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I've never been to National Conference but am planning to go this

Sheila

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I've never been to National Conference but am planning to go this year. Any recommendations on hotels? We have a metro system here in Tokyo, so I'm not completely against staying a few miles away & riding the train or renting a car & driving in each day. But I'm thinking it might be easier to pay more and stay close! LOL
 

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We stayed at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront. The Sheraton (which is usually a conference hotel) is one block up, so I just walked to get the shuttle to the conference center. (A lot of consultants stayed there). Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers is typically a conference hotel. The Hyatt Regency Chicago is one block over from the Sheraton (other direction along river).

Here is the site I like to use to see where hotels are in relation to everything. The Map Legend- the hotels with the BLUE Pin are in the area of the Conference Hotel. Hyatt McCormick Place as a hotel last year for conference, but it's not near downtown night-activities.

The Metro is easy to take. Water Taxis are a family favorite, and when along the Michigan Ave/Downtown (Magnificent Mile) area, walking isn't so bad either. I've never been keen on the L (overhead train).

Map of Chicago Hotels by City Area-Neighborhood-Mag Mile-River North-Loop-Others from Chicago Traveler
 

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Highly recommend the embassy mentioned above. They have a free hot breakfast, and free drinks and appetizers every night. Being only a block away from a conference hotel, makes it easy to ride the busses to McCormic, and a lot of PC people stay there, so you're still having all the fun of a conference hotel...
 

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HO has not opened housing so we don't know for sure what the conference hotels will be. No harm in reserving elsewhere if you're not putting any money down.

So excited that you'll be making the long trip, Sheila. I might have to show up for a CS Meet & Greet. Maybe not since I managed to find Laurie in the crowd last year.
 

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When I did mapquest for the McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL it put us much further south than all those blue markers. So the convention center where we will be is closer to downtown & not further south?
 

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See! I didn't know that they gave us hotel suggestions! LOL I figured we were just on our own to find some place close to the venue.
 

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I think we stayed at the Hilton last year. It was the one with 2 baths in every room, which was really nice with 4 women trying to get ready at the same time. Also, staying w/ people on the other track from you would alleviate that a little and would give you the opportunity to meet different people.
 

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Ahhh, welcome to the world of conference planning. Yes, HO reserves large blocks of rooms at 3 or 4 hotels. They're opening housing registration in April, exact date is on CC somewhere under conference info. McCormick Place is not really near anything else. Last year was the first year that the McCormick Place Hilton was a conference hotel. Some people on CS stayed there and were quite happy. HO provides bus transportation from the conference hotels to and from McCormick Place, starting an hour or two before the first event (breakfast, registration, whatever) until about an hour after the last workshop or event of the day. It can take about 10-15 minutes one way b/c of traffic. This is why some people reserve a less expensive hotel that is near a conference hotel. They walk on over and hop on the bus. Sharing room is a big way to save $$$. I assume only you is coming from Japan. Start seeing if people on here want to share with you if you want to save some $$$. Some hotels have a limited # of rooms with special accommodations, ie. 2 bathrooms, that go quickly when housing registration opens.

Also, Midway is the small airport closer to the city. O'Hare with its international connections is the larger airport further from the city. Might be worth your time to go back to the old threads from last year to read about the logistics.
 

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When I did mapquest for the McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL it put us much further south than all those blue markers. So the convention center where we will be is closer to downtown & not further south?

No. The convention center is further South. That's why they provide free shuttle buses to and from the hotels that PC make arrangements with. If you find Soldier Field on the map (go further South, south of the large Park (Millennium Park)....McCormick Center is further south of Soldier Field.

PC has in the past two years I've gone, had the Sheraton Hotel and one other one - usually in the same general downtown area that I mentioned....that's why so many of us stay there. After conference for the day, you can walk to dining options, lots of shopping, Navy Pier, etc.

And yes- they'll open housing reservations April 18th I believe?
 

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I have several cluster mates going. My SD is coming from Misawa, Japan and one of the directors in my downline is coming from Okinawa. The other Director in my downline is about to move to California & will be going from there to Conference. Then my original recruiter is in Hawaii & planning to attend. I know I'll have people to room with ... but wondering if I want to foot the bill for a private room! LOL I think the slumber party would be fun, but I also think that having a break from noise will be great too! I live with noise 24/7!!!
 

