• Logistics

    Your Guide to Washington, DC and the Rise Above Conference



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  • Venues

    The Rise Above Conference will be held at the historic Lincoln Theater and the Mayflower Hotel



    Interior of the Lincoln Theatre

    The Lincoln Theatre

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009


    By Metro: Yellow or Green Line to U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station


    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Lincoln Theater opened in 1922 as a silent film and vaudeville house on “Washington's Black Broadway” primarily to serve the city's African American community when segregation limited access to other venues.


    The Theatre has played host to countless musical legends and other performers, including Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan.


    After closing in 1983 and falling into disrepair, the Lincoln Theatre reopened nearly 10 years later after a $9 million restoration. It has since served as home to theatrical and musical shows, community groups, and political events, as well as the annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, Filmfest DC, and Reel Affirmations (an annual LGBT film festival).

    Exterior of The Mayflower Hotel

    The Mayflower Hotel

    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


    By Metro: Red Line to Farragut North Station


    The historic Mayflower Hotel—also known as the "Grande Dame of Washington,” the “Hotel of Presidents”, and the city’s "Second Best Address” (after the White House)—opened just two weeks before hosting the Inaugural Ball of President Calvin Coolidge in 1925. It subsequently hosted another Inaugural Ball every four years until its last in January 1981.


    This storied hotel was also the site of the launch Franklin D. Roosevelt’s campaign for the 1932 Democratic presidential nomination, as well as Harry S. Truman’s 1948 announcement of his intent to seek re-election. The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944—known informally as the “G.I. Bill”—was put in final draft form on Mayflower Hotel stationery by Harry W. Colmery.


    The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Accommodations

    The Greater Washington Metropolitan Area is home to 692 hotels with 110,731 rooms



    Those wishing to attend both days of the Rise Above Conference will find that there is still a large amount of availability in and around Washington, DC on both Saturday and Sunday nights, notwithstanding Inauguration.


    We have compiled the following list of hotels that are reasonably convenient to the Lincoln Theater and the Mayflower Hotel (whether on foot, by Metrorail, or by taxi/Uber).


    The number of "$" shown below indicates the relative price for a Saturday night stay (as of Wednesday, January 4, 2017).


    Use the tabs at the bottom of the chart to filter your results.

    Other Accommodations

    Several alternate options for housing are also available throughout the Washington, DC area:

  • Child Care

    These reputable and established child care referral services are able to provide individual or group babysitting throughout Washington, DC.


    The U.S. Capitol Building

    Family and Child Care Referral, Inc.

    General Inquiries: (202) 273-2051

    Hazel Hennigan, Owner (Direct): (202) 255-2733

    Quality care at its finest, servicing all major properties in the Washington, DC area. The fastest service is by phone, although the company is also reachable by email.


    Single child rates are $28 per hour (with a four-hour minimum) plus a $25 agency fee payable in cash to the sitter at the end of the service. Group child care services available upon request.


    Mention the Rise Above Conference to secure these discounted rates.


    Minority and Woman Owned.

    "You Can Trust the Wisdom of Experience" Overlaid on an Image of the U.S. Capitol Building

    White House Nannies

    Temporary Placement Division: 301-652-8088 / 800-266-9024

    White House Nannies has been providing the highest quality childcare services to Washington area families, corporations and visitors to the city since 1985 and would be pleased to provide childcare for the individual families attending the Rise Above Conference.


    Rates are negotiated directly with the service provider, with an additional agency fee of $65 to $85 per caregiver payable directly to White House Nannies.


    The standard hotel services and the screening process used to qualify the caregivers can be found at www.whitehousenannies.com.


    Woman Owned.

  • Dining

    If you are looking for a place to eat lunch after the Women's March, or dinner on Saturday or Sunday after the Rise Above Conference, allow us to suggest one of the following immigrant, minority, and/or woman owned or operated restaurants that are conveniently located to the Lincoln Theatre, the Mayflower Hotel or the National Mall.


    Interior of Busboys and Poets

    U Street Corridor

    2021 14th St NW at V St NW

    Near the Lincoln Theatre


    American, Coffeeshop
    (202) 387-7638
    Accessible Seating Available


    Owner Anas "Andy" Shallal is an Iraqi-American artist, activist and restaurateur.

    Plate of Food at Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

    U Street Corridor

    1114-1118 U St NW at 12th St NW

    Near the Lincoln Theatre

    (202) 667-8735
    Accessible Seating Available


    Owner Tefera Zewdie is an Ethiopian-American immigrant.

    U Street Corridor

    1117 V Street NW between 12th St and Everglades Court NW

    Near the Lincoln Theatre


    (202) 588-5841
    Accessible Seating Available


    Hiroshi Seki and his daughter Cizuka own and operate this restaurant.

    U Street Corridor

    1213 U St NW between 12th and 13th Sts NW

    Near the Lincoln Theatre


    (202) 667-0909
    Accessible Seating Available


    Owned by Nizam and Kamal Ali, sons of original Trinidadian-born owner, Ben Ali.

    Dupont Circle​

    2132 Florida Ave NW at R St NW

    Near The Mayflower Hotel



    (202) 462-5143

    Accessible Seating Available


    Owner Nora Poullion is a pioneer of organic cuisine.


    974 Palmer Alley near H and 10th Sts NW

    Near The Mayflower Hotel



    (202) 898-2426

    Accessible Seating Available


    Amy Brandwein is the owner and chef.


    1090 I St NW at 11th St NW

    Near The Mayflower Hotel



    (202) 602-1832

    Accessible Seating Available


    New York Chef David Chang brings his hit Momofuku concept to DC.

