Millennial Conference on Number Theory

May 21 - 26, 2000

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Conference Program  |  Abstracts of talks
Conference wrap-up
First announcement

Travel Information
Local Information
Conference Venues
Information for Speakers
Miscellaneous Information
Satellite Conferences
Additional Information
Contact Addresses

Travel Information

Travel by air to Champaign

The Champaign airport. The Champaign airport, officially known as Willard Airport, is owned and operated by the University of Illinois. The airport is small, but modern, and all services are located in the same general area. In contrast to Chicago's O'Hare aiport, it takes only a few steps to get from the ticket counter to the gate, or from the gate to the baggage claim, and it is virtually impossible to get lost. Flight schedules can be found under this link. The airlines serving Champaign are American Airlines (from Chicago), TWA (from St Louis), and Northwest Airlines (from Detroit).

Note about US Airways: US Airways used to have flights between Pittsburgh and Champaign, but stopped this service about a month ago, and is no longer servicing Champaign. If you have booked a flight on US Airways, please check with your travel agent or the airline that made the reservation; they will likely rebook your flight onto other airlines at no additional cost.

Transportation from the Champaign airport to Champaign-Urbana. The airport is located in Savoy, about 8 miles from the University of Illinois campus and the center of Champaign-Urbana. The Quality Hotel has a free shuttle service between the airport and the hotel; to request a shuttle, call the hotel at 1-800-322-8282 or 384-2100 when you arrive at the airport. For those staying at the Busey-Evans residence halls, we will provide transportation. We expect to be able to meet most flights on Saturday, and possibly some flights on Friday. Our drivers will be graduate students (mostly in number theory) and will be easily identifyable by T-Shirts and signs. If you miss our vans, or arrive at an earlier or later date, we suggest that you use the A-1 Airport Transportation service, which operates a door-to-door van service between the airport and any address in Champaign-Urbana. The company has a stand near the baggage area of the airport and usually has at least one van waiting for every incoming flight. The cost is approximately $10. (It is also possible to call a taxi from the airport, but since taxis are not allowed to wait at the airport, it may take 10 - 15 minutes for a taxi to arrive.) Of course, if are staying at the Quality Hotel, you can use the free hotel shuttle.

Travel by air to Chicago

If you are flying to the Chicago O'Hare airport, the most convenient option is to rent a car at the airport and drive to Champaign; the trip takes between 2 1/2 and 3 hours. Maps and driving directions from the O'Hare airport to the University of Illinois campus can be found at this link.

For public transportation between O'Hare airport and Champaign there are several options. The most convenient, but also most expensive of these is the Bluebird Charter, which operates directly between O'Hare and Champaign. Traveling by train or Greyhound bus is less convenient and more time consuming, as the train and bus stations are located in downtown Chicago, some 25 miles from the airport. However, if you are planning to spend a day or two in Chicago before the conference, taking the train to Champaign may be a good option.

For more information about the O'Hare airport, terminal maps, flight information and information on ground transportation, visit the O'Hare Airport web site.

Travel by bus or train

The Amtrak train station and the Greyhound bus station in Champaign are located next to each other, about 1 mile from the University campus. Transportation by taxi is readily available and inexpensive. We may be able to meet some trains or buses, but you should be prepared to take a taxi to the hotel or residence hall.

Travel by car

Local Information

Conference Venues


Aside from the banquet on Thursday and the Reception on Saturday, no formal meal functions are planned. There are many eating establishments, ranging from espresso bars, bakeries, ethnic and chain fast food restaurants, to full service restaurants, within a few blocks of Altgeld Hall; a list and map of restaurants will be included in the registration packet. Since the University will not be in session during the conference period, the crowds will be small.

Local Weather

The average day time temperatures in late May are in the mid 80s (Fahrenheit), with night time temperatures in the high 50s or low 60s. It is usually comfortably warm, but not oppressively hot and humid as it would be in the summer. Rainfall is possible, but will normally be in the form of a passing shower or thunderstorm; extended rainy periods are rare. The Quality Hotel and the Busey-Evans residence halls are air-conditioned, as are the buildings in which the lectures will be given; we will try to keep the temperature in the lecture rooms at a comfortable level.
Current Champaign weather conditions and forecast

Useful links

Information for Speakers



We offer two options for accommodation, a hotel near the University campus, and a student dormitory, located on the campus. Both locations are within a 5 minute walk from the conference site. Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel or the University housing service, and not with the conference organizers. If you have difficulties making reservations yourself, let us know and we will try to make the reservations for you.

Conference Poster

A poster is available for posting on departmental bulletin boards, office doors, etc. We would be happy to mail a hard copy to anyone requesting it; to receive a poster, send your complete mailing address to To see a reduced size version of the poster, click here. A full size version of the poster (300k) is available here; if you have a color printer that can handle large paper sizes, you may be able to print a copy the poster from this link.

Satellite Conferences

Two workshops are scheduled for the weekends preceding and following the Millennial Conference.

Additional Information

Sponsors: Funding for the Millennial Conference has been provided by the Number Theory Foundation; the National Science Foundation; the National Security Agency; the Institute for Mathematics and Applications; and the University of Illinois.

Organizers: The Organizing Committee for the Conference consists of B.C. Berndt, N. Boston, H. Diamond, A.J. Hildebrand, from the University of Illinois Mathematics Department, and W. Philipp of the Statistics Department of the University of Illinois.

More information: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, using the address below. Updates to this information will be posted on this web page ( as it becomes available.

Contact addresses

Email (preferred):

Conference web page:

Mailing address:

Millennial Conference
Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois
1409 West Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Last modified Tue May 30 16:30:26 2000