Room ReservationsPalmer House

Please support MPA by reserving a sleeping room at the Palmer House. If there are a sufficient number of reservations, MPA gets its large block of conference meeting rooms without cost. Staying at the hotel also makes it easier for you to get to morning sessions and to stay late for social hours.  And the Palmer House is a beautiful place to stay!

The Palmer House has a specific number of sleeping rooms set aside for MPA members to reserve. You should be able to get a room up to the cutoff date for reservations, April 7, 2015. To reserve a room, click here.The room rate that is on the reservation link is the convention rate at the Palmer House.   

If you attempt to reserve a room before this date, and the reservation systems informs you that no more are available, send an email to the MPA convention manager, Dr. Phil Finney (pfinney@semo.edu), who will work with the Palmer House to correct the issue.  Also, please do not use the Palmer House (Hilton) phone reservation system to make your reservation. Personnel at the phone bank have been known to associate callers with the wrong meeting at the wrong rate.

A very limited number of sleeping rooms have been set aside for undergraduate students at a great discount. MPA members should not reserve these rooms.  Keep in mind that these rooms are smaller than normal, which is why they are available at a reduced rate.  These student-rate rooms are taken very quickly.  If you are a student attempting to reserve one of these rooms, and the reservation system tells you that there are no more rooms available, you will have to reserve a standard room at the conference rate through the “Attendee” link on the actual registration page.  Find this on the initial Palmer House reservation page.  The link to this is two paragraphs above this at “click here."


The Palmer House is located in downtown Chicago (i.e., the Loop) at 17 E. Monroe Street, between State and Wabash. The phone number is (312)726-7500.

Trains To/From Airport

From O'Hare International Airport, take the Blue Line train to Monroe/Dearborn stop. Take Monroe east to the hotel, about three blocks. The Palmer House is on the south side of the street. One-way fare is $5.

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 right next to the Adams/Wabash stop. One-way fare is $2.25.


If driving from 90/94: Take I-90/94 to Monroe Street exit, turn left on Monroe Street (east), approximately 8 blocks to the Palmer House. Hotel is on the right. If driving from 55: Take Stevenson Expressway (I-55) northeast to Kennedy Expressway (I-90) west. Exit Monroe Street, turn right (east), 8 blocks to the Palmer House. Hotel is on the right.

Parking is available at the Mid-Continental Plaza (55 E. Monroe, across Wabash from the Palmer House). Please contact the Palmer House for the daily rate. You must get your ticket stamped at the Palmer House desk. Two-way valet parking is also available at the Wabash entrance to the hotel. Rates include in/out privileges.Vans can be parked if their height is 6’7” or less. Larger vans can be parked in the surface lot at Van Buren and Wabash (2 blocks south). Additional lots are also available south of the Palmer House. Rates are subject to change.

Contact the MPA Secretary.

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