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TRAVEL


HOTELS
Special rates for artists have been negotiated at select hotels in the area of The Mart. Please visit http://oneofakindshowchicago.com/spring/attend/travel

LOCATION: 222 MERCHANDISE MART PLAZA, CHICAGO IL 60654
The Mart is located in the heart of a city that is home to prestigious fine art institutions, world-class museums, award-winning architecture, professional entertainment venues and diverse restaurant offerings.  The Merchandise Mart is a short, leisurely walk to the famous Magnificent Mile, where exclusive shops and four-star hotels bustle with activity from the Tribune Tower to North Avenue Beach.  Also nearby is Millennium Park, Chicago’s newest architectural landmark featuring celebrated public art works and breathtaking views of both the lakefront and the skyline.
The world comes and goes effortlessly every day at The Merchandise Mart.  El trains, buses and taxi’s stop at our doorstep. We’re walking distance from the Metra stations and moments from the Ohio Street ramp of I-90/94. A variety of parking facilities are just steps away.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
An Elevated Train stop, appropriately called The Mart, on the CTA’s brown and purple lines conveniently drops visitors on the 2nd floor of the building. Additionally, there is easy access to multiple CTA bus routes within 4 blocks of the Merchandise Mart.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE MART LOADING DOCK
From Northwest: Take I-90/94 East (Kennedy) to downtown Chicago. Exit at Ohio Street. Continue east on Ohio until you reach Wells Street. Take a right on Wells. Continue for four blocks. Turn right onto Kinzie Street and pass 2 STOP signs before turning left under the viaduct into The Mart Loading Dock.

From Lake Shore Drive: Take Lake Shore Drive and exit at Upper Wacker Drive. Continue west on Wacker until you reach Orleans Street. Turn right and cross the bridge. Continue to Hubbard Street and turn right and then another quick right onto Orleans Street. After STOP sign, veer right/straight to enter The Mart Loading Dock.

From West: Take I-290 East (Eisenhower) and merge onto I-90W/I-94W toward Wisconsin. Take the Lake Street Exit 51A and then turn right onto W. Lake Street. Take the first left onto N. Desplaines Street. Turn right onto W. Kinzie Street and head East over the bridge. After the bridge, pass the STOP sign at Kingsbury Street and under the viaduct turn right to enter The Mart Loading Dock.

From Southwest: From I-55 North (Stevenson) merge onto I-90W/I-94W. Take the Lake Street Exit 51A and then turn right onto W. Lake Street. Take the first left onto N. Desplaines Street. Turn right onto W. Kinzie Street and head East over the bridge. After the bridge, pass the STOP sign at Kingsbury Street and under the viaduct turn right to enter The Mart Loading Dock.

From South Take 90/94 West (Dan Ryan) to downtown Chicago. Take the Lake Street Exit 51A and then turn right onto W. Lake Street. Take the first left onto N. Desplaines Street. Turn right onto W. Kinzie Street and head East over the bridge. After the bridge, pass the STOP sign at Kingsbury Street and under the viaduct turn right to enter The Mart Loading Dock.

PARKING
More than 6,000 parking spaces are located within a four-block radius of The Mart, including the MartParc Wells garage, located at the corner of Kinzie and Wells Streets; and MartParc Orleans, located at the corner of Orleans and Hubbard Streets.

FOR DISCOUNTED PARKING SPACES

Spot Hero   (not run by OOAK show)
Spot Hero is a website which you can reserve parking and pay in advance for a spot. There are lots that can accommodate larger sized vehicles with no height restrictions.

To reserve a spot at one of these lots in advance:

  1. Go to www.spothero.com
  2. Choose Chicago
  3. Type address of desired lot
  4. Choose the dates you will be at the lot
  5. Indicate the number of parking spots you will need to accommodate your vehicle.
  6. Enter payment information
  7. If you have any questions, please contact Spot Hero at (312) 566-7768 or email: support@spothero.com

Large Vehicle Parking:
Large Vehicle Information and options can be found by visiting this site: http://parking.chicago.com/2016/05/25/park-truck-chicago/

In addition to the options above:
McCormick Place Marshalling Yard (not run by OOAK show)
Large Vehicle parking is available at the McCormick Place Marshalling Yard. The rate is $23 per day for a box truck and $23 per day for a car plus trailer. Directions to the lot are as follows:

Directions:
The Merchandise Mart to McCormick Place: Interstate 90 (Kennedy Expressway) to Interstate 55. Bear right, just past 18th Street. Then bear left to go North on Interstate 55 to Martin Luther King Drive (about 3/4 of a mile). Right (south) to 26th Street. Right (west) on 26th Street to State Street. Left (south) on State Street to 31st Street. Left (east) on 31st Street to the bridge, just before Lake Shore Drive. Cross the bridge. Turn left into the parkway to the Marshalling Area.
For more information please call Standard Parking at (312) 808-3125.

If you plan to utilize either Spot Hero or McCormick Place, please call them directly to confirm availability and pricing.