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2018 North American Continental Championships: Hotels and Transportation

by Maggie Geppert, Vice Chairman

7th May 2018

These are hard to find now

North American Continentals is being hosted in Chicago, IL this year from June 21st – 24th.  This is a great time of year to visit the Second City.  If you’re planning to come to Continentals this year, here are some options for where to stay and how to get around.

Hotels Around the Region

Have their Old Fashioned!

Public Transit

            Getting around Chicago by public transit is super easy, as long as you have two apps for your smart phone. The first one you need is Google Maps, because you can use the public transit directions to get anywhere in the city.  The second one is the Ventra app, which you will use to pay for your tickets.  You can still buy paper tickets for the commuter lines, but for the buses and trains in the city, you will need a Ventra card or the app.

            Speaking of which, let’s take a look at the public transit options in Chicago.  The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs the buses and trains inside the city itself.   Good Games Chicago is about a 10 minute walk from the Fullerton stop of the Red Line train (all of the trains are color-coded).  If you decide to stay around O’Hare airport, you can take the Blue Line to the stop at Western Ave, but you’ll have to switch over to a bus.  I’m planning on getting to the store using the Metra rail line, which is the commuter rail system in the city.  Mount Prospect, AKA Norman Rockwell’s Dystopia, has its own stop on the Union Pacific Northwest line, and I live 0.5 miles from the station.  I’ll be getting off at the Clybourn station, which is about a 15 minute walk to the store.  The Union Pacific North line also stops at Clybourn, so if your family wants to try out Gurnee, home of Six Flags and other resorts, this is an option too.

As you can see, Chicago has a lot to offer in terms of types of hotels and many options for public transit.  We (the Chicago Trek players) hope to see you all in June for the 2018 North American Continental Championships!

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