The meeting is free to all researchers and the public.  It will be held in James Simpson Theatre in The Field Museum.  People wanting to attend the meetings should enter the museum through the WEST DOOR (the opposite side of the building from the lake), as that entrance is the closest to the James Simpson Theatre.  Please see below attachment for a Visitor's Map of the exhibits.

Public Transportation and Parking at The Field Museum

Public transportation: For those who wish to take public transportation to the Field Museum, it can be reached via the CTA getting out at the Roosevelt Road Station (GREEN, ORANGE or RED lines). Or you can take a bus (number 146) to the front door of the Museum.

Parking: The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, in the heart of Chicago's Museum Campus.  (From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 18th Street.  Follow Museum Campus Drive around Soldier Field.  Signs will indicate available visitor parking lots.)

Daily parking rates are $16 for the first four (4) hours and $19 thereafter. 

If one arrives early, there is meter parking in the area between the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. (Bring lots of quarters to fill the meter so you do not have to go back-and-forth all day).

Museum Collections

The Field Museum has some of the finest collections in the world from South America.  The Anthropology Department will accept visiting researcher requests per standard procedure.  Interested researchers should contact Ryan Williams or Jonathan Haas at least a month in advance for proposal approval and for information about completing the appropriate visiting research forms.  The Anthropology Department will only be able to accommodate a limited number of research visits around the meetings.

Museum Highlights

While at The Field Museum do not forget to visit the fascinating exhibits.  Meeting attendees may be particularly interested in The Ancient Americas exhibit.  The permanent exhibit takes you on a journey through 13,000 years of human ingenuity and achievement in the western hemisphere where hundreds of diverse societies thrived long before the arrival of Europeans.  The Field Museum will also be opening the vaults to display rare, never-before-seen mummies from all over the world including South America.  The new exhibit, which opens February 17, 2012, has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and will feature the work of the recent mummy scanning project.