Registration is now open! Download the form here: aparegistration2015
Use this pdf map to get your bearings of both the Ravenswood area on the north side as well as the downtown Loop.
Registration is limited to 125 people. Workshop registration is now open!
A keepsake bundle is distributed at each Wayzgoose. Participation is HIGHLY encouraged! Print 100 copies no larger than 9×12″ (can fold to fit this) and send ahead of time to Starshaped Press or bring them with you. Tote bags will be distributed both Thursday evening at hospitality and Friday morning at the Printers’ Row tour. APA members note: keepsake pieces do not count towards APA bundle submissions.
PLEASE BOOK A ROOM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Chicago is popular all year round, especially in the summer months, and there are a number of conferences that weekend. There are two motels that we recommend that offer very reasonable rates. PLEASE feel free to explore hotel options on your own as well as AirBnB. There is a map at the bottom of this page which shows all of the locations for the weekend so you can decide on the best option for you. Keep in mind that most rooms in the city start at $175+ per night.
Also, if city hotels do not fit your budget, consider staying closer to O’HARE AIRPORT (not Midway). This is about a 30-45 minute drive to the north side conference locations, and a little longer to get downtown. There are also CTA trains that go directly to the city.
Most activities throughout the weekend offer ample opportunities for socializing and there are many local establishments to visit as well (bars, restaurants, etc.). By removing all events from one location in a hotel, we not only save money for the group but have the opportunity to truly explore many of the incredible print facilities Chicago has to offer, and who have generously offered their spaces.
Ohio House Motel
600 N. LaSalle Street
GROUP CODE: 5150060 If calling, mention Amalgamated Printers Association
rooms range from $134-$154/night and include breakfast
This motel is right downtown and is close to activities at Columbia College, the School of the Art Institute, the Printers’ Row Walking Tour and public transport (trains and buses). Perfect if you like to be in the middle of everything and don’t have a vehicle. Has complimentary parking.
Heart O’ Chicago Motel NEARLY FULL!
5990 N. Ridge Road
This motel is on the north side of the city in a nice neighborhood not far from the Ravenswood Walking Tour, Friday night’s speaker, all events Saturday and Sunday morning. It is close to buses but not trains, so if you’re not comfortable on buses, don’t plan to sightsee downtown and have a car, this is ideal. Has complimentary parking.
*Virgin Wood Type and Moore Wood Type will host hospitality at this location. Details emailed to participants.
Other hotels you might want to consider:
Best Western downtown
Diplomat Hotel no frills
Days Inn Chicago also known as the rock ‘n roll hotel
Hotel Lincoln a new, more contemporary hotel
The Burnham Jen’s favorite place… old school Chicago style, architecture and class
How to get around
The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) is very user friendly and encompasses a number of bus and train routes. The Brown Line train services all of the places where Goose events take place. They offer 3-day passes good for unlimited rides for $20, and have routes that end at both airports.
Divvy Bikes Chicago now proudly boasts a bike sharing program! Blue Divvy bikes can be seen all over the city and are a fun, economical way to get around and enjoy the city.
Uber This is an app you can use to call for a rideshare at any time, from any place.
Metra If you plan to take Metra up to the Platen Press Museum, this is the route you will need (Union Pacific North Line). It runs from downtown, includes a stop in Ravenswood, and will take you to Zion. There’s an approximate 10-15 minute walk from the train to the Museum.
Car Of course it’s possible to get around by car. Ravenswood is largely residential and easy to park, but you must check for zoning signs, especially along the Ravenswood corridor. Your best bet downtown is to park in a garage as street parking can be exceptionally hard to find and is metered with time limits.