WCC VIII Hotel Reservations

Two Meetings, One Reservation

Book your hotel now!

Since many WCC VIII attendees will also be attending AAO 2022 (Sept. 30 – Oct 3), we’ve partnered with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to make booking for both a cinch — one reservation, both meetings. Visit the AAO 2022 Hotel Reservation Information page for the list and map of official hotels and to book your room.  

Travel & Transportation

Travel Between Airports & Hotels

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop.
  • Midway International Airport (MDW) is also close, at 10 miles (16 km) southwest of the Loop.
  • Most hotels are north of the Loop, in River North and Streeterville. McCormick Place is south of the Loop.

 

GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express operates door-to-door shared-ride shuttles and private cars between ORD or MDW and Chicago hotels or McCormick Place. Vans depart about every 15 minutes.

For passengers departing the airport, booking in advance will lessen your wait time. However, you can visit the GO Airport Express booth in baggage claim to arrange a ride without an advance reservation. Prices start at $66 for 3 passengers.

Traveling to the airport requires a reservation in advance to ensure a vehicle is ready to GO when you are.

 

Taxis – Individuals and Groups

All Chicago taxis are licensed and recognizable by the numbered metal medallions attached to their hoods. There is no flat rate for travel to and from the airports; all taxis are metered. The base fare is $3.25 and increases $2.25 for each additional mile or 20 cents for every 36 seconds of elapsed time. There is a $1 surcharge for the first additional passenger, a $.50 surcharge for each additional passenger, and a $1 fuel surcharge. A $4 airport departure tax is levied by the State of Illinois per trip. (Total trip estimate: $47.)

              

Taxi Shared Ride Flat Rates 

Two or more independent travelers may choose to share a taxi from a designated airport cab stand for a flat rate per person at the following rates:

  • From O'Hare to Downtown or McCormick Place: $24.00 per person
  • From Midway to Downtown or McCormick Place: $18.00 per person
  • From O'Hare to Midway: $37.00 per person
  • From Midway to O'Hare: $37.00 per person

 

Rideshares (Uber, Lyft, etc.)

When you specify your destination, look for World Cornea Congress. The car will drop you directly at the meeting.

 

CTA Rail

CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) trains include stops at both airports. CTA cash fare is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 7–11. Kids under 7 ride free. Visitor passes are available.

  • ORD: Use the CTA blue line to reach downtown Chicago.
  • MDW: Use the CTA orange line to reach downtown Chicago.

 

Transportation Within Chicago

Transportation: To and From McCormick Place

WCC will be held in McCormick Place West, Rooms 190-196.

 

Shuttle Bus

There are no shuttle buses between hotels and WCC VIII.

If you’re attending the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum 2022 on Sept. 30 or Cornea Subspecialty Day on Oct. 1, the AAO will be running shuttles.

 

Rideshares (Uber, Lyft, etc.)

When you specify your destination, look for World Cornea Congress. The car will drop you directly at the meeting. The rideshare West Building Passenger Pick Up Area is at Gate 40.5 on Indiana Ave (#5 on the map).

 

Taxis – Individuals and Groups

All Chicago taxis are licensed and recognizable by the numbered metal medallions attached to their hoods. There is no flat rate for travel to and from the airports; all taxis are metered. The base fare is $3.25 and increases $2.25 for each additional mile or 20 cents for every 36 seconds of elapsed time. There is a $1 surcharge for the first additional passenger, a $.50 surcharge for each additional passenger, and a $1 fuel surcharge. A $4 airport departure tax is levied by the State of Illinois per trip. (Total trip estimate: $47.)


Apps to Request a Chicago Taxicab:  ARRO or CURB

The CHICABS program offers options for taxicab passengers to electronically hail (E-Hail) a taxicab through a mobile app.  CHICABS approved apps also let passengers electronically pay (E-Pay) for the taxicab fare through the app.

 

ARRO (ridearro.com)

CURB (gocurb.com)

 

Parking

Events in the West Building designate Lot A (2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616) as the primary parking location. The parking rate is $25 for up to 16 hours and $38 from 16 to 24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges. There are EV charging stations (fees additional) in Parking Lot A. Visit the Parking & Rates page for further details.

 

The Parking Lot A exit/entrance is near room W190.

 

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