Nearest local airport
The Champaign area is served by Willard Airport, which offers jet service. Willard Airport is located approximately 15 minutes by car from the conference site.
The most common way to get to Champaign is to fly into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (code: ORD). Depending on how you arrange your flight, it is possible to cost-effectively fly directly into Willard Airport (code: CMI). To get the best deal, you should search various sources or work with a travel agent.
Additional airports near Champaign
Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) is located about 50 minutes by car from Champaign.
Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago, Illinois, is located about three hours by car from Champaign.
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) in Indianapolis, Indiana, is located about two hours by car from Champaign. Note: Indianapolis is in the US Eastern time zone, one hour ahead of Illinois.
If you fly into Champaign's Willard Airport, use one of the taxis present or call a cab from the list of companies provided at the end of this section to take you to your accommodations.
If you decide to arrive at O'Hare International, you have multiple options to transfer to Champaign-Urbana.
Land transportation (from Chicago)
Illini Shuttle is a comfortable coach service that provides connections between O'Hare International Airport and Champaign. The shuttle will pick you up from O'Hare Airport at Door 4 of the Bus/Shuttle Center.
If you are adventurous and do not have large luggage bags, you may consider taking an Amtrak train or a Greyhound bus.
Amtrak trains leave from Chicago's Union Station (downtown Chicago) three times daily. Reservations are required. The trains take about three hours to get to Champaign. You will need to find your way from O'Hare International Airport to Union Station. While there is a subway train (CTA blue line: get off at Clinton), it can be inconvenient with luggage. Taxis to Union Station from O'Hare can be expensive. When you arrive in Champaign, you will get off at the Illinois Terminal. You can pick up a taxi from the terminal and take it to your hotel.
Greyhound buses take between two and a half to four hours to get from downtown Chicago to downtown Champaign, depending on whether the bus is an express service or a local service. Seats are not reserved, even if you purchase your ticket ahead of time. Times of the buses change, but they run frequently. You will need to find your way from O'Hare International Airport to the Greyhound Bus Station. There is a subway train (CTA blue line: get off at Clinton), but it can be inconvenient with luggage. Taxis to the Greyhound Station from O'Hare are expensive. When you arrive in Champaign, you will get off at the Illinois Terminal. You can pick up a taxi from the terminal and take it to your hotel.
Taxi companies in Champaign-Urbana
Black Cab and Limo: 217-693-2468
Yellow Checker Cab: 217-355-3553
Uber and Lyft are available in Champaign-Urbana.
Documentation for attendees and/or presenters
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