IMSA is a boarding school. All students and teachers will be staying in the Residence Halls. Other arrangements will be made for principals.

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.

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 and Wi-Fi

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

About Aurora

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.

About Illinois

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 corner on the shores of Lake Michigan. Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818 and has underway a yearlong Bicentennial celebration. ISSF 2018 has been designated a Bicentennial event.


Electric service in the U.S. is 120 volts. Primary socket type is North American Grounded.

Aurora Weather

Source: National Weather Service

Source: National Weather Service

Time Difference

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

Tourist Information

Illinois Office of Tourism

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