Logistics FAQs - Applied Microeconometrics Workshop

Where is the workshop?
How do I get to the workshop?
Where can I park my car?
Will any meals be provided?
Are there any sack lunch alternatives?
What can I do during the lunch break?
What can I do after the meeting?
What is the weather like in Madison during August?

Where is the workshop?

All of the lectures will take place in room 1520 Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive. For directions, see below or the interactive campus map at www.map.wisc.edu

How do I get to the workshop?


If you are staying at a facility that is east of the meeting location, which means you are downtown, walk west on either University Avenue, Johnson Street, Langdon Street, or State Street. All four of these streets will cross Park Street (though State Street proper ends at Library Mall, which ends at Park Street). The Microbial Sciences Building is 1/2 mile, about a 15-20 minute walk, from Park Street. Once at Park Street, choose one of the following:

  • From intersection of Langdon and Park Streets: Facing west (away from the Capitol), the Memorial Union will be on your right and Science Hall to your left. Take the walkway just north of Science Hall up Bascom Hill (the road turns into Observatory Drive at Park Street). Stay on the walkway along Observatory Drive for about 1/2 mile (over Bascom Hill to Observatory Point and down the hill) until you reach the intersection of Observatory and Babcock Drives. The Microbial Sciences Building is on this corner, to your left (i.e., south).
  • From intersection of University Avenue and Park Street: Walk west along University Avenue for about 1/2 mile until you get to Henry Mall (an area with a grassy area between 2 one-way streets). Walk up Henry Mall to Linden Street. Go left about 1 block. Microbial Sciences is at the corner of Linden Street & Babcock Drive.
  • From intersection of Johnson and Park Streets: Walk one block north (towards the lake) to University Avenue, then follow the directions above for University Avenue.


There are 3 taxi companies in Madison. A ride from a central hotel to the meeting spot shouldn’t cost more than $10. A ride to the airport should be around $20.

  • Union Cab 242-2000 (yellow w/black cars)
  • Madison Taxi 258-7458 (silver w/blue cars)
  • Badger Cab 256-5566 (white w/red cars)

Free Campus Bus

The University operates a free bus system that runs approximately every 10-15 minutes during the summer with numerous labeled bus stops (blue signs) across campus. A Route #80 bus will take you to the Microbial Sciences Building. See a Route 80 map at http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/Schedules/Route%2080/80.pdf and a Route 80 schedule at http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/Schedules/Route%2080/80-WeekdayRecess.html

Common stops to catch bus from hotels to go to meeting:

  • Corner of University Avenue and Park Street—by Vilas Hall
  • End of State Street on Park Street—by Humanities Bldg
  • Corner of Langdon & Park Streets—by Memorial Union

Exit bus at the corner of Linden Drive and Babcock Drive, next to the Microbial Sciences Building (you could tell driver where you’re headed and he will stop there for you)

Hotel Shuttle Service

Many of the downtown hotels in Madison have a shuttle service that has regularly scheduled runs to the UW Campus or they can accommodate you with advance notification. Check with your hotel front desk to see if they have a shuttle service to Campus. (For those staying in Ogg Hall, there is no shuttle service available.)

(Free) Bicycle Rental

Bicycle rental is a great option for those who would like to explore the downtown a bit more and get to the meeting faster in the morning; several local shops rent touring, mountain and tandem bicycles:

  • The Red Bike Project, run by Budget Bicycle Center, allows riders to check out bikes for a deposit: $40 for the bike, $20 for the lock. The user is responsible for the bike and when it's returned, so is the deposit. Contact Budget Bicycle Center (below) for information.
  • Budget Bicycle Center, 1230 Regent St., 251-8413
  • Williamson Bicycle Works, 640 W. Washington Ave., 255-5292 or 3729 E. Washington Ave., 244-2453, www.willybikes.com
  • Machinery Row Bicycles, 601 Williamson St., 442-5974, www.machineryrowbicycles.com
  • Yellow Jersey, 419 State St., 257-4737, http://www.yellowjersey.org/rentals.html

Where can I park my car?

