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Good afternoon all,

** Updated  7 Mar:  valet and self-parking options at conference hotel.
** Updated  7 Mar:  hotel rate corrected.
** Updated 19 Mar:  hotel and gleacher parking urls.
** Updated 3 May:  conference venue details.
** Updated 7 May:  bus transportation update **************************

Here is the FINAL round of information for the May 2002 CSG
Workshops and Meeting to be held May 8th through 10th, 2002
at the University of Chicago.  Please check the CSG web site
 for late-breaking logistical information.

Conference Hotel:
Our hotel is The Allerton Crowne Plaza, 701 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago,
60611.  (Please see
We have a block of 50 rooms at the rate of $169.00 + tax per night 
for a single.  There is a $20 charge for an extra person in a room. 
Check in is 3:00 pm and check out is noon.  Call the hotel directly 
at 312-440-1500 to make your reservation.  If you would like to spend 
Friday and Saturday nights the hotel will extend the rate for you, 
based on availability.

Guest rooms reserved for the Common Solutions Group will be held until
April 6, 2002.  Any reservations not booked by this date will be on
a first-come, first-served basis at the best available rate.

The hotel will provide valet parking services for $32 per night.
Self-parking is available nearby at similar rates.

Nearest Airport:
The nearest airports are O'Hare which is 18 miles and Midway which is 
14 miles from the hotel.

Airport Transportation:
The hotel doesn't have any service to/from the airports.  They recommended
using a "share" cab or the Airport Express located at both airports.

Conference Venue:
The meeting will be held in the University of Chicago Gleacher Center,
(450 North Cityfront Plaza Dr, building phone 312-464-8787, see below
for message phone) on the 4th floor in Room 400.  Registration will be
held in Room 450 (North Lounge).  Messages should be left at 312-464-8705.
Please see

Parking is available within walking distance of the Gleacher Center.
Please see

Conference Meals:
Continental breakfast and break services will be provided for all three
days.  Group lunches and dinners will be provided on Wednesday and
Thursday.   Box lunches will be provided at the close of the CSG
meeting on Friday.

Local Transportation:
Due to potential inclement weather, we have arranged for bus
transportation as follows.  A single bus will be provided at
following times and locations.

Allerton Hotel to Gleacher Center:  bus departs Allerton at 8:15 AM
Gleacher Center to Allerton Hotel:  bus departs Gleacher at 5:15 PM
Allerton Hotel to Saloon Steakhouse:  bus departs Allerton at 6:00 PM
Saloon Steakhouse to Allerton Hotel:  bus departs Steakhouse at 9:00 PM

Allerton Hotel to Gleacher Center:  bus departs Allerton at 7:15 AM
Gleacher Center to Allerton Hotel:  bus departs Gleacher at 5:15 PM
** No bus service to Bice Restaurant (it really is a short walk)

Allerton Hotel to Gleacher Center:  bus departs Allerton at 7:45 AM
** No bus service back to Allerton

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Thank you,

Karen W. Kitchen
Administrative Assistant for CITI, University of Michigan
535 West William St., Third Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4943
734-763-2929, Fax 734-763-4434, Email