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 the Chicagoland area. The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) offers public bus service throughout C-U, including campus. A one-way trip is just $1, and you can pay using coins, $1 bills, tokens, or the Token Transit App. MTD's Trip Planner is a convenient tool to help plan your trip.

Directions to Festival Headquarters: 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.

Map of UIUC Campus


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 4:00 pm, limited parking is available for $1.25/hour 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). The University is in the process of removing its standard parking meters that accept quarters, so plan to pay by phone.* Many parking spots are free in the evening, but check the spot's sign to be sure. Spots with bagged signs 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 parking spots do charge on Saturdays, so be sure to check the signage.

If needed, the Festival has single day parking permits available. These hang tags are only good at University “I” parking spots 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 there is no parking patrol 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.

*Parking Apps:

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.

Meals

MEAL CARDS

You have the option to purchase a meal card for each of your sponsors and students when you register online for the Festival. The meal cards are $23.00/each and cover lunch on Friday, January 13 and lunch on Saturday, January 14 at the Illinois Street Dining Center (ISR). Located across the street from the Krannert Center (Festival HQ), this newly renovated center is open for lunch from 11:00 am-2:00 pm and offers all-you-care-to-eat, cafeteria-style dining. A wide variety of selections are available including salad bar, deli, hot entrees, grilled sandwiches, pizza, fresh fruit, and dessert. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available. Please ask a dining staff member if you need assistance with finding something that meets your needs. UIUC Dining’s Eatsmart App includes ingredients and nutritional content.

ON-CAMPUS DINING

There are several eateries located on the block just south of KCPA, including Subway and Rosati’s Pizza. Other nearby eateries include Jimmy Johns and Caffe Paradiso (southeast of KCPA on Lincoln Ave.), plus Manolo’s Pizza and Empanadas and The Bread Company (just across Oregon St. at Goodwin Ave.).

The Illini Union has a small food court in its basement. Click here to see what eateries are located in the food court and their hours. There are many more options just west of the Illini Union, on or near Green Street, such as: Panda Express, Noodles & Company, Chipotle, Panera, Jimmy John's, and Potbelly's.

Check out Zomato for a more complete list of campus restaurants and their locations and hours.

You may also find food trucks in various locations around campus.

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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