Location and Accommodations

This conference will be held in the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Pubic Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, University of Minnesota West Bank campus. An interactive map of the entire Univeristy of Minnesota campus can be viewed here.

Campus Parking

The University of Minnesota is an urban campus. There is public parking on campus, but the space is limited. There is no reciprocal parking or in-and-out privileges for campus parking. Conference participants staying at hotels are encouraged to leave their vehicles in the hotel parking lots and use alternative means of transportation. Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for public parking rates and maps. (Note, convenient parking are the 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps with an hourly rate of $3 and a maximum daily rate of $12).

Accommodations

Recommended hotels include:

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown
1500 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-333-4646
Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown is approximately four blocks from the conference location and offers complimentary shuttle service (indicate your shuttle needs when you check-in) to the University of Minnesota, West Bank. A METRO light- rail station is two blocks from the hotel.  Ask for the University of Minnesota room rate when making your reservation. Click here to book online.

Aloft Minneapolis
900 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
612-455-8400
Aloft Minneapolis is approximately two miles from the conference location and offers complimentary shuttle service (indicate your shuttle needs when you check-in) to the University of Minnesota, West Bank. A METRO light- rail station is three blocks from the hotel. Ask for the Mapping the Midwest Future Conference room block to receive a reduced room rate when making your reservation.

The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(University of Minnesota campus, East Bank)
612-379-8888
The Commons Hotel is approximately one mile from the conference location and offers complimentary shuttle service (indicate your shuttle needs when you check-in) to the University of Minnesota, West Bank. A METRO light- rail station is approximately one-half block from the hotel.  Ask for the Mapping the Midwest Future Conference room block to receive a reduced room rate when making your reservation.

Days Hotel University Avenue S.E.
2407 University Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN
612-623-3999
The Days Hotel University Avenue S.E. is approximately 1.5 miles from the conference location and offers complimentary shuttle service (indicate your shuttle needs when you check-in) to the University of Minnesota, West Bank. A METRO light- rail station is directly in front of the hotel. Ask for the University of Minnesota room rate when making your reservation.

Travel Information

Airport

You may fly directly to Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Please contact your local travel agency for airline reservations.

Ground Transportation

Information on ground transportation from the airport is available at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport website.

SuperShuttle
SuperShuttle offers convenient shuttle service to area locations. Call 800-BlueVan or visit the SuperShuttle website to reserve your transportation.

Light- Rail METRO Service
Trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and run approximately every 10-15 minutes. The Blue Line travels between Mall of America and Target Field. The Red Line travels on Cedar Avenue, providing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) between Apple Valley and Mall of America. The Green Line travels between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. One-way fare is $1.75-$2.25 depending on time of day. View information and route map.

(Light- Rail service is available to the University of Minnesota West Bank from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. From the airport take the Minneapolis/Target Field Blue Line to the Downtown East Station then transfer to the St. Paul/Union Depot Green Line and after a short (five- minute) ride exit at the West Bank Station.)  

Travelers can find metro bus route information on the Metro Transit website.

Additional Travel Options

Catch a train
Amtrak

Express double-decker bus service from Chicago
Megabus