Directions to the Westin Chicago Northwest

400 Park Blvd, Itasca, IL 60143

GETTING TO CHICAGOPEX '18

The accompanying map shows the Westin Chicago Northwest as a circled asterisk on Park Boulevard, just north of Thorndale Avenue. Thorndale, however, remains badly ripped up, being turned into the access road to the eastward extension of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway [I-390]. Thorndale is also shown as a major exit off of I-290, just west of the hotel - but that doesn't easily get you to the hotel [whose instructions and map on their website are inaccurate].

Currently, there is no exit from the remains of Thorndale to northbound Park Boulevard - the route we have previously used to get to the hotel. You must reach the hotel coming south on Park Boulevard from Devon Avenue.

FROM O'HARE AIRPORT & CHICAGO & I-294:

If you are coming from O'Hare Airport, or from downtown Chicago, or from I-294 [the Tri-State Expressway, whether coming south from Wisconsin or north from Indiana], take I-90 [the Jane Adams Tollway] westbound. Two exits off I-90 are marked with red arrows: Elmhurst Road [Route 83] and Arlington Heights Road [a more winding route]. If you take the southbound Elmhurst Road exit, Devon Avenue is about six stoplights south, the first road after you cross the railroad tracks; turn right on Devon, head west to Park Boulevard, then make a left turn onto Park Boulevard [you will see the hotel]. This route is marked with a red-and-yellow line.

FROM I-290 [& I-355]:

If you approach the hotel using I-290 [which joins I-355 to the south], do not take the Thorndale Exit. Instead, exit eastward at Biesterfield Road [about a mile north], head east to Arlington Heights Road and turn right [south]. This connects you to Devon Avenue; turn right on Devon, head west to Park Boulevard, then make a left turn onto Park Boulevard. This route is marked with a green line. [You could also exit westbound at Biesterfield; just west of the expressway, make a left onto Rohlwing Road, then a quick left onto Devon - and, just over the expressway, the first light is Park Ave, where you make a right turn to the hotel].

DO NOT USE NEW I-390:

The new extension of I-390 eastward from the junction with I-290 is an all-electronic tollway - with VERY HIGH toll rates, but no toll booths or cash boxes. If you do not have a transponder for use with the Illinois I-PASS system, you will be flagged for an unpaid toll, to be dealt with as follows: "Drivers with an unpaid toll should make note of the toll collection location by identifying the toll plaza name, route or nearest milepost - then go online to make payment at www.illinoistollway.com, or pay by mail within the "7-day grace period". While an exit from I-390 to Park Ave is planned, it is not now constructed - so you will have to exit further east, then wind your way back west to the hotel on poorly-marked roadways under construction.

VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

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From downtown Chicago, a Milwaukee District West Metra train will take you to the transit stop near Irving Park Road, shown by the notation "Downtown Itasca." If you call the hotel [630-773-4000], they will send a shuttle for you. If you want to take a taxi from the station to the hotel, the taxi should head north on Arlington Heights Road, then left onto Devon and left onto Park.