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Planning is under way for another outstanding convention. Convention headquarters will be at the Holiday Inn Express in Aurora, right next to the BNSF main line and within walking distance of the Aurora Transportation Center, the westernmost terminus of BNSF's Metra commuter line and the yard where Metra stores its trainsets overnight in preparation for the morning rush to downtown Chicago. BNSF's Eola yard and unofficial "railfan parking area" is just 2.6 miles east.
The hotel is easily reached via public transportation alone if you arrive via Amtrak (using Metra) or either of Chicago's airports (using the CTA and Metra). It is approximately 900 feet from where you'd get off at the Metra train stop in Aurora, a short hike even with luggage. Check the map for a bird's eye view of the vicinity of the hotel (the hotel is at the bottom of the map).