Travel and Accommodations
The Campbell Center is centrally located among many large Midwest cities. Getting to our campus may seem challenging, but we will do our best to help make your travel as easy as possible.
If you are coming from the Midwest, we encourage you to drive to the Campbell Center.
Flying into Chicago without car rental:
-Use O’Hare airport if you do not plan on renting a car.
-Plan your flight to arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.
-Upon arrival, after collecting your luggage, proceed to the Bus Shuttle Center.
-Continue to the Bus Shuttle Center to Van Galder Bus Line and purchase a ticket (approximately $20 one way) for the 3:30 p.m. shuttle to Clock Tower Inn, Rockford, Illinois. The ticket can be purchased from the bus driver or at the bus shuttle center. In good traffic, the trip to Rockford will take approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
-The Campbell Center’s shuttle service ($70 round trip) will pick you up at Clock Tower Inn in Rockford, IL and transport you to The Campbell Center. This part of the trip will take another hour and 15 minutes.
Flying out of O’Hare:
-Campbell Center’s shuttle service will leave in The Center’s parking lot at 7:15 a.m., and will arrive at the Van Galder Bus Terminal at approximately 8:30 a.m. Morning traffic in Chicago is unpredictable; allow extra time when scheduling flight time in case of heavy morning traffic.
Flying and renting a car:
A recommended option in this situation is to fly into the Quad City International Airport (309-757-1530). The airport offers 35 daily departures with direct service to nine destinations and hundreds of national and international connections. Airlines serving the QCIA include Air Tran, American Eagle, Delta Connection, Northwest Airlink, and United Express. This airport is small and usually is much less crowded than the large Chicago airports.
The trip from the QCIA to Mount Carroll takes approximately an hour and a half. It is recommended that if a participant chooses to fly home the day of the last class, they should not book the flight before 8:30 p.m. to allow enough time for the drive back to the Quad City International Airport.
The Campbell Center will include additional travel information with the course confirmation packets. Participants are encouraged to call the office with any other questions or concerns they may have regarding transportation.
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Mount Carroll, Illinois is located in rural northwest Illinois. It is a place that still offers the luxury of being able to totally immerse yourself in your study. Learning continues after the classroom doors close for the day. Participants enjoy going to local restaurants, sitting on the patio to talk and network, and visiting local sites together. We have bikes available for participant use. To learn more about the area go to www.gocarrollcounty.com
The Campbell Center provides dormitory housing with registration. We provide single rooms with a shared bath. The rooms are clean and comfortable but are not air-conditioned. Check-in is 4pm the afternoon before the first day of class and check-out is 11am the morning after the last day of class. Other arrangements can be made with the office if necessary.
Course registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day of class. Local restaurants are available for dinner, or participants may use the outdoor grill at the Campbell Center to cook their own dinner. The dining room also has a refrigerator and microwave available for use anytime. A grocery store is located within walking distance.
Library and Internet Access:
The Campbell Center maintains its own library, which houses a large collection of books and periodicals on subjects including historic preservation, collections care, conservation, and many other museum related topics. The library also is equipped with four computer terminals with DSL internet connection. Library hours are normally 8a.m. to 9p.m.
Wireless internet is available in the dining hall floor of the dorm, as well as in the library. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop if possible.