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Hotel

Main Conference Hotel

The conference has reserved a block of rooms at the

Sheraton Ann Arbor
3200 Boardwalk St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734.996.0600
1.888.627.7098

The Sheraton is about 3 miles away from the Michigan Union, where the conference will take place. We will be running a shuttle service between the hotel and the Union for your convenience, but there are other options for easy transportation as well (please see “Travel” section for more detail).

The room block rate of $139/night will be available until October 1, 2017. You can book by phone (please reference “Gateways 2017” to receive the group rate) or make a reservation online

  • Ample parking is available at no cost
  • Breakfast is not included in the room rate (breakfast will be served at the conference)

Alternate Hotels

We have also reserved smaller blocks of rooms at two hotels that are located in downtown Ann Arbor. Both the Residence Inn and The Graduate are within walking distance of the Michigan Union but have higher rates and earlier reservation deadlines.

Residence Inn by Marriott Ann Arbor Downtown
120 W. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.662.9999
1-888-519-6570

The room block rate of $229/night will be available until September 22, 2017. You can book by phone (please reference “Gateways 2017” to receive the group rate) or make a reservation online

  • The Michigan Union (conference location) is a 15-minute walk from Residence Inn
  • Valet parking is available for $25 per day
  • Breakfast is included in the room rate (please note that breakfast will be served at the conference)

The Graduate
615 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.769.2200
1.800.666.8693

The room block rate of $229/night will be available until September 23, 2017. You can book by phone (please reference “Gateways 2017” to receive the group rate) or make a reservation online. The group code is 171022GATE, which should populate automatically when you click the link.

  • The Michigan Union (conference location) is a 10-minute walk from The Graduate
  • Valet parking is available for $25 per day.
  • Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but the hotel has a coffee shop where they sell light pastries. (Breakfast is not served at the hotel restaurant, Allen Rumsey Supper Club. Please note that breakfast will be served at the conference.)
 

Travel

Flying

The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, usually called Detroit Metro Airport, Metro Airport, or just DTW, is the closest and most convenient airport when visiting Ann Arbor. It’s about a 30-minute drive from DTW to Ann Arbor.

If you would like to enjoy every last minute of the conference, you can safely book flights after 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 25 and have sufficient time to get to the airport. (The conference ends at 3:30pm on Wednesday.)

Getting from the Airport to Ann Arbor

There are a variety of taxi and transportation services available between DTW and Ann Arbor. Here are a few options:

The AirRide Bus

The cost to ride between DTW and Ann Arbor is $15 per one-way trip. If reservations are made beforehand, the cost is $12 per one-way trip.

The schedule is available online, and you can also make reservations online

There are two bus-stops for this service to Ann Arbor:

  • Kensington Court (in the Briarwood Mall area) is convenient for those staying at the Sheraton. It’s a 10-minute walk from Kensington to the Sheraton, or you could catch an Uber/Lyft
  • Blake Transit Center (in downtown Ann Arbor) is convenient for those staying near Central Campus (Residence Inn or The Graduate)

Ground Transportation between DTW and Ann Arbor: Car Services

The costs are comparable and about $40 - $50 per one-way trip between Ann Arbor and DTW.

  • Reliable Airport Service: 734.418.8373
  • Michigan Green Cars: 734.662.4444
  • Golden Limo: 800.300.5151
  • Uber and Lyft drivers are usually available both in Ann Arbor and near DTW. When arriving at DTW, follow the signs to the “Commercial/Rideshare area” for pickup (you’ll find the pickup zone information once you open either app).

Important note: If you are planning to use the AirRide Bus or shuttle services, it is highly recommended that you book in advance. Taxi cabs are available at the airport but you should book your return trip in advance. Ann Arbor is a small town and you cannot rely on catching a cab on short notice without a reservation.

Getting Around Ann Arbor

In general, Ann Arbor is a pedestrian-friendly town, especially once you’re downtown and on U-M’s campus. By offering a shuttle service from the Sheraton to downtown Ann Arbor, we’ve done our best to make the commute to the conference as easy as possible.

Should you drive to Ann Arbor or decide to rent a car, there is ample parking available at the Sheraton hotel. If you decide to stay at Residence Inn or The Graduate downtown, you will need to use valet parking. Please check with them about parking availability and rates. Parking on campus is an ongoing challenge, so we recommend that you avoid driving to campus. If you decide to drive and look for parking, it would be most convenient to use the Maynard Street Parking Structure.  

Sheraton to Michigan Union and Downtown

If you’re staying at the Sheraton, we're offering shuttle service each morning and evening, and there are a few different ways that you can make your way downtown if you’d like to do so outside the hours that we’re offering shuttle service.

Conference Shuttle Schedule:

Monday, October 23

AM:
7:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
8:15 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
8:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
9:15 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
9:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
 
PM:
6:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
7:00 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
7:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
8:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
 
Tuesday, October 24:
 
AM:
7:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
8:15 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
8:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
9:15 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
9:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
 
PM:
5:00 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
5:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
6:00 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
6:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
7:00 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
7:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
8:00 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
8:30 pm -- depart Union, drop off at Sheraton
 
Wednesday, October 25:
 
AM:
7:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
8:15 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
8:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
9:15 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
9:45 am -- depart Sheraton, drop off at Union
 
PM:
No charter offered
 

Taxi Services in Ann Arbor:

Public Transportation in Ann Arbor:

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide. 

