Helping Your Family Find Home Away from Home
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MPSA offers Childcare Scholarships to help defray the cost of childcare for parents/ guardians that are current members of MPSA, registered, attending the Conference, and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Childcare must be provided on site, using a bonded, insured childcare provider referred by the Conference Hotel (e.g. American Child Care Inc.). This service must be arranged by the parent or guardian. Per American Child Care, Inc., each childcare worker is required to pass a background check, reference check, and drug test. All ACC staff must be certified in infant and toddler CPR. The website recommends making childcare reservations at least two weeks in advance, childcare may not be available if you wait until later to make reservations.
Reimbursement is made after the conference, when MPSA is provided with an itemized copy of the receipt the parent/guardian receives from the childcare service and within the guideline hours. MPSA will not pay any fees incurred for the parent or guardian canceling the service. After reimbursement, the final cost to the parent/guardian will equal to approximately $7 per hour, per child. Please see scholarship application for additional detail.
Palmer House Hotel
Call (312) 726-7500 to add any of these family-friendly amenities to your reservation:
- Children's Menu at Lockwood Restaurant
- Cribs, cots and high chairs
- Microwaves on the 8th, 12th, 17th and 20th floors in the ice machine areas
- Pool: Unfortunately, the pool is currently closed for renovations.
- Room Service: Room service is available for dinner only.
- Family Tour: History is Hott!! Tour
- Concierge Desk (312) 917-3477
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. Room amenities include:
- Boppy Pillow
- Baby Wipes
- Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
- Disposable Diaper Sacks/Diaper Bags, Unscented, Anti-Mircobial
- Medela Pump and Save Breastmilk Bags
- Disposable Changing Pads
- Lanolin Cream
Here are listings of family-friendly restaurants to make your family night out easier:
Chicago Activities for Kids (pdf)
The White Sox are offering specially priced tickets to members of the Midwest Political Science Association along with their families and friends
- Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners: Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 1:10 pm
- Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins: Sunday, April 8, 2019 – 1:10 pm
The Chicago Bulls are offering specially priced tickets to members of the Midwest Political Science Association along with their families and friends.
Chicago Bulls vs. 76ers
United Center, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm
(NOTE to international attendees per Chicago Bulls administration: If you are having trouble completing your ticket purchase for Chicago Bulls tickets, please use the US address for the United Center as your billing address and the charge should go through. The address is: 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-2459)
On this special night, all MPSA members, family and friends have the opportunity to purchase Chicago Bulls tickets at half price.
100 Level Baseline: $80.64 - Discounted from $135.52
200 Level Baseline: $70.56 - Discounted from $100.80
300 Level Corner, Rows 1-7: $29.12 - Discounted from $58.24
300 Level Baseline Rows 8-17: $25.76 - Discounted from $50.40
Note: Ticket prices include 12% city/county tax amusement tax.
Tickets are limited so be sure to act fast!
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Chicago Metro Map | Things to Do in Chicago
241-299 E Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL 60602
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
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
The former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site has been transformed into Maggie Daley Park, a magnificent lakefront recreation center. Visit maggiedaleypark.com to learn more about the park and all its features and center operating hours. Park Hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
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
105 SOUTH WABASH AVENUE
CHICAGO, IL 60603
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
M-F 06:30 AM - 07:00 PM
CVS - Store #8699
137 SOUTH STATE STREET
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
M-F 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
M-F 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
City of Hope
20 North Upper Wacker Drive # 1530, Chicago, IL 60606
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611