Where to Stay

Rooms at the following hotels are limited. Please book early in order to secure our group rates!

The Willows Hotel Chicago


555 West Surf St
Chicago, IL 60657

This Boutique Hotel will provide guests with a comfortable, clean, and positive hotel experience with a friendly and knowledgeable service team that will ensure guests have an unparalleled Chicago experience.

The Willows Hotel is conveniently located only 5 miles from Downtown Chicago and within walking distance to public transportation, restaurants and others. Rooms and suites are tastefully decorated with exceptional amenities, perfect for travelers attending a meeting or for guests who want to get away from it all. The following amenities are offered to satisfy any type of traveler:

  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet
  • Complimentary access to nearby fitness center
  • Complimentary afternoon cookies
  • Complimentary 24hr coffee and tea
  • Nearby Parking available for $22.00 per night (regular size cars)

Reservations from 8/7/16 – 8/12/2016 will be offered the following rates:

  • Queen Single - $179 per night
  • Queen/Queen Double - $189 per night
    • -Taxes are 16.4% per night

To book, please call 773-528-8400 and request the group rate for “VASTA Group.” Cutoff date for group rate reservations is June 24, 2016. There are 20 rooms in this block.


The Inn at Lincoln Park


601 West Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

Nestled in one of Chicago’s quintessential neighborhoods, The Inn at Lincoln Park is a historic, European style hotel with architectural details reminiscent of the early 1900’s. The prime location to Chicago’s renowned attractions and scenic shores of Lake Michigan, personal and attentive service, and great value make it an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers, alike.

Guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast in the café, convenient VIP on site parking is available for 30.00 per night. Offsite parking is available for 15.00 per night. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, and complimentary 24-hour coffee and tea service in the Lobby.

Reservations from 8/7/16 – 8/12/2016 will be offered the following rates:

  • Single or Double - $169
    • Parking is $30 or $15 per day per vehicle

To book, please call 773-348-2810 and request “VASTA Block” rate. Cutoff date for VASTA rate is July 8, 2016. There are 15 rooms in this block.


Days Inn Chicago


644 West Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

The Days Inn Chicago has been known by many names, like the "Rock and Roll Days Inn" and the "Chicago Boutique Hotel - Days Inn on Diversey," but its history is entirely one of a kind. Many performers have stayed at our Chicago hotel throughout the years, and few hotels can boast a guest list that includes Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Black Keys, to name but a few.

Back in the day, bands staying at the hotel meant discolored bathtubs from hair dye, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love…, Sheryl Crow rollerblading through the hotel lobby (not permitted), a front desk clerk doing laundry for the Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morissette bringing sushi to a front desk clerk, musicians sitting in the lobby playing the guitar.

Featured Amenities:

  • Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access
  • Coffee maker
  • Alarm clock radio
  • Digital laptop safe (accommodates laptop)
  • Duvets
  • Voice mail
  • Satellite TV with pay per view movies, expanded channels and HBO
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Hairdryers
  • 100% non-smoking accommodations
  • Guestrooms

Additional Amenities in Business Class Rooms:

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Work desk
  • Upgraded bedding with pillowtop mattresses
  • Snack basket (replenished daily) includes bottled water, Well's Street Popcorn and snack bar

Reservations from 8/8/16 – 8/11/2016 (check out on the 11th) will be offered the following rates:

  • Standard room w/ one full bed - $135.90 per night
  • Standard room w/ two full beds - $144.90 per night
  • Business class w/ two queen beds - $171.90 per night
    • An additional $10 per person/night for 3 occupants
    • An additional $20 per person/night for 4 occupants
      • Taxes are 16.4% per night

To book, please call 1-773-525-7010 x 0 and mention group code “VAST.” Cutoff date for VASTA rate is July 8, 2016. There are 35 rooms in this block.


Additional Lodging Options:

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