General Info

Things You May Want to Know...

Congress Information Desk

The Congress Information Desk will be located in the upstairs in the Damen Student Center in the of the University Campus. For those arriving late to the Congress opening night, there will be someone to talk to upon arriving at the Mundelein Hall on Sunday night at 7:00. For those arriving on Monday or later you will need to go to our office (upstairs in the Damen Center) to get your nametag before going to any events. All Participants Must Wear Their Name Badge Throughout the Congress. 

It will be open as follows:

  • Sunday, July 29 from 9:00 to 5:30  (Registration will take place downstairs in the atrium in the Damen Center)
  • Monday, July 30 to August 4 our office will be open from 8:00-9:30, from 1-2:00 and from 5:30- 6:30
  • Saturday, August 4th  8:00 – 9:00, from 1:30-2:30

Venue Related Information

Recommended Items To Bring: The following items are not provided by Conference Services, so participants may wish to bring their own: alarm clocks, fans, reading lamps, and towels for use at the fitness center. As bathrooms are shared facilities, participants may wish to bring bathrobes and shower sandals. If participants need any items in addition to what is provided, we encourage them to bring their own or ask upon arrival where items can be purchased.

Available Upon Request: Iron and ironing board, pots/pans and cooking utensils, hangers, hairdryer, alarm clock. Must be requested 7 business days in advance.

An umbrella, good shoes, hat, sunscreen, adaptors for US plugs.

Recreation: You are welcome to use the facilities at the Halas Sports Center and indoor swimming pool.  The daily rate is $15 per person/per day. We are working on getting a week pass.  The university does not provide towels or locker padlocks for use at the Halas Sports Center.  You should plan to provide your own towels and/or locker padlocks.

Parking: All vehicles on campus must have a parking permit.  The cost associated with parking is $7 per day.

Pets: Pets are not allowed in any buildings on campus, including residence halls. Animals that assist our disabled guests are the only exception to this policy and must be reported to your Conference Coordinator prior to arrival. If you are bringing an animal that will assist you please let us know by July 10, 2018

Internet Access: All residence halls are equipped with wireless connectivity. In order to connect a laptop to the campus network, a username and password will be given. The fee for the internet access for the Congress stay is $10 per device.  Please be advised that you might want to make sure that all laptops have recently installed all appropriate updates (ex: virus protection software and Windows) in order to register your computer into the Loyola system. There will also be a bank of computers available for our guests on campus downstairs in the Damen Center.

Breakfast and Coffee Shops

Ann Sather, 1147 W Granville Ave

Metropolis Coffee Company, 1039 W Granville Ave

Ellipsis Coffeehouse, 1259 W Devon Ave

Clarkes Rogers Park, 6431 N Sheridan Rd

Five Guys, 6477 N Sheridan Rd

Quick Bites

Potbelly Sandwiches, 6464 N Sheridan Rd

Chipotle, 6600 N Sheridan Rd

Restaurants and Bars

bopNgrill (Burgers, Korean) 6604 N Sheridan Rd

Indie Café (Thai, Sushi)  5951 N Broadway St

Cellars Bar and Grill (American) 5900 N Broadway St

Moody’s Pub (American Pub)  5910 N Broadway St

Dak (Korean, Korean Chicken Wings) 1104 W Granville Ave

Revival Social Club (American)  1133 W Granville Ave

Ethiopian Diamond (Ethiopian) 6120 N Broadway St

The Thai Grill (Thai)  1040 W Granville Ave

Ghareeb Nawaz (Indian) 2032 W Devon Ave

Uru-Swati (Indian)  2629 W Devon Ave

Hollywood Beach (Also known as Osterman Beach) Take some time to enjoy the beach! Just a short walk away from Loyola, Hollywood Beach is a local hot spot for during the warmer months. Bring a towel, and a picnic and relax while looking at the lake, dip your toes in the water or go for a swim!

Tourist Information

Here are a couple of great sites to use to find out more about what to do in Chicago on your day off. Where to get tickets for things like the Sky Deck in Chicago. Book ahead!

