Travel and Accommodations

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

AMTRAK – Do NOT wait to purchase train tickets. Morning trains sell out quickly. Make sure your final destination is the Springfield, IL Amtrak Station. Coming from the Chicago area – plan on arriving in Springfield at 10:15 a.m. to allow time to get to campus, check your luggage, eat lunch (on your own), and check-in for KickStart before it begins at 12 p.m.  Take any required placement tests before KickStart.

KickStart Day 2 ends at 3:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. for pre-Nursing students and 5 p.m. for Athletes on June 15 and 18). Leave time to get your luggage and get back to the train station before your scheduled train departure. Make return train reservations for after 4 p.m.

BY CAR – Driving Directions to UIS

Parking: Lot D is the closest visitor parking lot to the summer conference residence hall where students will be staying. Lots F, G, I, and J are close to the Student Union where most of KickStart programming will be held.  Please pay attention to the signage on the parking lots, some are designated “permit only.” Refer to the Visitors and Residential Student Parking map for more information. Make sure you give yourself plenty to time to check your luggage in the summer conference hall, take any required placement tests, eat, and then check-into orientation before the KickStart program starts at 12 p.m.

FLYING – Springfield’s Capitol Airport is 13-16 miles from UIS (depending on your route). Two regional carriers serve the city: American Eagle which connects through Dallas/Fort Worth and United Express which connects through Chicago-O’Hare.

Ground Transportation

Gracious Cab Company (GCC) provides a discount to UIS students (showing their i-Card) and families a discount. Call ahead of your arrival to reserve space(s) on a Gracious Cab shuttles. Print your orientation or family weekend confirmation email and show it to the driver in order to receive the UIS discount. Make sure you get a business card from the driver so you need to call in the morning to arrange an afternoon return trip to the train station the next day.

Springfield also has Uber and Lyft transportation options available. Download those apps to your phone to use them in Springfield.

(TRAVEL ALERT – GCC is the only company that has made arrangements with the university to offer discounted ground transportation.  GCC cabs and shuttle vans are labeled with the GCC logo. If it doesn’t say Gracious Cab or GCC they are not offering a sponsored UIS discount).

  • Gracious Cab Company -217/685-9900
  • Accessible Transport

Families that need accessible transportation from the train station to UIS, and later the hotel, should check out these Springfield resources.  The website Easy Access Springfield lists hotels that offer Hotel Shuttles that will provide accessible transportation with 48 hrs. notice.   The website also provides information about private transportation companies that are lift or ramp equipped.  The Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) also provides transportation to visitors that have registered with their department.

Overnight Accommodations

A neatly packed car
A neatly packed van

Parents, family members, and guests will need to make arrangements for overnight accommodations. The city of Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has a listing of area hotels.  The list below is for convenience. We only update information when a hotel sends us new information.  ** This page is frequently updated so check back regularly for information.  

 

Limited On-Campus Overnight Accommodations

The UIS Office of Residence Life is offering a limited number of campus apartments for overnight lodging during KickStart. There will be basic linens and amenities available. To learn more about the costs and what is included please contact Residence Life by email: reslife@uis.edu or phone: (217) 206-6190.

Springfield Area Hotels

Hotels offering UIS Parents/Families Special Orientation and Family Weekend rates are good for June 2019 – October 2019. (Older information remains for contact purposes only. We cannot guarantee specials from previous years will be honored). When making reservations use the local number or the link provided. National reservation centers do not know about local promotions. 

Community Partners

New Student Orientation and Parent Relations is thankful for the generous support from our
2019-2020 Community Partners:
Crown Plaza
Holiday Inn Express
State House Inn 

Baymont Inn & Suites (Community Partner 2017-18; 2016-17. Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus: 2.3 miles. 5871 S. 6th St. Frontage Rd East, Springfield IL 62703.  (217) 529-6655.  Email address: baymontsp@aol.com.  Special for UIS Parents: $10 off ongoing price when booked direct with the local hotel number. Early check-in or late check-outs available with prior request and availability of rooms. One of the nearest hotels to UIS campus, indoor heated pool, hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Free hot breakfast buffet. Free Parking.  All rooms with Microwave/Fridge/40″ LED cable television.  Easy access to I-55.  Close to restaurants.

Candlewood Suites (Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus: 3.4 miles.  2501 Sunrise Drive. Springfield, IL 62703. (217) 522-5100.  Fax: (217) 522-5101. Email: gmcandlewood@yahoo.com.  Each room has a full kitchen for your convenience. Amenities: Free WiFi, Laundry facilities, work out room.

