Helping Your Family Find Home Away from Home

Hotel Amenities | Nursing Moms | Family Restaurants | White Sox Tickets | Local Parks | Drugstores | Hospitals



Assistance to help defray 60 percent (up to $300 of support) for childcare during the MPSA Annual Conference is offered to attendees who are current members of the MPSA (with an annual income below $75,000) and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Access the application to view the rules surrounding the scholarship.The March 10, 2017 deadline has passed. 



Palmer House Hotel

Call (312) 726-7500 to add any of these family-friendly amenities to your reservation:

Chicago Hilton

Call (312) 922-4400 to add any of these family-friendly amenities to your reservation:

  • Children’s menu at 720 South Grill and other menus.
  • Cribs, cots and high chairs
  • Pool: Hours are M-Thurs 5am- 9pm, Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 6am-9pm
  • Concierge Desk (312) 786-6210



We have set aside a room for nursing mothers during the conference. If you wish to use the room, please check in at the conference registration desk for room location and access information when you arrive onsite. The nursing mothers room is located only at the Palmer House hotel. The MPSA nursing mothers’ room is proud to offer:

  • Refrigerator and Disposable Instant Cold Ice Pads
  • Wipes
  • Disposable Burp Cloths
  • Disposable Nursing Pads
  • Boppy
  • Disposable Pump and Go Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lanolin Cream
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and juices




Here are listings of family-friendly restaurants to make your family night out easier:

Activities in Chicago April 2017 - Coming soon!



The White Sox are offering specially priced tickets to members of the Midwest Political Science Association along with their families and friends. View pricing details (.pdf).

  • Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: Thursday, April 6th 2017 – 1:10 P.M.    
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins: Friday, April 7th 2017 – 7:10 P.M.
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins: Saturday, April 8th 2017 – 1:10 P.M.
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins: Sunday, April 9th 2017 – 1:10 P.M




Chicago Metro Map | Things to Do in Chicago

Millennium Park
241-299 E Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 742-1168
Millennium Park is located on the east side of downtown, bordered on the west by Michigan Avenue, on the east by Columbus Drive, on the north by Randolph Street, and on the south by Monroe Street. Primary Chicago public transportation to the park is either the Michigan Avenue CTA bus #151, or the Red Line subway train, Randolph stop. Admission to Millennium Park is free, and is open daily from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Lake Shore Park
808 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 742-7891
Lake Shore Park offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities - including tennis courts, a quarter mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds, and a playground. Inside is a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center, and meeting rooms. Admission to Millennium Park is free, and is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

Maggie Daley Park
337 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-3000
The former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site has been transformed into Maggie Daley Park, a magnificent lakefront recreation center. Visit to learn more about the park and all its features and center operating hours. Park Hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Park 574
2540 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612
This colorful play lot boasts fun for all ages. Big kids will love the zipline, 22-foot slide and pummel horses, while little ones will appreciate the rubbery surface, raised play structures and various things to climb on. Adults aren't left out, either: There's a walking path complete with fitness circuit equipment. When warm weather hits, there is also a natural stone water-spray area.



 CVS - Store #3674


0.13 mi

Store & Photo Hours:
M-F 06:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Pharmacy Hours:
M-F 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

 CVS - Store #8699


0.2 mi
CHICAGO, IL 60603 312-609-1215

Store & Photo Hours:
M-F 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sun 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Pharmacy Hours:
M-F 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

MinuteClinic Hours:
M-F 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 227-4000

City of Hope
20 North Upper Wacker Drive # 1530, Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 781-9290

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 926-2000