Flying to Champaign (CMI)Champaign has a small airport which is owned by the University and is serviced by American Airlines. There is direct service from Dallas (DFW) once a day, and direct service from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) five times a day (currently). From CMI to ORD there are currently six flights a day, the latest departing at 5:30 PM.
If you are flying into Champaign, there are always several taxis available at the airport. A list of taxi companies is available here if you wish to reserve ahead of time. There is car-rental available on-site.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO foreign currency exchange at the airport (or anywhere in Champaign). If you wish to exchange your local currency for USD, please do so at your connecting airport.
The airport is approximately 10 minutes from campus.
Because of the limited number of flights and seats into CMI, we suggest you book your airfare early if you want to fly directly to Champaign.
IMPORTANT: Due to bad weather we had a number of attendees impacted in 2014 with delayed flights (some overnight delays). While CMI is generally very convenient, it is prone to delays and cancellations when there are thunderstorms in the midwest. Please keep this in mind if have international connections. You may be better served to fly into Chicago O'Hare or Indianapolis.
Flying to Chicago (ORD)Many attendees may wish to terminate their flights at Chicago O'Hare.
It is about a 2.5 hour drive from Chicago to Champaign, so the symposium is coordinating charter buses to bring those attendees to Champaign and back. You may book a one-way in either direction, or the round-trip, depending on your travel schedule. There are shuttles (see below) that can reserved between ORD and Champaign if you need to come/leave on a different day.
We will have charter buses running on Sunday spaced throughout the day at fixed times, and departing Champaign on Friday immediately after the meeting (which should arrive at O'Hare by 3:00, though to be safe you may want to schedule your international flights departing no earlier than 5:00 PM). If there is sufficient demand for an earlier bus on Friday, we will charter one to depart around 7:30 AM (to arrive around 10:30 AM).
The buses hold 55 people and have wifi and a restroom aboard. For the convenience of attendees, there will be a Hospitality Room (internet and light snacks will be provided) at a local hotel (the Holiday Inn O'Hare/Rosemont) where attendees can wait for the next scheduled bus on Sunday. There is a free airport shuttle from O'Hare to the Holiday Inn that runs frequently.
There are several shuttle companies that run regular service between campus and O'Hare. These shuttles are comfortable and safe, but do take longer due to multiple stops, and have limited/specified pick-up and drop-off locations and times.
- Illini Shuttle provides service between Chicago and Champaign and will pick up and/or drop off passengers at O'Hare. Use UIUC-Armory pickup/dropoff for proximity to the dorms / UIUC-Altgeld Hall for proximity to the meeting rooms. ~$30 one-way, ~3 hours
- EAC Shuttle provides service between Chicago (O'Hare) and Champaign-Urbana. Use UIUC-Armory pickup/dropoff for proximity to the dorms / UIUC-Altgeld Hall for proximity to the meeting rooms. ~$50 one-way, ~3 hours
- Peoria Charter serves many different locations including Bloomington Airport as well as Chicago O'Hare. Use Champaign Armory for proximity to dorms / Champaign Panda Express for proximity to meeting rooms. ~$30 one-way, ~4 hours