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About the Chicago Cultural Center

The 2008 FamilyFarmed EXPO is a three day gathering of Chicago-area fans of locally grown and responsibly produced food and artisanal goods. Join the crowd and join the fun! Friday’s plenary and seminar sessions feature business-to-business connections. Saturday and Sunday are jampacked with cooking demos and interactive seminars and Kid’s Corner. Over 120 exhibitors offer a wide selection of labeled local food, gifts and lots of useful info. Provision your Thanksgiving table or fill your holiday gift list, while supporting local, family-run businesses.

Chicago Cultural Center 78 East Washington Street, wheelchair access at 77 East Randolph Street

Friday, November 21st 10am to 5pm; Saturday November 22nd 10am to 7pm; Sunday November 23rd 10am to 5pm

Tickets are now available online for $15 per day (a savings of $5 from the price at the door). To order tickets, click here or on the Tickets graphic above

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The 2008 FamilyFarmed EXPO is happening at the Chicago Cultural Center which is located at 78 E. Washington Street and 77 E. Randolph Street in downtown Chicago.

All of the parking facilties listed are within two blocks of the Chicago Cultural Center. The facilities listed below are independent – prices are approximate and not guaranteed.

Grant Park North Garage
Location: Michigan Avenue, between Randolph and Monroe
Entrance: From the north, enter the garage through the Michigan Avenue median, just south of Randolph. From the south, the garage entrance is in the median just north of Monroe. Park in the north end of the garage and use the Randolph Street exit, which is accessible through the Pedway directly into the Randolph Street lobby of the Cultural Center. Pedestrian entrance to the garage is also at 25 N. Michigan at Washington.
Phone: 312-616-0600

60 E. Randolph Street
Location: On Randolph between Michigan and Wabash
Entrance: On Wabash between Lake and Randolph
Phone: 312-236-7748
Wabash Randolph Self Park
Location: 30 E. Randolph
Entrance: On Randolph between Wabash and State, or on Wabash between Lake and Randolph
Phone: 312-986-6863

Millennium Park Garage
Location: On Columbus Ave. between Monroe and Randolph
Entrance: Northbound and Southbound entrances on Columbus, between Monroe and Randolph
Phone: 312-616-0600

East Monroe Street Garage
Location: 350 E. Monroe Street
Entrance: Northbound and Southbound entrance on Columbus Ave. at Monroe
Phone: 312-616-0600

The Chicago Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington Street and 77 E. Randolph Street. It is easily accessible by public transportation. With stops nearby, CTA buses, rapid transit, and Metra trains provide convenient alternatives to driving.
For specific information, call RTA at 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA or Metra websites

The following bus lines stop either on Washington or Michigan, just steps from the Chicago Cultural Center:
#3 (King Drive)
#4 (Cottage Grove)
#6 (Jeffrey Express)
#14 (S. Lake Shore Drive)
#20 (Madison)
#56 (Milwaukee)
#124 (Navy Pier Express)
#145 (Wilson/Michigan Express)
#147 (Outer Drive Express)
#151 (Michigan)
#157 (Streeterville)

And the many bus lines that stop at Randolph or Washington, on State, Dearborn, Clark and LaSalle streets are just a short walk away.

Rapid Transit
Loop elevated trains, which include the Orange (Midway), Brown (Ravenswood), Green (Harlem/Lake) and Purple (Linden), stop at Randolph and Wabash, just west of the Cultural Center.
Subway trains, which include the Red line (Howard-95th Ryan) and Blue line (Ohare/54th Cermak), stop at Washington and Randolph on State and Dearborn, respectively, just west of the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Metra Electric (MELEC) and South Shore (MNICD) station links directly to the Chicago Cultural Center through the Pedway, providing easy access to trains from northwest Indiana and Chicago’s south side. The Pedway elevator opens directly into the Randolph Street lobby.

Dozens of great Chicago hotels are in easy walking distance.  We’ve negotiated discount rates at two:

RED ROOF INN CHICAGO DOWNTOWN  — $129/night single or double. 
Call 312 787-3580
Must ask for Group Rate for B281FAMILY

This Red Roof Inn, at 162 E. Ontario, is just 1.5 miles north, a nice walk right up Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop!”  Valet Parking is $36/night, so instead you might choose to park for $22 under Millennium Park right across the street from the EXPO.

RAMADA LAKE SHORE — $109/night single or double. 
Call 773 288-5800
Must ask for Group Rate for FAMILYFARMED.

This Ramada, located outside Chicago’s downtown “Loop” at 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive is an 8 mile drive south.  But parking is free!  They offer a free shuttle to downtown once in the morning and once at night.  Public buses with a more convenient schedule are just a block away.

Deadline for taking advantage of these great rates is October 18th.  But they are going to sell out before that.  Book now to avoid holiday season full houses at Chicago hotels! 

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