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:

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.


Weston Hall* (Dormitory about .7 miles from the I-Hotel at 204 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820)

Individuals may contact University Housing to book a reservation in Weston Hall any time from June 10 to June 19. 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 and meals can be purchased at the dining hall in (the Student Dining and Residential Programs building (SDRP) next door to Weston. Only debit or credit card is accepted at the dining hall

Room rates: $28.25 per person/night for a shared room; $43.50 per night for a single room.Nugent-Weston Map

Meal rates: Breakfast – $8.94; Lunch – $11.39; Dinner – $14.93

Click here to reserve a room

Click here for more information about Weston Hall

Weston Hall What to Bring List

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

Map of Nugent and Weston Halls