be difficult to find at the University of Chicago, so a car is not recommended or necessary (as there is very good public transportation to downtown, and all ICE 2007 locations are within easy walking distance of each other).
- Within Hyde Park: the CTA runs a bus service on campus; more information is HERE. There is also a late night van service (see the same link). You may purchase a CTA pass at the ID and Privileges Office in the lobby of the Regenstein Library (map; hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday).
- Participants coming from countries other than the United States will have to obtain a proper visa for entry. Participants may obtain J-1 or B-1/B-2 visas, or may be eligible for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. To apply for a J-1 visa, please download the University of Chicago's form here.
Items to bring
- Participants will be staying at the International House on the campus of the University of Chicago. There will be no charge to participants for these accomodations. Rooms are reserved from check-in at 3:00pm on July 29, 2007 to check-out at 12:00pm August 9, 2007. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, so you may check in late with no trouble. The number for the front desk is (773) 753-2270.
- Rooms are all singles, but you will be sharing a (single-sex) bathroom, so you may want to bring shower sandals/slippers and a bath robe.
- Please contact Alison Baulos for more information, or if you require extra nights.
- In addition to a bathrobe and shower footwear, you might also want to bring (or buy) the following:
- Laundry detergent (International House has washing machines and dryers that operate on cards that they will sell to you).
- A small fan (International House is not air-conditioned). ACE Hardware in the Hyde Park Shopping Center (55th Street and Lake Park Avenue) should have fans, and they might also be available at Walgreens, in the same shopping center.
- The University of Chicago has wireless internet access throughout the campus. Alison will provide you with a list of passwords for the network when you arrive. This service will allow you to work anywhere on the campus you find a comfortable spot. In addition to the lobby of the International House, here are a few options to try:
- Graduate School of Business: The GSB is open from 8:00am - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday. If you stay in the building after classes have ended, you may stay there until 10:00pm, but you cannot re-enter if you leave in the evening. The building is closed on weekends.
- Starbucks: 1174 East 55th Street.
- Istria Cafe: 57th Street Metra Station.
- Bon Jour Bakery: 1550-1552 East 55th Street (in the Hyde Park Shopping Center)
- Regenstein Library: 1100 E. 57th Street. You may get a day pass to the library by visiting the ID and Privileges Office in the lobby of the Regenstein Library (map; hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday). More information may be found HERE (under Students Outside the Chicago Area).
Getting around Chicago
- Participants will need to provide their own meals, except for dinner on August 1 and August 8.
- There are many dining options on campus, including a full-service dining hall in the Graduate School of Business (open 7:00am - 3:00pm Monday-Friday). You may find a list of the University's cafes (or "coffee houses") HERE.
- On the main floor of the International House, the Sugar Plum Cafe is open from 8:00am - 3:00pm every day.
- Hyde Park has a wealth of restaurants, most located on 57th Street, just east of Woodlawn Avenue, on 55th Street, east of the railroad tracks, and 53rd street, from Woodlawn Avenue to the lake shore. More information on area restaurants can be found HERE. The best places for breakfast are the Medici (1327 East 57th Street), the Medici Bakery (1331 East 57th Street) or Salonica (1440 East 57th Street).
- Public transportation is available between Hyde Park and downtown Chicago and all over the city itself. To get from the campus to downtown, you may take either the Metra Rail train or a CTA bus (click here for a range of options). You will need exact change or a pass for the CTA bus. CTA passes may be purchased at CTA stations or at the ID and Privileges Office in the lobby of the Regenstein Library (map; hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday and 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday). More information may be found HERE.
- Once you are downtown, you can take busses or the elevated trains (El's) to other parts of the city.