Lodging & Food Recommendations

This year CALICO has blocked rooms at the Illini Union Hotel on campus as well as dorm rooms and nearby Townplace Suites by Marriott (5 min walk to Illini Union). You are also welcome to find your own lodging in Champaign. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the campus if you do choose an outlying hotel.

Housing on Campus / very close to campus

Illini Union Hotel
1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

Illini Union hotel rooms.

This year’s main conference hotel is situated right on the quad of campus. Amenities include

  • Adjacent to the myriad of restaurants and shopping along Green St.
  • Free access to premiere training and recreation facilities ARC and CRCE
  • 42″ flat-screen plasma display in each room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking

TownePlace Suites Champaign-Urbana
603 S 6th St, Champaign, IL 61820

  • Approximately 2 blocks from campus and the Illini Union Hotel (5 minute walk)
  • Fitness Center and indoor pool
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free breakfast
On Campus Housing in Dorms
Nugent Hall (reservations info coming soon)
207 E Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Rooms individually air-conditioned
  • Wireless Internet
  • Individual-use bathrooms

Hotels off campus

There are many hotels in the Urbana-Champaign area, so it is worth digging for deals on your own, but if you want to stay in the restaurant area in downtown Champaign this would be a good choice.   If you look for other hotels or housing options (e.g. Airbnb), either use Google Maps or the CUMTD site to find out how easy it would be to get to campus from that location by bus.

Hyatt Place Champaign Urbana
217 N Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820

  • In the center of the Champaign restaurant district
  • Under 10 minutes by bus to Illini Union (30 minutes by foot)
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Fitness Center and indoor pool


Restaurants and Bars

The University of Illinois has one of the largest international student populations  in the US and the food options reflect this.  There are two main areas for restaurants and bars that are easily accessible from campus:

  • Green Street is immediately adjacent to the Illini Union Hotel, and the restaurants on that street begin less than a block away from that hotel.  Along Green Street you’ll find about 50 restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs within walking distance.  Zoom in a bit on this Google Map and then keep looking to the left to see the restaurants along Green.
  • Downtown Champaign is another great area for restaurants.  If you stay in the Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana you’ll be right in middle of this area.  There are over 30 restaurants and pubs in the downtown area, which can easily be reached by bus from the Illini Union in less than 10 minutes.   Google Map for Downtown (again, zoom in to see more restaurants)