Chicago is one of the most accessible cities in North America. With two International airports, Midway Airport (MDW) and the world's 2nd busiest, O'Hare (ORD) Airport, you can be certain to find inexpensive and convenient travel. Chicago's airports are the hubs of the two largest international airlines: United Airlines & American Airlines, as well as Southwest Airlines.

Both Airports are accessible by public transportation (less than 20 miles) to/from the official hotel. (See public transportation section). Shuttle service to/from the Hotel is also available via Continental Airport Shuttle Service.

We have scheduled our proposed convergence dates to take full advantage of the spring season saving offered by many airlines.

Sample Airfare selected cities:

American Cities
City State Cost ($US)* City State Cost ($US)*
Phoenix AZ $179. 00 Raleigh NC 156.00
Tucson AZ 179.00 LasVegas NV 198.00
Los Angeles CA 198.00 NYC NY 158.00
San Francisco CA 198.00 Norman OK 198.00
Denver CO 178.00 Tulsa OK 198.00
Washington DC 139.00 Philadelphia PA 158.00
Orlando FL 158.00 Memphis TN 166.00
Miami FL 158.00 Austin TX 158.00
Tallahassee FL 160.00 Dallas TX 178.00
Atlanta GA 148.00 Houston TX 178.00
New Orleans LA 178.00 Salt Lake City UT 198.00
Boston MA 178.00 Richmond VA 218.00
Charlotte NC 198.00 Seattle WA 198.00
International Cities
City Country Cost ($US)* City Country Cost ($US)*
Melbourne AUSTRALIA 1168.00 Frankfurt GERMANY 426.00
Montreal CANADA 1208.00 Rome ITALY 455.00
Toronto CANADA 149.00 Gothenburg SWEDEN 479.00
Vancouver CANADA 256.00 Glasgow UK 451.00
Paris FRANCE 466.00 London UK 418.00

*Costs reported are the 15-week low 21-day advance purchase, restricted travel, for the season coinciding with proposed Convergence dates. Cost does not include government taxes, fuel and surcharges. Costs may vary.


Besides having the 2nd busiest airport in the world, Chicago is also the home of Amtrak's national rail hub. Travel by train can be a suitable alternative and fun for those who wish to save a little money while they let someone else drive. For travel less than 500 miles, traveling by train is particularly inexpensive compared to flying.

Below, are selected published return fares around the proposed Convergence dates.

City Price (US$)
St. Louis 40
Detroit 44
Cleveland 76
Pittsburgh 87
Cincinnati 108
Washington DC 125
NYC 129
Philadelphia 129
Boston 129
Toronto 148

Groups of 20 or more traveling together receive a discount of 20%/person. Students receive a 15% discount. Additional discounts are frequently offered on the Amtrak web page.

For international attendees, Amtrak offers a USA rail pass 15 day unlimited travel to all major cities east of the Mississippi for $239US, making it easy to see a good portion of the US during your holiday.


The most economical way to get to/from Chicago is by auto. Many cities are within driving distance (<600miles) from Chicago.

Below is a list of approximate mileage and travel times for nearby cities.

City Distance Travel Time (est.)
Milwaukee 092.5 Miles 1 hour, 36 minutes
Indianapolis 184.5 Miles 3 hours, 07 minutes
Toledo 247.4 Miles 4 hours, 07 minutes
Detroit 286.0 Miles 4 hours, 41 minutes
Cincinnati 297.4 Miles 4 hours, 53 minutes
St. Louis 300.4 Miles 4 hours, 51 minutes
Louisville 304.0 Miles 5 hours, 02 minutes
Cleveland 347.0 Miles 5 hours, 40 minutes
Columbus 357.6 Miles 5 hours, 50 minutes
Minneapolis 408.3 Miles 6 hours, 35 minutes
Pittsburgh 464.4 Miles 7 hours, 34 minutes
Nashville 476.1 Miles 7 hours, 42 minutes
Toronto 522.2 Miles 8 hours, 41 minutes
Kansas City 527.6 Miles 8 hours, 19 minutes
Buffalo 541.5 Miles 8 hours, 41 minutes
Lawrence 567.8 Miles 8 hours, 58 minutes

