Madison, WI2019-08-12T22:31:55+00:00

Madison, Wisconsin USA

Madison is an excellent venue for an international conference. Founded in 1848, it is the capital city of Wisconsin. The city is vibrant and offers most of the conveniences and attractions usually associated with major capitals of the United States.

In Madison you have opportunities for historical sites, natural beauty, museums and galleries, public parks, excellent shopping, a wide range of leisure activities, hotels, restaurants and a remarkably lively artistic scene.

Madison, WI in brief

You will find the best of all worlds in Wisconsin’s vibrant capital city and picturesque surrounding towns: natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural offerings, distinctive restaurants and shops, and an irreverent spirit of fun.

Built on an isthmus between lakes Monona and Mendota, Madison is renowned for its beautiful scenery. A total of five area lakes and over 200 parks provide an abundance of year-round outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, swimming and sailing along with cross-country skiing, snow sailing, and ice fishing.

Madison offers a variety of things to do before and after the conference sessions. Within blocks of many of the conference hotels and one block from the Memorial Union is the iconic State Street. After checking out the State Street shops and restaurants, take time to stop by and tour the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol. Tour the Capitol on your own or by guided tour to experience this stunning icon.

To search for other activities while in Madison view the Calendar of Events.

Madison is in Central Standard Time (CST)

Visa regulations
Participants from outside the United States may need to apply for a visa at the American Embassy, consulate, or other visa-issuing office in their country of origin. Consulates in some countries take several months to process applications. For information on obtaining your visa, go to or . As soon as you contemplate travel to the United States, and after identifying that a visa is needed, contact the US embassy or consulate for information about current visa processing time estimates and processes.

Arrival in by Plane
Madison: The Dane County Regional Airport is located 4 miles northeast of downtown Madison. You can continue to the meeting site via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

Milwaukee: The General Mitchell International Airport is located in Milwaukee, WI, approximately 75 miles east of Madison. You may continue to Madison via car or bus.

Chicago: Chicago, IL is located 150 miles southeast of Madison and has two international airports; Midway International Airport and O’Hare International Airport. You can continue to Madison via car or bus.

Arrival by Bus

Milwaukee: The Badger Coach Bus Lines runs six trips daily from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport directly to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. You can then continue to your hotel or the meeting site via taxi, Uber or Lyft.

Chicago: The Van Galder Bus Company runs several times daily from both O’Hare and Midway Airports, directly to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. You can then continue to your hotel or the meeting site via taxi, Uber or Lyft.

English is the national language.

Medical attention

311 E Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53715
676 State St., Madison, WI 53703

University of Wisconsin Hospital:
600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53703

Meriter Hospital:
202 S Park St., Madison, WI 53715

Urgent Care Clinic – East Towne
(608) 242-6855
4122 East Towne Blvd., Madison, WI 53704

Medical Equipment Rental

Home Health United
4639 Hammersley Road
Madison, WI 53711
Contact a month before arrival

Unity Point at Home
2180 W Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI 53713

Madison Medical Rental
2418 Amherst Road
Middleton, WI 53562

ATMs are found around the city.  All major credit and debit cards are accepted, especially by hotels, restaurants, shops and gas stations in Madison,WI.  Currency exchange: The United States monetary unit is the dollar.


Hilldale Shopping Center | 726 N. Midvale Blvd. | 10am – 9pm

Greenway Station Shopping Center | W. Beltline Hwy 12/14 & Greenway Blvd. | 10am-8pm

Outlets at the Dells | 210 N. Gasser Rd., Baraboo, WI | 9am – 9pm

Johnson Creek Premium Outlets | 575 Linmar Ln., Johnson Creek, WI | 10am – 9pm

Useful phone numbers
Emergency number: 911
Police: 911
Medical assistance: 911

Number of Residents: 255,214

81st Largest City in the United States

2nd Largest City in the State of Wisconsin

Madison is one of only two major US cities built on an isthmus

Madison is named after James Madison, the fourth U.S. President

Many city streets are named for the signers of the Constitution

Thousands of Native American effigy mounds were built along the shores of Madison’s lakes

Madison is home to over 260 parks, 6,000 acres of parkland and over 200 miles of off-road and multi-use paths and trails

Madison has over 15,000 acres of lakes