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


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)

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


Average high: 58 F

Average low: 36

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.


Ideas for packing

You may want to bring:

Coming soon!


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).

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

Mississippi River

Mary Tyler Moore statue

Loring Park/Walker/Sculpture Garden


First Avenue

Paisley Park


Local Libraries

Minneapolis Central Library - 300 Nicollet Mall

Hennepin County Library locations

Saint Paul Public Library locations

University of Minnesota Libraries



Magers & Quinn -- https://www.magersandquinn.com/

3038 Hennepin Avenue


Moon Palace Books -- https://www.moonpalacebooks.com/

3032 Minnehaha Avenue


Red Balloon Bookshop -- https://www.redballoonbookshop.com/

891 Grand Avenue

St. Paul


Once Upon a Crime -- https://www.onceuponacrimebooks.com/

604 W 26th St.


Wild Rumpus -- https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/

2720 W 43rd St


Birchbark Books -- https://birchbarkbooks.com/

2115 W 21st St