Comfort Inn & Suites (Community Partner 2018-19; 2016-17. Last updated March 6, 2018)

Distance from campus: 3 miles.  3675 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.  (217) 529-8898 or (877) 424-6423.  Email: gm.il397@choicehotels.com.  $89 rate available through 2018-2019 school year for UIS Parents & Family members.  Early & Late check-in and check-out is available by request.  The hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free WIFI, indoor pool, spa, and fitness center. Free parking, easy access to I-55 and I-72.  Close to shopping and restaurants.

Comfort Suites (last updated February 2017)

Distance from campus: 3.6 miles.  2620 S. Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703.  (217) 753-4000. Email: gm.il127@choicehotels.com. Group Blocks will be made for each date. Reservations must be made through the hotel only.  Special rate for 2017-18 UIS Parents&Families $89 plus tax.   early check in or late check out is not guaranteed.  This is an all suite hotel with a mini fridge and microwave in every room. They also have an extended complimentary breakfast with a hot egg and meat item.

Country Inns & Suites (Last updated 2016)

Distance from campus: 2.7 miles.  3092 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL.  (217) 544-5151. Email: CX_SFIL@countryinns.com.  Easy access from I-72 and near I-55.  Close to shopping and restaurants.

Crowne Plaza (Community Partner 2018-19, 2019-20; Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus: 3.1 miles. 3000 South Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703. 217-529-7777 or 217-585-2808. Email: jthoron@cpspringfield.com. $84 rate available for standard room through the 2018-19 school year. Visit the NEWLY renovated Crowne Plaza hotel! Enjoy the many amenities the hotel has to offer including a heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, free parking, 24 hour business center, Long 9 Restaurant, full service coffee bar, fitness center and more. Book today by calling 1-877-227-6963 and use rate code IPUIS or make your reservations online.

Drury Inn & Suites – Springfield  (Community Partner 2016-17. Last updated May 12, 2017)

Distance from campus: 2.8 miles. 3180 S Dirksen Parkway – Springfield, IL, 62703.  1-800-378-7946 (general reservations) 217-529-3900 (direct).  Email address: dis.spril.73.gm@druryhotels.com. Reservation Information Rate: $92.00 (+taxes) deluxe room with two queen beds (valid through June 30, 2017, some blackout dates do apply).  Rate can also be accessed by referencing University of Illinois on the Online Reservation Link:  Check in is at 3:00 pm.  Early check in can be requested but is not a guarantee.  Late check in is not a problem as long as the room is guaranteed on a credit card.  Hotel’s amenities: Free Hot Breakfast Buffet; Free 5:30 Kickback® – Hot Food & Cold Beverages; Free Wireless Internet; Free 60 Minutes of Long Distance; Free Soda/Popcorn in Lobby (daily 3-10 pm); Free Local Phone Calls; Smoke-free hotel; Pets Accepted – $10 daily cleaning fee*.  Easy access to I-55 and I-72.  An Official Sponsor of UIS Athletics.

Hilton Garden Inn (Community Partner: 2017-2018, 2016-17. Last updated February 2017)

Distance from campus: 3.1 miles.  3100 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL.  (217) 529-7171. Email: Director of Sales Alie Fricke ; General Manager Chris Fulz. Located just 3 miles from University of Illinois Springfield campus, this Hilton Garden Inn features complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-hour Business Center, complimentary fitness center and a full-service restaurant on the property providing everything you need to make your stay successful. We supply Keurig coffee maker, mini-fridge and microwave in every room. Also available is Coin Laundry, Lounge, Luggage Hold, On-Site Convenience Store, Room Service, Safety Deposit Box, Fitness Room and a Pool. Come stay at the Hilton Garden Inn where everything is right where you need it!  UIS Orientation Rate: $89 with breakfast included for up to 4 guests per room! To make a reservation, ask for UIS Orientation rate, by calling 217-529-7171 ext. 508 or Book online here.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Community Partner 2018-19, 2019-20; Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus: 3.1 miles. 3050 South Dirksen Parkway Springfield, IL 62703. 217-529-7771 or 217-391-0331. Email: jthoron@cpspringfield.com. Join us at the NEWLY renovated Holiday Inn Express for a great stay! Ask for our special UIS rate or refer to rate code IPUIS and reserve a standard room for $84 a night. Included is a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free wifi, newspaper, parking, business center and use of the Crowne Plaza pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi/sauna. The hotel is 100% smoke free and pet friendly. You may also use the link to reserve a room today. Make your reservations online by clicking HERE.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. (Last updated July 2017)

