Conference Location and Accommodations
Our conference will take place the ACES Library, Information, and Alumni Center on the UIUC campus. All panel presentations will be given in the Heritage Room, located on the first floor. Walking distance from the Illini Union and central campus, the building is wheelchair accessible, attached to nearby parking, includes WiFi and smoke-free. Click here for Google Maps directions:
1101 South Godwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801
The UIUC campus is equipped with both public access WiFi as well as private network access through short-term guests accounts. If you would like to have access to guest WiFi on the Illinois campus, we recommend registering for a free short-term WiFi guest account by clicking here.
Champaign-Urbana is readily accessible to visitors by car, plane, train, or bus. Its central hub is the Illinois Terminal. A number of interstate, U.S., and state highways serve the motorist (see google map). Below is detailed information about travel and lodging options, as well as accessibility resource.
Amtrak has a full-service and fully accessible station in the downtown Champaign area, the Illinois Terminal, which makes connections to most major Midwest routes. The station also houses Greyhound and the local transit service, CUMTD, where you can catch regularly scheduled buses to any part of the Urbana-Champaign campus. Click here for more information about the terminal, time tables, and to purchase tickets.
Willard Airport, about a fifteen minute drive outside of Champaign, has regularly scheduled connections to most major airports in the Midwest and Southwestern regions. Taxis, rental car services, and the city transit service, CUMTD, are all readily available. Click here for more information about the airport, flight schedules, and to purchase tickets.
Taxis are readily available at both Willard Airport and the Illinois Terminal. If you would like to schedule a taxi service in advance, we recommend Datta Taxi & Charter: (217) 418-4568.
Greyhound operates several routes out of the full-service and fully accessible station in the downtown Champaign area, the Illinois Terminal. The station also houses Amtrak and the local transit service, CUMTD, where you can catch regularly scheduled buses to any part of the Urbana-Champaign campus. Click here for more information about the terminal, time tables, and to purchase tickets.
The Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) is the local transit service that operates out of the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign, which also houses Amtrak and Greyhound. A one-way fare for non-students is $1.00, providing access to any part of the Urbana-Champaign campus, the towns of Urbana and Champaign, and Willard Airport. Click here for more information about the terminal, time tables, and to plan your route. (Use their mobile site to track buses as well: http://m.cumtd.com.)
Driving from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD)
To drive to the campus from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, take I-190 a couple miles to Interstate 294, the Tri-state Tollway (exit 1D). Head south (toward Indiana) for 35 miles to I-80, paying your tolls along the way.
Take I-80 West (toward Iowa) three miles then exit from the left lane onto I-57 heading south. Drive south for a couple hours or less to I-74 in Champaign. Take I-74 east three miles and exit at Lincoln Avenue. Turn right and head south a mile to the campus, which is on your right.
- O’Hare Terminal Map
- Chicago Roadway Travel Advisories from CDOT
- Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Reports
- Illinois Official Highway Map (Web version)
- Illinois Official Highway Map 2011-2012 – PDF Front (16 MB)
Illinois Official Highway Map 2011-2012 – PDF Back (11 MB)
Driving from Bloomington-Normal Regional Airport (BMI)
Exit Central Illinois Regional Airport Bloomington-Normal onto Route 9 (west). After about a mile, turn left onto US-51/Veterans Parkway and stay on it for about four miles. Take the US-51/Main Street ramp and keep left at the fork, then turn left onto US-51/Main Street. About a mile and half later, take the I-74 (east) ramp towards Champaign. Take I-74 east to Champaign-Urbana. Exit South on Lincoln Avenue. Head south a mile to the campus, which is on your right. Click here for more information about the Central Illinois Regional Airport Bloomington-Normal.
Driving from Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana (IND)
Drive east from the airport less than a mile to I-465. Head north on I-465 about five miles to I-74. Take I-74 west (exit 16B, “Peoria”) 107 miles to Urbana. Click here for more information about the Indianapolis International Airport.
As a quick note, the Illinois Marathon will be taking place during the weekend of our conference. While the conference location is not on or near the marathon route, hotels get booked up quickly. We encourage participants to make their room reservations significantly in advance.
The i-Hotel and Conference Center is located in the research Park at the University of Illinois. Minutes from central campus, ACES, and Willard Airport, the i Hotel is an especially good option if you are driving to the conference. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
Illini Union Hotel
Located at the epicenter of campus with easy access to bus stops and the conference location is the Illini Union Hotel. The Illini Union includes coffee shops, a lower level food court, Apple store, convenience store, a several quite spaces for working and reading. Parking passes are available from the front desk; this is a good option if you decide not to drive. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
The Hyatt Place is located in the heart of downtown Champaign, a short walk from bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and the Illinois Terminal. The hotel itself has a coffee shop, full-service bar, and convenience case. This is a good option if you decide not to drive. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
Hampton Inn is located in Urbana, just across from the engineering quadrangle, and is walking distance from bus stops and about a half mile from campus center. This is a good option if you decide not to drive. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
Urbana Landmark Hotel
The Urbana Landmark Hotel is located in the center of downtown Urbana, a short walk from bars, restaurants, coffee shops, a post office, a major bus stop, the Lincoln Square Mall and food co-operative. Designed by the famous architect, Joseph Royer, and built in 1923 by a group of prominent local citizens, the Landmark is full of local charm. This is a good option if you decide not to drive. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn is located in Champaign, about three minutes from the downtown area and Illinois Terminal, and a short walk to several bus stops. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
The Lincoln Lodge is located just outside campus on the Urbana side of town, a short walk from bus stops and a twenty minute walk from campus center. Click here for directions, room information and reservations.
As a leader in accessible education, we at Illinois want to support students with any access requests the resources they need. Our conference space is on the first floor of ACES, and includes elevators and accessible restrooms. Snow should no longer be on the ground by the time of our conference, but do click here for more information about possible environmental concerns. If you have specific questions or requests, feel free to contact the conference organizers and/or our Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) department. More specifically:
- Every CUMTD bus is equipped to serve wheelchair users. Click here for detailed information about getting around the Champaign-Urbana area, and here for ADA maps of each building on campus.
- For information on local hospitals, emergency physiotherapists and other medical emergency resources, click here.
- The University of Illinois has a full-service Veterinary Teaching Hospital on campus. Click here more information about location and emergency care.
- DRES recommends nearby MedServ Equipment Corp for an emergency wheelchair repairs, and rental wheelchairs are also available on campus.
- The Information Technology Accessibility Initiative (ITaccess) is funded by the Provost and charged with providing hands-on resources, tools and training to help identify and address accessibility problems of electronic information on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Click here for information and resources regarding IT accessibility.