Chicago Travel Information

About Chicago

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago stands as a vibrant metropolis, weaving together a tapestry of rich cultural heritage, iconic architecture, and a storied history that has shaped its dynamic present. The city's origins trace back to the 19th century when it emerged as a small trading post strategically positioned at the convergence of vital waterways and railroads.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, though a devastating chapter, became a catalyst for renewal, leading to innovative architectural developments that defined the skyline with modern skyscrapers. As the city evolved, it became synonymous with the Jazz Age and the vibrant Prohibition era, where speakeasies thrived, and legendary figures like Al Capone left an indelible mark.

Chicago played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, with events like the Chicago Freedom Movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. contributing to its commitment to equality. Throughout the 20th century, Chicago's industrial prowess and cultural vibrancy continued to grow, shaped by the contributions of diverse immigrant communities.

Today, Chicago is a mecca for food enthusiasts, music lovers, and history buffs alike. Its diverse neighborhoods offer a blend of historic charm and modern energy. Visitors are invited to explore iconic landmarks like Millennium Park, home to the renowned Cloud Gate sculpture, and embrace the unique atmosphere that defines the Windy City—a city that beautifully balances its storied past with a contemporary allure.

Travel and Transportation

Air Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is one of the busiest airports in the world and a major hub for domestic and international flights. It is about 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. O'Hare Airport serves as a primary gateway for travelers coming to and from the Chicago metropolitan area.

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is another major airport in Chicago, situated approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown. While not as large as O'Hare, Midway is a significant hub for both domestic and some international flights.

Both airports are accessible by various transportation options, including taxis, rideshare services, and public transportation.

For comprehensive transportation options please click here

Concerned about carbon emissions?  Below are some resources:
-How to use Google Flights to compare carbon emissions between flight options
-Donate to offset your carbon footprint

**As a reminder: if you are experiencing flight delays that affect your hotel reservation, please call your hotel directly to adjust your reservation.  If you fail to call and do not arrive on your scheduled check-in date, you will be charged a no-show fee and your reservation will be cancelled.**

Making the most of your stay

Getting around Chicago

From Chicago public transit to walking through the city’s many neighborhoods, click here to view your A to Z for getting from A to B.

What to Do

What to do? Let us count the ways... Click here for the ultimate Chicago Bucket List.

Where to Eat

Chicago dining is its own destination.  Click here to find what you’re craving.

For those seeking quick bites near our primary Annual Meeting hotels, a culinary adventure awaits. Near the Hyatt Regency Chicago, explore the nearby Magnificent Mile for quick and tasty options such as Wow Bao for steamed buns or The Halal Guys for flavorful gyros. At the Sheraton Chicago, quick and delightful bites can be found along the Riverwalk, including Tiny Tapp and City Winery Chicago Riverwalk, perfect for a swift but satisfying meal. The Fairmont, nestled in the Millennium Park area, offers access to local favorites like Shake Shack and Pret a Manger for convenient yet delicious options. Swissotel guests can enjoy quick bites at Beatrix or Stan's Donuts, both located nearby. Finally, the Marriott, near the Magnificent Mile, provides quick and diverse options, from Garrett Popcorn Shops for a classic Chicago treat to Shake Shack for a quick burger fix.

For those craving some quintessential Chicago flavors, make sure to explore the deep-dish pizza options at Lou Malnati's or Giordano's nearby, and perhaps grab a Chicago-style hot dog at Portillo's for the full Windy City experience. With these diverse and delectable choices, our guests can easily enhance their Annual Meeting experience with a delightful culinary journey, embracing both local favorites and international delights.

*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. 

*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.

84th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM 2024)

9-13 August 2024
Chicago, IL, USA

AOM 2024 Key Dates

  • Registration/Housing Open:
    5 March 2024
  • Decision Notifications:
    Late March 2024
  • Annual Meeting Program
    Available June 2024
  • Early Registration Rate Deadline:
    7 May 2024
  • Regular Registration Rate Deadline:
    16 July 2024
  • Late Registration Rates
    17 July-13 August 2024
  • Hotel Reservations Deadline:
    17 July 2024
  • 84th Annual Meeting:
    9-13 August 2024
    Chicago, IL, USA
    In-person @AOM 2024
    11 August 2024

General Information

Accessibility and Special Needs

If you have special needs, please contact us. We will work to accommodate members who require added assistance. To reserve a scooter or wheelchair, please contact Julia Moran, Meetings & Conferences Specialist.

Business Centers

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Location: 2nd Floor
Phone: 312-832-0090
Monday-Friday: 8:00-18:00
Saturday: 9:00-14:00
Sunday: Closed

Fairmont Chicago
Location: Ballroom Level 1
Phone: 312-938-5425  
Fax: 312-938-5453
Monday-Friday: 7:30 =17:00
Saturday/Sunday: Closed 

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Location: East Tower, Exhibit Level
Phone: 312-565-1234
Daily 7:30-18:00 

Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
Location:  3rd Floor
Phone:  312-755-0314
Fax:  312-755-0317
Monday-Friday: 8:00-17:00
Saturday/Sunday 8:00-15:00

Swissotel Chicago
Location: Concourse Level
Phone: 312-268-8290
Monday-Friday: 8:00–18:00
Saturday/Sunday: 8:00–15:00

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.  If attendees bring a dependent to the Annual Meeting, the attendee is required to make on-site childcare accommodations. 

Local childcare options:
Chicago Nannies, Inc.
T: 708-524-2101
F: 866-900-9605 

*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/guardians. AOM is not endorsing these companies and is not liable for services provided by them.

Family Networking

Interested in talking with other Annual Meeting attendees? Network, make plans for family outings, childcare and other activities. Please click here to join the conversation!

In Case of Emergency

Please click hereto access the Emergency Care document containing important information to assist you in case of an emergency while in Chicago.


In August, Chicago typically experiences warm and humid weather with average high temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (around 24-28°C). Occasional heatwaves can push temperatures higher, reaching into the 90s Fahrenheit (above 32°C). August also sees moderate precipitation, occasional thunderstorms, and relatively muggy conditions, making it a varied but generally warm month in the Windy City. For more information click here.  

Chicago skyline image from grassy field
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