Picture of Madison, view from the lake.

Travel, Accomodations & Visiting Madison

We’re so sorry to not be able meet in person for the 2021 version of the Symposium. However, we do hope to see you in Madison in the Future! If you would like to virtually check out our city, take a look at all of the information below.

Welcome to Madison!

Here, you will find directions and information for getting to Madison, traveling around the city, and lodging options, as well as suggestions for dining and other activities and attractions.


Union South

This year the GAFIS Symposium is held at Union South
(1308 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715).

Getting to Madison

Arrival information from Madison (Dane County Regional) Airport:

Note: Generally, it isn’t necessary to rent a car if you arrive via Dane County Regional Airport. The airport is located only about six miles from the downtown Madison and UW campus area, and taxi service is available. If you do choose to rent a car, check with your hotel directly about parking availability.

Arrival Information from Chicago O’Hare/Midway/Milwaukee:

By car:

  • Approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Milwaukee (via I-94)
  • Approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Chicago (via I-90)

By bus:

Getting around Madison

  • Walking: State Street is the main route from the Capitol to campus and has a lot of restaurants and shops. It is closed to vehicle traffic except buses.
  • Biking: and Madison is very bike-friendly. If you’d like to rent a bike to use while you’re here, check out Madison B-Cycle to take advantage of stations across the city.
  • Buses: The local bus line is relatively inexpensive at $2 per one-way trip. Bus numbers 80, 81, 82, and 84 run through the campus and are free of charge. See the bus map here.


Please get in touch with Maggie Hughes, our Housing & Transportation Committee Chair, with housing questions.

On-campus Lodging:

Lowell Center 610 Langdon Street

Union South 1308 W. Dayton St.

Memorial Union Guest Rooms 800 Langdon St.

Downtown Madison Lodging:

Campus Inn (Graduate Madison) 601 Langdon Street

HI-Madison Hostel  141 South Butler St

DoubleTree 525 W. Johnson Street

Hampton Inn & Suites 440 W. Johnson Street

Hotel Red 1501 Monroe Street

West of Campus Lodging:

Best Western Plus Inn Towner 2424 University Ave


While you’re here, we hope you have time to sample some local fare! Here are some recommendations we think you’ll enjoy.

Pub fare

Great Dane 123 E Doty Street

Old Fashioned 23 N Pickney Street. (Try the cheese curds!)

Coopers Tavern 20 W Mifflin Street


Sol’s on the Square 117 E Mifflin Street

Muramoto 108 King Street

Fugu 411 W Gilman Street


Porta Bella 425 N Frances Street (just off State Street)

Cento 122 W Mifflin Street

Osteria Papavero 128 E Wilson Street


Kabul (Afghani/Mediterranean) 540 State Street

MedCafé (Mediterranean – open at lunchtime) 625 State Street

Layla’s (Persian) 141 S Butler Street