Ann Arbor’s bus system offers reliable service that covers Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. Full fare is $1.50 each way. You will need exact change, but bus drivers also have the ability to give out change cards in amounts of $0.25 cents or more (not redeemable for cash). Learn more about bus fares.    

If you are staying at the Sheraton, there are a few ways to catch TheRide. We’ll provide some basic guidelines below, but please be sure to consult with the hotel staff should you decide to use TheRide. We also recommend using Google Maps or the Transit app (by Tapone Technology) to help navigate the system. TheRide’s homepage also has a handy trip planner and schedules and maps.

There’s a bus stop that’s a 3-minute walk from the Sheraton at the Wolverine Exit + Boardwalk. From here, you can catch Bus 62 with the head sign “Wolverine Tower” which goes down Boardwalk to Oakbrook Drive, and then down State St. and can stop in front of the Michigan Union where the conference is taking place. This route is highlighted in the image below in brown.

There’s another bus stop that’s about a 10-minute walk away at the Wolverine Tower. From this stop, you can catch Bus 6 with the head sign “Blake Transit Center” which will drive down Eisenhower Parkway to South Industrial then to State Street, where it will also drive by the Michigan Union. The route is highlighted below in purple.

 

Enjoying Ann Arbor

The conference will be hosted at the Michigan Union, which is located in the heart of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus. Conference attendees will have easy access to a bustling and exciting downtown area with many interesting and fun things to do. Catch an indie film at the breathtaking and historic Michigan Theater, walk across the Diag for a quintessential University of Michigan experience, grab an award-winning cocktail at The Last Word, stock up on pecan blondies at the infamous Zingerman’s Deli, visit Nichols Arboretum to frolick with woodland creatures, or stop by The M Den for official U-M gear.

For more information about Ann Arbor and things to do in the area, check out the Visit Ann Arbor page. 

We've compiled some favorite restaurants, bars, and coffee shops below. 

Restaurants

  • Afternoon Delight ($$) - homemade style breakfast and lunch 

  • Avalon Cafe & Kitchen ($$) - Detroit-based bakery serving delicious fresh foods

  • Aventura ($$) - Spanish Tapas, cocktails, wines, & beer

  • Blue Nile ($$) - Ethiopian cuisine

  • Earthen Jar ($) - vegetarian/vegan Indian buffet

  • Frita Batidos ($$) - Cuban street food, tropical cocktails

  • Grange Kitchen & Bar ($$$) - local, sustainable upscale American, cocktails, wines, & beer

  • Isalita ($$) - inspired Mexican, cocktails, beer, wine

  • Jerusalem Garden ($$) - Middle Eastern cuisine

  • The Lunch Room ($$) - inspired vegan, cocktails, beer, wine

  • Mani Osteria & Bar ($$) - wood-oven pizza & Italian small plates, cocktails, wines, & beer

  • Miss Kim ($$) - Korean food with a modern twist, part of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

  • New York Pizza Depot (NYPD) ($) - NY style pizzas, pizza by the slice

  • Spencer ($$) - seasonal locavore fare served as small plates, curated wine and beer

  • Taste Kitchen ($$) - blend of French and New American with a Vietnamese influence, beer, wine, cocktails

  • Zingerman's Delicatessen ($$) - deli that offers generous deli sandwiches and a longtime market with specialty groceries (we are hosting our casual Wednesday evening gathering here)

Coffee Shops

Bars and Pubs

  • Ann Arbor Distilling Company ($$) - local distillery specializing in gin and vodka

  • Ashley’s ($$) - Irish pub, food, massive beer and scotch list

  • Bar at 327 Braun Court ($$) - townie hangout offering craft cocktails and snacks (near Zingerman’s)

  • The Beer Grotto ($$) - many taps and bottled beers to choose from

  • Bill’s Beer Garden ($) - beer garden located in the parking lot of Downtown Home & Garden after hours (cross through Downtown Home & Garden to grab a snack from Mark’s Carts!)

  • Haymaker Public House ($$) - beer, cocktails, and inventive bar food

  • Hopcat ($$) - inventive bar food, massive beer list

  • Jolly Pumpkin ($$) - brewery that offers pub food and specializes in sour beers, but also serves cocktails, wine, and beer from North Peak Brewing Company

  • The Last Word ($$) - speakeasy style bar (unmarked from outside) offering craft cocktails and snacks

  • Old Town Tavern ($$) - a townie bar

  • The Raven's Club ($$) - speakeasy style bar offering small plates and old-fashioned cocktails

  • Red Hawk Bar & Grill ($$) - casual pub food, beer, wine, cocktails

 

$ = Under $10

$$ = $11-30

$$$ = $31-60

 

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