GroupoidFest 2018

Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago

November 10 and 11, 2018

Chicago at Night


Welcome! The GroupoidFest will be held in Chicago for the first time this Fall, on the East Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, situated near the heart of Chicago. Talks will be held on Saturday morning and afternoon, and again on Sunday morning.

This leaves plenty of time to enjoy some sightseeing in this great city, and dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants. Suggestions for accommodations in the city are below, along with travel information.


Location: All talks & Teas will be held in Room 636 of the Science and Engineering Offices (SEO) building, which is located near the northeast corner of the intersection of Taylor and Morgan Streets. The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science is located on floors 3—7 and 12 & 13 of SEO.

Visiting Directions to the UIC campus are available here, and an interactive map of the campus is here.


Speakers:
Valentin Deaconu University of Nevada, Reno
Leonard Huang University of Nevada, Reno
Marius Ionescu United States Naval Academy
Alex Kumjian University of Nevada, Reno
Olga Lukina University of Illinois at Chicago
Constantine Medynets United States Naval Academy
Atish J Mitra Montana Tech
Jeffrey Morton SUNY Buffalo State
If you are interested in giving a talk, send an email to the organizers, Steve Hurder or Olga Lukina.


Timetable: We are thinking of having all talks be 45 minutes, and spaced so that there is some time between talks. This proposed timetable will be adjusted as necessary, and the times for each speaker will be set closer to the date of the meeting.

Saturday November 10
Time
Name of Speaker
Title of Talk
8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Coffee in 636 SEO
9:00 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.
TBA
TBA
9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
Pause—Café
11:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.
TBA
TBA
11:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
TBA
TBA
12:15 p.m. — 1:45 p.m.
LUNCH BREAK
1:45 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
TBA
TBA
2:45 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.
TBA
TBA
3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Pause—Café
4:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
TBA
TBA
6:00 p.m.
Conference Party

Sunday November 11
Time
Name of Speaker
Title of Talk
8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Coffee in 636 SEO
9:00 a.m. —9:45 a.m.
TBA
TBA
9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
Pause—Café
11:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.
TBA
TBA
11:30 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
TBA
TBA


Accommodations: There are hundreds of hotels, hostels and airbnb offerings in the city.

There are three choices of accomodations which are walking distance to the UIC East Campus - the first three choices listed below are within a mile of the campus.

The Halsted/UIC station on the CTA Blue Line is on the north side of the UIC East campus, and is a 10 minute walk to the SEO building. If an accomodation is close to a CTA stop, then that is a convenient way to access the campus.

Finally, there is a campus parking garage at the corner of Halsted and Taylor Streets (760 West Taylor Street) that is a 5 minute walk to the SEO building, and costs just $8/day for parking. So if you are driving, this is most convenient.

Chicago is a very large city! Be sure to check that the location of the hotel/hostel/rental is not so far from the UIC campus, by car or CTA train or bus. Ask an organizer about the location if in doubt.

 

Name Comments
Travelodge by Wyndham Located on East Harrison Street, about a 10-15 minute walk to the SEO building.
Crowne Plaza Located in the Chicago West Loop on Halsted Street, about a 10-15 minute walk to the SEO building.
Hostelling International Chicago Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop district on Congress Ave, about a 20 minute walk to the SEO building.
The Congress Plaza Hotel Located on Michigan Ave, almost directly across from the Art Institute. About a 25 minute walk to the SEO building.
Hotels.com
Chicago Hotels
Chicago Hostels


Travel to UIC. There are lots of options, so easy in principle.

Driving: The UIC East campus was formerly known as The University of Illinois Chicago Circle, because it is located at the soutwest corner of the intersection of the Eisenhower (I290) and Kenedy/Dan Ryan Expressways (I90/94) and the combined ramps between these roads forms - a circle! Which is to say, it has reasonable easy access from these expressways. Due to construction though, some of these exit ramps are closed, so you need to get off somewhere near campus and then take Halsted or Harrison Streets to the campus. Check your GPS maps to be cautious.

Plane: Chicago has two airports, O'Hare and Midway. From either airport, a Taxi to downtown Chicago, or the UIC Campus will costs anywhere from $40 to $60, and is not even that fast.

