DIAC 2013: Directions in Authenticated Ciphers
11–13 August 2013, Chicago, USA
Travel and accommodation
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Chicago [Wikipedia] is the third-largest city in the United States. 2.7 million people live in the city proper, 9.5 million live in the metropolitan area, and the city hosts 45 million visitors in a typical year. The city center is full of sights and activities [Wikitravel] easily reached by walking, thanks to the systematic use of skyscrapers for residences and offices.
Chicago has two major airports: O'Hare (ORD, 10000 Bessie Coleman Drive, 27km from downtown), which handled 66 million passengers in 2012, and Midway (MDW, 5700 S. Cicero, 13km from downtown), which handled 19 million passengers in 2012. O'Hare is one of the best-connected airports in the world, offering flights to more than 60 international destinations and more than 100 domestic destinations. Midway offers flights to more than 60 domestic destinations, notably on Southwest Airlines. Note that Southwest is not visible through most search engines.
Both O'Hare and Midway are conveniently connected to the city center by metro lines operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). This web page originally continued saying "metro" for general comprehensibility but the reality in Chicago is that nobody says "the metro"; it's the "L" or "El", referring to the fact that many of the tracks run on elevated lines. Taxis are faster but the L is simple and reasonably fast. O'Hare has a Blue Line L connection to the city center and UIC every 10 minutes. Midway has an Orange Line L connection to the city center every 10 minutes. Google Maps has a good understanding of Chicago's public-transportation system, including L and bus schedules. There is also live tracking of L trains and buses.
To find the O'Hare L station from Terminal 5 (international arrivals), look for escalators up to the Airport Transit System at the top level. Get off at Terminal 3, and look for signs saying Trains to City.
There is a machine at the O'Hare L station
that sells 3-day CTA passes, currently $20,
and 7-day CTA passes, currently $28;
same for the Midway L station.
Sometimes the machine has trouble taking cash but it should still take cards:
All lectures will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC),
specifically Student Center East (also known as Chicago Circle Center)
at 750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607.
Student Center East is a 5-minute walk from the UIC L stop on the Blue Line:
HotelsThe next stops from UIC in the O'Hare direction (Clinton, LaSalle, Jackson, Monroe, Washington, Clark/Lake) are next to dozens of comfortable hotels in the city center. Student Center East is also walkable from the city center; for example, it is a 20-minute walk from the Sears Tower. Chicago also has a new bike-sharing system.
The following hotels are officially designated as DIAC 2013 conference hotels:
Adjacent conferencesDIAC 2013 is scheduled immediately before SAC 2013, the 20th Selected Areas in Cryptography conference; DIAC 2013 finishes by midday Tuesday 13 August, and SAC 2013 begins in the afternoon of Wednesday 14 August. There are several direct flights from Chicago to Vancouver each day:
DIAC 2013 is also immediately before USENIX Security '13, the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium, which begins in the morning of Wednesday 14 August. There are many direct flights each day from Chicago to the D.C.-area airports: DCA, IAD, and BWI.
WeatherThe weather in Chicago is generally pleasant in August, although the details are hard to predict. Examples:
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