Local Arrangements and Information

The Local Arrangements Committee welcomes you to Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Welcome to the North Star State!  

Transportation | Weather | Restaurants & Pubs | Things to Do | Local Libraries | Bookstores

Transportation

Airport

If you're arriving by plane, you'll likely fly into Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), which is only 20-25 minutes away from the conference hotel. 

Light rail service is available from the airport to downtown Minneapolis on Metro Transit's Blue Line. Get off at the Nicollet Mall Station (5th & Nicollet & 5th) and either walk or catch a southbound bus on Nicollet Mall to 10th & Nicollet. Walk southeast 1 block to 10th & Marquette. The Hilton Minneapolis hotel is located at 1001 Marquette Avenue.

Taxi Service (MSP Airport)

Driving Directions (MSP Airport to Hilton Minneapolis)

Train Station

Amtrak service is available to and from Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul.

Light rail service is available from Union Depot to downtown Minneapolis on Metro Transit's Green Line. Get off at the Nicollet Mall Station (5th & Nicollet & 5th) and either walk or catch a southbound bus on Nicollet Mall to 10th & Nicollet. Walk southeast 1 block to 10th & Marquette. The Hilton Minneapolis hotel is located at 1001 Marquette Avenue.

Parking Rates at Hilton Minneapolis:

  • Self parking: $24.00 (overnight)
  • Valet: $45.00 (overnight)

Public Transportation: Metro Transit

Blue Line - downtown Minneapolis to MSP Airport and the Mall of America

Green Line - downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul via the University of Minnesota campus

More Metro Transit routes and information

Ride Shares and Cabs

Ride-share services like Uber and Lyft operate in Minneapolis. You can also call cab services, but it is almost impossible to hail a cab on the street in the Twin Cities.

The Skyway of Downtown Minneapolis

The Skyway is a system of enclosed pedestrian bridges connecting buildings in downtown. They will get you where you need to go while keeping you out of the weather and street traffic, but can also make it difficult to tell where you are.

A local designer made this map of the skyway system to make things easier to navigate (it is mostly accurate, but was produced a couple of years ago so some building names and connections may not be 100% up-to-date).

Read more about the Skyway in the official guide (and to really get into it, read about the love/hate relationship we have with the Skyway, the story behind the map, and the need for better signage in the system).


Weather

Average high: 58 F

Average low: 36 F

However, literally anything can happen in Minnesota in April, weather-wise. It could be 80 degrees or there could be 18 inches of snow, possibly in the same week. Stay tuned to your favorite weather apps and websites and plan accordingly. 


Restaurants & Pubs

Near the conference hotel:

Hell’s Kitchen -- #3 on the MeetMinneapolis' Must See Things List!
80 South 9th St.

Iconic brunch, lunch, and dinner spot with unique decor and a rock-n-roll vibe (and not related to the TV show of the same name).

Barrio
925 Nicollet Mall

Modern Latin American tapas & tacos, plus a large tequila list and cocktails, served in stylish digs.

Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis's own little corner of the UK. Classic fare and English pints.

The Local
931 Nicollet Mall

Irish pub with many nooks and crannies, a beautiful bar, and good food including fish and chips and other pub classics.

Hen House Eatery
114 South 8th St.

Sprawling cafe offering classic, locally sourced breakfast & lunch, plus happy hour tapas & wine.

Further afield, but worth the trip:

Eat Street
Many international restaurants, clustered between 25th and 28th Streets on Nicollet Avenue.

North Loop
Hip neighborhood on the north side of downtown. Home to many of the hottest and most innovative restaurants in Minneapolis.

Things to Do

Read about downtown Minneapolis and find things to do, places to eat and drink, information on getting around, and more!

Mall of America
Catch the Blue Line light-rail heading south to get to the Mall of America.

Mississippi River
If it's nice, take a walk downtown to the Mississippi River. The Stone Arch Bridge is a great vantage point, and a worthy destination all it owns. The view from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge will also present you with a view of the historic Grain Belt Beer sign.

Mary Tyler Moore statue
She could turn the world on with her smile... she could take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile... Find the statue honoring Mary Tyler Moore at the site where she threw her hat into the air in the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Walker Art Center
Contemporary art museum on the periphery of downtown Minneapolis. If you visit, be sure to check out the outdoor sculpture garden. Take a cab or ride-share from the hotel. It's a bit of a hike, but you could walk there from the hotel, passing through Loring Park and over the iconic Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Enjoy free admission to the collections of this great museum. The museum is a short distance from the conference hotel, but you will probably want to use a ride-share service or take a cab or bus (routes 17 and 18 are good bets) to get there.

First Avenue
Catch a show or stop by for a dance night at the nightclub made famous by Prince in Purple Rain and epicenter of the Minneapolis music scene. Located at 1st Avenue and 7th Street North, walking distance (or a quick taxi ride) from the conference hotel.

Paisley Park
You will need to drive, ride-share, or hire a cab to get there, but any fans of Prince will want to see his private estate and production complex in Chanhassen.

Saint Paul
Minneapolis' twin city to the east. Not as glamorous, but home to the State Capitol and many great restaurants, craft breweries, and more. The Green Line light rail will take you from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul. For other destinations, you will want to use a ride-share service or call a cab (it is almost impossible to hail a cab on the street in the Twin Cities).


Local Libraries

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Hennepin County Library locations

Saint Paul Public Library locations

University of Minnesota Libraries


Bookstores

Note: getting to any of these from the conference hotel will involve taking a bus, cab, or ride-share (or a long walk, if you have the time).

Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

Bookstore in the Uptown neighborhood, with a large selection and often hosting events.

Moon Palace Books
3032 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis

 Independent book store with an attached café and events.

Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul

 Extensive children's book selection on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Books for teens and adults, too.

Once Upon a Crime
604 W 26th St., Minneapolis

 Independent bookstore in south Minneapolis, specializing in mysteries.

Wild Rumpus
2720 W 43rd St, Minneapolis

Neighborhood book shop, specializing in children's books. Stop by and meet some of the resident animals (cats, rabbits, and more)!

Birchbark Books
2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis

Louise Erdrich's book store featuring good books, native arts, jewelry, and community events.