Planning meetings and events in Chicago North Shore offers visitors the very best in urban excitement and convenience, as well as access to beautiful tree-lined streets, beaches, parks and vibrant downtown districts. Bordering the city of Chicago along Lake Michigan, Chicago North Shore includes the communities of Evanston, Skokie, Northbrook, Glenview and Prospect Heights. Located just 20 minutes north of the city center, Chicago North Shore's event venues are rich in the arts, dining and recreational offerings, amid fabulous accommodations and shopping.
Chicago's two major airports, O'Hare International and Midway International, serve Chicago North Shore. The second-largest airport in the country, O'Hare International is located 17 miles west of downtown Chicago and 30 minutes from Chicago North Shore. The airport is the nation's only dual-hub airport and is currently undergoing a $6.6-billion modernization program. Located along the south shore of Chicago and an hour from Chicago North Shore, Midway International is served by a number of low-cost air carriers. Passengers traveling through both airports can access downtown Chicago and Chicago North Shore via a number of public transportation options.
Large-scale lodging and meeting venues in Chicago North Shore include the Renaissance Chicago North Shore, in Northbrook and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago/North Shore Convention Center, both of which feature 22,000 square feet of meeting space. The Holiday Inn North Shore, in Skokie and Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook span 15,000 square feet of meeting space, while the Hilton Northbrook offers 17,000 square feet of meeting space. Both the Hilton Orrington/Evanston and Wyndham Glenview Suites span 12,000 square feet of meeting space; while for smaller groups, the Hilton Garden Inn Evanston features 5,800 total square feet of meeting space.
Next door to the DoubleTree Hotel Chicago/North Shore Conference Center is Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, featuring an 867-seat main theater and a convertible 342-seat theater. Groups may rent out the theaters, as well as the 6,000-square-foot lobby, rehearsal hall and two conference rooms. Ideal for intimate gatherings, the stylish SPACE, or Society for the Preservation of Art and Culture in Evanston, is a fully equipped, audio-visual and music venue, with 200 chairs and 20 small round tables, with no seat more than 40 feet from the stage. Elsewhere, for a meeting with a side of bocce or bowling, Northbrook's Pinstripes is home to a number of indoor and outdoor bocce courts, 18 bowling lanes, an outdoor patio and fireplace and banquet space for up to 600 guests.
Exemplary special event venues in Chicago North Shore include the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. Here, the story of the Holocaust is told through interactive exhibits, video testimonials, artifacts, documents and photographs. The museum's permanent collection focuses on pre-war German life to eventual liberation and resettlement. Groups may take a private tour of the museum or gather in such spaces as its 240-seat auditorium, six classrooms, Museum Hall and Pritzker Hall of Reflection. Elsewhere, the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe features 385 acres of 24 gardens and 2.5 million plants, situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. Groups can take tram tours or private garden walking tours, as well as hold on-site meetings and events indoors in first-rate facilities.
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A wonderful meeting destination located mere minutes from downtown Chicago, Chicago North Shore is a spectacular lakefront region boasting the very best in shopping, dining, lodging, recreation and the arts. The region's communities include Evanston, Skokie, Northbrook and Glenview and Prospect Heights. Evanston is known for its sandy beaches, historic mansions and more than 80 parks and playgrounds; it is also home to the acclaimed Northwestern University. Popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts, Glenview is home to Gallery Park, Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie and Wagner Farm, as well as fantastic antique shops and a Town Center with shops, entertainment and dining. The vibrant community of Northbrook features a charming downtown, award-winning cafes, the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden and Northbrook Court, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Chicago area. The nearest suburb to O'Hare International Airport, Skokie is a shopping, dining and entertaining center, home to the Westfield Old Orchard outdoor mall, Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park and a variety of ethnic dining options.
Chicago North Shore attractions range from a working farm to peaceful lagoons. Located in Glenview, Wagner Farm is a genuine American farm, dedicated to education and recreation. The 18.6-acre farm enables guests to explore the world of agriculture and rural life from the 1920s to 1950s, as well as tour the Heritage Center, visit a restored farmhouse and barn and view chickens, cows, draft horses and pigs. Combining recreation with large-scale contemporary sculpture, the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park is home to 60 sculptures among a paved walking and biking path and picnic spots. Visitors can take in professional racing or take their own spin at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. The seven interconnected Skokie Lagoons are known for their calm waters and wildlife refuge setting, perfect for biking, fishing, boating and birding. Visitors to Evanston are welcome to tour the historic Northwestern University campus. Sitting along the shores of Lake Michigan, the campus is home to more than 150 interesting sites and features, such as the University Library and The Arch, as well as a number of cultural venues.
