Hotel & Travel Information

Message to Attendees: SAE International has made every effort to secure the best possible group nightly room rate for you at this event. That rate results from a negotiated overall package of event needs such as sleeping rooms, meeting room space and other requirements. Contracts with the venue include a provision to reduce event costs if SAE meets or exceeds its minimum sleeping room block guarantee. Conversely, event costs will increase if SAE falls short of its minimum room block guarantee. Please help SAE keep the costs of this event as low as possible by booking your housing needs at the designated host hotel and through the reservation process created by SAE. Reserving elsewhere means you are booking outside the contracted room block, jeopardizing SAE's ability to meet its contracted obligations and to keep registration fees to a minimum. SAE appreciates your support and understanding of this important issue. Thank you

Travel Visa Information

Conference Location:
2012 SAE North American Powertrain International Conference
The Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610

Hotel Reservation Information

  • All attendees are responsible for their own lodging and travel arrangements.
  • A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at The Westin Chicago River North. SAE's group rate is $269 per room per night single or double occupancy, all inclusive, plus local, state and federal applicable taxes.
  • Reservations must be made directly through Orchid Event Solutions by Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by contacting Orchid Event Solutions at 801-505-4138 / 800-847-5810 or through our on-line connection: Hotel Reservation Form

Hotel Check In/Check Out
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 12:00 noon

Hotel Amenities
Westin's Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®
High-speed Internet access
Modem connection/dataport on phone
Three telephones including one in the bathroom
Two (2-line) phones/desk and bedside
Direct dial/speaker phone/voice mail
Work desk with lamp/convenient outlets
Digital clock AM/FM radio
Remote control/cable television
In-room movies/Nintendo
Complimentary USA Today
Same-day laundry service
Iron & ironing board
Hair dryer
In-room refreshment center
Starbucks™ coffee and coffee maker
24-hour room service

Guest Services
Executive Business Center with computers, printers, fax machines and more
Concierge services
Sundry shop
Valet parking
Westin Workout® Powered by Reebok (state-of-the-art health club, offering Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment)

Driving Directions
From Chicago O'Hare International Airport (approximately 19 miles, or 30 minutes travel time):

Take the Terminal 2 ramp, turn slight left, turn slight left toward Parking / Exit to City. Merge onto I-190 E; I-190 E becomes I-90 E / Kennedy Expressway E. Take Exit 51C (E Washington Blvd), turn left onto W Washington Blvd. W Washington Blvd becomes W Washington St. Turn left onto N Upper Wacker Dr / N Wacker Dr. Turn left onto N Dearborn St.

From Chicago Midway International Airport (approximately 12 miles, or 25 minutes travel time):

Go S on S Cicero Ave / IL-50 S toward W 59th St. Make a U-turn at W 59th St onto IL-50 N / S Cicero Ave. Merge onto I-55 N / Stevenson Expressway N. Merge onto I-90 W / I-94 W via Exit 292A toward Wisconsin. Take Exit 51A (Lake St / 200 North). Turn right onto W Lake St. Turn left onto W Upper Wacker Dr / W Wacker Dr. Turn left onto N Dearborn St.

Sites and Attractions
The Westin Chicago River North is located on the banks of the Chicago River in the heart of the city's business and theater districts and is minutes from the Merchandise Mart, Navy Pier, McCormick Place and the 110-story Sears Tower. You are within a few short blocks of the world's finest shops and boutiques on Michigan Avenue (the Magnificent Mile) and close to a variety of restaurants, nightclubs and museums, as well as nearby jogging, walking and bicycle paths.