Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Couple Pieces of Info

To make reservations at the Marriott, you can also click on this link - Marriott - and make your reservations on-line.  Of course you can also call the phone numbers listed on the February 15th post.  All other details can be found on the February 15th post as well.

Also, I need to make a correction to yesterday's post.  Cancellations do not need to be made by June 23rd.  You have until 6:00 p.m. the day of your arrival to cancel without penalty.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hotel is Ready for Reservations

We finally have everything at the hotel set up and ready for reservations.  Here are the details.

Chicago Marriott O'Hare
8535 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL

We currently have a block of 15 rooms set up for TAFRU.  The rate is $89 per night and $12 per night parking fees.   

Reservations should be made directly with Marriott reservations by calling:

1-800-228-9290 or 773-693-4444

When making your reservation, tell the you are part of the TAFRU group.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card, but no charges to the card will be made until your stay.  You will have until 5:00 p.m., June 23, 2011 to make your reservation and any cancellations must also be completed by 5:00 p.m., June 23, 2011.  There will be no charges for cancellations.

Any rooms remaining in the block will be released for general sale at the regular room rate.  We are encouraging families who plan to attend TAFRU to make their reservations as soon as possible.  Not only will you be assured room availability, but it will also assist us in determining if additional rooms need to be added to the block.

The rooms are being made available for the evenings of July 15 and 16.  However, any family who wishes to extended their stay in Chicago can reserve their room for 3 days prior or 3 days after the event for the negotiated rate of $89 per night and $12 per night parking fee.  The additional nights are based upon availability, so we again encourage you to make your reservations in advance if you plan to extend your stay.

For those families requiring or wanting more space, you can contact the following hotel:

Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare
6155 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois

Unfortunately, due to the booking requirements of the Marriott Suites, we were unable to obtain a group rate.  If, however, we have at least 10 families confirm their stay at the Marriott Suites, we can approach the hotel and request a lower group rate.  Therefore, if you do book a room at the Marriott Suites, please let one of the planning committee members know so we can keep an eye on the number of reservations made.  We again ask that you make your reservations as soon as possible as this is strictly based on availability.

Also, there is free shuttle service between the Chicago Marriott O'Hare and the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare, so transportation between the two hotels will not be a problem. 

For those traveling to TAFRU by air, the Marriott will provide free shuttle service from and to O'Hare International Airport.

Another note about the hotel location - There is an El station just across the parking lot from the Chicago Marriott O'Hare.  It is about a 30 minute ride into downtown Chicago and tickets can be purchased at the station.  So for those wanting to extend their stay in Chicago to take in the sights, you will not need a vehicle and we would recommend that you take advantage of the wonderful public transportation system in Chicago during your stay.

If anyone has any questions, please leave a comment and one of the committee members will respond asap.

We are working on some exciting things for TAFRU this year and hope to meet many of you this summer.