Transportation & Lodging

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Conference Registration

Register online for the conference—registration is free, but all participants and speakers must be registered.

Travel by Air

South Bend Regional Airport is about 15 minutes by car from the Notre Dame campus (flights should be booked to South Bend, Indiana — airport code SBN). From the airport, go east on Lincolnway West (left out of the airport) to downtown South Bend. Turn left on Indiana 933 (Michigan Street) and proceed about two miles to Angela Boulevard. Turn right onto Angela, and then turn left at the first stoplight (Notre Dame Ave) for the Morris Inn, or the second stoplight (Eddy Street) for visitor parking.

Visitors also can fly into Chicago then drive or take a bus/train to Notre Dame (note that the time zone changes just west of South Bend). The University is about two hours by car from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and about 90 minutes from Midway International Airport. From O’Hare, take I-190 east out of the airport, merge onto I-90 east (the Kennedy Expressway) toward downtown Chicago and merge with I-94 south (the Dan Ryan Expressway). Take the Skyway exit off the Dan Ryan and remain on I-90 to the Indiana Toll Road, which merges with I-80. From the Illinois border, it is about 75 miles to Exit 77 (the South Bend/Notre Dame exit).

Coach Service is available direct from O’Hare and Midway to the University of Notre Dame (about three hours).

Train Service

The South Shore Line trains run directly from the Chicago Loop (corner of Michigan and Randolph) to South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend (about a two-hour trip). From the airport, the Notre Dame campus is approximately a 15-minute ride by car. Various transportation methods are available (e.g. taxi, rental car).

Amtrak Service is available to South Bend from all over the Midwest. The Amtrak train is at a separate station, also about 15 minutes from campus.

Driving to Notre Dame

The University is located just south of the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90), and is about two hours from Chicago.

From the East/West:

Leave Interstate 80/90 at Exit 77 and turn right onto Indiana 933/US 31. Turn left at Angela Boulevard (fourth stoplight). Turn left on Notre Dame Avenue – the first stoplight. Morris Inn will be on your left.

From the North/South:

Take US 31 north, which becomes Indiana 933 outside South Bend. Stay on 933 to Angela Boulevard, the second stoplight north of the river.

From the north, turn left on Angela Boulevard. From the south, turn right on Angela Boulevard. Turn left on Notre Dame Avenue, the first stoplight.


We recommend staying at the Morris Inn, located on campus and directly across the street from the Conference Center (if the weather is bad, there is even a tunnel that connects the two buildings underground). In addition to its proximity to the conference, it is also an easy 5–10 minute walk from other campus locations. There is a pub and a restaurant in the restaurant, as well as convenient access to food options on campus and casual-dining options on Eddy Street Commons, about a ten minute walk. We have negotiated a discounted rate of $99 + tax per night, which you can reserve by calling 1 (800) 280-7256. Accessible rooms are available, and complimentary self-parking is available for hotel guests. We are confident that the Morris offers the best combination of price, location, and amenities.

NB: Hotel rooms can be shared easily by to reduce costs. If you would like to split the cost of a room with another conference attendee, we would be happy to connect with you with a roommate. In addition, some Notre Dame graduate medievalists have space for guests in their homes. Please contact the organizing committee directly if you would like help finding a roommate or other accommodation.

Morris Inn
1399 Notre Dame Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617


Other local hotels (listed by proximity):

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1220 East Angela Boulevard, South Bend, IN  46617
Rooms from ~$175/night
Located on Eddy Street Commons, a 10-minute walk from the Conference Center and other campus amenities

The Inn at Saint Mary’s
53993 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend IN  46637
Rooms from ~$140/night
Located less than a mile from the conference center, with regular shuttle service

Microtel Inn & Suites
222 Dixie Way South, South Bend, IN 46637
Rooms from ~$80/night

Travel within South Bend

Public Transportation is available through South Bend Transpo. The bus system is currently changing from a stop-and-flag system to a system with standardized bus stops. There are free shuttles that travel between Notre Dame parking lots and other areas of campus. Downtown South Bend is approximately a ten-minute drive from campus.

Conference Meeting Location

The conference will be held in the McKenna Conference Center, across the street from the Morris Inn and a 5-10 minute walk from other campus amenities and sights, including Hesburgh Library. You can locate McKenna on campus using this interactive map of Notre Dame, or via the image below.

Local dining

We will be providing some meals at the conference. Casual dining is available on campus and on Eddy Street Commons (both within walking distance of the center). We will also be organizing groups for dinners at various South Bend restaurants, with transportation and carpools organized by Notre Dame graduate students.