Travel & Accommodations

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center.

Address: 1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820

Parking lot: 111 St Mary’s Road, Champaign, IL

To find the conference rooms, please check the map: Illinois Conference Center Full Facility Map 2023

There are three ways to get to the conference rooms.

1) Park your car at 111 St Mary’s Road, Champaign, IL. Walk straight to the Conference Center, and you will see the rooms in front of you.

2) Through the I Hotel Entrance: Pass through the hotel lobby and turn left.

3)Through the North Entrance: You will see the rooms in front of you.


For your convenience, we have blocked a limited number of rooms at a discounted ILLS16 rate at I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center. You must reserve the room by yourself by January 29, 2024 in order to get a discount. The discounted rate is $149 per night. The rack rate is $189.  Only a limited number of rooms are available, so we recommend booking a room as soon as possible. Unreserved rooms will be released for general sale at higher prices after January 29, 2024.

I Hotel link

This link will take you to a login page, where you will enter your block information to access your special rate. The block code and guest password can be found in your email where we notified you of abstract results.

Getting to Urbana-Champaign

Champaign-Urbana is located on Interstates 72, 74, and 57; 135 miles south of Chicago, Illinois; 180 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri; and 120 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Detailed information can be found on directions to the UIUC campus can be found here and here. For international attendees, further information and direction on how to get to the UIUC campus can be found here. A step by step guide with pictures is also available here.

There are charter bus services from all major airports: Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Peoria. Options include: Peoria Charter Coach (from O’Hare to Illinois Terminal) and Greyhound (from Chicago Bus Station to Intermodal Transportation Center).

The Champaign Willard Airport (CMI) offers daily flights through American and United. AMTRAK service is also available if you would like to take a train to Champaign.

Within Urbana-Champaign, MTD operates the bus system. Fare is $1 per ride, including any transfers. Download the app Token Transit from Google Play or App Store to electronically purchase and use your ticket.

Lodging in Urbana-Champaign

If you plan on staying in a hotel, make sure to book your reservation early. Below is an incomplete list of hotels with their distances from the conference location.

I-Hotel and Conference Center (conference location)

1900 S. First St, Champaign, IL


Illini Union Guest Hotel
1401 W. Green St. #115, Urbana, IL

Hampton Inn at U of I (0.7 miles)
1200 W. University Ave, Urbana, IL

Hilton Garden Inn Champaign (1.1 miles)
1501 S. Neil St, Champaign, IL

Hawthorn Suites (1.2 miles)
101 Trade Center Dr, Champaign, IL

Homewood Suites by Hilton
1417 S. Neil St, Champaign, IL

America’s Best Inn Urbana
409 W. University Ave, Urbana, IL

Comfort Suites
2001 N. Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL

Country Inn and Suites
602 W. Marketview Dr, Champaign, IL 61822

902 W. Killarney St, Urbana, IL 61801

Holiday Inn Express
1003 W. Killarney St, Urbana, IL 61801

La Quinta
1900 Center Dr, Champaign, IL

Drury Inn
905 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign, IL


Visitors to campus who do not have a University of Illinois NetID can still use the campus wi-fi by connecting to the IllinoisNet_Guest network from Technology Services:

  1. Connect your device to the Wi-Fi network “IllinoisNet_Guest”
  2. A browser window should automatically open/ If this does not happen, open your web browser and navigate to
  3. As a guest or visitor, click the link at the bottom of the page and you can self-register an account. This account will be valid until 4am the next day, after which you will be prompted to create a new account.
  4. After a brief moment the system should then inform you that you have been given Internet access. Visitors should choose Click Here for Wi-Fi Access. Keep in mind that any visitor accounts created in this way are only valid until 4am the following day, after which you will need to repeat this process.
  5. Still having issues? Please contact the Help Desk. Details on how to reach out to us can be found here: Technology Services Help Desk.

If you have never connected to IllinoisNet_Guest before and need help configuring your device, Technology Services has a guide to getting started with the guest wi-fi network at Illinois.