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Writing Chicago: Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference

Parking and Accommodations

The conference is held on Northwestern University's Chicago campus, conveniently located near beautiful Lake Michigan and Chicago's Magnificent Mile, home to world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and hotels.

Conference location:

Northwestern University - Chicago Campus

Wieboldt Hall

339 E. Chicago Avenue

4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611

Register here

Registration ends August 6


A limited number of discounted parking permits ($20 per day) will be available for purchase when registering for the conference online. Parking permits will not be available for purchase the day of the event.  Parking permits will allow you to park in the following parking lots ONLY:
  • Huron Superior Parking (Lot A), 222 E. Huron Street, (312) 787-0551
  • Erie Ontario Parking (Lot C/D), 321 E. Erie  Street, (312) 642-6062

These two parking structures are within walking distance of Wieboldt Hall (339 E. Chicago Avenue.)  Please see the Northwestern Chicago Parking & Information map. Please note that regular parking rates apply without a discounted permit.  Please call the lots directly for their current rates and possible early bird offers.

Several public parking structures are within walking distance to Wieboldt Hall. Many offer early-bird rates. Park Wiz and Spothero offer daily rates and the opportunity to pay in advance for special discounts. Information about additional public parking lots near Wieboldt Hall can be found on the City of Chicago Parking Map.


On-campus housing is not available for the conference. The following hotels are conveniently located within walking distance to the Wieboldt Hall, where the conference will be held. These hotels are not based on any recommendation, but are simply listed for your convenience in finding accommodations during your visit. Some of these area hotels may offer discounted NU rates, so please inquire when making your reservation. Remember to make your reservations as early as possible to ensure the best rate.

Chicago Hotels

Allerton Hotel Chicago
701 North Michigan Avenue (at Huron)

Inn of Chicago
162 East Ohio Street (at Michigan)

Chicago Courtyard by Marriott
165 East Ontario

DoubleTree Chicago Magnificent Mile
300 East Ohio
312-787-6100 Hotel
312-787-6259 Fax

Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown
600 North State Street

Fairfield Inn & Suites
216 East Ontario Street

Four Points by Sheraton
630 N. Rush Street

Hampton Inn & Suites
33 West Illinois Street (at Dearborn)

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Mag Mile
10 East Grand Avenue

Hilton Suites Chicago/Mag Mile
198 East Delaware Place

Homewood Suites by Hilton
40 East Grand Avenue

Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 North Saint Clair Street

James Chicago Hotel
55 East Ontario Street

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue (at Ohio)

MileNorth, A Chicago Hotel
166 East Superior Street

Omni Hotel Chicago
676 North Michigan Avenue (at Huron)

Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street

Radisson Hotel & Suites Chicago
160 East Huron

Red Roof Inn
162 East Ontario Street (at St. Clair)

Ritz-Carlton Hotel
160 East Pearson Street (at Water Tower Place)

W Chicago - Lakeshore
644 North Lake Shore Drive (at Ontario)

The following website provides general information regarding travel and lodging in Chicago.