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Highlights for AOM Annual Meeting Attendees


Chicago, the city that feels like home, has a little something for everyone! Chicago boasts some of the best attractions, entertainment, and cuisine in the world. During your stay, you’ll be able to explore all this and more. The below guide will help you plan your trip.

This guide will help you plan your trip.

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about chicago:

Shortly after being named a city in 1837, the Great Chicago fire destroyed a large portion of the city leaving over 100,000 homeless. After a conscious effort to rebuild, the windy city was named one of the 5 largest cities in the world by the early 1900’s. During the great rebuild they focused heavily on urban planning, zoning standards, and developed the first steel-framed high-rise building. Positioned along the Great Lakes the city has always been a hub for commerce and transportation.
Currently, the city of Chicago has over 2.7 million residents, making it the third most populated city in the United States. O’Hare International Airport is the second busiest airport, based on air traffic. Two years ago Chicago hosted a record breaking 54 million visitors throughout the year, both domestic and international. A few of the top attractions include Navy Pier, Millennium Park, one of their many major league sporting events, and their renowned deep-dish pizza.

travel and transportation:

Air Transportation:    
Chicago O’Hare International Airport – approx. 18 miles from meeting location  
O’Hare is 17 miles from downtown Chicago and one of the busiest airports in the country.  For more information on terminals, dining options, and other amenities click here.

Midway International Airport – approx. 13 miles from meeting location
Midway is 10 miles from downtown Chicago and a great point-to-point airport choice.  For more information on Midway International Airport, click here.

For comprehensive information on parking, amenities, flight statuses and much more, visit Fly Chicago.
Getting Around Chicago:    
Click here to explore different ways of getting around Chicago, recommended by the Conventions & Visitors Bureau.
*These lists are un-screened, non-exclusive sources intended to assist registrants in finding local transportation providers.  The selection of transportation providers is the sole responsibility of registrants. AOM is not endorsing these companies or liable for services provided by them.

See Special Offers section below for airfare and car rental discount codes.


Making The Most Of Your Stay:

If you have special needs, please contact us. We will work to accommodate members who require added assistance. To reserve a scooter or wheelchair click here, fill out the form and send it back to Megan Johnson and Carley Tryon, or fax it to (914)-326-1900.
Family Networking:    
Interested in talking with other Annual Meeting attendees? Start a conversation, make plans for family outings, childcare and other activities. Please click here and join the conversation!
Childcare Policy:    
The Academy of Management strives to support its members through professional activities at the Annual Meeting. Due to the high safety and security needs, significant cost and limited interest, the Academy of Management does not provide on-site childcare services.
Local Childcare Options:    
College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors
1000 W. Diversey Pkwy., #234
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 697-9326
Contact: Laura Horwitz
*The Academy of Management does not provide on-site childcare or recommend specific child care services. The above list is an un-screened, non-exclusive source intended to assist registrants in finding local childcare providers. The selection of childcare providers is the sole responsibility of parents. AOM is not endorsing this company or liable for services provided by them.
Accompanied by an adult attendee, children are welcome to explore the Annual Meeting and are encouraged to pick up and decorate a guest badge in the registration area.  Children under the age of 18 may not enter any areas under construction, renovation, set up or tear down.

Business Centers:

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Location: On Exhibit Level
Phone: (312) 565-1234 ext. 4410
Hours: Monday-Friday 6AM-7PM
Saturday & Sunday 7AM-6PM

Chicago Marriot Downtown
Location: 2nd Floor
Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM
Saturday & Sunday 9AM-5PM

FedEx Office at the Sheraton Grand Chicago
Location: Lobby Level across from Lincoln Boardroom
Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-5PM
Saturday & Sunday 8AM-3PM

The UPS Store at the Swissotel Chicago
Location: Concourse Level, next to Geneva
Phone: (312)268-8290
Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM
Saturday & Sunday 8AM-3PM

The FedEx Print and Ship Center at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Location: B1 Level, below Lobby
Phone: (312)938-5425
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30AM-6PM
Saturday 8AM-12PM, Sunday closed

what to do:

Click here for the Ultimate Chicago Bucket List!
For those of you looking for a city with millions of things to see, do, and eat… Chicago is the place for you! Not sure where to stop first? Hop on a water taxi and get a unique view of all the city has to offer. Have a need for thrill? Travel 103 stories to the top of the Willis Tower Skydeck, you’re guaranteed a great view.  Bring a social media fiend with you? Stop by millennial park for a #BeanSelfie!
For more things to do and to plan your Chicago Itinerary click here.

where to eat:

Chicago’s Historic Loop Restaurants
Family Friendly Dining    
Chicago Food Halls    
Grab and go options close to hotel:

Looking for a quick bite to eat, you’re in luck – there’s plenty around!  The Illinois Center is a great option, easily accessible from the Hyatt West Tower, on the concourse level (Please note: business hours vary for each establishment).  Also conveniently located in the Hyatt, Market Chicago is open 24/7, grab a cup of coffee, pastry, or sandwich at any time throughout your stay. Located within the Marriot, stop by the Rush Street Pantry.  Located one level below the lobby, the Link@Sheraton Café offers grab ‘n go breakfast and lunch options.

The Illinois Center 

This complex houses multiple great grab and go options.  The Illinois Center is accessible directly from the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the Swissotel, and the Fairmont Hotel.  To view a list of individual establishments and hours, please click here.  

Click here for ideas on how to make your conference experience more eco-friendly


Please click on the image below to access the Emergency Care document containing important information to assist you in case of an emergency.  

Special Offers:

Travel Advisory:
United States Department of Homeland Security – Real ID Act

Travel Discount Codes:
Discounts are valid to the meeting city 3 days pre-meeting and 3 days post-meeting.
United Airlines:
Book online via using ZCODE: ZEH6 and Agreement Code 305668 or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code and Agreement Code.

Book online at and provide the Meeting Code NMRBH, or call Delta reservation Desk at 800-328-1111 and provide the Meeting Code.

GO Airport Express:
Receive a 25% discount on your airport travel if you book before March 30th, 2018. Discount will decrease to 20% after March 30th, 2018.  Book online at and provide Meeting Code "AOM18" 

Alamo Car Rentals:
Book online at and provide the CD number CD#LEADERS or call Alamo at 844-354-6962 and provide the CD number.

Hertz Car Rentals:
Book online at and provide the CD number CD#1170024 or call Alamo at 800-654-3131 and provide the CD number.

Chicago on a Dime

Looking to see Chicago on a budget? We've got a few options for you.  Use this list of free Chicago museums & attractions to plan your itinerary.  Another great budget friendly option is to purchase the Go Chicago Card.  This card is an all-inclusive attraction pass.  You can save up to 45% off and skip the line at some of Chicago's top attractions.  To see an itinerary using the Go Chicago Card, click here.

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