Hotel and Travel Information

The 2018 SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition will take place at the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel in downtown Chicago. The magnificent French Empire-style structure dates back more than 140 years to the Gilded Age and has undergone a $170 million renovation in the past decade to include modern 21st-century amenities.

The SAIA has arranged for a discounted room rate of $229 per night (not included taxes) for all meeting attendees. The deadline to make your reservation is June 10, 2018. Rooms will only be held until June 10 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. After this date, rooms are subject to availability and higher rates may apply.

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
TEL: 312.726.7500

To make your reservation, go to You can also call the hotel directly at 312-726-7500. Do not use any third-party providers to make your reservations.



Various telemarketing firms with names like Global Housing Services Corporation, National Travel Associates, Elite Expo, Travel Era, Expo Rooms, and others have contacted SAIA attendees to solicit hotel reservations for the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition. These companies usually say that this is the last day to get discounted rates, block is about to be sold out, or some other scare tactic. NONE of these companies are affiliated with SAIA or The Palmer House Hilton, and they are not authorized to book rooms in the name of SAIA.

National Travel Associates have been contacting various members recently. What they are saying is not true. Please use the SAIA link above to book your rooms. If there is information on the hotel that SAIA needs to communicate with you it will be done through headquarters staff. There is great risk in booking hotel rooms through telephone marketers. Companies have been known to cancel reservations once they have the credit card information.

The only secure method of reserving rooms for SAIA at the negotiated rate is by booking through the SAIA/Palmer House Hilton. Any and all phone calls and correspondence received from anyone (other than SAIA) offering to make room reservations should be ignored and reported immediately to SAIA headquarters at 816.595.4860.

Why Stay at the Host Hotel?

It's the center of conference activity, that's why! You'll be able to network easily with other conference attendees. It's a quick trip from your room to get to the general sessions, exhibit hall, and receptions! But, there are other reasons to consider before you look at another hotel.

The SAIA conference team as well as the SAIA leadership have taken their role of finding a conference site very seriously. They've looked at a number of locations, taken into consideration the needs of attendees, and considered the options for conference meeting spaces. Hotel room rates are then negotiated based on the number of expected attendees and the meeting space required to comfortably accommodate everyone.

If the program does not meet the contracted sleeping room commitment, the unfilled sleeping rooms can cost the association thousands of dollars; this puts pressure on the staff and leadership to increase registration fees for the following year.

So stay with us. Use the provided passkey link to book your room directly in the SAIA Convention room block. We think you’ll find the host property to be top-notch!


Planes, trains, and automobiles: take your pick when it comes to getting to Chicago. Centrally located in the Midwest, you could just as easily fly, ride, or drive yourself to the city – of course the last one depending on where you’re coming from and how long a road trip you want to make!

Two airports service Chicago, and both offer ground and rail transportation options to the hotel.


Chicago-O’Hare International Airport
Distance from hotel: 18 mi.
Drive time: 35-60 min.

Chicago Midway Airport
Distance from hotel: 12 mi.
Drive time: 30-45 min.


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.


Follow signs for I-190 out of O’Hare airport. Take I-190 to I-90/94 east (Kennedy Expressway). Take I-90/94 to Monroe Street exit, turn left on Monroe Street (East), Approximately 8 blocks to The Palmer House Hilton. Hotel is on the right.

From Midway, go north on Cicero Avenue. Take Stevenson Expressway (I-55) Northeast to Kennedy Expressway (I-90) West. Exit Monroe Street, turn right (East), 8 blocks to The Palmer House Hilton. Hotel is on the right.