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Travel & Accommodations

The 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will take place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, located one block west of Lake Michigan, overlooking the Chicago River in the heart of the city. Easily accessible by bus, train, or car, the Sheraton offers Chicago visitors a prime location within walking distance of Chicago attractions such as Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute, architectural river tours, shopping, dining, and entertainment.


Hotel Information

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.sheratonchicago.com
Phone: (888) 627-7106
Check in: 3:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM

Rooms Available: July 3, 2018 – July 6, 2018*
Discounted Rate: $154.00 per night

*A limited number of rooms may be offered at this rate for additional nights, based on hotel availability.

Perks

  • Each room with a view of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, or the City Skyline
  • Free in-room wireless internet
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Sheraton fitness center
  • Sun deck
  • Dry sauna
  • In-room refreshment center
  • Five distinct restaurants and bars onsite

To reserve a room at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, please call 312-464-1000 and mention NGCI, or visit www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NGCI2018.


For a 360 virtual tour, visit the Sheraton website here.

Directions

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.sheratonchicago.com
Phone: (312) 464-1000

To / From O’Hare International Airport

GO Airport Express Shuttle
Single one-way $30.00
Single round trip $56.00
Pair one-way $21.00 per person
Pair round trip $39.00 per person

Sheraton guests save 15%. Click here to book or call 1-888-284-3826 and mention code word: Sheraton.
The shuttle service from O'Hare International Airport for the downtown hotels departs every 10 to 15 minutes. To O'Hare International Airport, the shuttle departs the hotel every half hour at 25 minutes and 55 minutes past the hour between 4:55 a.m. and 7:25 p.m.

Taxi service $35.00–$40.00
UberX $32–$41
Lyft $26–$32

Blue Line Train: 24-hour service; cost is $2.25 one-way per person; travel time to downtown is 40 minutes; exit train at LAKE/CLARK. The hotel is approximately a 20 minute walk or $5.00 taxi ride from the train station. Fare cards or daily passes can be purchased at the station. For more information visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/how_to_guides/buyingfare.aspx.
All prices are approximate and subject to change without notice.

  • Follow the signs indicating “Downtown Chicago” and I-90 East (Kennedy Expressway).
  • I-90 joins I-94. Continue on I-90/I-94 East to downtown.
  • Take the Ohio Street Exit.
  • Follow Ohio Street east to Fairbanks (2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue).
  • Turn right onto Fairbanks.
  • Continue for 3 blocks.
  • Fairbanks turns into Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.

To / From Midway Airport

GO Airport Express Shuttle
Single one-way $25.00
Single round trip $46.00
Pair one-way $17.00 per person
Pair round trip $31.00 per person

Sheraton guests save 15%. Click here to book or call 1-888-284-3826 and mention code word: Sheraton.
The shuttle service from Midway Airport for the downtown hotels departs every 20 minutes. To Midway Airport, the shuttle departs the hotel every half hour at 5 minutes and 35 minutes past the hour between 5:35 a.m. and 7:35 p.m.

Taxi Service $25–$40
UberX $23–$29
Lyft $20–$26

Orange Line Train: Hours are 5:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; cost is $2.25 one-way per person; travel time to downtown is 25 minutes; exit train at LAKE/CLARK. The hotel is approximately a 20 minute walk or $5.00 taxi ride from the train station. Fare cards or daily passes can be purchased at the station. For more information visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/how_to_guides/buyingfare.aspx.

All prices are approximate and subject to change without notice.

Take Cicero Avenue north to I-55 (Stevenson Expressway). From I-55, there are two options.

Option A

  • Follow signs to Lake Shore Drive North.
  • Take the Lake Shore Drive exit and proceed to Grand Avenue West.
  • Continue on Grand Avenue for 3 blocks to Fairbanks/Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left, continue for 2 blocks.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.

Option B

  • When nearing downtown, take I-94/I-90 West (north) towards O’Hare.
  • Exit at Ohio Street. Take Ohio Street to Fairbanks (2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue).
  • Turn right onto Fairbanks. Continue for 3 blocks. Fairbanks turns into Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.
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Bus

Greyhound Bus Station
Travel Distance: Approximately 2.3 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Taxi
Travel Time: 10 minutes

Megabus Stop

Travel Distance: Approximately 2.3 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Taxi
Travel Time: 10 minutes

Railway

Grand/State CTA Station
Travel Distance: Approximately 0.6 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
By Foot
Travel Time: 10 minutes

Union Station
Travel Distance: Approximately 1.0 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Taxi
Travel Time: 12 minutes

Clark/Lake CTA Station
Travel Distance: Approximately 1.2 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Taxi
Travel Time: 5–10 minutes

Ogilvie Transportation Center
Travel Distance: Approximately 1.5 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Taxi
Travel Time: 5–15 minutes

Union Railway Station
Travel Distance: Approximately 2.0 miles
Options for getting to and from the hotel include:
Taxi
Travel Time: 5–15 minutes

Travel times will largely depend on traffic.


