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Travel Info

2-Day Mobilization
If possible, we encourage allies outside of Chicago to join us on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th (through the end of the Carnaval).

Together with our Chicago area allies, we are making every effort possible to provide floor space (free of charge) to individuals and groups who are joining us from afar. Accommodations will be simple – floor space in a congregation or community space and the use of their facilities (bathrooms and in some instances, showers). To request free lodging, please send an e-mail to Brent at brent(at)sfalliance.org or call 512-736-6852. The deadline for housing registration is FRIDAY, APRIL 6th.

Meals will not be provided, however, if you’re coming with a large group, we would be happy to assist you in finding inexpensive local restaurants and grocery stores. Please e-mail Brent at brent(at)sfalliance.org or call 512-736-6852 for more info.

Travel by Air
Fly into Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) or Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Chicago Midway is closer to downtown Chicago, but both airports have easily-accessible public transportation into the city. If you plan to fly and would like to know where you can meet up with the CIW and other allies, please contact Brent at brent(at)sfalliance.org or 512-736-6852.

Travel by Ground
There are many caravans traveling to Chicago for this historic mobilization. To join a caravan or organize one of your own, please click here.

Public Transportation
Chicago has a very user-friendly and affordable public transportation system. For the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website, click here. For the CTA Trip Planner (this enables you to enter your starting address and destination), click here.

Networking Opportunities

If you, your group or organization would like to share literature and materials at the Carnaval (Sat., April 14th), please register free of charge by sending an e-mail to workers(at)ciw-online.org. This will assure that you have a table space and chairs for your use.

What to Bring

The following is a suggested list of items that you may need or choose to bring:

  • Spending money for food and public transportation
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow
  • Change of weather-appropriate clothes. The weather changes rapidly, so be sure to check the forecast before coming.
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Towel
  • Art, noise makers, signs, banners
  • Information about the group or organization you represent (if applicable)
  • Snacks