International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Hotel and Travel


Palmer House Hilton

17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL, USA
General Guest Phone: +1-312-726-7500
Guest Fax: +1-312-917-1707

While we are past the reservation period, some rooms may still be available. Call 312-726-7500, ask for “in house” reservations and reference the SSA block.

Get deals and tips for enjoying Chicago as an ISTSS Annual Meeting attendee.

When you stay at the Palmer House Hilton, you’re in the heart of downtown Chicago. The world's best food. The world's best museums. Architecture that awes. And enough shopping for days. Find it all in Chicago. With events every weekend, plus live music, theatre and comedy every night — Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement all year.

ISTSS has negotiated a special rate of $239 per night, single or double occupancy (complimentary Internet included). Rooms and rates are based on availability and subject to state and local fees/taxes (which are currently 16.4% per room).

All reservations require a first night room deposit, or guests can guarantee reservations with a major credit card. Your credit card will not be charged prior to arrival. Make any necessary cancellations at least 48 hours before the scheduled date of arrival to avoid a cancellation charge. Hotel check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Airport Transportation Information

O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is 18 miles and approximately 35 to 60 minutes by car from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. The estimated taxi fare is $55 (one way).

Midway Airport (MDW) is 12 miles and approximately 25 to 60 minutes by car from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. The estimated taxi fare is $40 (one way).

When taking public transportation from O’Hare International Airport, take the Blue Line train to Monroe/Dearborn stop. Take Monroe east to the hotel. The Palmer House is on the south side of the street. From Midway Airport, take the Orange Line from Midway to downtown. Get off at the Adams/Wabash stop. The Palmer House is located on the west side of Wabash Avenue.

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental service for the ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting. An advanced reservation is recommended.  For online reservations visit the Avis booking link for ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting or call +1-800-331-1600 and indicate ISTSS Worldwide Discount number J991745, to receive special pricing. This discount will be effective from seven days prior to the event until seven days after the event.   


There are several options for parking at the Palmer House Hilton. You can find the information here.

Weather and Meeting Attire

Chicago has an average high temperature of 50° Fahrenheit in early November, with an average low temperature of 35° Fahrenheit. Attire for the conference is business casual. Because meeting room temperatures sometimes fluctuate, attendees may wish to bring a sweater or jacket.

Foreign Visas

Travelers attending the meeting from qualified countries to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less may be eligible to visit the United States without a visa. Currently, 38 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Visitors entering on the VWP may not work or study while in the United States and may not stay longer than 90 days or change their status to another category. Visitors entering on the VWP must have machine-readable passports. Travelers without machine-readable passports will need to apply for a visa to enter the United States. For more information about obtaining a visa, visit the US Government Website.

The U.S Customs and Border Protection has issued an Immigration Advisory Notice with regards to new U.S immigration entry requirements affecting the nationals of the following countries:
Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen
Nationals from these countries may travel to the U.S. only if they are in possession of a permanent resident card (Green card) or any of the below visas:
• A1 & A2 (Government Officials and immediate family)
• C2 (Travel to U.N.)
• G1 & G2 (Representative & employees of international organizations)
• G3 & G4 (Representatives to and employees of international organizations)
For more information, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site.