Preparing for the ISO Conference in April

Greetings to all those attending the upcoming ISO Conference in Chicago, our annual three-day business meeting where we work to establish the Group Conscience of the fellowship as a whole.   In this article, we cover the Registration Form, travel instructions, a reminder about hotel reservations, food, and technology available in our meeting room.

 
Registration Form
 

The ISO Conference Registration Form is available to those who are on the ISO List. If you are not on the list and plan to attend the annual Conference, please contact ISO through the main SCA website, sca-recovery.org.  Complete the Registration Form and return it via email to one of us no later than March 29, 2013.   Email instructions appear on the form.

Travel Instructions
 
O’Hare.  If you are flying into O’Hare Airport, you can take the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) blue line to the Addison Street stop, where you should then get the #152 Addison Street bus going east.   If you are staying at the Majestic Hotel (528 W. Brompton), get off the #152 bus at Pine Grove (one block west of Lake Shore Drive), walk south on Pine Grove one block and then walk east on Brompton until you reach the Majestic.   NOTE:  The #152 Addison bus stops running at 10:00 p.m.  After 10:00 p.m. get off the CTA blue line at Irving Park Road and take the #80 bus (which runs until 11:30 p.m.) east to Broadway.  Then take the #36 Broadway bus south to Addison, walk one block east on Addison, one block south on Pine Grove, and then half a block east to the Majestic Hotel on Brompton.
Here is a map from Google Maps if you are driving from O’Hare to the Majestic:
A cab from O’Hare to the Majestic will run you anywhere from $50 to $70 depending on the time of day and traffic.
Midway.  If you are flying into Midway Airport, you can take the CTA orange line to Roosevelt Road and then switch to the Red Line going north.  Get off the Red line at Addison (right near Wrigley Field).  Walk east on Addison to Pine Grove, make a right on to Pine Grove and walk one block south on Pine Grove to Brompton.   Walk east on Brompton to the Majestic.
Here is a map from Google Maps if you are driving from Midway to the Majestic:

A cab from Midway to the Majestic will run you anywhere from $40 to $60 depending on the time of day and traffic.

The Chicago Transit Authority also posts instructions for travelers journeying from O’Hare or Midway into the city on its web site–http://www.transitchicago.com/airports/
The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, is about a ten minute walk from the Majestic.  Here is a Google Map that charts that journey by foot or car:  
Hotel Reservations
As indicated in our prior post to ISO List on January 20, we reserved a limited block of rooms at the Majestic Hotel (www.majestic-chicago.com).  The deadline for reserving a room in the reserved block is March 27.    The Majestic’s phone number is 855-778-2710 (toll free) or 773-404-3499 (local).   Our January 20 post details rates and describes accommodation options.
Food
Here is schedule for meals during the Conference;
Friday April 26.  Chicago is organizing an optional self-pay dinner near the Center on Halsted.  Location to be announced.  If you are interested in attending this dinner, please indicate on the registration form.
Saturday April 27.  Continental breakfast will be served in the Center on Halsted Board Room, where we will conduct our meeting.  Continental breakfasts are also available at the Majestic Hotel for those staying there.
Saturday April 27.   We will provide vouchers for participants to purchase a hot or cold lunch at Whole Foods, which is physically attached to the Center on Halsted.   People often buy lunch at Whole Foods and then eat it in the Center’s attractive lobby area.
Saturday April 27.  Chicago Intergroup is hosting dinner for ISO representatives (and additional guests who must self-pay) at a location to be determined.
Sunday April 28.   Continental breakfast will be served in the Center on Halsted Board Room, where we will conduct our meeting.  Continental breakfasts are also available at the Majestic Hotel for those staying there.
Sunday April 28.  Chicago is organizing an optional self-pay lunch at or near the Center on Halsted.  
Technology in Center Board Room
We will conduct our meetings in the 2nd floor boardroom of the Center.  The room is equipped with a Poly Com conference bridge phone (VTX 1000) which we can utilize for our Calliflower teleconference.  There is an additional Ethernet port on this bridge phone.   An LCD projector is available from the Center, along with a large projection screen, if anyone wants to present a PowerPoint or other kind of visual document at the meeting.
In our next communication, we will once again recap upcoming conference registration and hotel registration deadlines and also let you know where we will be having the Saturday night dinner.
Yours in Recovery,
Arnie A. and Anthony P.

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