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This will be my 4th year and every year we've roomed together. Nothing too exciting and fun and depending on the schedule and what you do at night you aren't in your room that much. It's nice to split the price!
 

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I have several cluster mates going. My SD is coming from Misawa, Japan and one of the directors in my downline is coming from Okinawa. The other Director in my downline is about to move to California & will be going from there to Conference. Then my original recruiter is in Hawaii & planning to attend. I know I'll have people to room with ... but wondering if I want to foot the bill for a private room! LOL I think the slumber party would be fun, but I also think that having a break from noise will be great too! I live with noise 24/7!!!

It's a different kind of noise! :D
 

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It's a different kind of noise! :D
Will be interesting to see if the noise can be topped with the announcement of Facebook and the Spice Turnabout last summer!
 

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Sheila if you decide to stay on your own, remember that the conference hotels average about $220 a night with tax.
 

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I shared a room at the Best Western about 2 blocks from the Hilton last year. It was fine. No bells and whistles but I paid about what friends paid 4 to a room at the Hilton if not a bit less. I liked just 2 in a room.
 

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Thanks John! I had already looked at $250 on a couple of the sites. I agree it would be more cost effective to share but traveling 1/2 way around the world I'm not sure I'd be much fun for my roommates if I'm wanting to sleep when they want to go sightseeing and if I'm up at 3AM when they are trying to sleep. My SD suggested that maybe the overseas girls should clump together in one room so if we all want to get up at 3AM we won't be disturbing other roommates! LOL
 

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We've done as many as 7 in a room (at Embassy w/a two room suite)...it only had one bathroom, so it was tough, but saved a ton of money! Someone slept on an airbed...
 

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LOL That's funny!!!
 

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Sheila -
Check out a military discount at Embassy - we got an awesome deal last year! That is where we'll be again this year :)!
Lynette
 

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Thanks Lynette!
 

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Sheila, I've been debating going to NC this year - but, if it means a chance to meet you, I might have to go after all!!!!
 

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Sheila, I think you should have your OWN CS Meet-n-Greet....just to see who shows up! You have a following...you do realize that? ;) It's been amazing to me to see how you've grown in your business in the last year!
 

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OH!! I would so be there!;)
 

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We did Hotwire.com last year and got a room at the Holiday Inn downtown for $70 a night - 4 in a room, within walking distance to the Sheraton - saved big time $$$$$. We will do Hotwire.com again this year, I'm sure. You just type in the area - I think we did Magnificant Mile.
 

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It'll take pretty close to a miracle for me to get to NC this year. We're traveling to Finland 7/20-8/6, and it's a tad close to the dates for NC. But, stranger things have happened...
 

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We had a fiasco last year, and I went to conference not knowing who I was staying with. I ended up staying w/ 3 sweet ladies who were part of our group, but not locally (from CA, I think). It was really nice. I got to know lots of different people that way but also was able to split and do my own thing when I wanted to.
 

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I agree with those that just share a room with one other person! But that is me! I too enjoy the quiet, so you want to choose a roommate that is similar to you in personality and desire of quiet at the end of a wild day. Then what we did, having only one bathroom, is one showered in the evening so the other had it in the morning. We met up with others to see the sites and eat if we chose and split our taxi fee's, eating out expenses etc... and stayed at The Congressman I think (sorry first year was last year) but loved the walking and seeing all the sites-beautiful area.
 

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Last year I also did Hotwire and got the James of Chicago for $99/night. It was a 8 block walk, but it was AWESOME!!! 4 stars, close to everything and the walk was great with having to sit all day!!
 

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I agree with those that just share a room with one other person! But that is me! I too enjoy the quiet, so you want to choose a roommate that is similar to you in personality and desire of quiet at the end of a wild day. Then what we did, having only one bathroom, is one showered in the evening so the other had it in the morning. We met up with others to see the sites and eat if we chose and split our taxi fee's, eating out expenses etc... and stayed at The Congressman I think (sorry first year was last year) but loved the walking and seeing all the sites-beautiful area.

