Vendors & College Exhibitors

Dear Vendors and College Exhibitors: 

Welcome to the Vendors and College Exhibitors page of the IHSTF website. This section of the website contains everything you need to know about the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. If you have any questions about navigating around in this site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

New to the Festival? Would you like to have a mentor to help you navigate the Festival? Email exhibits@ihstf.org.

FESTIVAL INFORMATION FOR VENDORS AND COLLEGE EXHIBITORS 
(All links will become active as we move closer to the date of the event.)

  • Workshop Leader Certificate (available after Festival)
Festival Information on the Guidebook App
The Festival has a Guidebook App which is the best way to find all information regarding locations and times of workshops and productions. It also has information on FESTGEAR, Swap Desk, and Friday Night Activities. Maps of the University can also be found in this App.


The Festival will no longer provide a program book provided to all attendees. One program book will be provided to each registered sponsor. All information that has been in the previous program books will be listed in the Guidebook App.

This App will be made available beginning in early January. More information on how to download Guidebook from your App store and what to search for within the Guidebook App will be updated on here in mid-December! We highly encourage you to download this App a few days before arrival at the Festival. Please check back for this information.

Transportation and Parking Minimize

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation is the responsibility of the individual high schools. If needed, the Illinois Terminal website offers information on various public transportation options such as Amtrak and Greyhound. Peoria Charter Coach Company also offers daily bus service between campus and Chicago.

Directions to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801)

Please be mindful of the many crosswalks when driving on campus, and always give the right of way to pedestrians.


PARKING

As a general rule, please follow all University parking signs and permits very carefully, and make sure this information is passed on to all drivers. If a vehicle is parked where it shouldn't be, it will have to be moved immediately, or else it may be ticketed or even towed. Neither the Festival nor the University is responsible for parking tickets or fines.

BUSES/TRUCKS: If the vehicle cannot fit in a single, regular parking space, it will need to be parked in Lot F23 (on Florida Ave. near Lincoln Ave.). NOTE: THERE IS NO ROOM NEAR KRANNERT FOR PARKING LARGE VEHICLES – DRIVERS SHOULD PICK UP AND DROP OFF STUDENTS AT STREETS ADJACENT TO KRANNERT, BUT VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED OFF-CAMPUS OR IN LOT F23.

Buses/trucks may park in Lot F23 after 4:00 pm on Thursday and anytime on Friday and Saturday.

CARS/VANS: On Thursday before 5:00 pm, limited parking is available at meters ($1/hr; use the MobileMeter App or bring quarters) on the streets surrounding KCPA, in Lot D5 (KCPA garage), in Lot D9 (east of Illinois Street Residence Hall) and in Lot D22 (south of Levis Faculty Center). Many meters do not have to be fed in the evening, but check the actual meter to be sure. Bagged meters require a special pass displayed on the vehicle dashboard and are not available for Festival parking.

Parking restrictions on Friday are essentially the same as Thursday. On Saturday, University-owned parking lots around KCPA are available at no cost all day. Some meters do charge on Saturdays, so be sure to check the meter carefully. 

If needed, the Festival has single day meter permits available. These hang tags are good for University “I” meters only and can be obtained at KCPA at check-in. One hang tag is needed per vehicle per day; however, you should only need it for Friday if you are not arriving until Thursday evening (and meters are not patrolled on Saturdays). Scratch off the appropriate month, date and year on the tag only for the day you are using it, and hang it with the date facing outward from your windshield.

Campus Parking Map

Questions or Problems? Contact:

Campus Parking
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm (lobby closes at 4:30)

1201 W. University Ave. 
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-3530
Motorist Assistance: 244-HELP (4357)
parkingcomments@illinois.edu

Reminder: Neither the Festival nor the University is responsible for covering parking ticket fines.

Lodging

You are responsible for making your own lodging arrangements for the Festival. The list below is not a comprehensive list of hotels in the Champaign-Urbana area; these are only the ones that responded to UIUC's call for proposals. Other area hotels may have plenty of rooms available at competitive rates. Be sure to reference "Illinois High School Theatre Festival" when making your reservation.

[View a map of Champaign-Urbana area hotels]

The Festival would like to thank Eastland Suites in Urbana for serving as the host hotel for the 2023 All-State Company!

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