LICS 2005 - Local Information


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Reception

LICS 2005 will kick off with a reception at 6pm in the University Center of Chicago, on Saturday June 25.


Registration

Registration for dorm accomodation is now over, but last-minute registration for the conference and workshops is still open.


Important Dates


Program

A preliminary program and a list of short papers are available.


Workshops

Logic and Computational Complexity: June 24th - 25th 2005.

Intuitionistic Modal Logics and Applications: June 30th 2005.

Foundations of Computer Security: June 30th - July 1st 2005.

Quantum Programming Languages: June 30th - July 1st 2005.


Accommodation

Conference participants have the choice of two places to stay: the Club Quarters Central Loop hotel, or the University Center of Chicago dormitory. Both locations are a short walk from the conference location, as well as the Symphony Center, the Art Institute, Sears Tower and Grant Park.

Club Quarters Central Loop

CQ

The Club Quarters, Central Loop hotel is primarily aimed at business travelers, and features a fitness center, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Club Quarters Central Loop for the dates of June 25th to June 29th, with a smaller number of rooms reserved for workshop attendees June 23rd to July 1st. These rooms are guaranteed until May 1st. Attendees should book their rooms directly with the Club Quarters, saying they are with DePaul University, and use booking code DEP624. We recommend booking your room with the Club Quarters before registering for the conference, to ensure availability.

Rates are $112/night before tax.

Club Quarters Central Loop
111 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Telephone: +1 312 214-6400
Fax: +1 312 214-6401
Google Map of Club Quarters.

University Center of Chicago

UCC

The University Center of Chicago has suites of rooms, which are occupied by students during the academic year. Two-room suites and four-room suites are available. The two-room suites consist of two bedrooms with a shared bathroom (see the floor plan for details), and will be shared by two LICS attendees. The four-room suites consist of four bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, and a shared kitchen and lounge (see the floor plan for details), and will be shared by four LICS attendees. These rooms are guaranteed until May 20th.

Attendees should book their room on the LICS 2005 registration site.

Rates are $47.50/night before tax.

University Center of Chicago
525 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Google Map of UCC.

Conference Venue

CTI

The LICS conference will be held in the University Center of Chicago:

University Center of Chicago
525 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

The associated workshops will be held in the Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI) building:

CTI, DePaul University
243 South Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60604

Google Map of CTI.


Travel

Arriving at O'Hare International Airport

Information about the airport can be found at the O'Hare web site.

Google Directions from O'Hare to the UCC.

Arriving at Midway Airport

Information about the airport can be found at the Midway Airport web site.

Google Directions from Midway to the UCC.


Dining

Dinner

Chicago is not lacking for good restaurants, although the Loop is mainly a business district, and is somewhat dead at night. Most of the Loop restaurants listed in the Lunch section are open for dinner as well. A short El ride will take you to neighborhoods with more dining options:

Lunch

Lunch is not included in LICS, but the Loop has plenty of great lunch spots, including take out:

or sit-down restaurants:

The sit-down restaurants are in rough order of fanciness and likelihood that you'll need a reservation.

If you grab take out, then there are excellent outdoor spaces on top of the DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson), in the UCC, or just next to the Art Institute (111 S. Michigan) to enjoy Chicago's summer.

Banquet

The LICS banquet will be held at Maggiano's at 6.30pm on Tuesday June 28:

Maggiano's Little Italy
516 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-644-7700

Google Map of Maggiano's.

To get to Maggiano's from the conference, you can either take a taxi or take the Red Line El Train north to Grand: the restaurant is a couple of minute's walk West of the station.

Taste of Chicago

On June 24-July 4 2005, Chicago is hosting the annual Taste of Chicago event in Grant Park, which is about a ten minute walk due East from the conference, along the lake shore. This is a huge festival (the second largest attraction in Chicago) including over 70 restaurants, live music, and a very festive atmosphere.

You may want to spend an evening having dinner at the festival, rather than at a sit-down restaurant. If you're fast, you might even make it to the lake and back during a lunch break.

The festival may also result in downtown Chicago being busier with tourists than it usually is!


Getting around Chicago

Walking

Chicago is a very easy city to navigate, as it is built on a very regular grid system, with an origin at the intersection of State (which runs north-south) and Madison (which runs east-west). Every 200 yards, there is a majorish street, and the building numbers increment by 100. So if you know that Jackson is at 300 South, then to find the DePaul Center (55 East Jackson) you just walk North-South until you are at 0 East, and East-West until you are at 300 South, and you're within 200 yards of your destination. With a few exceptions (for example, the river, and some diagonal streets) this grid system stretches out to the city limits.

Chicago's lake front is a short walk from the LICS location: walk east until you're at Lake Michigan. Buckingham Fountain is just to your south, Millennium Park is just to your north. The walkway along the lake front stretches about 8 miles to the north, and 8 miles to the south.

Public Transport

Chicago has an excellent public transport system, thanks to the Chicago Transit Authority. Fares are a flat $1.75, with a $0.25 transfer fee. Tickets are purchased at ticket machines at every El station, using the electronic Chicago Card.

Most of the time, you'll want to avoid traffic and take the El train, but there are plenty of buses as well. Tickets are interchangeable between the buses and El trains.

There is also a Metra commuter train service, but you are unlikely to need it unless you want to take a trip to the University of Chicago (in which case, get on at the Van Buren and Michigan stop and get off at 55th-56th-57th Street).

Driving

Don't drive. Really. Just don't do it. Parking will cost you almost as much as your rental car. There's no shortage of taxis.


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