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O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is located 20 miles from downtown Chicago and is one of the largest airports in the world.

Midway International Airport (MDW) is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago.

Airline Discounts

ASPET has arranged with Southwest Airlines and United Airlines to provide participants who are traveling to EB with discounted fares.

Southwest Corporate Travel 

Participants traveling to Experimental Biology (EB) will receive a discount and 50% bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through ASPET’s SWABIZ® account. Book your travel to Chicago’s Midway International Airport (MDW) to take advantage of our discounted rates. Discounts are available for travel April 18 - April 28, 2017.

By flying Southwest Airlines as an ASPET traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares
  • 50% Bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to and from EB with your Rapid Rewards # added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit  
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges

Flights must be reserved through this special Southwest Airlines link designed for ASPET 

United Airlines 

United is offering discounts from 2–10% depending on your location and fare-type on United Airlines, United Express, and some of their codeshare partners like Air Canada, Lufthansa, All Nippon Airways, and others.

Discounts are applicable for travel to/from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) from April 18-30, 2017 to attend Experimental Biology.

Book online at and be sure to enter our offer code:

  1. Click “All Search Options” or “Advanced Search”
  2. Near the bottom of the online form find the “Promotions and certificates” box where you can fill in the ASPET offer code: ZX8C613411 

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information: Agreement Code: 613411, Z Code: ZX8C. Fees apply for tickets issued via phone.

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

Ground Transportation

Both airports offer plentiful taxi service. Rates range from $45-$55 from O'Hare, and $35-$45 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time/traffic and are subject to change. Ride sharing shuttles are also available to most downtown hotels.

Both airports are connected via Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) “L” trains to the downtown hotels and the convention center. The “L” system is a heavy rail rapid transit service sometimes referred to as a subway or metro in other cities. The nickname “L” is short for “elevated,” although as the system has expanded, it now includes both above ground and subway tunnels.

By Car

Chicago is accessible via several major interstates and highways: I-90 (Kennedy Expressway), I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway), I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway), I-294 (Tri-State Tollway). 

By Train

Amtrak serves Chicago with about 50 trains arriving and departing daily.

Last updated: April 10, 2017 

Last Updated: July 28, 2017

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