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)
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 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html or www.dhs.gov/us-visit . 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.
311 E Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53715
676 State St., Madison, WI 53703
University of Wisconsin Hospital:
600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53703
202 S Park St., Madison, WI 53715
Urgent Care Clinic – East Towne
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
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