Driving Directions

Option A

Take I-65 to North of Merillville. From 1-65 there are two options.

  • Take Illinois Tollway I-90 (Chicago Skyway) into Chicago.
  • Illinois Tollway 1-90 (Chicago Skyway) joins with I-94 in the southern area of Chicago. Continue on I-90/I-94 to downtown.
  • Take Ohio Street exit.
  • Take Ohio Street to Fairbanks (2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue).
  • Turn right onto Fairbanks. Continue for 3 blocks. Fairbanks turns into Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.

Option B

  • Take I-80/I-94 to Illinois, and then take I-94 into Chicago. It will join with I-90 (Chicago Skyway) in the southern area of Chicago.
  • Continue on I-90/I-94 to downtown. Exit on Ohio Street.
  • Take Ohio Street to Fairbanks (2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue).
  • Turn right onto Fairbanks.
  • Continue for 3 blocks. Fairbanks turns into Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.
  • Take Interstate 55 to Lake Shore Drive.
  • Take Lake Shore Drive to the Randolph Street Exit.
  • Turn left onto Randolph Street.
  • Continue to Columbus Drive.
  • Turn right onto Columbus.
  • Continue 3 blocks over the bridge.
  • The hotel is on the right.
  • Take I-57 North to I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) and I-90.
  • Continue on I-90/I-94 to downtown.
  • Exit on Ohio Street.
  • Take Ohio Street to Fairbanks (2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue).
  • Turn right onto Fairbanks.
  • Continue for 3 blocks.
  • Fairbanks turns into Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.
  • Take the Illinois Tollway South (I-94 East) to Edens Expressway (also I-94). Edens Expressway will join I-90.
  • Continue on I-94/I-90 East to downtown.
  • Take Ohio Street exit.
  • Take Ohio Street to Fairbanks (2 blocks east of Michigan Avenue).
  • Turn right onto Fairbanks and continue for 3 blocks.
  • Fairbanks turns into Columbus Drive.
  • Turn left onto East North Water Street and proceed to the hotel.


Parking Information*

Parking at the Sheraton
Special Conference Parking Rate (per day) $40 Self Park
Regular Price (per day) $55 Self Park

Valet parking
Less than 1 hour $28
1 to 2 hours $30
2 to 6 hours $37
6 to 12 hours $40
12 to 24 hours $67

Directions to the Sheraton Self-Parking Garage
From the intersection of E. North Water Street and N. Columbus Drive (the hotel entrance), continue north on N. Columbus Drive to E. Illinois Street. Turn right onto E. Illinois Street. Turn right onto N. New Street, and turn right again onto Lower E North Water Street. Turn left into the Self-Parking Garage located down the ramp.

Nearby Parking Options

NBC Tower Garage
284 E North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
0.2 miles / 3 minute walk to Sheraton
1 hour $14
2 hours $22
3 hours $26
6 hours $30
12 hours $33
24 hours $36
Early bird rate $13
Mon-Fri; in between 5:30am–9am / out between 2pm–7pm

Ogden Plaza
300 E North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
0.1 miles / 2 minute walk to the Sheraton
1 hour $20
2 hours $26
4 hours $30
6 hours $33
12 hours $37
24 hours $42
Early bird rate $14
Mon-Fri; in between 5:30am–8am / out by 7pm

312 E Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
0.2 miles / 4 minute walk to the Sheraton
1 hour $14
2 hours $22
4 hours $28
6 hours $30
12 hours $33
24 hours $39
Mon–Fri $10
In by 9am / out between 2pm–7pm
Mon–Fri $8.50
In between 5am–7am / out between 12pm–7pm

To find the most affordable parking options, we recommend visiting websites such as SpotHero or ParkWhiz. These websites will allow you to view your parking options, compare prices, and reserve your spot in advance. Both SpotHero and ParkWhiz also have apps that you can download and access from a smartphone.

*All prices current as of January 2017. Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Extend Your Trip

Festivals, concerts, art, comedy, and baseball—the summer sun glistening off Lake Michigan and tourists gathering in Millennium Park. There is no better time to visit Chicago than the summer. Scheduled to follow the Fourth of July, and featuring discounted rooms at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ offers the perfect opportunity to extend your trip to the Windy City and enjoy all that Chicago has to offer.

Attractions

  • Millennium Park
  • 360 Chicago at the John Hancock Building
  • Navy Pier
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Willis Tower Skydeck
  • Architecture Tours

Museums

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Adler Planetarium
  • The Field Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Shedd Aquarium

Comedy

  • The Second City
  • iO Theater

Festivals

  • Chicago SummerDance
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Maxwell Street Market
  • Millennium Park Summer Film Series

Sports

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Sky
  • Millennium Park Summer Workouts

Concerts (TBA)

  • Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Theater (TBA)

  • Waitress

Catholic Churches

  • St. Mary of the Angels
  • St. Hedwig
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • St. Hyacinth Basilica
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
  • St. Clement
  • … And many more!

Join us in the Windy City!