Travel & Accommodations

Getting to Lions in Winter

The nearest airport is the Willard Airport (CMI) in Champaign, IL, about 50 miles from Charleston. Rental cars are available.

Amtrak serves Mattoon, IL (MAT), about 10 miles from Charleston.

By car, take Interstate 57 to Exit 190A. Travel east on IL-16 toward Charleston. Turn right onto 9th Street. Take the 3rd right onto Hayes Ave.


Map of Eastern Illinois University’s campus

Map of Charleston, Ill.

Where to Stay

ON CAMPUS: Festival goers may stay on campus at Lawson Hall on the conference floor. All rooms feature two twin beds and rent for $25 a night. To reserve a room, call 217-581-7482.

OFF CAMPUS: Unique Suites, located 1.3 miles away from campus, offers a discount for Lions in Winter.   Festival participants will receive a discounted rate of $75.00 per night (plus 11% tourism tax). Please call the hotel to receive the discount and ask for the reserved block of rooms for Lions in Winter. Phone: 217-348-8161 Address: 920 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920

Other hotels in the immediate area include:

McGrady Inn, Charleston, IL

Hampton Inn, Mattoon, IL

Holiday Inn Express, Mattoon, IL

Baymont Suites, Mattoon, IL

There are also many hotels in nearby Arcola (25 miles), Tuscola (35 miles), Effingham (40 miles), Champaign/Urbana, IL (55 miles).

For other information about the Charleston, Ill. area including dining options, attractions and recreation, please visit