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    Use this website to find local hotels with rates provided through FIRST.  Online reservations can be made through Experient by clicking here.

    Less expensive (and less conveniently located) hotels can be found farther away and outside of Chicago, in the suburbs. Especially when reserving a hotel within city limits, be sure to check whether parking costs extra and whether bus parking is available, if needed.


    Local Eateries

    Located on Polk – from UIC Pavilion, go South on Racine, then at Polk turn Left (East)

    Carm’s Beef & Italian Ice – 1057 W Polk, (0.4mi. from UIC Pavilion) - (312) 738-1046.  Vienna Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, Polish, etc.  Takeout / Delivery ($20 min).  Winter Hours - Mon-Fri: 7:30am-7pm, Sat: 8am-5pm.  Menu, Map & Hours

    Fontano’s Subs – 1058 W Polk (0.4 mi. from UIC Pavilion) - (312) 421-4474.  6” to 3’ Sub sandwiches.  Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm, Sat: 9am-4pm.  Information,  Menu 


    Located on W.Taylor Street – from UIC Pavilion, go South on Racine, then at Taylor turn Right (West)

    Taylor Made Pizza – 1220 W Taylor (Between Racine & S Lytle – 0.5 mi. from UIC Pavilion) - (312) 850-2000.  Online ordering available.  Hours:  Sun-Wed: 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat: 11am-3am.  Website,  Menu


    Located on W. Taylor Street – from UIC Pavilion, go South on Racine, then at W. Taylor turn Left (East)

    RoSal’s Italian Cucina – 1154 W Taylor (Between S Racine & S May - .04 mi. from UIC Pavilion) - (312) 243-2357.  Italian, Family Style, Prix-Fixe.  Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm, Fri: 11am-11pm, Sat: 4pm-11pm.  Website, Menu 

    China Night Café – 1140 W Taylor (at S May – 0.5 from UIC Pavilion) – (312) 421-7130.  Chinese – Takeout / Delivery (fee +$1.75).  Hours:  Mon-Sat: 11am-9:30pm.  Information,  Menu 

    Jimmy John’s – 1133 W Taylor  (at S May – 0.5 mi. from UIC Pavilion) – (312) 666-3666.  Sandwiches.  Takeout / Delivery / Online Ordering.  Hours: Daily: 10:30am-10pm.  Menu, Online Ordering

    Sophia’s Pizza – 1132 W Taylor (Between S May & S Racine – 0.5 mi. from UIC Pavilion) - (312) 432-0045.  Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri: 11am-12am, Sat: 12pm-12am, Sun: 12pm-10pm.  Pizza, Cheese-steaks, Paninis, Calzones, Salads, etc.  On-line orders and delivery is available.  Menu 

    Chicago’s Busy Burger – 1120 W Taylor (at S May – 0.5 mi. from UIC Pavilion) – (312) 226-7760.  Char-broiled Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Vienna Hot Dogs, Sides, etc.  Takeout / Delivery ($ 15.00 minimum order - fee +$2.95).  Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-12am.  Information

    Chez Joel Bistro – 1119 W Taylor (at S May St - 0.5mi. from UIC Pavilion) - (312) 226-6479.  French Bistro serving lunch, dinner, brunch.  Hours:  Tue-Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 3pm-9pm.  Website

     Al’s Beef - 1079 West Taylor (Between S Carpenter & S Aberdeen St – 0.6 mi. from UIC Pavilion) – (312) 226-4017.  Italian Beef, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs – Carryout/Dine In, Cash Only.  Hours - Mon-Sat: 9am-1am.  Website,   Menu



    Great Nearby Places

    Historic Connie’s PizzaNot too much of a drive (about 3 miles) – PLENTY of FREE PARKING for both Cars and Buses!  Online ordering and Delivery are also available.

    Directions:  South on Racine to Roosevelt.  Turn Left (East).  Continue on Roosevelt until S. Canal Street then turn Right at S. Archer.  Phone:  (312) 326-3443.  Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-12am Sun: 12pm-10pm.  Website


    Hardware Stores

    There are several hardware stores located in the general vicinity of the UIC Pavilion. Here are the closest ones:

     Wacker Hardware Company1025 West Jackson Boulevard - (312) 733-6070.  This store location is about 0.3 miles northeast of the UIC Pavilion.

    ACE Hardware312 West Adams Street - (312) 726-7777.  This store location is just over 1 mile east of the UIC Pavilion. I would call ahead to this location to see if they have what you need. There have been some complaints about this location, but it is the closest ACE Hardware store. The ACE Hardware store listed below has better reviews.

    Gordons ACE Hardware440 North Orleans Street - (312) 527-4200.  This is the next closest ACE Hardware store. It is located just over 2 miles northeast of the UIC Pavilion.

    Chicago Wholesale Hardware171 North Halsted Street - (312) 782-2296.  This store location is about 1-mile northeast of the UIC Pavilion.

    The Home Depot1300 South Clinton Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 850-4836.  This store location is just over 1-mile southeast of the UIC Pavilion.  They have a convenient and free parking lot, in addition to street parking.


    Copy Centers

    These are the copy centers located closest to the UIC Pavilion.

    The UPS Store1137 West Taylor Street - (312) 226-8700

    FedEx Office Print and Ship Center127 South Clinton Street - (312) 559-1324



    Target1101 West Jackson Blvd. - (312) 279-3340


    Midwest Regional Guide

    Team #71 - Team Hammond prepared this guide a couple years ago for visitors to Chicago, that gives some useful local information.

    Click here for the Midwest Regional Guide.

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