Chose Chicago: Let’s you know what is happening in Chicago the week of the Congress. Like shows, restaurants, and other things to do.

Go Chicago: Get discounted tickets for museums and other attractions.

Emergency Telephone Contact

If you are in a serious emergency situation call 911.  For general information, please contact the Congress Office or information desk. Carol Prentice’s cell is 805-798-3929, I am happy to help.

Emergencies should be directed to Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or 911.

Hospitals/Urgent Care:

Saint Francis Hospital of Evanston

 355 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

 (847) 316-4000

Open 24 hours

Physicians Immediate Care – Edgewater

6140 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

(773) 435-9028

Monday               8AM–8PM

Tuesday               8AM–8PM

Wednesday        8AM–8PM

Thursday             8AM–8PM

Friday                  8AM–8PM

Saturday              8AM–4PM         

Sunday                8AM–4PM

Useful phone numbers:

  • Police: 911
  • Fire Department: 911
  • Medical emergency: 911

Congress Badge

Your Congress Badge is your admission ticket to all of the Congresses events.  Please wear it at all times, or you may be refused admission to Congress events in the Mundelein Hall, CL Sessions, Workshops, Evening Events, etc…


Numerous banking facilities and ATM can be found. We will update this as time gets closer.

Currency & Exchange

The monetary unit of USA is the Dollar. 100 cents equals one Dollar. Foreign currency and traveler’s cheques are exchanged in banks and at the two airports. This is probably where you will get the best exchange for your dollar.

Shops in the Area

Loyola University is located in Rogers Park. Shops are generally open from 8:00 or 9:00 to 5.00 pm from Monday to Saturday (with an interval of one or two hours). Some, but not all, shops are open on Sunday 12:00 – 5.00.

Banks are open from 9:00 to 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday and Saturdays generally from 9-2:00.

Chicago weather:

Summertime in Chicago is generally nice. It can be hot and humid, but the lakeshore location moderates this! There can be occasional showers. We will keep you posted as we get closer to July 29, 2018!

You can always check out the Weather Here


Loyola University classroom equipment

digital projector, dvd player, cd player, etc…

If you will be using the University’s audio or visual equipment (digital projector, DVD player, CD player, etc.) for your congress workshop, please come back to this page as we will be updating it with any information you may need.

Laptops and cables for presentations

If you will be using a digital projector for your workshop or presentation, please bring your own laptop or iPad / tablet that you will run your presentation program on. We will not have laptops or computers available for use. Since there are so many styles of laptops, be sure that your laptop has a VGA (female) out port or an adaptor to connect to a VGA (male) cable that will go to the projector.

Don’t forget plug adaptors that fit the standard U.S. electrical sockets used in the United States if you are coming from afar. Also please bring your own laser pointer if you wish to use one.

Nearer the Congress, we will display here the name of the person who will be handling the equipment questions in the University classrooms.

Head books & floor coverings

As with all Congresses, it is impossible to provide books and floor coverings for everyone.  Please bring with you something that you can use underneath your head when lying down so that you can use it in multiple workshops. Many of the workshop rooms have hardwood and some will be carpeted but it is best if you can bring a mat or blanket with you. Thank you!


For your safety and those, you may be working with please help us be absolutely sure any tables you use are completely set up and locked into place. They may be taken up and down during the week. We will provide a yoga blanket for the tables.


Please be on time for all the events. It can be disruptive to walk into the Main Hall, CL Sessions and Workshops or Panel discussions late.   Please start and end your workshops on time, as your attendees may need to move on to the next event. When leaving the rooms please make sure the chairs are put back and the room is left tidy. There will be someone coming in each night to clean.

Personal Responsibility

Neither ATCA, Alexander Technique Congress Association, the current Congress Directors nor any of its agencies can accept any responsibility for any accident, injury, illness, damage or loss howsoever caused to any person attending or involved with the 11th International  Alexander Technique Congress.

Please travel with your Health Insurance card and other important information that we can get easily should we need to.


Neither the Directors nor any of the congress helpers can accept any responsibility for any loss or injury resulting from any cancellation or failure of any Congress presenters or entertainers.