Conference Location and Accommodations

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave.
(Driveway Entrance on 541 N. Rush St.)
Chicago, IL 60611

Meeting Room Directory:
General Sessions: Grand Ballroom, 7th Floor
Exhibits: Chicago Ballroom, 5th Floor
Registration: Wed.—5th Floor; Thur. & Fri.—7th Floor

The 23rd Annual National Conference will be held at the Marriott Downtown Chicago, situated on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile among world-famous shops, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel is within walking distance of some of the Windy City's top attractions, including the beautiful lakefront, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, and theater and music districts. The stylish Chicago hotel’s guest rooms offer upgrades including flat-screen TVs, Marriott's Revive® bedding and accessories, and ergonomic furnishings.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago for what promises to be an outstanding educational and networking opportunity in a city renowned for jazz, blues, and breathtaking views!

Chicago Marriott Facts: Click here for a printable Marriott Hotel Fact Sheet.

Maps and Transportation: The Marriott Downtown is approximately 12 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport and 15 miles from O'Hare International Airport and is easily accessible via taxi, subway, or airport shuttle. Click here for maps, ground transportation information, and driving directions.

Parking: A parking discount is available to conference registrants. Overnight self-park at the Marriott is $26; Short-term self-park is $20. Vouchers to receive the discount for short-term parking will be available at the conference registration desk. For Marriott overnight guests, the discounted rate will be on your room bill, so you do not need a voucher.

Hotel Reservations • Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Housing Contact: For housing information or assistance, e-mail, or call (218) 834-6369.

* * * *   The group's block of discounted guest rooms at the Chicago Marriott Downtown is no longer available.   * * *

You are strongly encouraged to make your hotel reservation early. Once our group's block of rooms is sold out, it may be difficult securing a downtown hotel reservation. Most of the downtown hotels are currently at or near capacity.

Hotel Discounted Room Rate: There are a limited number of rooms available for Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11 at a special conference rate of $249.00 single–quad occupancy. (Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 12 are sold out!)  Discounted guest room Internet is available for $1.00 (Rates are per room per night and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.) All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Refer to your Marriott confirmation e-mail for the cancellation policy.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, or when rooms sell out, whichever comes first (Note: Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept 12 are sold out).  You are strongly encouraged to make your reservation before the group block is released on Aug. 18. Reservations received after Aug. 18, or after the room block is sold out, will be accepted on a space-available-basis at the prevailing room rate.

Hotel Reservation Process: The preferred reservation method is online. A dedicated reservation Web site is available for this conference to allow you to make, modify or cancel your hotel reservation online, as well as to take advantage of other services offered by the hotel.

Online Reservations (CLOSED):  Chicago Marriott Downtown Group Reservations  Note: Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 12 are SOLD OUT

Toll-Free Reservations: (877) 303-0104
Important Note: You must use this dedicated reservation phone number and mention “Optum 23rd Annual Conference” to ensure access to our special group rate!

* UnitedHealth Group Employees: Please follow the reservation instructions listed above to receive the group discounted rate. Do not use Concur or BCD Travel for Chicago Marriott reservations.

OptumHealth Education appreciates your support in booking your hotel reservation at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The number of hotel rooms used for this conference directly impacts hotel rates, conference costs and registration fees.

Program Materials

Program materials will be in electronic format. You will receive an e-mail on or around Sept. 4 with instructions on how to access the materials prior to the conference.

Conference Attire

Business attire is suggested for the conference. Although every effort is made to maintain a comfortable learning environment, meeting room temperatures can fluctuate greatly and may be difficult to control. The temperature is often cool in the meeting room. Therefore, bringing along a jacket or sweater is recommended.


Chicago’s average daytime high in mid-September is 77° with an average low of 58°.