The Institute Site: The Conference Center at the Robert Allerton Park is located near Monticello, Illinois. It includes approximately 1,500 acres of woodland property, and Allerton House, a 20-room Georgian mansion. Institute activities will be held at Allerton House. The area surrounding Allerton House provides Institute participants with an opportunity to enjoy natural settings that include formal gardens and a collection of more than 100 outdoor sculptures.
Lodging and Meals: Participants will stay in the main house at Allerton Park, or in Evergreen Lodge, Gate House, or House in the Woods, all a short walk to the main house. All accommodations are non-smoking and are multiple occupancy (single- gender), holding between two and six people. Room assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals will be serve in the dining hall at Allerton House. Please note any special dietary or lodging requirements on your registration form. Dress is casual.
Communications, Computing, and A/V Equipment: Allerton House residence rooms do not contain telephones, but several phone lines will available in conference rooms for those wishing to make calls or check e-mail. Messages for conference p articipants may be left at the voice number for Allerton Conference Center: 217-333-3287. All messages will be posted on the message board found near the main staircase in Allerton House.
Transportation: Willard Airport at Champaign-Urbana is served by Trans World Express, USAir Express, American Eagle and Northwest Airlink/Mesaba, with connections from Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. AMTRAK service is available from Chicago and points south. Champaign-Urbana is located 135 miles south of Chicago on Interstate Routes 72, 74, and 57. We will arrange transportation between the airport or local hotels and Allerton Park through Corky's A-1 Limousine Service using information on your registration form; conference participants will pay Corky's directly at the point of travel ($30/1 person; $15/2 people; $10/3 or more people). Should you want to make your own reservation, Corky's phone number is (217) 352-3121.
National Car Rental has a special rate for persons coming to Champaign-Urbana for University of Illinois-sponsored activities from O'Hare. The rate is $41 plus 150 free miles (it's approximately 165 miles from O'Hare to Champaign). If you are renting the car round trip--picking up at O'Hare and returning it to O'Hare--you should receive unlimited mileage. The phone number for National is 800-227-7368. If you encounter problems securing this rate through the 800 number, call National's office at Willard Airport: 217-359-5259.) Rental cars are also available at Willard Airport.
Extended Stay Information: Rooms at Allerton will not be available before Sunday or after Monday night. Inidividuals wishing to extend their stay in the Champaign-Urbana area, either before or after the conference, must make their own arrangements for lodging, meals, and transportation. A University of Illinois home football game is scheduled for October 25. Finding available rooms on Friday and Saturday will be difficult and we urge you to make reservations well in advance. A list of available hotel rooms can be obtained from the Champaign-Urbana Convention and Visitor's Bureau by calling (217) 331-4133.
Contact information for several local hotels is provided below. Call for current rates and be sure to mention you are in town for "University of Illinois affiliated business". Also mention the hotel-airport shuttle service if you intend to use it.
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51 E. Armory Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820-6601
For more information regarding registration, fees, transportation, or accomodations, please contact Allerton Conference Administrator Kathy Painter at:
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6211
This page was last updated on August 11, 1997.