Coffee, tea, and rolls will be served each morning in the main conference room.
UIC Student Center There are a number of fast food restaurants located within the Student Center. The University’s cafeteria plan may also be available to us as well (we will not know until early summer). Neighborhood Restaurants If you would like to try some great neighborhood restaurants, please read Noah Temaner Jenkins' Welcome Letter below.
Dear ADPCA Conference Attendees,
Welcome to Chicago! UIC, where your meetings are going to be held, is a great location for seeing Chicago and finding great food. When it first opened, UIC was located at Navy Pier – they called it Harvard on the Rocks and my mother, Barbara Temaner Brodley, attended classes there. I was At UIC – at its current location – in the early 1990s and teach there today.
If you want to see some of the city, it is close to Sears Tower (they call it Willis now), which has an amazing see-through ledge you can stand on and look down at the city. It is also close to downtown Chicago – if you want to go there just take the Blue Line train from Halsted and the expressway to Jackson or Monroe. 5 minutes.
There are plenty of places to eat walking distance from your meetings. There are two areas with plenty to eat at all price ranges. You can walk on Halsted south a block or two to Taylor Street and turn west. On Taylor you will find upscale Italian (my mother’s favorite was Tuscany – it is very close) and then all kinds of other places – all walking distance. There are so many new places I cannot recommend them by name. There are neighborhood Italian, the Italian beef place (Al’s), Thai, maybe a Japanese place, burgers. Keep walking west and there are more places all the way to Pompeii, which is a favorite and affordable Italian (get the chocolate cake and a square of pizza) but probably too far to walk. Two great cheap places very close to your meetings are Carm’s (burgers) and Fontano’s (subs). Those are probably just open for lunch and I think they are both on Carpenter – about 2 blocks west of Halsted.
If you keep going South on Halsted just past 12th street – so almost a mile – is the new University Village area. There are quite a few great places to eat there. There is a Joy Yee, I think Lalo’s is still there (Mex), and I want to say at least five other places I haven’ tried but look good. There is usually metered street parking and there is an easily accessible parking garage on Maxwell that isn’t expensive.
The other nearby area is Greektown – walk north on Halsted straight into Greek Town, just across the expressway (you will pass the train stop on the way). There are Greek places at all price ranges, plus a Mexican take out with I think a few tables, a Greek café that is very good (Artopolis) and a restaurant that is more American and has great breakfast and brunch called Meli.
UIC is also a very short drive from Pilsen (Mexican). If you go there to eat, the National Museum of Mexican Art is free and well worth a visit. Also a short drive is Chinatown. UIC is not too far from Manny’s (Roosevelt and approx. Jefferson) – classic deli. If you use Uber it is very convenient in Chicago.