General Information

Location

The 93rd Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology will be held in Chicago, Illinois on October 9-13, 2022; with the optional short courses and Rheology Research Symposium (RRS) occuring on October 8th and 9th. The technical program, short courses and RRS will take place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, a facility with 125,000 square feet of meeting space next to the Chicago River in downtown Chicago.

Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States and is a hub for world-class dining, attractions, culture, and more. The Sheraton Grand Chicago is right next to the breathtaking Chicago River and multi-award-winning Chicago Riverwalk, which is lined with coves, restaurants, public art, and more. It is also within walking distance of the world-famous Magnificent Mile, a 13-block stretch of 50 landmark buildings, 460+ high-end stores, and 275 restaurants. Chicago is home to museums voted to be among the best in the world, which house fine art masterpieces, the largest dinosaurs known to man, and the most expansive science and industry collection in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago has also been voted America’s Best Restaurant City and is the birthplace of electric blues and house music and has a vibrant music scene.

The average high and low temperatures in Chicago during October are 64°F and 47°F, respectively, with an average precipitation of under 4 inches.

Getting There

Hotel Information

The Society of Rheology has reserved room blocks at the Sheraton Grand Chicago for attendees of the SoR 93rd Annual Meeting. For details, visit the Lodging Information page.

Air Transportation

The conference hotel in downtown Chicago is approximately 18 miles from O’Hare International Airport and 12 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport. O’Hare is a major hub for American and United Airlines. Midway is a hub for Southwest Airlines. All major rental car agencies are at both airports.

From O’Hare, you can take the CTA Blue Line train 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes and costs approximately $5. Taxi/Uber from O’Hare will cost approximately $45 / $28-$30.

From Midway, you can take the CTA Orange Line train. The ride takes approximately 25 minutes and costs approximately $2.25. Taxi/Uber from Midway will cost approximately $30 / $23.

Ground Transportation

Amtrak long distance and commuter rail services service Union Station. From there, take either the Line 124 or Line 151 buses for around $3, a river ferry for around $6, a taxi ride for around $10, or enjoy a 35-minute walk.

Parking

On-site parking is available for $63 per day.

Registration

Conference registration includes access to all technical sessions and the vendor display, the program booklet, and all receptions and coffee breaks. The registration fee does not include the Bingham Medal Banquet; see details on the meeting registration info page (coming soon).

On-site check-in of registrants will be held on Sunday October 9th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the TBA of the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Check-in will also be held Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the same location.

Events

Rheology Research Symposium (RRS)

This event will bring together students and professionals to explore career development in the field of rheology. The symposium will be held from October 8-9.

Welcoming Reception

The Welcoming Reception will be held on Sunday October 9th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the ChiEast /Fountainview Areas of the Sheraton Grand Chicago, located on the same floor as the main hotel entrance, overlooking the Chicago River.

Student Trivia Night

Students and post-docs are invited to a "rheology-themed" Student Trivia Night. Details coming soon.

Society Business Meeting

All attendees are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting of The Society of Rheology. This year the business meeting will be held on Tuesday October 11th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm in one of the fifth-floor Ballrooms of the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Bingham Medal Reception and Banquet

The Bingham Medal Reception and Banquet will be held on Tuesday October 11th in Sheraton Ballrooms 4 and 5. The reception will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Sheraton Promenade, immediately outside the ballroom.. The reception is open to all meeting participants at no extra charge. The Bingham Medal Banquet will follow at 7:00 pm; banquet tickets can be purchased with the meeting registration (see meeting registration page for details).

Poster Session and Gallery of Rheology

The Poster Session and Reception and the Gallery of Rheology will be held on Wednesday October 12th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Exhibits

Vendors will demonstrate their products from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Wednesday in Sheraton Ballroom 5. Coffee breaks will be held in the same ballroom and the promenade. Vendors should contact the Local Arrangements Committee Chair (Simon Rogers) directly to inquire about exhibit space.

For more information, see the Exhibit Info page.

Deadlines

Submit Abstracts for Oral Presentations Friday 6 May 2022
Submit Abstracts for the Poster Session and the Gallery of Rheology Contest Friday 5 August 2022
Make Reservation for Sheraton Grand Chicago Friday September 2, 2022 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.
Upload Files for Student/Post-doc Poster Competition Friday 9 September 2022
Upload Files for Gallery of Rheology Contest Friday 30 September 2022