Traveling to and in St. Louis

    Getting to St. Louis
    Eating in St. Louis



Getting to St. Louis

St. Louis has one international airport, Lambert.

If you're driving, take I-55 from the North (Chicago) and South (Memphis), or I-70 from East (Indianapolis) and West (Kansas City). I-44 connects to Oklahoma.

Once in St. Louis, find St. Louis University just off I-40/64, which is accessible from I-55, I-70, and I-44. Take the Grand exit, go north, and you'll find yourself in the middle of campus. Follow Lindell/Olive east, and you'll see Il Monastero, where most of conference activities will be housed.

Shuttles: If you are staying at the Watertower Inn, or the Comfort Inn in the Central West End, we will be providing a shuttle pick-up service to Il Monastero. The shuttle will begin at 8:00 and run approximately every 15 minutes until after dinner. Your registration materials will include more details, and a way to reach the shuttle driver.


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Unfortunately due to contractual restrictions, there will be no official hotel affiliated with the conference: however, we can give some suggestions for quality hotels nearby.


Hotel Ignacio: SLU's boutique hotel, it sits across the street from the main campus. See the website for booking and more information, here.


Watertower Inn: SLU's inexpensive hotel, it sits at the south end of campus, near the medical school. It is close to the South Grand neighborhood (see below). SLU provides a shuttle to this hotel. You can find more information at the website here.


The Comfort Inn: In the Central West End, and not affiliated with SLU, it offers midrange budget accommodations. The conference will be operating a shuttle to this hotel. You can book a room by the website here.


Each of these three hotels will have transportation provided, or are within comfortable walking distance. Please feel free to contact us for more help or advice!


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Eating in St. Louis

On Thursday night, we recommend eating around St. Louis at one of these areas:


Grand Art Center

A short walk from Il Monastero and SLU's campus, the dining and entertainment center caters to people going to the Fox Theater for a show, or the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra just down the road. Filled with art galleries, diners, steakhouses, upscale and less expensive options, we recommend you walk around and enjoy the bustling area. For more information, visit Grand Art Center website.


Recommended restaurants: Best Steak House, City Diner, The Field House (sports bar & grill), The Fountain (ice cream house)


Central West End

By far one of the trendier places to visit, the Central West End (accessible by a short taxi ride) sits next to St. Louis's famous Forest Park, and features several bars and restaurants. On the weekends it is always busy with students and young professionals walking about, and on Halloween it's sure to have some lively costumed crowds. For more information, visit The Central West End website.


Recommended restaurants: Tom's Bar, The Tortillaria, The Cup (deserts), Pi (gourmet pizza)


South Grand

South Grand (take a short taxi ride, or walk south from the Watertower Inn)is one of the more multi-ethnic restaurant hubs in St. Louis. It is at the East end of Tower Grove Park, in a historical neighborhood which today houses many SLU students. Visit the South Grand website for more information.


Recommended Restaurants: The King and I (Thai), City Diner, Gelateria del Leone (desert)



The downtown area, specifically on Washington Blvd, is a growing and newly renovated area with many bars, restaurants, and evening entertainment.


Recommended restaurants: Bailey's Range, The Dubliner (bar), Schafly Tap Room (local brews)


Other locations

If you're interested in more options, St. Louis has many neighborhoods with fine dining choices. Try the Italian eateries of The Hill, the Irish pubs in Dogtown, Union Station to find the Hard Rock Cafe, and for those interested in driving a little further out, The Roadhouse in Webster Groves has good Memphis-style BBQ with blues bands playing frequently.


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