Second City Anthropology Conference
Saturday, March 8th 2014

The Second City Anthropology Conference provides students from all fields an opportunity to present their research in a professional forum. Graduate students give 15-minute talks in sessions that are organized thematically, and undergraduate students present their research in poster format. The event is designed to encourage scholarship and dialogue between students, faculty, and the public. Both the conference and the keynote lecture are free and open to the public.

The first Second City Anthropology Conference was organized in 2012 by the students of the UIC Graduate Anthropology and Geography Association and with assistance from the UIC Department of Anthropology. Generous financial support has been provided by multiple institutions at UIC and off-campus. Thank you to all of our generous supporters, who have helped to guarantee the success of this event!

Conference schedule: Lecture Center A and F, University of Illinois East Campus

KEYNOTE Speaker: Mary Anglin


Airports: Chicago has two airports, each accessible by the “L” (Elevated) trains, which are $2.25 a ride. 

3 day passes can be purchased at the airports. Most airlines fly to O’Hare- which connects to the Blue Line. Southwest, AirTrans and Delta fly into Midway Airport, accessible via the Orange Line. 

Ground transport: You can also find shuttles to both airports , $14-$16 from either airport, to downtown. (GoAirport Express:

Public Transportation: Between the buses and trains, it’s easy to get around. UIC’s campus (where we will hold the conference) is accessible via the Blue Line, at the UIC-Halsted Station ½ block from campus). All trains meet up in the loop (downtown) and you can easily switch between lines. The 8, 7, 12 and 60 buses (among others) also stop close to the campus. You plan a trip using public transport route using googlemaps, or 


There are several lodging options with discounted rates for conference participants. 


This is the UIC Guest Housing website. Guests can book 1-bedroom private spaces for $100, 2-bedroom apartments for $125, or shared spaces for $75.


Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown
733 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Two ways to book:

1. Call into the hotel at 312.829.5000 and ask for a reservation under the “UIC second City Anthropology Conf” group.

2. Online booking link (below) where guests can click on to pull up our website and reserve under your group rate ($99).

UIC Second City Anthropology Conference

Best Western Grant Park Hotel
1100 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-2900 or (800) 472-6875 for reservations

Mention UIC Second City Conference to receive discount($119 per room), for nights of 3/7 -3/8.(Reserve by February 14):
"Abstract submission is now closed, please register to attend for conference here:

Please email us at if you have any questions."