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All events will be in the NCSA Building. Click here for the UIUC interactive campus map.

Travel

There are four ways to get from the Chicago O'Hare airport to Urbana:

  • Fly to the Champaign airport (CMI).
  • Take an Amtrak train from Chicago Union Station to downtown Champaign (trains are frequently delayed).
  • Rent a car and drive.
  • Take a shuttle bus from O'Hare to Altgeld Hall (the mathematics department). Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) and schedules are available on the website.

Participants coming from a university within driving distance to UIUC and interested in carpooling should indicate this on the registration form, and we will try to group interested people together.

Champaign-Urbana has an award-winning public transit system. Buses run regularly from campus and are very convenient and affordable. Please visit the CU Mass-Transit District website for more information on routes and schedules.

General directions for campus visitors.

Hotel Information

We have reserved blocks of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel (on campus), the Hampton Inn on West University Ave, and at the Eastland Suites on Cunningham Rd near I-74 in Urbana. The first two options are located within easy walking distance of the NCSA, the symposium venue. The last option is more economical, but situated quite a bit further away. However, the hotel does offer a free shuttle to campus. Reservations should be made directly with the hotels. To take advantage of special pricing and the reserved blocks of rooms, please make reservations by March 2, 2016 and mention the Midwest WIMS being hosted by the mathematics department at the University of Illinois. If you are interested in rooming with a fellow WIMS participant, please indicate this on the registration form and we will pair you with someone if we can.

Illini Union Hotel  A hotel owned by UIUC located in the Illini Union on the UIUC campus on Green Street. We have a block of 17 rooms with two beds, 3 rooms with one bed and one sleeper sofa, and 11 rooms with one bed. Rates range from $104 to $109 per night. Reservations can be made over the phone by calling (217) 333-1241, and identify yourself as a participant of the "WIMS conference". Reservations at the group rate must be made by March 2, 2016.

Hampton Inn   A chain hotel located on University Avenue at the edge of campus, about a 5 minute walk to the NCSA building. We have a block of 20 king/double rooms at $115/night for the conference period. To reserve, call the hotel directly at (217) 337-1100, and identify yourself as a participant of the "WIMS conference". Reservations at the group rate must be made by March 2, 2016.

Eastland Suites  A chain hotel located on Cunningham Rd near I-74 in Urbana. We have reserved a block of 20 rooms at $70 per night. An on demand complimentary shuttle to campus is available. To reserve, please call (217) 367-8331 and identify yourself as a participant of the "WIMS conference". Reservations at the group rate must be made by March 2, 2016.

NOTE for participants coming with children: both the Hampton Inn and Eastland Suites have good options for families, including apartment style rooms and suites. Eastland Suites is particularly affordable. Please contact the organizers if you have any questions about this.

Parking

Those staying at the Illini Union Hotel can obtain a parking pass at check-in that allows parking in an adjacent permit lot. Guests at the Hampton Inn and Eastland Suites can use the hotel lots.

Free parking is available in parking garage located on the corner of Goodwin and University, around the corner from the NCSA building.

On street metered parking is available on Clark Street and surrounding streets. The meters are operated by the city of Champaign and are enforced Monday through Saturday until 9 pm. Note that the meters are limited to 2 hours, so this is not a practical option for all-day parking.