Getting to Abundia

We've had some requests for information on how to get to our retreat from the local airports and/or via public transportation. Here's what you need to know:

Abundia is held at the Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center inside of the Illinois State Beach Park in Zion, Illinois. The easiest way to reach the resort from most locations is to drive. You can consult the hotel’s website at for specific directions. Please note: Some GPS and online map systems will mistakenly route you to a power station nearby instead of the hotel. Make sure you are entering on Wadsworth Rd. east of Sheridan Rd, and NOT on Shiloh Blvd.

If you prefer to take public transportation in the great Chicago area, the hotel is roughly a 10-minute taxi ride from the Metra station in Waukegan, IL. This station is staffed later and the train stops here more often than the Zion station, so please consider using the Waukegan station. You may want to call a taxi while you are on the train to schedule one for when you arrive. Taxis are not always available without pre-arrangement. Here’s a link to the Metra schedule: The Waukegan stop is on the Union Pacific North Line.

If you are flying in, and we LOVE all of our super far away Abundia friends! - you can hire a taxi at either Chicago aiport, O'Hare or Midway (they all do a flat rate to Zion). The hotel recommends American Taxi if you’d like to prearrange a ride; we also can recommend 303 Taxi. We are researching other options as well.

Anyone interested in setting up a ride share and splitting the cost, can email Jeani at If at all possible, she will help arrange ride sharing.