Local Information

The Local Arrangements Committee has prepared some suggestions for conference attendees! You can also check out the Minneapolis-St. Paul travel guide from Explore Minnesota Tourism for additional information on hotels, restaurants, and things to do around the Twin Cities:

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OLAC has a block of rooms reserved at the Marriott Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown. The Graduate Minneapolis is another hotel option on the University campus, one light rail stop away from Andersen Library. Downtown Minneapolis has more hotels as well, reachable via the Green Line light rail. Options near Andersen Library include:

  • Courtyard Minneapolis, 1500 Washington Ave S, 3/10 mile library to hotel; 3 minutes by bike or car, 6 minutes walking
  • Aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Ave S, 7/10 of a mile to hotel, 5 minutes bike or car, 16 minutes walking
  • Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis, 708 S. 3rd Street, 6-8 min. by car or bike, 21 minutes walking
  • Graduate Hotel, 615 Washington Avenue SE (East Bank of river) 8/10 mile from library; 19 minutes walking, 10 minutes by car or Metro Green Line (7 minute walk to station from library, 3 minute trip)
  • Moxy Minneapolis, 247 Chicago Ave. S., 5-6 minutes by car or bike, 19 min. walking
  • Radisson RED Minneapolis, 609 S. 3rd Street, 6-8 min. by bike or car, 23 min. walking

Transportation to the conference

Minneapolis is well connected via airlines, trains, and driving.


Minneapolis-St.Paul International airport (MSP) is a hub for Delta airlines. MSP has 756 arrivals per day and is easy to get to from almost anywhere in the US. The airport is only 20 minutes by car or 50 minutes by light rail (same station transfer required) from Andersen Library.


Amtrak’s Empire Builder has daily service from Chicago, Portland (OR), and Seattle through St. Paul’s Union Depot. Beginning May 21, the Great River train will offer a second daily round trip from Chicago to St. Paul via Milwaukee.

Union Depot is 30 minutes from the UMN campus direct via light rail or 20 minutes by car.


Minneapolis is served by Interstates 35 and 94, with Interstate 90 approximately 90 minutes south.

Local transit

Metro Transit offers bus and light rail service to the University of Minnesota campus. The closest transit options are:

  • UMN GopherTrip campus buses (free): 121, 122, 123
  • METRO bus routes: 2, 3, 7, 22
  • METRO light rail: Green Line (East Bank station)



(The Applebee's on campus closed down, but Josh and Zach are working on a list of food destinations.)

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