Planning Your Conference



Arriving & Departing from Minneapolis

The conference headquarters and primary hotel will be the Hilton Minneapolis located at 1001 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 . It is about 15-30 minutes from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) Airport depending on the time of day you are traveling and traffic. 

Driving & Parking Directions

Minneapolis is within a 6-hour driving distance from the following cities: Des Moines, Iowa; Fargo, North Dakota; Madison, Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Parking at Hilton Minneapolis

Self-Parking Fees
Hours: 24/7

  • $25.00 per day payable in the kiosk in the parking garage
  • $60 per day for oversized vehicles

EV Charging

  • Nearby, 240 feet

Valet Parking Fees
Hours: 24/7

  • $49.00

Flights

Located in the table below is collected price information for roundtrip flights to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport from major cities as of 3/6/2024. We encourage members to set alerts through flight tracking services such as flights.google.com or skyscanner.com .

The following flights are based on 2024 conference dates with a departure on November 20 and return on November 24. Please note the 2024 Annual Conference will take place beginning Wednesday, November 20 through Saturday, November 23, 2024.

Departure City Airline/Price
Atlanta Delta: $519 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Atlanta)
Boston Delta: $423 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Boston)
Chicago United: $254 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Chicago)
Denver United: $250 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Denver)
Detroit Delta: $439 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Detroit)
Houston United: $282 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Houston)
Indianapolis Delta: $449 (Google Flights Link: Indianapolis)
Los Angeles Delta: $429 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Los Angeles)
Miami Delta: $369 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Miami)
Raleigh-Durham Delta: $449 (non-stop) (Google Flights Link: Raleigh-Durham)
Seattle Alaska: $386 (nonstop) (Google Flights Link: Seattle)
Washington DC Delta: $419 (non-stop) (Google Flights Link: Washington DC)

Learn more about the Minneapolis (MSP) airport at mspairport.com .

Inter-Terminal Transportation at MSP Airport

Inter-Terminal Transportation is available via the Light Rail Transit System with a shuttle service also available for accessibility needs.

  • Light Rail trains run between terminals around the clock, seven days a week, approximately every 15 minutes.
  • Inter-Terminal Shuttle Service is a courtesy transportation option between terminals for customers with accessibility needs. The shuttle is provided as an alternative to the courtesy Light Rail Transit system for people with accessibility needs. The van is equipped with a wheelchair lift. This free service departs approximately every 20 minutes and runs at all times.
    • At Terminal 2, the shuttle picks up and drops off passengers on the ground level of the Purple Ramp. At Terminal 1, passengers are dropped off and picked up on the curb of the east roadway, Level 1 of the Gold Ramp. Look for overhead signs directing passengers.   
    • For more information call (612) 725‑4681 to speak to local dispatch for the inter-terminal shuttle.

Ground Transportation

Directions for how to find taxi, ride share and shuttle rates at MSP terminals, as well as approximate costs and directions are available at MSPairport.com - Ground Transportation webpage .

Wheelchair Accessible Transport from MSP airport to the Hilton Minneapolis hotel is available through:

  • Metro Transit Light Rail Service: The METRO Blue Line goes from the airport to the Nicollet Mall stop, a .4 mile distance ot the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. The METRO Blue Line operates every 12 to 15 minutes from approximately 3:30 a.m. to midnight (southbound), seven days a week. View the full schedule on the Metro Transit website . Tickets are sold at ticket machines at the rail stations and on the Metro Transit app . Reduced fares are available for seniors, youth, and persons with disabilities. Children 5 and under ride free (limit 3) when accompanied by a paid fare.
    • At the airport, the Terminal 1 METRO Blue Line station is located below the Red, Blue and Silver parking ramps. From the Tram Level (one level below bag claim), take the tram to the Red, Blue and Silver parking ramps. When you exit the tram, follow the signs to the METRO Blue Line station
    • At the airport, the Terminal 2 METRO Blue Line station is located on the north side of the Orange Ramp. From Level 1, near Ticketing, take the elevator or escalator up to the Orange Ramp skyway. Follow the signs to the light rail station. Take the escalators or elevators down one level to the station platform.
  • Rental Cars: Rental cars with hand controls are available from airport car rental agencies at no extra charge. Rental companies request at least a 48-hour advanced reservation.
  • Uber Access: Open the Uber app and enter your destination in the ‘Where to’ box. Once you confirm your pickup and destination addresses are correct, scroll right at the bottom of the screen to find the ‘ACCESS’ or ‘ASSIST’ option. If an Uber Access or Assist driver is available and accepts your ride request, you’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details and can track their arrival on the map.
  • Transportation Plus: wheelchair accessible rides available through their ihail app , website , or via phone and text at (612) 888‑8888. T-Plus drivers and accessible taxis are all Special Transportation Services (STS) certified, including specialized driver training for passengers needing additional assistance. Provide affordable wheelchair van service with regular taxi rates and no price surging.

