Travel Information

Chicago is a vibrant city located on Lake Michigan on the Chicago River in the northeastern part of the state of Illinois.  The third largest city in the USA, Chicago boasts a compelling history, culture and diversity that make it a fascinating city to visit. There are waterfront parks, museums, theatres, outstanding architecture and unique culinary experiences to explore. There is plenty to do and see to amuse travelling companions while you are at the conference or for you to enjoy during your stay in the Windy City.

P4² DID Conference Venue: Location and Reservation

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The 2021 P4² conference will be held at The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown at the Riverwalk , 71 East Wacker Drive located in the heart of Chicago.

Please Note: There are several hotels in the Royal Sonesta chain located in Chicago. We are located at the downtown site at 71 East Wacker Drive. Remember this address!

The Royal Sonesta Conference Rates and Registration

The location and design of the Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown at the Riverwalk allows for this DID conference to be an EXPERIENCE like none other. We have a great conference rate as well.

The P4² conference rate at the Royal Sonesta is $169/night (plus taxes). A luxury hotel at a great discount price. Now that’s awesome!


telephone: (312) 346 - 7100

Indicate ON YOUR RESERVATION that you are part of the P4² group (or mention The Serafin Project, one of the conference sponsors), and list any special requests at that time.  If you want your room to be close to other P42 attendees, be sure to say that on your reservation form or tell the person over the phone. The Sonesta may not offer changes after the reservation is made.


(after that date, regular rates will apply)

Sonesta Check-in:    3:00 pm
Sonesta Check-out:  11:00 am

The hotel will secure bags on Sunday, Oct 24.
On your arrival day, participants can ask for early check-in, but this is not guaranteed.

Please check with the Sonesta about their Refund Policy as this may have changed.


  • Shared rooms for two people are allowed at no extra charge. 

  • For additional adults in the room (3 or more) there is an extra charge of $30 per adult.

  • There is an option of 2 queen beds in a room (vs one king bed) at no additional charge for 2 adults.

  • You can request a room with a bathtub (if available).

  • You can request a room located on a similar floor as other conference attendees if you wish (not guaranteed).

  • There are barrier-free ADA-compliant rooms available.

  • The Royal Sonesta has a non-smoking policy. A cleaning fee (minimum of $250) will be charged to guests who do not comply with this policy. 

Staying at the Royal Sonesta is the preferred option, and being right there at the conference facilities will be much easier for you.  And definitely a lot more fun.  We will work hard in the day and play in the evening!  Plus, if you need to take a break, or get some privacy, just pop into your room for a bit.  No travel time necessary.

The safety and convenience of staying at the Royal Sonesta will be an exciting and important addition to your conference experience.

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Advantages for Staying at the Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown at the Riverwalk

This is a beautiful hotel – absolutely stunning. There are incredible views of the city and the Chicago River in this completely renovated hotel that boasts having "the largest standard guest rooms in Chicago." There is an onsite eatery (Hoyt’s American Tavern), room service and market place to serve your dining needs. Other amenities include spacious meeting rooms, a fitness center, high-speed Internet access, off-site parking, laptop-size electronic safes and barrier free and ADA compliant rooms.

The facilities for our actual conference activities are incredible. I cannot wait for you to see where we are going to meet. The Conference itself will be in the Grand Ballroom located on the 6th floor. We will have the entire floor for the weekend -- we won't have to share it with any other group, so it will just be us on our weekend. The location of the Friday evening Meet & Greet will be in the hotel but the location is yet to be decided.

Our Saturday evening event will be on the 39th floor -- the Garden Terrace and Penthouse Ballroom, again all OURS to enjoy.  Views of the city lights are amazing from all the way up there!

The Royal Sonesta won me over for what it had to offer both inside the hotel itself and its incredible central location. You will have lots to do and see within easy walking distance when you are not catching the views from your hotel window or having a quiet rest in the newly renovated rooms (everything is brand new and fresh!).

The CONVENIENCE to be in the hotel is awesome.  The conference will be just 5 minutes away from your room.  There will be no getting lost, no need to drive, no need to navigate the city, no need to meander out in public to do anything.  Everything you need will be right there.

You won't even have to leave the hotel if you don't want to.  Feeling scared of Chicago?  Just stay indoors -- this is a huge hotel! You will be able to see amazing city views while  safely tucked behind the big windows of the rooms of the hotel. The rooms are truly lovely, they are clean, light, and spacious.  You will feel pampered.  No doubt about it.

If you get tired during the conference, you can go to your room just up the stairs (or elevator).

If you get triggered, you can go have that quiet personal space alone in your room.  It's an easy jaunt away for privacy, so... nothing complicated about that.

If you are overwhelmed and just need some personal time, you can go for a short time, or a long time, and still make it back to the Conference activities happening just a few minutes away from your room.

The Sonesta is giving us a great Conference rate, compared to the publicly advertised rate for their rooms... this is excellent.  But better yet, all the people staying in the hotel will have extra time for connection and activities, and we'll be able to zing around right there back and forth with each other. The convenience of being in the hotel where the conference is located cannot be underestimated.

I will be staying in the hotel, as will Laura, Alex and all the Metro folks. The space for the Individual Consultations will be located at the hotel as well.

The location is truly gorgeous and THE EXPERIENCE will be priceless in so many ways.  I am quite sure P42 people will be glad to be there.

The Royal Sonesta COVID Restrictions

Covid restrictions may change, but at the time of this writing, the current Covid  restrictions in place at the Royal Sonesta ensure your safety by including:

  • guests are required to wear a face-coverings in all indoor public spaces
  • social distancing in all public spaces including the lobby and restaurants
  • a limit to the number of guests per elevator and hand sanitizing prior to entry
  • each guest room has been sanitized and sealed awaiting your arrival
  • housekeeping services are not being offered but clean towels, linens and trash removal are available upon request
  • non-essential items (e.g., laundry bags, cups, pen, paper, etc.) are available upon request
  • Advanced Oxidation Cell Technology is used in the lobby and fitness center

For updated info, see:

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