DPLAfest 2017 — April 20-21, 2017

DPLAfest 2017 Travel & Logistics

DPLAfest 2017 Travel & Logistics

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The essentials:

  1. Enter at 401 S. Plymouth Court to register
  2. Grab coffee on the way
  3. Start your day with fully charged devices.

Registration Information

Registration will begin in the main lobby of the Harold Washington Library Center at 8:00 am on Thursday and 8:30 am on Friday morning. The library is not open to the public until 9:00 am, so DPLAfest attendees will need to enter through the Plymouth Court entrance located at 401 S. Plymouth Ct.

Arrive Alive

There is limited access to outlets in the session rooms at the Harold Washington Library Center. Plan to arrive at the fest with all devices fully charged and plan to share charging stations to power up during the day. Charging stations will be set up throughout the building for the fest, but you may not be able to charge your device during a session.

Arrive on Time

Session rooms follow strict fire and safety guidelines that may limit the number of people in a lecture or workshop. In smaller rooms, you must have a seat in order to remain for any length of time and standing in the back is not permitted. Try to arrive a few minutes before each session, especially if it is held in the 3rd floor or 8th floor meeting rooms.


There is no food allowed in the session spaces and all drinks must be in a container with a fully closed lid (think screw top bottles, not lid with straw). There are a few vending machines, but no coffee shop on site. To caffeinate before checking in or if you need to refuel during the day there are a number of options close by:

  • Dollop Coffee Shop, 343 S Dearborn St. Corner of Plymouth Court and Van Buren. Serves Metropolis Coffee, bakery, quiche and sandwiches.
  • Hero, 439 S Dearborn St. Serves bakery and sandwiches.
  • Intelligentsia Coffee, 53 W Jackson. Corner of Jackson and Dearborn, in the Monadnock building.
  • Lavazza, 111 Jackson Blvd., near Clark St.
  • Panera Bread, 501 S State St., corner of State and Congress Parkway.
  • Starbucks
    • 55 E Jackson (in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore), corner of Jackson and State St.
    • 131 S State St., corner of State St and Adams St.
    • 555 S Dearborn St., south of Congress Parkway


A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate at the following hotels:

Gray Hotel ($222/night)
Address: 122 W. Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Distance from Harold Washington Library Center: .5 mile / 10 minute walk (map)
Click here to reserve.
Room block expires March 23, 2017.

Hilton Chicago ($205/night)
Address: 720 S. Michigan Ave
, Chicago, IL 60605
Distance from Harold Washington Library Center: .4 mile / 9 minute walk (map)
Click here to reserve.
Room block expires March 27, 2017.

Click here for additional nearby hotels.

Traveling to Chicago

Chicago has two airports, Midway International Airport (MDW) and O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Getting to the city by public transit: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train service between both O’Hare (Blue Line to Jackson station, normally 40-45 minutes travel time) and Midway airports (Orange line to Harold Washington-State/Van Buren station, normally 20-25 minutes travel time) and downtown. Click here for information on costs

Getting to the city by cab: Cabs are available at both airports. Rides from O’Hare to City could run $50 or higher and take up to an hour (or longer, depending on traffic). Rides from Midway to the City can run $35 or higher and take up to 45 minutes (or longer, depending on traffic). Ride share services are also available at both airports.

Amtrak is accessible via Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., less than 1 mile from HWLC.

A Greyhound station is located at 630 W Harrison St., about 1 mile from HWLC.

Megabus has a drop off/pick up location at W Polk St. between S Clinton St and S Canal St., about 1 mile from HWLC.

Getting Around the Windy City

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides both buses and trains to get you where you want to go when you are visiting Chicago. Helpful CTA links:

Click here for more information on public transportation, cabs, and more.

Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC)

The central library for Chicago Public Library (CPL) is located at 400 S State St., Chicago, IL 60605. There are entrances to the building on State St, Congress Parkway, Plymouth Court and Van Buren St. The Plymouth Court entrance should be used when entering the building before 9 am.

Check out the Top 10 Things to Do at Harold Washington Library Center.

Parking Near Harold Washington Library Center
There is no on-site parking available at HWLC. However, there are several parking facilities, in addition to metered street parking, within convenient walking distance. Click here for more information on parking

Bus and Trains to the Harold Washington Library Washington Center
HWLC is easily accessed by train or bus. To plan your trip to the Library using public transit, visit the the CTA Trip Planner.

Nearby Train Lines:

  • Orange, Brown, Pink, and Purple lines: Use the Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren station which is accessed on Van Buren St.
  • Blue Line: Use the Jackson station. When you exit the station head south on Dearborn St, turn left on Van Buren and HWLC will be on the right hand side of the street.
  • Red Line: Use the Jackson station. When you exit the station head south on State St. and HWLC will be on the left hand side of the street.

Bus Lines that stop near HWLC (selected): 2, 6, 29, 36, 62, 146, 147, 148, 151


The Digital Public Library of America is committed to offering an accessible environment for all. We strive to be accessible to all DPLAfest attendees by accommodating the needs of registered participants at the conference. All session spaces are accessible to those attending the fest. Requests for any additional accommodations were included in the registration form. DPLA keeps these requests private and confidential. Participants requiring any accommodations may also contact DPLAfest organizers directly at info@dp.la.

Coffee & Dining near HWLC

HWLC does not have a coffee shop on site. There are vending machines on the second floor and also coffee shops and convenience stores within a couple of blocks of the Library.

Convenience Stores near HWLC

7-11, locations at 343 S Dearborn St., corner of Dearborn and Van Buren and 4 W Jackson Blvd., corner of Jackson Blvd and State St.

CVS, 520 S State St., corner of State St. and Congress Parkway.


Chicago is one of the top foodie destinations in the world and there is a wide variety of food and drink options within easy access of HWLC. Learn more

Recommended restaurants:

Three Dots and a Dash
Frontera Grill
Eataly Chicago
The Purple Pig
Vol 39
Revival Food Hall
GT Fish & Oyster
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

Additional Points of Interest

Planning to make a weekend out of your visit? There is no shortage of things to do in Chicago! Browse arts, culture, and entertainment in Chicago.

Museums and Cultural Organizations:

Exhibitions on view at the Harold Washington Library Center

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Field Museum, including special exhibition Tattoo, on view through April 30.

The DuSable Museum of African American History

The Newberry Library

Chicago History Museum

National Museum of Mexican Art

Tour Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs

Arts and Culture:

Hamilton, An American Musical at PrivateBank Theater

Chicago International Music and Movies Festival (CIMMfest), April 20-23

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, April 21-23

View more events, shows, exhibitions, and more taking place in Chicago, April 19-23