Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Naperville is the preferred conference hotel, located directly across the street from the Conference Center. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and premium TV channels provides entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail. A complimentary shuttle is available from the hotel to the conference venue (check with the hotel registration desk for each day's schedule).

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at a discounted rate of $109 per night. The special SLATE Conference rate will be available for a limited number of rooms so attendees are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. The discounted rate offered is based on availability through September 10, 2019. The cutoff date is a guideline and does not guarantee availability.

To receive the discounted rate of  $109. per day, you must request the NIU/SLATE Conference Room Block on or before September 10, 2019.  CLICK HERE to start the online reservation process, or call: 800.321.2211 to speak to someone directly. The room block usually sells out quickly so make your reservations today.


Naperville is a suburban city, thirty miles west of downtown Chicago, located in DuPage and Will counties in the State of Illinois. Naperville was voted the second-best place to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2006.

The Chicagoland area is served by two major airports:

There are several other smaller commercial airports in the Chicago area, these include:


Driving Directions
From I-88 West, exit Naperville Road/Freedom Drive. At the light, turn left. Go to Diehl Road and turn right. Turn left on Centre Point Circle and then left into the NIU parking lot. Parking is free; no permits are needed. 
From I-88 East, exit Naperville Road/Freedom Drive. Turn left onto Freedom Drive. Turn right onto Diehl Road. Turn left on Centre Point Circle and then left into the NIU parking lot. Parking is free; no permits are needed.

Metra (rail from downtown Chicago)
Take the BNSF Railway line from Union Station to the Naperville station. Click here for the current schedule. From the Naperville station, take a cab or use the hotel shuttle (from the Courtyard by Marriott or the Hampton Inn) to get to the NIU Naperville campus and the conference location.

The link to this map below is available here: