Travel and Accommodations

The primary location of the conference is:
Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)
104 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA


Champaign-Urbana is conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstates I-57, I-74, and I-72, about a 2-3 hour drive from Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Peoria.

The nearest airport is Willard Airport (CMI), which is serviced by American Airlines and offers convenient, non-stop service to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), and Charlotte, NC (CLT). Connections are available from these major hubs to virtually anywhere on the globe. Willard Airport is located about 8 miles from the conference venue and hotels on the University of Illinois campus. Ground transportation is available by taxi, Uber/Lyft, or MTD bus.

Chicago is about 150 miles to the north. You can fly into Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Chicago Midway (MDW). Then you can either rent a car and drive the ~2.5 hours to Urbana, or you can travel by bus (Peoria Charter).

Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, Illinois Terminal offers visitors a magnificent facility through which one can access local city bus services, Amtrak trains, Greyhound and taxis.

Peoria Charter Coach Company also offers daily bus trips between the Chicago area and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hotel room block info will be available at a later date.

Be aware of scam attempts!  Unfortunately scam attempts with respect to conference lodging have become common place.  Do not respond to unsolicited requests for arranging lodging to attend the Spin Caloritronics XI workshop, and only arrange lodging directly through the contact information listed below, or through the conference contact Pamela Pena Martin (  Do not share credit-card information with anybody approaching you with unsolicited lodging information.

Parking on campus, including MRL, is limited and available as metered street parking. The meters accept quarters ($1/hour), or you may use the MobileMeter app. TownePlace Suites offers on-site parking for $7/day and off-site parking for $2/day, and it is a short walk (10 minutes) from there to MRL. The Illini Union Hotel offers complimentary parking for overnight hotel guests, and it is a short walk (5-10 minutes) from there to MRL.