Travel to the South Bend
The conference will be held at the Gillespie Conference Center
Gillespie Conference Center
53995 SR 933
South Bend, IN 46637
Location on Google Maps
South Bend is conveniently located along Interstate-80 and near Highway 31, approximately 1h 30m east of Chicago. The closest airport is the South Bend International Airport. Larger airports, Chicago O'Hare and Midway, are approximately 2 hours from Notre Dame.
The Gillespie Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn South Bend is located off of I-80 Exit 77, on the north west border of the University of Notre Dame campus (see Google Maps here).
Aside from car rental, the most convenient way to travel from the O'Hare or Midway airports in Chicago is via the Coach USA shuttle (http://www.coachusa.com/) to the South Bend Airport (Do not take the shuttle to 'Notre Dame', as this will place you ~1.5 miles from the conference venue). You can then take a taxi (http://flysbn.com/transportation/taxi-train-bus/) from the South Bend Airport to your hotel.
Note that the Inn at St. Mary's (one of the two conference hotels) has a complementary shuttle service to and from the airport. To use this service, you will need to contact the hotel in advance.
The conference venue is attached to one of the conference hotels, and adjacent to the other. When staying at one of the two hotels, having a car is thus not required during the conference.