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VISITOR RESOURCES AND SERVICES
 Information in this section provided by www.ChooseChicago.com in January 2014.

Official Visitor Information Centers
Choose Chicago operates two year-round official visitor information centers: at the Chicago Cultural Center at 72 E. Randolph St, (near the Hyatt Regency)  and Chicago Water Works. Located in the city’s downtown area, the official visitor information centers are accessible and convenient to popular visitor areas. Together the centers welcome over half a million visitors a year.

You'll find a dedicated team of City Concierges ready to welcome you and help make the most of your time in Chicago. Stop by for free brochures, multilingual maps and complimentary concierge services. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you navigate the city, plan customized itineraries, and find exciting attractions and events.

With a City Concierge you can also:

Inside the Chicago Water Works location on the Magnificent Mile, check out the discount Hot Tix outpost for half-price theater tickets to more than 200 local theater companies through the League of Chicago Theatres. In the Loop, two additional Hot Tix outposts are across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center at 72 E. Randolph Street and in Block 37 at 108 N. State Street.

Places of Worship
Chicago has an extremely diverse population, and visitors can find any number of religious institutions throughout the city for just about any faith.

Following is a brief sampling of places of worship in the downtown Loop and Magnificent Mile area.

Buddhist
Buddhist Temple of Chicago
1151 W. Leland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
773/334-4661 
Catholic
Old St. Patrick's Church
700 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661
312.648.1021
Christian Science
Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
55 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago IL 60601
312.236.4671
     
Episcopal
St. James Cathedral
65 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
312.787.7360
Greek Orthodox
Annunciation Cathedral
1017 N. LaSalle Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610
312.664.5485
Jewish
Chicago Loop Synagogue
16 S. Clark St.
Chicago IL 60603
312.346.7370
     
Lutheran
First St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
1301 N. LaSalle Dr.
Chicago IL 60610
312.642.7172
Methodist
First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple
77 W. Washington St.
Chicago IL 60602
312.236.4548
Muslim
Downtown Islamic Center
231 S. State St.
Chicago IL 60604
312.939.9095
     
Presbyterian
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago IL 60611
312.787.4570
   

HOSPITALS
No one wants to get sick when they're away from home, but if it happens, you'll be in good hands. Chicago offers a number of internationally-ranked hospitals, many in close proximity to downtown.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
836 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
773.975.1600
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611    312.227.4000
   
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
2525 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616   312.567.2000
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611  
312.926.2000
   
Rush University Medical Center
1653 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612   312.942.5000
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637  
773.702.1000
   
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System
1740 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60612
312.996.3900
 

TRAVELERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Chicago was voted one of America's most disability-friendly cities by the National Organization on Disability, Chicago is accessible for visitors with special needs.

Here are some resources:

Easy Access Chicago (773.388.8839) offers comprehensive accessibility information more than 100 top attractions, transportation, O'Hare / Midway airports, hotel, restaurants, and more. You'll also find listings of accessible tours and key disability services. You can also download the guide now.

Scootaround Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals (888.441.7575) provides a wide range of mobility solutions including renting mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and power chairs.

Accessible Journeys (800.846.4537) provides accessible vacation planning and group tours as well as licensed travel companions for slow walkers and wheelchair travelers.  Check out their comprehensive information for travel professionals.

The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities provides information on accessibility at the city's many lakefront festivals, wheelchair accessible taxicabs, renting hand cycles, and much more.

Deaf Communication by Innovation provides qualified sign language interpreters / translators for travelers.

Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority (312.836.7000; TTY: 312.836.4949) provides accessibility services and resources for Metra commuter rail and PACE suburban bus services.

SCR Medical Transportation (773.768.7000)  offers 24-hour dispatching utilizing wheelchair accessible minivans, 15-passenger vans, and wheelchair assessable coaches and sedans.

Taxi Access Program (800-281-4466) is the dispatch service for more than 20 taxicab companies which operate wheelchair accessible minivans equipped with ramps, wheelchair securements, and shoulder seat belts.