Distance from campus: 3.6 miles.  2636 Sunrise Drive.  Springfield, IL 62703.  (217) 718-6842.  Email: jjenkins@jacaruso.com. NEWLY RENOVATED Hotel as of Summer 2017.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Wi-Fi, and Bus Parking. Refrigerator & Microwave in each Suite. Laundry onsite.  Pets welcome with small fee per pet. Rates: January-April-$65.00; May-Aug-$74.00; Sept-December-$69.00. NOTE:  Rate is per room, per night and subject to tax. Rate offering is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Residence Inn by Marriott (Community Partner: 2018-19; 2016-17. Last updated March 6, 2018)

Distance from campus. 3.4 miles. 2915 Stanford Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703. (217) 527-1100.  Check-in at 3 p.m. & check-out at 12 noon; however, hotel will make every effort to provide an early check-in or late check-out based on availability. Amenities: complimentary hot breakfast buffet, evening socials Monday through Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. The complementary social includes appetizers, beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water. Some other key amenities include the following: Complementary parking, Free Grocery shopping service, complimentary wi-fi, 24-Hour Coffee & Tea station, Business Center with Fax & Copy Service; Guest Laundry Facility, 24-hr Fitness Center, Indoor Pool and Whirlpool, Outdoor Sports Court, Outdoor Courtyard with casual seating, barbecue grill & fire pit. Near restaurants and convenient to I-55.

Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center.  (Community Partner: 2017-18. Last updated July 2017)

Distance from campus: 2.8 miles. 625 E. Saint Joseph Street. Springfield, IL  62703.  (217) 529-6626. Email: route66hotel@gmail.com.  Locally owned hotel with new owner. Currently undergoing major updates. Onsite restaurant – Mother Road Diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Early and late check-in can be requested, based on availability. Complimentary WiFi.  Outdoor heated pool.  When making reservations ask for the UIS Orientation rate: $66/night.  Located near restaurants, shopping, and beauty/spa services.

Sleep Inn (Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus: 7.2 miles.  3470 Freedom Drive, Springfield, IL 62704. (217) 787-6200. Email address:  springfield@ipdhospitality.com.  Newly refreshed hotel located  just a short drive from the UIS campus. Convenient location is just off I-72 near many shops and restaurants. The Sleep Inn offers complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free WiFi, free daily newspaper and free coffee. Amenities: in-room coffee maker, microwave, and micro-fridge. Access the special UIS rate of $69 (+tax) from here.

State House Inn (Community Partner 2019; Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus: 6.2 miles.  101 E Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701. (217) 528-5100 x800.  Email address: jami@thestatehouseinn.com  UIS Orientation: $79/night Standard King or Double room. Includes complimentary hot breakfast for each guest. Early arrival and late check-in if available – call the hotel prior to arrival to confirm availability. Amenities: Free Parking, Free WiFi, on-site parking, daily paper, coin laundry, Business Center, Fitness Center. Walking distance to Amtrak, downtown restaurants, shops, historical sites and attractions.

Wyndham Springfield City Centre. (Last updated April 2018)

Distance from campus: 6.1 miles. 700 E Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701.  (217) 789-1530 Ext. 4502   Fax: (217) 522-5346. Email address: ktilton@wyndhamcitycentre.com.  Orientation rates in June/July $89-109/night check with hotel. August 20-22 KickStart and Launch Week rates $89/night. Special rates for Family Weekend 2018 and Commencement 2019 – $109/night.  Close to Abraham Lincoln Museum and historic sites, shops, dining.

Wingate by Wyndham. (Last updated April 2019)

Distance from campus 2.8 miles. 3185 S. Dirksen Parkway. Springfield, IL 62703. (217) 529-1100.  Fax: (217) 529-1105.  Please call the hotel directly for their UIS Orientation/Family Weekend rates for the dates you are visiting campus.  Close to downtown, UIS, and walking distance to restaurants and entertainment.  Amenities include: Complimentary Hot Breakfast; indoor heated pool; free WiFi; Fitness Center; Business Center; Cable; Late check-in/check-out; Early check-in upon availability.

* distances calculated using Google maps address of hotel to 4800 Eliza Farnham Dr. (address of Founders Residence Hall which we will be using for student orientation housing).