The conference will be held at North Park University, 3225 West Foster Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, from January 11 until the evening of January 13th, 2018.
Registration will be open from 12pm - 2pm in Hamming Hall on January 11th. If you are an exhibitor/sponsor you can arrive at 10am or after - registration for exhibitors is also at Hamming Hall.
The conference will be held in Hamming Hall, the Johnson Center & the Carlson Tower. See map below for the layout. All buildings used for the Mystic Soul Conference are accessible. Accessibility entrance details are on the map below.
You can see visitor parking on the map is across the street from the campus at the corner of Foster Avenue & Kedzie Avenue. Conference attendees can park there or find street parking in the blocks surrounding the campus. The Foster & Kedzie intersection is closest to Hamming Hall (where the programming will begin and end each day).
Building Quick Reference:
#12 - Hamming Hall (upper right corner of map): where all centering (whole community) space sessions will be held
#14- Carlson Tower (below Hamming Hall, attached by hallways to Hamming Hall space): where the embodied healing care offerings will be held (4th floor)
#17 - Johnson Center (middle left side of the map): where all the other spaces/programming will be held
CONFERENCE LOCAL DETAILS
DIRECTIONS TO NORTH PARK UNIVERSITY:
From the North: Take I-94 eastbound (Edens Expressway) to the Cicero (to Foster) exit. Take Cicero south to Foster Avenue, turn east (left) on Foster and continue to the 3200 block, about two miles. The campus is on the south (right) side of Foster.
From the South: Take I-94 westbound (Dan Ryan Expressway) and proceed northwest on I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway). Exit at Kimball Avenue. Travel north (right) on Kimball, about two miles, to Foster Avenue and turn east (right). Proceed two blocks, and the campus is on the right (south) side of Foster.
From the West (or from O'Hare Airport): Take I-90/94 eastbound (Kennedy Expressway) to the Austin (to Foster) exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn east (left) and follow the curve to reach Foster. Turn east (left) on Foster and continue to the 3200 block, about three miles. The campus is on the right (south) side of Foster.
From the East: Take Lake Shore Drive (from either direction) to the Foster Avenue exit. Travel west on Foster and continue to Kedzie Avenue, about three miles. The campus is on the left (south) side of Foster.
Public Transportation: We are located on Foster Avenue between Kimball and Kedzie avenues, and easily accessible via public transit. To plan your trip using the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), visitwww.transitchicago.com.
We are served by the Foster (92) and Kimball (82) busses, and the California/Dodge (93) bus also stops at the corner of Foster and Kedzie.
Our campus is located six blocks north of the Kedzie Brown Line 'L' stop, or four blocks north and one block east of the Kimball Brown Line 'L' station at the corner of Kimball and Lawrence avenues.
Public Transit Support: Go to CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Website for the transit maps and “plan a trip” application which will show you the CTA route to North Park or any destination.
Click here for a list of available housing on Chicago Airbnb. Plug in the address for North Park University (in the North Park neighborhood) to see what of their housing options are closest to the venue. You can then go to CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Website for the transit maps and “plan a trip” application which will show you the CTA route from your housing to North Park or any destination.
Comfort Inn-O’Hare Airport:
All conference attendees may book rooms using the following discount code for a reduced rate by calling the hotel directly at 847-553-4606 or clicking the link below.
Hotel discount includes:
FREE 24/7airpor shuttle
FREE hot breakfastf
Directions to North Park University from Comfort Inn:
Via car: The hotel is about 10 miles from the university. Depending on time of day, travel time in a car/ride share could take anywhere between 30-60 minutes. There is both a toll and non-toll route. Directions can be found by clicking here.
Via public transportation: Travel time on public transportation will take 56 minutes and include multiple transfers from bus to the blue line. Fares are $2 pre-purchased at any CTA location or $2.25 cash on bus. Transfers are $.25 and include up to 2 within 2 hours of traveling time. All CTA details can be found by clicking here.
For a google maps public transportation route, click here.
FOOD/RESTAURANTS Local to the Conference
The L!VE Cafe is a local cafe in Oak Park, founded and run by Reesheda Graham-Washington. The cafe will be creating a space on site which will be a L!VE at The Mystic Soul Conference. This will include programming but it will also include cafe beverages & food for purchase! This is a lovely option on-site at the Conference to grab a snack or your lunch meal if you don't want to brave the January cold to find a nearby restaurant.
If you do want to find some food off-site for your breakfast, breaks or lunches the great news is there is so much in just a block or two radius of the campus! Right across the street is a Starbucks & there are many eateries with delicious food for a wide range of palates and interests. There are offerings on the list with items that are vegetarian as well as halal. You can do some research ahead of time with these local finds below to see what their menus offer (most also deliver for your convenience) - or you can check out Yelp.com and plug in "North Park University" to see even more options in the area. The listing below is not an endorsement of a particular eatery, just an alert to the closest restaurants to the campus.