The O'Hare Station of the CTA Blue line is located in the basement of the main terminal at O'Hare, and for $2.50 you can take the train directly to the Halsted/UIC station. The trip is between 45 minutes and possibly more than an hour, depending on the time of day.

The Midway Station of the CTA Orange line goes from Midway Airport to the Loop in downtown Chicago. There you can get off for a hotel in the Loop, or transfer to the CTA Blue line to go to the Halsted/UIC station. The fare is still $2.50 including transfer, so is one of the great bargains available in Chicago.

Bus: There is a Greyhound Bus Station on Harrision Street, almost adjacent to the Travelodge by Wyndham. The bus is a cheap and convenient way to get to UIC from Champaign/Urbana for example.

Bike: Chicago has a national reputation as one of the best large cities in the United States for bicycling. Indeed, getting around by bike is one of the big surprises when you visit Chicago, either with a rented DIVVY Bike, or with your own equipment. Plus, there are marked Bike Trails along the Lakefront and elsewhere which are spectacular and highly popular. One caution though: it sometimes seems that Biking in Chicago is a contact sport, so one really should mind the Biking Rules of the Road to stay Safe and Sound. Wouldn't want to miss any of the talks by being doored!


Restaurants: Chicago has grown into one of the top foodie cities in the world over the past 20-25 years. There are thousands of restaurant options in the city, of all types and price ranges. Some are accesible by foot from the UIC Campus (along Randolph Street, for example) but most require a car/taxi/Uber to get to them.

The first items on the following list are within a 10-minute walk from the SEO building, which would be convenient to visit for lunch. The other items are links to some web sites describing the many options available.

 

Name Comments
Student Center East The student commons has the closest places to eat to the SEO Building. On the first floor is Panda Express and Cafe Descartes, and upstairs there is Argo Tea, Chick-fil-A, Moe's Southwest Grill, Sbarro and Subway. Not the best food in Chicago, but the most convenient to SEO.
Tufano's Vernon Park Tap Located at 1073 W. Vernon Park Place, just west from the main UIC library, serves up classic Italian cuisine in an intimate restaurant setting. A 5 minute walk from the SEO building. In 2008, Tufano's received American Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation.
Tuscany Located at 1014 W. Taylor Street, serves up classic Italian cuisine in a proper restaurant setting. A 5 minute walk from the SEO building. A little pricy, but you will most likely have to take out the rest of your meal, or plan to sleep through the afternoon talks.
Thai Bowl Located at 1049 W. Taylor Street, almost across from the Tuscany restaurant. Serves up hearty Thai dishes in a bowl, what else. Basic but tasty cuisine.
Al's Italian Beef Located at 1079 W. Taylor, almost next to the Thai Bowl. A 5 minute walk from the SEO building. Get a combo Italian Beef & Sausage, plus the fries, and you are challenged to stay awake for the rest of the day. Classic Chicago food, before it all got fancified.
Khaosan and Taylor Located at 1104 W. Taylor Street, a little further west than the above places. A Mom & Pop joint, with very tasty authentic Thai cuisine. Ask for a Very Hot dish, like 4/5 on their Hot Scale, and you may have to miss the afternoon talks. The Medical Center is about a mile away down Taylor Street, and they can fix you back up.
Artopolis Bakery/Cafe/Agora This is a gem of a place for lunch or coffee with cake. For lunch serves up very tasty Greek fare. The location at 306 S. Halsted is about a 15-20 minute walk north on Halsted from the SEO building, but worth the excursion!
Joy-Yee Noodles Located at 1335 South Halsted Street, this is about a 10-15 minute walk south on Halsted from the SEO building. The walk is rewarded with a menu celebrated for it wonderful variety of dishes, with portions large enough to feed a graduate student for the weekend.
10 Best Restaurants There are lots of "10 Best" web sites out there - this one is from Trip Advisor. Or just try googling what you like.
50 Best Restaurants The 50 best from the Chicago Tribune Food Critic Phil Vettel. But caution - just browsing this list may cause you to change your prefered destination from Paris to Chicago!
50 Best Restaurants ZAGAT has their own opinion about what the 50 Best Restaurants are! Or rather, as they say: The people have spoken. This list is generated by customer reviews.


Organizers. Please contact either Steve Hurder or Olga Lukina if you have questions about the meeting or your plans to attend. Last updated: October 15, 2018.