Travel to Valparaiso

Permutation Patterns 2022 will be held on the campus of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

For those driving, Valparaiso is located conveniently near interstates I-65, I-80, I-90, and I-94.

For those flying, the most convenient airports are Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Chicago Midway (MDW).

The following public transportation options are available to get from the Chicago airports to Valparaiso:

Note: the instructions below were written pre-pandemic for Permutation Patterns 2020. They will be updated as more information becomes available in Spring 2022.

Option 1:
Pro: Less complicated
Con: More expensive
Note: May require coordinating with local organizers

  • Take the Royal Zoom Bus from either Chicago airport to the Valparaiso station. (The Royal Zoom Bus discontinued service during the pandemic; however they are reported to return to service in spring 2022. More information will be posted as it becomes available.)
  • The Valparaiso bus stop for Royal Excursion is at the intersection of Brown Street and South Campbell Street in downtown Valparaiso. This is about 1.5 miles away from the on-campus housing option in Beacon Hall. The local organizers will coordinate assistance getting from the bus stop to campus as needed.

Option 2:
Pro: Less expensive, more independence
Con: More complicated

  • Take an “L” train from the airport to Millennium Station. (From O’Hare take the blue line, or from Midway take the orange line) https://www.transitchicago.com/planatrip/ (cost ≤ $5)
  • Transfer to the South Shore Train: https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/apis/trip-planner and get off at Dune Park Station (cost $9 one way)
  • Transfer to the South Shore Connect bus: https://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/1657/Schedule (cost $1 each way)
  • Get off at the University and LaPorte stop.
  • If you are staying on-campus, Beacon Hall is located at the University and LaPorte intersection.
    (See building 26 on this map.)
    If you are staying off-campus, Country Inn and Suites is a short walk east on LaPorte, and is located at the southeast end of the traffic circle in the top right corner of the campus map.