Wayfinding

Unique to the Minneapolis area is the Skway inter-building network and Downtown Ambassadors program.

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Ambassadors are around the downtown area sporting neon green vests. They are available to offer suggestions for things to do and help with directions. To find out more about this local service, visit mplsdid.com/ambassadors.

The Minneapolis Skyway System is the largest contiguous system of enclosed, second-level bridges in the world—composed of 9.5 miles of pathways connecting 80 city blocks, connecting hotels, restaurants, and more. Each section is housed separately through various buildings and provide a way to navigate the area without stepping outside. The latest map and information can be found at skywaymyway.com. For a listing of current food locations in the skyway visit minneapolis.org/food-drink/restaurants/skyway-food/.


COVID Mitigation Guidelines

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends using the "CDC COVID-19 by County" tool to monitor COVID-19 community levels in the areas you are traveling to and from in order to determine the prevention measures recommended for you. Minneapolis is located in Hennepin County. The MDH also provides recommendations for prevention measures applicable at all COVID-19 community levels.

Presently statewide, 72% of people in Minnesota have received at least one vaccine dose, 68% have received a complete vaccine series, and 24% are up to date on all the vaccine doses they are eligible for.

The Hilton Minneapolis hotel follows all state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. Additionally, they have implemented other prevention measures such as self cleaning elevator buttons, housekeeping only on the fourth day of the a stay (unless otherwise requested), and hand sanitizer stations around the hotel.

The ASHE Staff is committed to the health and safety of our event participants. Procedures for COVID-19 Mitigation for events will be set according to CDC and public health recommendations; federal, state, and local regulations applicable at the time of the event; as well as what ASHE deems necessary to manage the risk for event attendees. The ASHE Staff may change, update, or add to these requirements at any time as it deems prudent to best protect the health and safety of attendees and others. Attendees must comply with relevant policies and requirements in place at the time of an event as communicated by the ASHE Staff. ASHE cannot be held liable for cases of infectious disease arising because of event attendance. Learn more at the ASHE COVID-19 Mitigation Policy.

Additional Resources:

View the ASHE COVID-19 Mitigation Policy ❯❯

Minneapolis Minnesota Government: COVID-19 Dashboard ❯❯

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Information ❯❯


Meals & Dining

Casual dining in and out of the hotel is available under $20. Evening receptions typically provide a variety of hors d'ouevres.

Attendees are encouraged to support  Minnesota BIPOC Restaurants . This guide builds on the valuable original work of local community organizers (see here) and was updated as of October of 2023. To build and update this list, we called as many restaurants as possible to confirm that the establishment was still open and to inquire about gender inclusivity and wheelchair accessibility. The list, of course, is a living document and will be shared back to the local Minneapolis community to continue to provide such important information.

In the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel

  • Ten 01 Market: quick service gourmet market serving grab-and-go snacks, made-to-order pizzas, and Starbucks coffee.
  • Ten 01 Social: sit down service inside the lobby. Available Monday to Sunday 7:00am-11:00am and 4:00pm-10:00pm.

Neighborhood Dining Around Conference Hotel

The Hilton Minneapolis hotel is close to many local eateries and dining locations. There is a variety of ways to navigate this area including traditional sidewalk paths, the Skyway , and "Downtown Zone" bus transportation offered at a low cost ($0.50 per ride as of 32024). For additional accessibility resources, Visit Minneapolis also has an Accessibility Guide that includes restaurants, places to visit, and transportation options. Approximately one block from the conference hotel is the Nicollet , (formerly the Nicollet Mall) a shopping district that has several restaurants.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill 7 2
Devil's Advocate 17 2
Caribou Coffee 5 3
Brit's Pub 18 3
Barrio 10 4
Lot 57 13 4
Qdoba 9 4
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 25 4
Starbucks 5 4
Sushi Train 7 4
The News Room 16 4
The Local 13 4
Dave's Downtown 7 5
Come Pho Soup 11 6
Ginelli's Pizza 4 6
Hell's Kitchen 14 6
Trieste Cafe 9 5
Nicollet Diner 16 6
Valentino Cafe 6 6
Hen House Eatery 14 7
Hibachi Daruma 15 7
Jimmy John's 9 7
Prairie Kitchen & Bar 10 7
801 Chophouse 25 8
8th Street Grill 15 8
Ping's 8 8
Lotus Restaurant 13 9
People's Organic Cafe 14 9
Potbelly Sandwich 14 9
123 Sushi 7 9
Roti Modern Mediterranean 10 9
Sonora Mexican Kitchen 18 9
Vitali's Cafe (Kosher) 11 9
Eggy's Diner 10 10
Jolliet House 15 10
Leeann Chin 10 10
Los Ocampo Express 10 10
Monello 14 5
Normandy Kitchen 13 10
Subway 6 10
The Salad Bar 8 10
Union Bar & Grill 12 10

