The staff of the Wisconsin MBA Career Management Center look forward to hosting you on campus as you recruit Wisconsin MBAs for your organization. In order to make your visit and entire recruiting experience as productive as possible, we have compiled this guide with information about getting to Madison, places to eat and stay, and other tips to make your visit easy and enjoyable. We look forward to assisting you as you recruit Wisconsin MBA students.
Grainger Hall, home of the Wisconsin School of Business is prominently located in the heart of downtown Madison at 975 University Avenue, between Park and Brooks Streets, and is a brief 20-minute taxi ride from the Dane County Regional Airport.
From Minneapolis or Green Bay (north)
From I-39/90/94 or Hwy. 51 at Madison/Sun Prairie area, take Hwy. 151 south toward the State Capitol. Follow Hwy. 151 (E. Washington Ave.) about 5 miles. One block before the Capitol, turn right on Webster St. Follow this about 3 blocks as it curves and changes names. Turn right on Wisconsin Ave. Go 2 blocks and turn left on Gorham St. This one-way street becomes University Ave. at the UW campus. Watch for your destination on your left.
From Dubuque (west)
Take Hwy. 151 north to Madison. Go under the Beltline (Hwys. 12/14/18/151) and angle left on Midvale Blvd. Follow Midvale Blvd. about 3 miles to where it ends at University Ave. Turn right and take University Ave. as it becomes Campus Dr. then Johnson St. at the UW campus. Watch for your destination on your left.
From Chicago (south)
Take I-90 to Madison. Exit Hwy. 12/18 west. Follow Hwy. 12/18 (Beltline Hwy.) for about 6 miles. Exit at Park St. (Hwy. 151 north). Turn right on Park St. and go north about 2 miles to the UW campus. Watch for your destination on your left.
From Milwaukee (east)
Take I-94 to where it intersects with I-90, and follow the signs for Hwy. 30 into Madison. Exit at Hwy. 151 (E. Washington Ave.) toward the State Capitol. Follow E. Washington Ave. about 3 miles. One block before the Capitol, turn right on Webster St. Follow this street about 3 blocks as it curves (and changes names). Turn right on Wisconsin Ave. Go 2 blocks and turn left on Gorham St. This one-way street becomes University Ave. at the UW campus. Watch for your destination on your left
The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) provides regional and national service to and from the Madison area, with convenient access between the airport and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. For more details, click here.
The following airlines (and their selected subsidiaries) serve the Madison area. For telephone and website information on each, visit the site.
Car rentals are available at the airport from:
AVIS: 608-242-2442 or 800-831-2847
Budget: 608-249-5544 or 800-527-0700
Dollar: 608-661-4941 or 800-847-4389
Enterprise: 608-661-4900 or 800-325-8007
Hertz: 608-241-3803 or 800-654-3131
National/Alamo: 608-249-1614 or 800-227-7368
Thrifty: 608-661-4940 or 800-800-4000
Taxis are available to and from the airport. To schedule pickup for your arrival or return to the airport, call one of the following:
Badger Cab: 608-256-5566
Madison Taxi: 608-258-7458
Union Cab: 608-242-2000
Taxi pick-up location at Grainger Hall is on North Brooks Street, between University Ave. and Johnson Ave.
Driving Directions to and from the Airport
From the airport to Grainger Hall:
1. Head south from International Ln. – go 1.2 mi
2. Bear left at Packers Ave. – go 1.4 mi
3. Bear left at Pennsylvania Ave. – go 0.4 mi
4. Continue on E. Johnson St. – go 0.6 mi
5. Bear right at E. Gorham St. – go 1.3 mi
6. Continue on W. Gorham St. – go 0.4 mi
7. Bear right at University Ave. – go 0.4 mi
8. Turn left at N. Brooks St., one block past Park St.
From Grainger Hall to the airport:
1. Head south from N. Brooks St. – go 0.1 mi
2. Turn left at W. Johnson St. – go 0.9 mi
3. Continue on E. Johnson St. – go 1.9 mi
4. Continue on Pennsylvania Ave. – go 0.5 mi
5. Continue on Packers Ave. – go 1.3 mi
6. Bear right at International Ln. and head toward Dane County Regional Airport – go 1.5 mi
Greyhound Bus Lines
(800-231-2222) serves Madison.