Parking on campus is very limited. Most university parking is for faculty/staff only. IT IS ADVISED TO KEEP YOUR CAR AT THE HOTEL. If that is not possible there are a couple alternatives.

  • Lot 20 is located just before Henry Mall off of University Ave. This has a cashier whom you pay as you enter. You can buy half-day (good until noon) $5.00 or all-day parking $8.00.
  • Reserved daily permits can be purchased ahead of time by calling (608) 262-8683 or e-mailing visitor-parking@fpm.wisc.edu. Ask if they have any spots in Lot 38 (under the Microbial Sciences Building); if not, they will get you as close as they can to the Microbial Sciences Bldg.

Will any meals be provided?

  • A continental breakfast will be offered beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, August 4th (only) just outside the meeting room at Microbial Sciences.
  • A basic sack lunch (sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie and soda) will be provided all 3 days of the workshop. Vegetarian sandwich options will be available.
  • Snacks & drinks will be provided during the breaks for all 3 days.

A list of restaurants located in the downtown/campus area is provided; please refer to this list to find places to stop for breakfast & dinner or visit http://www.thedailypage.com/ or http://www.madison.com/entertainment/ to search for restaurants by location and cuisine.

Are there any sack lunch alternatives?

If you don’t want the free sack lunch provided or you have special dietary needs, there are a few places you can walk to from the meeting location to buy lunch.

  • Microcosm Café
    Upstairs from the meeting room in the North Atrium
    (open 8am – 2pm)
    Sandwiches, chili, soups, yogurts, veggie sticks, daily hot selections.
  • Babcock Hall Dairy Store
    1605 Linden Dr
    (open 9:30am–5:30pm)
    Sandwiches, dairy products made on campus, daily specials.

      Monday, August 04, 2008 Reuben with Chips
      Tuesday, August 05, 2008 Chicken Caesar Wrap with Chips
      Wednesday, August 06, 2008 Grilled Ham and Swiss with Salad
  • Frank’s Place
    1650 Kronshage Dr.  (in Holt Commons)
    (open 7am – 8:30 pm)
    Sandwich bar, salad bar, daily hot foods.

What can I do during the lunch break?

  • Walk through the Allen Centennial Gardens (kitty-corner to Microbial Sciences). Free entrance.
  • Have some ice-cream made here on the UW Campus at the Babcock Dairy Store (kitty-corner to Microbial Sciences).
  • Walk along the Lakeshore Path, about 2 blocks from Microbial Sciences at the end of Babcock Drive. This path will take you to the Memorial Union along Lake Mendota.

What can I do after the meeting?

Madison offers a wide range of cultural and recreational activities. Citywide entertainment event calendars are available at http://www.thedailypage.com/ and http://www.madison.com/entertainment/. Favorite activities include listening to bands on the Memorial Union Terrace; browsing a locally owned used bookstore; touring the Museum of Contemporary Art (downtown) or the Chazen Art Museum (on campus); or touring the Monona Terrace Convention Center inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. A Points-of-interest Map has created for your convenience.

What is the weather like in Madison during August?

Wisconsin weather in the summer is typically hot and humid. Average temperature is around 80 degrees (27 Celsius). It can get cool at night, sometimes around 55 degrees (13 Celsius). The Humidity level is often above 70%. Average rainfall is about 4 inches (10 cm), usually raining at least 1 or 2 days a week. For more information about daily forecast or average weather information for Madison see: http://www.weather.com/weather/local/53706?from=month_topnav_undeclared

If you made reservations at a hotel listed on the IRP web site, the hotel or residence hall where you are staying has air conditioning. The meeting room is also air conditioned. Sometimes, campus buildings are cooled to the point that you may want a light jacket or sweater.