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About Chicago

Local Assistance Committee (LAC) members promote the meeting city, provide local support, and welcome attendees. The LAC plans the annual invitation at the prior year’s meeting, prepares the restaurant guide, plans library tours, and hosts the hospitality information booth.

Please check in regularly for information on this page.


Chicago: What a City to Visit!

We hope to see you in May at MLA ’19: Elevate, taking place from May 3–8, 2019, in beautiful and bustling downtown Chicago, IL.

Did you know? The four red stars on Chicago’s flag represent four major events in the city’s history: the 1812 Battle of Fort Dearborn, the Great Fire of 1871, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933–34.

In addition to its rich history, Chicago is always growing and changing. Recent attractions added since MLA last held its annual meeting in Chicago in 2014 include:

As well as many tried-and-true favorites:

Events and Tours in Chicago

May in Chicago is a busy time and there is no shortage of things to do. MLA ’19 is located within walking distance (or a quick taxi or CTA ride) to so many classic Chicago activities.

Hamilton: An American Musical is playing at the CIBC Theater, just a 20-minute walk from MLA ’19. Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, long considered a founding father of the United States, incorporating hip hop, rap, and traditional-style show tunes. Buy tickets through Ticketmaster or take a chance to win free tickets in the lottery. Tickets range between $75 and $200 early on, but closer to the show date the prices rise sharply.

Art Institute Chicago is a classic art museum just a 10-minute walk from MLA ’19. The museum is open daily from 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m, and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Tickets begin at $25.00 for general admission to the museum’s galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions. Ticketed exhibitions are an extra fee, and audio guides are available for $7.

The Chicago Architecture Center is just steps from MLA ’19 and offers Must-See Chicago, a 1.5-hour introductory walking tour to Chicago. Tickets cost $26 (plus tip) and a $3.50 Ventra pass for the Chicago “L” train is needed. Passes can be purchased at the Chicago Architecture Center Box Office, online, or at most CTA stops. Order your tour tickets online or in person. This tour includes admission into the Chicago Architecture Center.

Restaurant Guide

Your guide to some of the best eateries in Chicago: MLA ’19 Restaurant Guide

Craft Breweries in Chicago

 Beer aficionados rejoice!  Chicagoland has over 150 breweries, and there is something for everyone.  Chicago Magazine has ranked its Chicago top 10 beers; the information below will help you create your personal top 10 list.  Or maybe your top 3 is more realistic…

Here is a Map of Chicago Breweries of the city's breweries.

Breweries closest to the Hyatt Regency


43 E Ohio St. (.5 mi.)
Birreria, Eataly's microbrewery and beer-themed restaurant, offers house-brewed craft ales and local and Italian beers.

The Berghoff

17 W Adams St. (.9 mi.)
The Berghoff, a German-American restaurant that opened in the Loop in 1898, recently opened a microbrewery to, once again, brew its own beer.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery

737 W Randolph St. (1.4 mi.)
The Haymarket Pub & Brewery, named after the Haymarket Affair, specializes in classic Belgian and contemporary American beer styles.

Vice District Brewing Company

1454 S Michigan Ave. (1.8 mi.)
Vice District Brewing takes its name from the once-notorious red-light district in the South Loop where it is located, and offers a selection of rotating and seasonal beers on tap and staple offerings.

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