Attendees » Local Info

Official Language
The official language of the conference is English and will be used for all presentations and printed materials.

Passport and Visa
All foreign visitors desiring to enter the United States must have a valid passport. Follow this link for Visa Information. No funds are available to assist with travel and registration fees cannot be waived. If, for some reason, your visa application is denied, your registration fees will be refunded to you in full.

Local Time Zones
In April Chicago, Illinois, USA will be observing Central Daylight Time (EDT), which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) minus 5 hours.

Dialing Codes
USA's International Country code: +1 Chicago's Local Area Codes: 312 & 872

Climate
The weather in Chicago is mild with the following temperatures:
Normal High: 59°F/15°C
Normal Low: 39°F/4°C

Currency Exchange
Only US dollars are acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. The exchange rate fluctuates daily. For current exchange rates, please visit www.exchangerate.com.

Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards
Credit cards, including MasterCard®, Discover®, Diners Club®, Visa® and American Express®, and traveler's checks are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, department stores, and souvenir shops.

Tipping Standards
15% is standard for meals. For skycaps, doormen, porters and bellman, $1.00 per bag is standard and $1.00 per night for housekeeping.

Electricity
Electricity throughout the United States is 110V, 60 Hz.

Workshop Attire
Attire during the duration of the workshop is business casual.

Cellular Phones, Pagers and Watch Alarms
As a courtesy to our speakers and other attendees, please turn off any cellular phones, pagers and watch alarms during sessions.

Smoking
All meeting rooms and seated functions are smoke free. Please adhere to the smoking policy of the University of Illinois.