The conference location 200 S Wacker Dr is adjacent to Union station, which has direct train connections to the O’Hare and Midway airports as well as commuter trains to the broader Chicagoland area. In particular, the CTA blue line connects to O’Hare, while the Metra system provides a wide set of connections to other parts of Chicago and its suburbs, which may be of interest for budget hotel options. See the following websites for more info on these systems: CTA system map, Metra system map.
For participants from University of Illinois, besides Amtrak and buses to Union station, UI rides provides direct transportation to 200 S Wacker.
Further information on accessing 200 S Wacker is available via the Illini center website, which is in the same building as DPI.
The conference location is situated in the business district of Chicago, which offers a large variety of lunch options, but tends to be quiet outside of business hours. Some nearby areas with many evening dining options are
Greektown, a few blocks west of the conference location
River North, a few blocks north of the conference location
Fulton market (Randolph st), several blocks northwest of the conference location
Parking garages are available near 200 S Wacker, but rates can be as high as $20-$40 per hour.