Local Information

Travel/directions | Parking | Where to stay | Getting around town | Other questions

Where is NCSA? How do I get there?

NCSA is on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois. The address is 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana.

The University of Illinois' Willard Airport (CMI) is served by American Airlines and Northwest Airlines.

Other regional airports are: Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Indianapolis, Indiana (120 miles/190 kilometers away); O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago, Illinois (140 miles/220 kilometers away); and Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI), Bloomington, Illinois (less than 60 miles/100 kilometers away).

You can also reach Champaign-Urbana via Amtrak train or Greyhound bus service. The Lincolnland Express also provides shuttle bus service between Urbana-Champaign and all regional airports and Chicago's Union Station.

Driving directions are available on the NCSA website.

A taxi from Willard Airport to NCSA will cost about $10. The Champaign County Visitors Guide offers information on taxis and other transportation.

Parking at NCSA

Metered parking is available near the NCSA Building on Clark Street, in the parking garage just north of NCSA, and on other surrounding streets. Rates are 75 cents/hour, and the meters accept quarters, dimes, nickels and dollar coins. Coins are required for all parking spots, even those in the parking garage; the parking garage is not equipped to accept bills or credit cards. While you can park all day in the garage, time limits for surrounding streets are usually two hours.

Where can I stay in Urbana-Champaign?

The closest accommodations to NCSA are at the Hampton Inn at 1200 W. University Ave., Urbana. A block of rooms is available (arrival, Aug. 9; departure, Aug. 14) for summer school attendees for the reduced rate of $99/night. Call 217-337-1100 before August 3 and use the group code "VSS."

Check the online Champaign County Visitors Guide for information on other Urbana-Champaign accommodations.

Getting around town

A list of local taxi companies is available from the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A taxi from Willard Airport to NCSA (or to the Hampton Inn) will cost about $10.

The Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District offers bus service across campus and around town.


Contact virtualschool@ncsa.illinois.edu.