    West End

    2275 L St NW at 23rd St NW

    Near The Mayflower Hotel



    (202) 730-2500

    Accessible Seating Available


    Ris Lacoste helped pave the way for women restaurateurs in DC.

    White House / World Bank​

    1915 I St NW between 19th and 20th Sts NW

    Near The Mayflower Hotel



    (202) 530-5500

    Accessible Seating Available


    Kaz Okochi is the owner of this casual Japanese favorite.

    White House / World Bank​

    815 Connecticut Ave NW between H and I Sts NW

    Near The Mayflower Hotel



    (202) 659-3727

    Accessible Seating Available


    New Dehli-born Owner Ashok Bajaj is one of the most successful restaurateurs in Washington.

    Penn Quarter

    701 9th St NW at G St NW

    Near the National Mall



    (202) 638-0800

    Accessible Seating Available


    This DC classic is owned by celebrity-chef José Andrés, who backed out of his restaurant concept for the Trump Hotel in light of Trump's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

    Penn Quarter

    418 7th St NW between D and E Sts NW

    Near the National Mall


    (202) 783-0941

    Accessible Seating Available


    The newest DC restaurant concept from Celebrity-chef José Andrés

    Penn Quarter

    401 7th St NW at D St NW

    Near the National Mall



    (202) 628-1005

    Accessible Seating Available


    Another José Andrés DC standby.

  • Transportation

    Please allow extra time and plan accordingly in light of Inauguration and the Women's March on Washington.


    Metro Closures, Street Closures, and Other Vehicle Restrictions on Inauguration Weekend

    Metro closures, street closures, and other vehicle restrictions will be in effect at various times throughout Inauguration Weekend.


    Please consider the Closure Maps and 2017 Presidential Inaugural Subcommittees Joint Transportation Plan, which are updated frequently leading up to and during Inauguration Weekend, when planning your travel.

    Public Transportation in Washington, DC

    The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) oversees an extensive public transportation network including Metrorail and bus service.


    Extended service hours will be in effect throughout Inauguration week to ease travel throughout the region. Several stations will be closed on Inauguration Day (January 20th) including Archives, Mt. Vernon Square, Pentagon, and Federal Triangle, and Smithsonian Stations. Additional changes will also be in place on the bus routes. A full listing of service changes for the weekend of Inauguration is available on the WMATA website, which will be updated throughout the event.


    Attendees may want to purchase SmarTrip cards in advance to avoid long lines in the stations, and plan for long waits and potential delays on Saturday during the Women's March on Washington. Please plan accordingly.

    Getting from Reagan National Airport (DCA)

    For less than $6, passengers can get from Reagan National Airport to any location on the Metrorail system via the Blue and Yellow Lines from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail station connected to Terminal B/C.


    Other ground transportation options include shared ride services, taxis and rental cars.


    Attendees my prefer to use public transportation, as traffic is typically quite congested around Inauguration Weekend due to numerous street closures.

    Getting from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

    For less than $11, passengers can get from Washington Dulles International Airport to any location on the Metrorail system via the Silver Line by taking the non-stop Silver Line Express Bus from the Airport directly to the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station, located approximately 7 miles away.


    Other ground transportation options include taxis and rental cars. Attendees my prefer to use public transportation, as traffic is typically quite congested around Inauguration Weekend due to numerous street closures.

    Getting from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

    Access to the Metrorail system from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is available via express bus service linking to the Greenbelt Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines.


    Additional rail service is provided by Amtrak and MARC train service to Washington Union Station (WAS). Amtrak is urging customers to allow for extra travel time due to large crowds and increased security measures. The Maryland Transit Authority, which operates the MARC commuter rail, has announced service changes for both Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st.


    Other ground transportation options include shared ride services, taxis and rental cars. Attendees my prefer to use public transportation or rail, as traffic is typically quite congested around Inauguration Weekend due to numerous street closures.

    Getting from Washington Union Station (WAS)

    Washington Union Station is the primary rail station for Washington, DC. It is serviced by Amtrak, MARC, VRE, and is connected to the Metrorail Red Line, allowing easy access to the rest of the city.


    Services changes are planned for each of the major rail lines servicing Washington Union Station in light of the large crowds expected for Inauguration.


    Amtrak is urging customers to allow for extra travel time due to large crowds and increased security measures.


    The Maryland Transit Authority, which operates the MARC commuter rail, has announced service changes for both Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st.


    The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail service does not operate on weekends and will be operating on a limited “S Train” schedule on Inauguration Day. Only the scheduled trains marked with an “S” will be running.

  • Accessibility

    The Rise Above Conference welcomes people with disabilities.


    Accessibility at the Lincoln Theatre

    Please note that the balcony level of the Lincoln Theatre may not be accessible to guests with limited mobility. The Orchestra level of the Theatre is accessible through the Theatre's main entrance off U Street NW via a wheelchair lift.

    Accessibility at the Mayflower Hotel

    Meeting spaces at the Mayflower Hotel are accessible to guests with limited mobility through the hotel's main entrance on Connecticut Avenue NW. The Chinese Ballroom, where some breakout sessions may take place, is accessible from the Grand Promenade via a wheelchair lift in the adjoining Grand Ballroom.

    CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation)

    CART will be provided during the Activism Workshop and Inspire Talks on Saturday. Please bring your own cellular-enabled device to access the service.


    Unfortunately, CART cannot be provided on Sunday.

    Accommodations and Information

    For alternate registration options, for questions about accessibility, to request an accommodation (including materials in alternative formats), or to notify the organizers of your intent to have a personal care attendant, interpreter, intervenor or service animal accompany you, please email riseabove@lawyersforgoodgovernment.org.


    Please submit all requests by January 9, 2017.​

    Accessible Taxi Services

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