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Hotel & Travel

The Chicago Hilton & Towers is the home of the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. Conference attendees enjoy discounted rates on their stay at the Hilton. 

Hotel Information 

The MES room block at the Chicago Hilton has officially closed, but a limited number of rooms may still be available. Book here
Address: 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL  60605 (map)
Phone:  (312) 922-4400

Fraud Notice 

Some registrants have received phone calls in which the caller misrepresents their affiliation with MES and/or the conference hotel. They may (falsely) claim the room block is almost full or the rate has dropped. Please note: MEEA will never contact you by phone about hotel reservations. To be safe, please do not supply any personal/credit card information to unsolicited callers. To securely reserve your room, please use the link or phone number above. 

If you receive a call that you believe may be fraudulent, please hang up and contact Jen Rhodes, MEEA's Sr. Manager for Membership & Marketing, at or 312-784-7263. 


To confirm a sleeping room in the conference block, the sleeping room must be secured with a valid credit card, along with first night’s deposit, refundable up to 72-hours in advance of arrival date.

Check in time is 3 PM, check-out time is 11 AM. Guests arriving before 3PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. If checking out prior to the reserved check-out date, Hilton will charge an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax. Guests wishing to avoid an early departure fee should advise us at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.


  • Business Center
  • Cellular Phone Rental
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Automated Teller (ATM)
  • Baggage Storage
  • Barber Shop/Beauty Salon
  • Concierge Desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Laundry/Valet Service
  • Room Service
  • Shoe Shine Stand
  • Fitness Room/Jogging/Running/Walking Track/Pool

Hotel Restaurants

  • 720 South Bar & Grill:  6:00 am – 12:00am
  • Kitty O'Shea's:  11:00 am - 1:00 am
  • SNAX:     
    • 5:30am - 11:00 pm Sun-Thur
    • 5:30am – 12:30am Fri-Sat

*Hours subject to change


Travel Stipends for Gov't & Nonprofit Employees

MEEA is proud to provide travel support for government employees and non-profit organizations attending our annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. Reimbursements will be granted up to $750 to be used for travel and hotel costs. The conference attendee is responsible for conference registration costs. Recipients will be required to submit itemized receipts and cover sheet after the conference to receive reimbursement. Housing funds can only be used for hotel rooms in MEEA's block at the Hilton. 

Interested in travel support? Submit this form to be considered. MEEA will review all applicants and give priority to government officials, followed by non-profit organizations and other interested parties. All requests must be submitted by Friday, December 14, 2018.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Adam at


Getting to the Hilton

From O'Hare

By L Train 

Cost: $2.25

When taking public transportation to the Hilton Chicago from O'Hare International Airport, take CTA Blue Line train to the Jackson stop. This is the only subway train leaving O'Hare. Walk 0.6 miles southeast to 720 S. Michigan Ave.

By Taxi

Estimated cost: $37

Distance from Hotel:19 mi./Drive Time: 45 min.

From Midway

By L Train

Cost: $2.25

When taking public transportation from Midway Airport to the Hilton Chicago take the CTA Orange Line train to the Roosevelt stop. Walk 0.5 miles north to 720 S. Michigan.

By Taxi

Estimated cost: $37

Distance from Hotel:11 mi./Drive Time:30 min.


Parking at Chicago Hilton

  • Self parking
  • $52 (12-24 hours)
  • Valet parking
  • $68 (6-24 hours)
  • In/out privileges available
  • Pay on foot stations available for self-parking