Planning Your Trip

Things to Know for Planning Your Trip

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Dress Code

Business or Smart Casual


Recommended Items to Bring

  • Laptop for workshops (if possible)
  • Layered clothing (conference rooms can be heavily air conditioned)
  • Ideas, enthusiasm, innovations, dreams!


Directions and Travel

Champaign is about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 180 miles northeast of St. Loius. From Chicago, air, train, shuttle and automobile are all options.

Please see these websites for more information:

Directions to Campus

Illini Shuttle, Amtrak train, Greyhound bus, Peoria Charter, Megabus Coach


Restaurants and Sites:

Sites and Restaurants in Champaign, IL
Lincoln Log Cabin in Charleston, IL
Springfield, IL
St. Louis Arch


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Conference Venue

I Hotel, Champaign


Nearby Hotels:

I Hotel
To book Your reservation, please call the hotel directly at 217-819-5000.


Hilton Garden Inn (about .8 miles from the I Hotel where sessions will be held)
Individuals may call the hotel direct at 217-352-9970 or the toll free reservations number 877-STAYHGI. You can also their website.


Hopkins Hall* (Dormitory about .7 miles from the I-Hotel at 1208 S. First Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6681)

The rates with tax are:

$32.60 per person per night for a shared room

$49.82 per person per night for a single room

The meal rates are: $9.21 for breakfast, $11.72 for lunch, $15.26 for dinner.

Individuals may contact University Housing to book a reservation in Hopkins Hall any time for stay all or part of June 21 to June 25. This is a hostel-style dormitory with a bathroom down the hall from rooms. Each room comes with bedding and towels; bring your own pillow and toiletries. Check-in is at Nugent Hall nearby and meals can be purchased for the Ikenberry Dining Hall. Only debit or credit card is accepted at the dining hall


Click here to reserve a room


Call (217) 333-1766 or e-mail for more information.

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