The timing of the meeting being after the primary Chicago tourist season should hopefully give many options for somewhat more reasonably priced accomodations throughout the city. Check out the practical info link for information on the venue (i.e. the UIC Student Center East building) including options for getting to the meeting location via public transportation as well as personal car.
For those who would like to stay within close walking distance of the venue, we have teamed up with the Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop hotel to provide reduced-rate rooms for any combination of nights starting on Friday night November 10 through Sunday night November 12. Booking Link: Booking on Group Code D46 for APS Prairie Section Meeting You can also call the hotel at 312.829.5000 and mention group code D46 for the Physics Conference to make reservations.
Please note that although the original the cutoff date for the reduced rate rooms at this hotel was October 30, 2017, the hotel has continued to accept reservations online via the above link at what appear to be quite reasonable rates.