Hotels & travel

Conference Hotel

The conference will be held at the Palmer House of Chicago. It is beautiful, exquisite, and historic. The hotel is walking distance from many major attractions in downtown Chicago: museums, parks, wonderful shopping and world-class restaurants.

Making Hotel Reservations

Conference attendees will have a discounted rate of $199 per night. Click here to make your reservation. Rooms are limited so please make your reservation early (the discounted rate ends on July 4). Or you can call (USA) 312.726.7500 to make your reservation. Make sure to mention that you are attending the conference of the Society for Text and Discourse so that you will get the discounted rate.


Palmer House Hilton 17 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 TEL: 312.726.7500

Getting to the Palmer House

Public Transit (CTA): The CTA is the easiest and most affordable way to get from the airports to downtown Chicago. During most hours (morning through evening), the train will be the faster way into downtown due to traffic.

From O’Hare (ORD): You can board the CTA Blue line directly from the airport. Take this train to the Monroe station. Head east on Monroe St. The Palmer House will be on your right. Blue line trains run 24 hours a day.

From Midway (MDW): You can board the CTA Orange line directly from the airport. Take this train to the Adams/Wabash stop. The Palmer House is located on the West side of Wabash. The Orange line runs between 4am and 1am.

Taxi Cab: There are Taxi Stands at the lower-level curb front (outside of baggage claim) at each terminal of O’Hare. The fare to downtown is around $40. Taxi stands are also located on the lower level curbfront of the terminals at Midway and the fare is around $30. If you are traveling with multiple people, this is a more cost-effective method than the shuttle.

Hotel Shuttle: Most downtown hotels use Airport Express as their shuttle service to and from the airports. The rate to downtown is usually $14. Visit their website for more information and to reserve:

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Ventra

Even if you have been to Chicago before, the system is slightly different than it has been in the past, thanks to the new Ventra system.

  • There are two ways to pay for rides now: Ventra TICKETS and CARDS
  • Both tickets and cards can be purchased using cash or credit/debit at any train station.
  • Below are the fares for Ventra TICKETS. These tickets are not reloadable.

Most of Chicago’s popular sightseeing attractions are within walking distance of the Palmer House, so for many people, single ride tickets to and from airports will be all you need. If you are planning to do some more traveling, a 1-day ticket is available for $10.

Single ride ticket from O’Hare


Single ride ticket (from all other stations)


1-day ticket (valid for 24 hours after first use)


  • For those who are staying longer or are doing more moving about the city, there is also the Ventra CARD option which carries a balance that allows you to pay for each ride. Ventra also offers 3- and 7-day pass options on the CARD. There is a $5 fee for the CARD that is added to your balance when you register it online. Go to for more information.

Dinner Suggestions

Click here to download a list of suggestions for dinner near the Palmer House.

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