This is near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Waukegan Road. See below for directions. The motel that callers and some dancers have stayed at is the:
Red Roof Inn
340 Waukegan Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
It's south of the dance location just a couple of miles. Check www.redroof.com for rates and availability. (In September, 2003 the rates were around $50 to $65; the lowest rate was for a King, non-smoking room and was a special "internet rate.") You could also try "1-800-RED-ROOF." This link might get you right to the this motel: http://www.redroof.com/reservations/inn_details.asp?innNumber=188
Though the motel is right by I-294 and I-94, you cannot get off the highways right there. The on- and off-ramps in the little map on the above web page show the right idea.
There are a couple of (probably pricier) options not too far away. They are all in Deerfield, on Lake Cook Road, about a mile or so west of Waukegan Road. Lake Cook Road is the first major road south of Deerfield Road, about 1 - 2 miles away.
Local listings follow:
Country Inn & Suites 2600 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield (847) 374-0260
Embassy Suites 1445 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield (847) 945-4500
Hyatt Deerfield 1750 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield (847) 945-3400 (800) 233-1234
Residence Inn by Marriott 530 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield (847) 940-4644
Directions to Jewett Park Community Center
Following are some VERY DETAILED directions to get you through Chicago and to the dance hall. (Hopefully, they won't scare or confuse you.) Together with a good map, they should get you here!
It's near the northwest corner of Deerfield Rd and Waukegan Rd, in Deerfield, IL. ("Behind the Presbyterian Church, near the Police Station.")
Deerfield, Illinois is about 35 miles north of Chicago. The two major limited-access roads you can use to get there are:
Either road will probably be fine if you're coming to town at a time other than during rush hour. (I think on Fridays "rush hour" can start as early as 2:30 pm and go quite late -- until 8 pm??). We have a pretty good AM radio station that gives traffic and weather every 10 minutes ("on the 8's" -- e.g. x:08, x:18, x:28, etc.) It's 780 on the AM dial, however, the traffic reports are delivered quickly and can be hard to understand -- almost like they're talking in code! I don't know how to advise you other than to say to bring your patience and allow plenty of time.
TO GET TO THE DANCE HALL FROM THE RED ROOF INN IN NORTHBROOK:
Go North on Waukegan about 1.5 miles. Turn Left/West on Deerfield Rd. Turn Right/North on Robert York Ave (second traffic light?) before you go under the railroad bridge. Jewett Park Community Center is one block up -- you'll run right into its parking lot.
TO GET TO THE DANCE HALL FROM THE HIGHWAYS:
I-94 West / Edens Expressway If you take I-94 (Edens Expy), this road will split about 25 - 30 miles north of Chicago. You want to follow black-and-white shield signs that say "41" (Illinois State Route # 41) when you seen them around Dundee Road in Northbrook (a northern suburb). If youstay in one of the two left lanes you'll be okay. Once you reach this juncture, you're just a few miles from your exit.
(The right-most lanes will keep you on I-94, but this will put you onto the Tollway. It's okay if you do this -- you'll just have to pay a 50-cent toll, rather unnecessarily. If you find this to be the case, just follow the directions for the Tollway. Deerfield Road will be the first exit after you pay this toll.)
Once you're on Route 41...
I-294 North / Tri-State Tollway If you take I-294 (Tri-state Tollway):
If you need more information, please contact Barb Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (847) 816-8944. Good luck!