Frequently Asked Questions


* Please first try e-mail to reach the workshop contacts. *

Elaine Wolff, Program Director with the UIUC Conferences and Institutes service, is your best contact for issues related to using the web-based application and registration forms, housing, transportation, payment options, and questions about local area services and resources:

Elaine Wolff
Phone: 217-333-2880
Fax: 217-333-9561

For other questions, please contact, so that your question can be directed to the TCBG member best able to respond.  If a matter is particularly urgent, contact David Brandon, Manager, TCBG:

David Brandon
Phone: 217-265-6480
Fax: 217-244-6078

Registration and Fees

Q: Does the workshop provide any financial aid?
A: Unfortunately we are unable to provide any financial assistance.

Q: What is covered in the registration fee?
A: Shared housing (two people per room) is included in the registration fee; single rooms will raise your costs and availability may be limited. Workshop material and instructions will be provided for free. However, meals are not included. We estimate meals cost about $30 to $40 daily.


Q: I am not sure whether I could legally stay in the US for the workshop without a visa, or if this is not the case, what visa I would need. Do you know what the current regulations are and can you sponsor my visa application?
A: Please check all US entry-related matters on your end, as different countries have different immigration agreements with the US. We are not able to help with the entry process to the US. As of October 26, 2004, there are some changes that international travelers to the U.S. should be aware of.  For the latest information about obtaining visas, visit the web site:

Q:  Which airport should I fly into?  What are other transportation options?

Please see the 'Maps and Directions' page of the Club Quarters-Central Loop Hotel.  There are two major airports that service Chicago: O'Hare Airport (airport code ORD) is 17 miles from downtown, and Midway Airport (airport code MDW) is 10 miles from downtown.


Q: Can I stay longer before/after the workshop?
A: We only provide housing between 6/8-613. You have to arrange with the Club Quarters-Central Loop Hotel by yourself if you would like to stay longer.

Q: How does the pairing of room-mates work and would people know who they would share rooms with before arrival?
A: Pairing will be mostly done at check-in time. Participants will not be notified in advance.


Q: Where can I eat?
A: There are many restaurants with good prices within a few minutes walking distance.  We estimate meals cost about $30 to $40 daily.
A: Please click here for a list of restaurants or check a guide such as the The Chicago Traveler  for more information.


Q: Am I registered as a UIUC student for the workshop?
A: No. The workshop participants are not legally registered as students at UIUC. Attending the workshop is comparable to participation in any conference or a professional meeting and does not establish any formal association with UIUC.

Q:  Will I have internet access at The Club Quarers-Chicago Central Loop?
A:  High speed access is available in rooms.

Q: Are there any events in the Chicago area of interest occuring during the period of the workshop?
A. Please click here to see a list of events or check a guide such as the The Chicago Traveler  for more information.