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Hotel & Travel

The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile is the new home of the Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. Conference attendees enjoy discounted rates on rooms at the Marriott. 

Hotel Information 

Reservations: Book Online
Address: 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (map)
Reservations by Phone: (877) 303-0104

Check In: 4 p.m.
Check Out: 12 p.m.

Fraud Notice 

In the past, 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 contact Jen Rhodes, MEEA's Membership and External Relations Director, at or (312) 784-7263. 


  • Fitness Center
  • Concierge Desk
  • Babysitting
  • Beauty/Barber Shop
  • Car Rental
  • Newsstand
  • ATM
  • Safe deposit boxes at front desk
  • Room service
  • Valet dry-cleaning 

Hotel Restaurants

  • Rush Street Pantry 
  • Reviver (lobby bar)
  • Room service and breakfast available (extra fee)


Parking at Marriott Magnificent Mile

  • Electric car charging stations: 3, For a fee
  • Off-site parking, fee: $51 daily
  • Valet parking, fee: $71 daily

Getting to the Marriott Magnificent Mile

From O'Hare

By L Train 
Cost: $2.50
Estimated time: 58 min.

Directions: When taking public transportation to the Marriott Magnificent Mile from O'Hare International Airport, take the CTA Blue Line train to the Washington stop. From there you may either walk to the hotel (15 min), or transfer to the Red Line (towards Howard) and get off at Grand/State (1 stop). The hotel is at 540 N Michigan Ave. 

By Taxi
Estimated cost: $40
Distance from Hotel: 17 mi. / Drive Time: 40 min.

From Midway

By L Train
Cost: $2.50
Estimated time: 40 min. 

When taking public transportation from Midway Airport to the Marriott Magnificent Mile, take the CTA Orange Line train to the State/Lake stop, then walk 12 min. to the hotel at 540 N Michigan Ave. 

By Taxi
Estimated cost: $37
Distance from Hotel: 13 mi. / Drive Time: 35 min.

Travel Stipends for Government & 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 a maximum amount of $850 to be used for travel and hotel costs. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2022.

Download the Travel Reimbursement Application here.

Individuals interested in travel support must submit the Travel Reimbursement Application. MEEA will review all applicants and give priority to government officials, followed by non-profit organizations and other interested parties.

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 Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.