Chicago North Shore's culinary scene is as varied and interesting as its communities. Travel to Skokie's Libertad for Nuevo Latino small plates or visit Evanston's Bistro Bordeaux for authentic French fare. Evanston is also home to Lulu's Dim Sum, which serves a variety of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean specialties. Di Pescara in Northbrook serves a range of traditional Italian specialties with modern touches. Located within the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, Allgauer's on the Riverfront serves American fare with an eclectic flair.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Chicago North Shore experiences a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons, including wet springs, hot and humid summers, cool autumns and cold winters. The region’s coldest month is January, with an average high of 30˚F and average low of 14˚F, while July is the warmest month, with an average high of 83˚F and average low of 63˚F. Chicago North Shore sees an average of 38 inches of snow each year, with potential for much more, as well as 35 inches of rain each year, with the most falling in spring and early fall.
Hilton Orrington/Evanston Conference Center Hotel
Total Meeting Space: 19,000 Sq. Ft.
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
Total Meeting Space: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (Skokie)
Total Meeting Space: 15,000 Sq. Ft.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - North Shore Conference Center
Total Meeting Space: 30,000 Sq. Ft.
Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Total Meeting Space: 20,000 Sq. Ft.
Wyndham Glenview Suites
Total Meeting Space: 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook
O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Approximate taxi fare: $37 USD
The second-busiest airport in the U.S., O'Hare International Airport is 17 miles west of downtown Chicago and 30 minutes outside of Chicago North Shore. O'Hare International is the nation's only dual-hub airport, serving as the hub for both United and American Airlines. Currently undergoing a $6.6-billion modernization program, O'Hare International served more than 76 million passengers in 2006. Travelers can visit the airport's dining and retail offerings that include favorite local establishments and nationally recognized chains. Hourly, daily and economy parking is available at the airport, while public transportation options include the CTA Blue Line, Metra and Pace.
Airline carriers serving O'Hare International Airport
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) system includes rapid transit "L" lines and busses. Serving more than 1.6 million riders on an average weekday, CTA service runs throughout Chicago and 40 surrounding communities. Riders can access Chicago North Shore's Evanston via the Purple Line and can take the Yellow Line to Skokie. The CTA Yellow Line runs Monday through Friday from 5 AM to 11:15 PM and Saturday through Sunday from 6:30 AM to 11:15 PM, while the CTA Purple Line runs Monday through Friday from 4:50 to 1:45 AM, Saturday from 5:30 to 2:15 AM and Sunday from 6:30 to 1:45 AM. CTA full cash fare is $2.25 for adults and $1 for children ages 7 to 11. A daily pass is $5.75, while a three-day pass is $14 and a seven-day pass is $23. A seven-day CTA and Pace combined pass is $28. Children under 7 ride free.
Chicago's Pace Suburban bus service serves more than 220 communities in a six-county area. Consisting of nearly 200 bus routes, Pace's fixed route network provides direct connections to and from CTA and Metra. Base fare is $1.75 for adults and $0.85 for children ages 7 to 11, while a 10-ride pass is $17.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. A seven-day Pace and CTA combined pass is $28. Children under 7 ride free.
Serving more than 100 northeast Illinois communities, Metra is a suburban commuter rail service that spans 241 stations in a six-county area, as well as 11 lines from downtown Chicago. Metra's Union Pacific North Line runs from downtown Chicago to Evanston, while the Milwaukee District North Line runs between downtown Chicago to Glenview and Northbrook. Metra fares are determined by zone. One-way, 10-ride and monthly unlimited passes are available for purchase.
Chicago North Shore's Amtrak station is located at 1116 Depot Street in Glenview. The Empire Builder line, which provides daily service between Chicago and Seattle, as well as the Hiawatha line, which provides 14 daily trips between Chicago and Milwaukee, serve the station. The station is open daily from 5:15 AM to 8:30 PM.
Rental car companies represented at O'Hare International Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National; rental car counters are located in the baggage claim areas of terminals 1, 2 and 3. Midway International Airport rental car companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Passengers traveling from O'Hare International Airport to Chicago North Shore will pay about $35 to $45 in taxi fare, while passengers traveling from Midway International Airport to Chicago North Shore will pay about $50 in taxi fare.
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