Congratulations on being accepted to participate at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Site Competition on March 3, 2018.

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Your Site Leader:
Stephen Kleinschmit, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, swklein@uic.edu 

Your Technical Leader:
Jeffrey Gawel, Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jgawel@uic.edu

Introducing your Site Judges (others to be announced shortly!):
Please find below pertinent information about the student networking session on March 2 and travel and lodging. Students please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

March 2 Welcome Reception:
The Friday night reception will be at the Ambassador Public House at 310 S. Halstead Street near the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop  where we recommend students to stay. It is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM so please plan travel accordingly. Students will have the opportunity to explore Chicago nightlife following the event at their own leisure.

Hotel Accommodations:
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) team recommends for students to stay at the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop. A block rate of $105 per night will be available for students who plan to stay at the hotel. This hotel is only a short walk from campus, the CTA Blue Line and Union Station. However, there are numerous other affordable housing options for competitors. The Chicago Marriot Medical District/ UIC and Hotel Chicago are also a close walk from the simulation facilities and are easily accessible via the CTA Blue Line (Racine). There are numerous hostels available in the Loop or North Side that are easily accessible via the CTA Blue (or with transfer from Red Line at Jackson) with affordable rates during the winter due to limited demand.

Ground Transportation:
The UIC Student Center (750 S. Halsted) is conveniently located off the UIC Halsted Blue Line CTA transit stop (elevated train/subway), and is a short walk from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The CTA Blue Line has direct transit connectivity to Chicago O’Hare airport, and is convenient to most hotels within the Loop and West Loop district, while Midway is served by the CTA Orange Line. A 24 hour pass is $10, a 3-day pass is $20. The city is extensively served by taxis, and well as ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft.

Union Station is the nation’s largest passenger rail hub, and Amtrak provides direct transit connectivity to many large cities throughout the Midwest. Those arriving from Union Station can easily access the Blue Line through Clinton stop two blocks to the south. Our rail connectivity (local/regional) is inexpensive and much less prone to travel delays and cancellations from inclement weather.

TENTATIVE: March 3 Competition Day Details (NASPAA-Batten will provide students/site leaders with final schedule in late Jan):
The simulation competition will take place at the UIC Student Center. Competitors should plan on being at the competition site no later than 8:00 AM for check-in on Saturday, March 3. Breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 8:00 AM.  Welcoming remarks, instructions, and the start of the competition will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Lunch will be provided during the competition.

The entire UIC community looks forward to joining us in Chicago!