Location and Travel


All events except the closing reception will be held on the campus of Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois in Cole Hall. DeKalb is located 60 miles west of Chicago.

Travel to the NIU campus

NIU is located 60 miles west of Chicago. It is 3 miles north of interstate 88 and 12 miles east of interstate 38. There is no public transportation to the campus. However, you can fly to either O’Hare airport or Midway airport and get an airport limousine to the campus (Blue Sky Limo 815-787-9800 and Sycamore Transit Services 815-899-1902 are approximately $90 - $110).

Additionally, you can take the Metra commuter train from Ogilvie Transit Center in downtown Chicago to Elburn, IL on the Union Pacific West Line. From there you can get a taxi to NIU using the Sycamore Transit Services 815-899-1902 ($35).