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Hotel Reservations

The SICB Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605. Please complete the Hotel Reservation Form enclosed in the registration brochure and fax it to the Hilton Chicago or call the hotel directly. SICB has arranged special rates for the Annual Meeting attendees at the hotel. The special rates are available four days prior and three days after the meeting dates of January 3-7, 2001. All reservations must be made by Friday, December 14, 2000.

If you drive to the SICB Annual Meeting, you may park at the Hilton Chicago. Daily rates range from $22 for self-parking to $24 for valet (subject to change).

Fax the enclosed Hotel Reservation Form to the Hilton Chicago at (312) 922-5240, or call the Hilton Chicago at (312) 922-4400 or 1-800-HILTONS and identify yourself as a SICB attendee.

Air Travel

Two airports, O'Hare and Midway, serve Chicago and are equally convenient to the meeting. The O'Hare International Airport is approximately 18 miles/45 minutes from the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Midway Airport is approximately 12 miles/25 minutes from the hotel.

United Airlines is offering a 10% discount off the unrestricted mid-week coach fare when tickets are purchased at least 7 days in advance or 5% discount off the lowest applicable fares, to all attendees of the SICB Annual Meeting, available from December 31, 2000-January 10, 2001. An additional 5% discount will apply when tickets are purchased at least 60 days in advance of the attendee's travel. This special offer applies to travel in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico segments of all United Airlines, United Express and Shuttle by United flights. United's convenient sched-ule and discounted fares are available though United's Meeting Desk. To reserve your flight call United at (800) 521-4041. Request Meeting ID Code 550WE for the special discount. Dedicated reservationists are on duty seven days a week from 7:00 am to Midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Ground Transportation

Train transportation is available from the airport and is not sub-ject to weather or traffic delays. Public transportation is available from the airports. Follow signs to 'Trains to City.' Fare is $1.50. The station is underneath Termi-nal 2 at O'Hare and through the overpass at Midway.

From O'Hare, exit at 'Jackson' station (previous is 'Monroe') and follow underground pedestrian walkway east to 'Red Line.' At this station, exit to street level and continue east on Jackson 2 blocks to Michigan (you will pass underneath elevated train tracks). Turn right, and walk 4 blocks south on Michigan to hotel. Approximate train ride is 40 minutes.

From Midway, exit at 'Library' (previous is 'Roosevelt'), come down to street level, walk east (opposite direction of train) on Van Buren 2 blocks to Michigan. Turn right, and walk 3 blocks south on Michi-gan to hotel. Approximate train ride is 30 minutes.

Car Rental

Special discounted rates have been arranged with Hertz, avail-able from December 27, 2000-January 14, 2001.


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To book a car call Hertz at (800) 654-2240; in Canada at (800) 263-0600, (800) 620-9620 (Toronto). Request ID CV02460004 for special rates.

Airport Shuttle Service

Hilton's recommended shuttle service is Continental Air Transportion. The rate from the hotel to O'Hare International Air-port is $30.00. The rate from the hotel to Midway Airport is $25.00. They may be contacted at (312) 454-7800.

Taxi Service

Cab fare is approximately $30.00 one way between O'Hare International Airport and the Chicago Hilton and Towers, and $22.00 between Midway Airport and the Hilton.