Travel Information

Conference details
ESAL is a regional undergraduate conference headquartered in Stevenson Hall at Illinois State University. View a map of ISU. Registration will occur upon arrival at the conference, and there is no registration fee.

Breakfast, lunch, and a mid-afternoon dessert reception will be provided, free of charge, at the conference. For dinner and other meals, there are a number of options in uptown Normal, just a few blocks from the conference site. The Uptown Normal website has more information on local dining options.

Those driving to Normal may want to check out the map link provided under Conference Details above. For more information about parking at Illinois State, visit the Visitor and Temporary Parking Permits page. (You can also park in the nearby Marriott garage at an hourly rate, whether or not you are a guest at the hotel.) We also have an Amtrak station a short walk (about three blocks) from the conference location (the code for that station is BNL), and Normal runs an affordable bus system.

The nearest hotels are the Normal Marriott and the newly completed Hyatt Place, both of which are about a block from Stevenson Hall. Normal and its sister city, Bloomington, have a number of other hotel options in various price ranges.

For further questions or concerns about accommodations or transportation to the conference, please email conference coordinators at