Weekend Car rentals can be found for as little as $14.99/day (unlimited miles) for the weekend. Charging the rental with a gold or platinum card will provide Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) at no additional cost. Some useful website that list internet specials on car rentals are: and

We encourage attendees to carpool. To help with this, we plan on implementing the latest social net.tool, Friendster (SM). The C10 Chicago proposal committee plans on creating a special C10 account to help coordinate rides. Attendees traveling by car can request to be on the C10 Convergence friendster list. Messages concerning ride request/ride offer can be sent to the C10 friendster page which will be forwarded to the bulletin board.

We believe friendster would be a useful tool to aid in the rideshare program due to it's ability to link mutual friends, along with giving potential ride-sharers an opportunity to find out a little out about each other.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation is Chicago is one of the best in the USA, considering the geographical size of Chicago. The 'El" (short for Elevated Trains) provides service from Both O'Hare and Midway Airports to Downtown Chicago for $1.50/ride.

The Red Line runs up and Down Lake Michigan, 24/7 with a frequency of one train every 8minute most of the day and one every 15minutes between midnight and 6am. The Red Line provides easy access to Chicago's most famous attractions, including the Sears Tower, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, China Town, and many others. The Red line is a short walk from the Congress Plaza Hotel.

The CTA offers 1-5 day visitors passes for unlimited rides on all CTA busses and trains. The cost of the pass is as follows:

1-Day Visitor Pass for $5.00
2-Day Visitor Pass for $9.00
3-Day Visitor Pass for $12.00
5-Day Visitor Pass for $18.00

NOTE: You can save the trouble of trying to figure out how to use the farecard vending machines by preordering a 5 day pass and having it sent to your home address. Please visit this link for details: home

The CTA uses magnetic strip cards that automatically deduct the fare from the card and keeps track of transfers and card balance.

The Chicago Transit Authority webpage has all the travel information a commuter could possibly need, including an online trip planner which will calculate not only the best route of travel based on distance, duration, # of transfers, or added walking, but will also list when the bus/train will arrive, so you won't have to wait around. For more information, check out the CTA webpage.

If you live or are staying in the surrounding suburbs, you might consider taking the METRA trains into the city. For more info:

NOTE: Interested in taxi fee information:


Chicago Parking is difficult in some areas, but for the most part, available for those who don't mind walking a few blocks. Across the street from the main venue is an independently owned pay lot which charges $10/night, a reasonable price for a group of four. The Congress Plaza Hotel offers 24 hours valet service. Additionally, underground parking lots around Buckingham fountain (across from the Hotel) offer all day parking for a $6/day flat rate.


For the Bike enthusiast, Chicago was rated the #1 large city in the USA for bicycling by Bicycling magazine. The city proper has over 100 miles of dedicate bicycle lanes and over 8,000 bike racks (the most of any US city). Bicycles are allowed on CTA trains at all times, except rush hour (M-F, 7a-9a & 4p-6p.) Most busses are equipped with Bicycle transport racks. For more information, consult the Chicago bicycle page:

Ghoulie Guides

There's a common phrase in the Chicago Working Class vernacular; "Don't worry, I'll take care of ya." It a phrase used to assure a person that an act of friendship is an act of pleasure rather than inconvenience.

In this spirit, the C10 Chicago committee would like 'to take care of ya'. We have assembled a small and growing army of 'ghoulie guides to meet C10 attendees at the airports and take them (via el) to the Hotel.

The ghoulie guides will be available Thursday & Friday on a first come, first serve basis, until the army is depleted. Attendees requesting a ghoulie guide must have a working cell phone to avoid missed connections due to last minute mishaps.