Drivable Dining from Conference Hotel

There are also a number of restaurants within a 3 to 15 minute drive of the hotel. Options for halal and kosher are more greatly available within this radius.

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Five Guys 9 3
Andrea Pizza 5 3
Bruegger's Bagels 6 3
Bucca di Beppo 25 3
D Brian's Deli 8 3
Dairy Queen 6 3
D'Amico & Sons 14 3
Fhima's 25 3
Freshii 7 3
Green + Grain 8 3
Naf Naf Grill (Halal) 10 3
Oceanaire Seafood Room 25 3
The Burger Place 12 3
The Naughty Greek 10 3
Wendy's 3 3
Aurelias Mexican Food Downtown 16 4
Aurora Restaurant 18 4
Bep Eatery 9 4
Cardigan Donuts 4 4
Einstein Bros Bagels 5 4
Fogo de Chão 20 4
Lyon's Pub 12 4
Murray's 17 4
The Brother's Deli 10 4
Wood and Paddle Eatery 16 4
Velle 10 4
BANK Restaurant 14 5
Breakfast Bar of Minnesota 17 5
Dunn Brother's Coffee 5 5
McDonald's 4 5
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup 8 5
Umbra 18 5
Boludo 16 6
Kindee Thai Restaurant 12 6
Pimiento Jamaican Kitchen 18 6
Urban Skillet (Halal) 11 6
Red Rabbit 11 7
Taco Bell 5 8
Wally's Falafel and Hummus (Halal) 10 9
Basil (Kosher) 15 10
Krispy Krunchy Chicken (Halal) 11 10
Darbar India Grill (Halal) 17 11
Marhaba Grill (Halal) 18 13
Afro Deli (Halal) 10 14
Wendy's House of Soul 9 14
Tamu Grill 6 8
Owamni by the Sioux Chef 5 8

Higher Education Institutions in Minneapolis

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Website
Adler Graduate School 20 200 alfredadler.edu
Anoka Technical College 30 1600 anokatech.edu
Anoka-Ramsey Community College 25 7500 anokaramsey.edu
Augsburg University 5 3000 augsburg.edu
Bethany Global University 25 300 bethanygu.edu
Bethel University 20 3700 bethel.edu
Capella University 5 38000 capella.edu
Century College 25 7615 century.edu
Concordia University - St. Paul 10 5500 csp.edu
Dakota County Technical College 25 2400 dctc.edu
Dunwoody College of Technology 5 1300 dunwoody.edu
Hamline University 15 2900 hamline.edu
Hennepin Technical College 20 4000 hennepintech.edu
Institute of Production and Recording 5 100 ipr.edu
Inver Hills Community College 25 3700 inverhills.edu
Luther Seminary 10 400 luthersem.edu
Macalester College 15 2000 macalester.edu
Metropolitan State University 13 6900 metrostate.edu
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 15 700 mcad.edu
Minneapolis Community and Technical College 5 5900 minneapolis.edu
Mitchell Hamline School of Law 20 1200 mithcellhamline.edu
Normandale Community College 20 8800 normandale.edu
North Central University 10 1000 northcentral.edu
North Hennepin Community College 20 5000 nhcc.edu
Northwestern Health Sciences University 15 1000 nwhealth.edu
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 5 4500 smumn.edu
Saint Paul College 15 5800 saintpaul.edu
St. Catherine University 15 3900 stkate.edu 
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities 10 150 unitedseminary.edu
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 15 52000 twin-cities.umn.edu
University of Northwestern - St. Paul 15 3300 unwsp.edu
University of St. Thomas 15 9300 stthomas.edu
Walden University 5 46000 waldenu.edu

Things to Do & Places to Visit in Minneapolis

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