Easy Access Chicago

Welcome to Chicago


From Open Doors Organization

Photo of Eric Lipp Over a year in the making, Easy Access Chicago is the city’s first-ever comprehensive resource guide for travelers with disabilities and their families. It offers visitors a choice of exciting properties in a range of neighborhoods, with a wide array of amenities and prices to meet different budgets and tastes. In addition to this full online version of the guide, readers can also download or order a condensed print copy for use during their visit.

As a disability-based non-profit, it is our mission to teach businesses how to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities. Our staff of professionals has over thirty-five combined years of experience in the disability travel industry, and our research has provided the only credible market study on the needs and preferences of travelers with disabilities in America.

In compiling the information for this access guide, our trained site inspectors visited hundreds of hotels, restaurants, museums, theatres and public facilities to audit their accessibility. We thank everyone who welcomed us to their properties and answered our many questions. But above all, we thank the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and its current and former directors, Warren Ribley and Jack Lavin, for providing the funding to make this important project possible. We are proud to help the State of Illinois promote inclusion and accessibility for everyone.

Our intention in presenting this guide is neither to enforce compliance nor to endorse specific accessible properties, but instead to provide a detailed and reliable source of information that people with disabilities of all types and older travelers can use to locate properties and venues that fit their specific needs.

Thank you for choosing Chicago. We hope that Easy Access Chicago will make your stay much more convenient and pleasurable.

Eric Lipp
Executive Director,
Open Doors Organization

Open Doors Organization

Thank You

We wish to thank the following for all of their support in helping to make this project possible:

  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
  • DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA
  • Bonnie Lewkowicz, Access Northern California
  • Panebianco, Inc.
  • Candy & Charles Creative Concepts

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