Yes choose compatible roomates. I love one of my clustermates but she's an early bird and rest of us were not - so she was up before the Rooster on her laptop, talking on the phone. If I could have thrown her out the window I would have! (Said with love - as she may read this. LOL)

We had up to 6 in our room for one night (airmattress). As much as I love to be frugal....if I can swing it with less peeps I will for not only 'quiet' but bed space. LOL I'm used to a queen or king by myself and to go to a FULL and SHARE...I don't sleep well or I take my half out of the middle. :D

We stayed at Hotel 71, just 2 blocks from a Conf Hotel. Really liked it but I did miss the bus being outside the door at the Sheraton where I stayed the year before. Last years heat was brutal and at the end of the day I just wanted to be back in my room for a little while without the hike. And the humidity did nothing for my hair. LOL :angel:
 

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Poor Sheila, LOL, thinking about how she is looking for some peace and of how I too am one of the "followers" LOL. She really shouldn't tell any of us where she is staying, register under a different name and hum, when she is crossing that stage-she will feel the love!!!!
 

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Most of our cluster has stayed at the Essex Hotel which is across the street from the Chicago Hilton. I've made reservations at The Chicago Hilton because I'm using Hilton points to get the room.
 

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Yes choose compatible roomates. I love one of my clustermates but she's an early bird and rest of us were not - so she was up before the Rooster on her laptop, talking on the phone. If I could have thrown her out the window I would have! (Said with love - as she may read this. LOL)
I have to say that I think that's a little rude. She could have gone down to a common area to take care of this while everybody is sleeping. We are always nice and quiet in the morning and leaving lights off except by the door when getting ready until everybody is up. Sometimes it's not just about compatible roommates but more about respect for those around you. I've roomed with different people all 3 years that I've gone and never had a single problem!
 

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Yes choose compatible roomates. I love one of my clustermates but she's an early bird and rest of us were not - so she was up before the Rooster on her laptop, talking on the phone. If I could have thrown her out the window I would have! (Said with love - as she may read this. LOL)

I have to say that I think that's a little rude. She could have gone down to a common area to take care of this while everybody is sleeping. We are always nice and quiet in the morning and leaving lights off except by the door when getting ready until everybody is up. Sometimes it's not just about compatible roommates but more about respect for those around you. I've roomed with different people all 3 years that I've gone and never had a single problem!


How rude! I'm an early bird. I'm always the first one up. Generally I'm completely ready (hair and makeup done, dressed, devotions done) by the time my roommates get up. I'm sure they'd tell you, though, that I never disturb them. I take everything into the bathroom the night before, so I'm not rummaging through things while they're trying to sleep. [Getting down off my soapbox now.]
 

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We stayed at Hotel 71, just 2 blocks from a Conf Hotel. Really liked it but I did miss the bus being outside the door at the Sheraton where I stayed the year before. Last years heat was brutal and at the end of the day I just wanted to be back in my room for a little while without the hike. And the humidity did nothing for my hair. LOL :angel:

I was at Hotel 71 last year too and loved it. We walked to the Sheraton to catch the bus and then on the last day realized the Hyatt was literlly less than 2 minutes away. Hoping the Hyatt is a conference hotel again because we are going to try to stay at Hotel 71 again. :chef:
 

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I was at Hotel 71 last year too and loved it. We walked to the Sheraton to catch the bus and then on the last day realized the Hyatt was literlly less than 2 minutes away. Hoping the Hyatt is a conference hotel again because we are going to try to stay at Hotel 71 again. :chef:

Yes the Hyatt was only about 2 blocks. Exit out of Hotel 71, go around the corner to the traffic light and then up 2. ;) I'm not sure where I'll stay this year. TO get the great rate for Hotel 71 you need to pay for all days up front vs just the first night. My funds aren't like they were last year so we'll see. My fav was the bathroom that the sink(S) were outside of the toilet/shower/tub area and the size of the rooms. Oh and QUEEN beds vs full. ;)
 

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I was at Hotel 71 last year too and loved it. We walked to the Sheraton to catch the bus and then on the last day realized the Hyatt was literlly less than 2 minutes away. Hoping the Hyatt is a conference hotel again because we are going to try to stay at Hotel 71 again. :chef:

Which Hyatt are you talking about? The Hyatt @ McCormick Place is offered this year and the only NC hotel near Hotel 71 is the Sheraton. As far as I can see (mapping the distance b/t the Sheraton and 71) it's a 10 min walk.
 

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Looking at condos!
 

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