Local Information

Crutcher/Heiles venue

The Crutcher/Heiles conference will be held 23-26 May, 2016 at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). Opened in 2010, this facility houses two research institutes, one privately funded and one publicly funded, in addition to a variety of meeting and collaboration areas. The H.F. DeLuca Forum, also known as the Town Center, is located on the main floor of the WID.

The WID sits in the middle of campus, within easy walking distance of the Astronomy and Physics departments, University Unions, and the downtown area.

Lunch, morning coffee, and beverages and snacks at breaks will be provided every day at the conference.

The WID provides guest wireless to anyone for free. Eduroam wireless is also available.

Address:
330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI 53715

Wisconsin institute of discovery
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Midwest Magnetic Fields venue

The Midwest Magnetic Fields (MMF) workshop will be held on 27 May, 2016 at Union South. Varsity Hall 2 is located on the second floor of Union South.

Lunch, morning coffee, and beverages and snacks during breaks are included in the MMF registration fee.

Address:
1308 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715

Union South
Photo: University of Wisconsin System

Conference Banquet

The banquet will be held on 25 May, 2016 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Tickets should be purchased at the time of registration.

Monona Terrace was first designed and proposed by Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938. Wright altered the design and resubmitted the proposal several times until his death in 1959. The plan for Monona Terrace was approved in 1992 maintaining Wright's exterior design with the interior redesigned by former Wright apprentice Tony Puttnam.

Monona Terrace opened in 1997, over sixty years after Wright's original inception.

Directions to Monona Terrace:

Address:
1 John Nolen Dr., Madison, WI 53703

Parking information:
http://www.mononaterraceparking.com/


Accommodations

Conference hotel room rates listed are valid 22-28 May, 2016.

  • Union South
    We have reserved a block of rooms here at the rate of $140/night + tax. To reserve a room, book online using the code "MATTER" or call 608-263-2600 and mention code "MATTER" or the group name "Diffuse Matter in the Galaxy" to receive the conference rate. Please book by 22 April, 2016.
  • Hampton Inn
    We have reserved a block of rooms here at the rate of $139/night + tax. To reserve a room, book online through this link to receive the conference rate. Please book by 25 April, 2016.
  • Double Tree
    We have reserved a block of rooms here at the rate of $149/night + tax. To reserve a room, book online through this link or call the hotel directly at 608-251-5511 and reference code AST to receive the conference rate. Please book by 29 April, 2016.
  • Hotel Red
    Webpage

Getting to Madison

By plane:

Madison (MSN):
The Dane County Regional Airport (airport code MSN) is located on the far northeast corner of Madison. Taxis can take you to town for approximately $15 one way. Major airlines serving Madison include: American, Delta, Frontier, and United. Rental cars are available. The driving distance is about 15 minutes (directions).

Milwaukee (MKE):
General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee is the next closest airport, about 1.5 hours driving distance. Bus service from MKE to Memorial Union in Madison is available from Badger Coaches (608-255-6771) with 6 trips daily for $23-30 one way. Travel time is ~2 hours.

Chicago O’Hare (ORD):
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD) is the region's largest international airport. It is about 2.5 hours driving distance from Madison (depending on traffic). The highway between ORD and Madison is a toll road with cash required. Convenient bus service between Chicago and Madison is available from the Van Galder Bus Company (800-747-0994) with 12 trips daily for $30 one way and $60 round trip (travel time is ~ 3 hours).

Chicago Midway Airport (MDW):
Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) serves only domestic flights and is about 3 hours driving distance from Madison. Convenient bus service is available from the Van Galder Bus Company (800-747-0994) with 8 trips daily for $32 one way and $64 round trip (travel time is ~ 4 hours).


Dining

State Street hosts several dozen restaurants and bars. State Street is a mile walk from the WID.

Directions to State Street from WID

We recommend the following restaurants:


Childcare

Little Chicks Learning Academy offers contracts on a daily/hourly basis.


Things to do in Madison

Check out Visit Madison for things to see and do around Madison.


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