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Attendee Information

The resource for all your accommodation and travel information during the event.


FAQs – Educators

We have compiled this list of general questions about attending ISSF, IMSA, and the USA, we have been receiving from educators into a list of FAQs. You can access them here: ISSF FAQs – Educators

Fees and Expenses

Accommodations, meals, events and local transportation for the students, accompanying teacher and principal will be provided by IMSA. Travel expenses to IMSA will be borne by the participating schools.


IMSA is a boarding school. All students and teachers will be staying in the Residence Halls. Other arrangements will be made for principals. In the USA, and our residence halls the standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz.

Time Difference

Chicago is in the USA Central Time Zone, GMT -5. Illinois observes daylight savings time.

FAQs – Students

We have compiled this list of general questions about attending ISSF, IMSA, and the USA, we have been receiving from students into a list of FAQs. You can access them here: ISSF FAQs – Students 

Getting to IMSA

IMSA will provide transportation to and from the airport. International flights fly into Chicago O’Hare Airport. Domestic flights fly into either O’Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW).

Internet Service

Wireless internet service is available in the main campus building, as well as the Residence Halls.


Visit AccuWeather service for up to the minute weather forecast information for June and July 2018.


For information on how to apply for a travel visa to the U.S.A, you can read more here.

About Aurora

The City of Lights

Aurora, approximately 40 miles west of Chicago, is the second largest city in Illinois. In 1908 Aurora officially adopted the nickname “City of Lights,” because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system. Aurora’s historic downtown is located on the Fox River. The area offers a blend of wide-open spaces filled with year-round outdoor adventure, coupled with designer outlet shopping, water-park excitement, renowned architecture, Broadway series theater and live entertainment. Aurora is part of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. The corridor is home to the headquarters or regional centers for many Fortune 1000 companies, many specializing in research, development, logistics, and technology.

Guides to Aurora IMSA Students Recommend

Official Aurora City Website
15 Best Things About Aurora
Enjoy Aurora
Attractions and Activities in Aurora
Fun Things to See and Do in Aurora
Groupon – Things to Do in Aurora 

History of Aurora

About Chicago

The Windy City

The City of Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.

Guides to Chicago IMSA Students Recommend

Trip Advisor – Chicago Attractions and Activities
US News – Chicago Things to Do
Timeout – 25 Best Chicago Sights
Choose Chicago – Things to Do
Atlas Obscura – Chicago Things to Do
Money Crashers – 40 Fun Things to Do
AirBNB – Chicago Things to Do 

Chicago Expedia Travel Guide

About Illinois

The Prairie State

Illinois is a Midwestern state bordering Indiana in the east and the Mississippi River in the west. Nicknamed “the Prairie State,” it’s marked by farmland, forests, rolling hills and wetlands. Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S, is in the northeast on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s famous for its skyscrapers, such as sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. Nicknamed “the Prairie State,” it’s marked by farmland, forests, rolling hills, and wetlands.

Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818, and has a yearlong Bicentennial celebration underway during 2018. ISSF 2018 has been designated a Bicentennial event.

Enjoy Illinois