(608-255-6771) offers daily routes between Milwaukee (two locations: downtown and Mitchell Field) and campus. The Greyhound/Badger depot is located a few blocks from the eastern edge of campus, and many Greyhound and Badger busses stop at UW-Madison’s Memorial Union.
Van Galder Bus Company
(608-257-5593 or 800-747-0994) provides daily round-trip service between Memorial Union and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and downtown Amtrak station.
Near Grainger Hall and the Fluno Center
Pay-as-you-go parking is available in Grainger Hall (Lot 7), the Fluno Center (Lot 83), and other lots in the area on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please pull a ticket as you arrive. When you leave, visit the cashier station or pay at the foot station before exiting the lot.
Visitor Parking Rates
See the Rates Policy for the most up-to-date rates.
- $1 per half hour for the first two hours
- $1 per hour thereafter
- $12 maximum per day
- Transportation Services Special Events occasionally manages Lot 7 during athletic games and other campus events. Please refer to their Events Calendar and check to see if Lot 7 is listed as an impacted lot. If so, special events will accept cash payments on the day-of (permits range from $5-15).
The MBA Career Management Center and the Undergraduate Business Career Center have a limited amount of permits available for on-campus recruiting. Please contact your career center representative for more information and to request a permit. We require at least one week notice for our offices to reserve a permit.
You can view current visitor parking availability, where the number of vacant stalls counts are listed. Grainger Hall is "007 Grainger Hall Garage."
Visit the UW-Madison Transportation website for more information about parking on campus.
The following hotels are closest to Grainger Hall and have been found comfortable by many campus guests. Additional accommodations for the Madison area are available at www.visitmadison.com.
The Fluno Center
601 University Ave., Madison, WI 53715
Direct: 608-441-7117; Toll-free: 877-77-FLUNO
0.3 miles from Grainger Hall
Easy walk to Grainger Hall. Employers holding presentations or recruiting on campus are eligible to stay on campus at the Fluno Center for
The Campus Inn
601 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53703
Direct: 608-257-4391; Toll-free: 800-589-6285 0.5 miles from Grainger Hall
525 W. Johnson St., Madison, WI 53703
Direct: 608-251-5511; Toll-free: 800-222-TREE 0.7 miles from Grainger Hall
Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53703
Direct: 608-257-6000; Toll-free: 800-356-8293 1.0 miles from Grainger Hall
666 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703
Direct: 608-256-9071; Toll-free: 800-922-5512 1.0 miles from Grainger Hall
Friedrick Inn and Conference Center
1950 Willow Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Direct: 608-231-1341; Toll-free: 866-301-1753 1.1 miles from Grainger Hall
Best Western InnTowner
2424 University Ave., Madison, WI 53726 Direct: 608-233-8778; Toll-free: 800-528-1234 1.3 miles from Grainger Hall
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53703
1.4 miles from Grainger Hall
To make your trip easier, we have compiled a list of restaurants that may also be good meeting or information session locations. We tried to give you a diverse list that includes different food types at different price ranges. All of the restaurants listed are on the Madison downtown isthmus and mainly around the Capital Square. The restaurant’s website or a reviewer’s website is included in our quick description.
Nice French bistro, moderate prices
Wonderful comfort food at great prices, cool location (right on the Capital Square)
Upscale chophouse, more expensive but very nice, private room available
Another nice chophouse, more expensive but also has private rooms
Local Italianrestaurant on State St., private rooms available
Gaucho-style Brazilian meals offering large portions of meat and salad, private rooms available, $34 per plate or $15 for just the salad bar
Mexican cuisine, banquet rooms available for no room charge, relatively inexpensive at around $10 a plate
Mediterraneanstyle food, seating for 12 per table, average price range is $9-$16 per plate
Voted best for food and ambiance in Madison Magazine, fine Mexican food and drinks, large rooms available for rent
Open to the public for breakfast and lunch only, reservations for private events are possible
Sushi restaurant, reservations accepted
Downtown steak house that provides white-linen dining in a supper-club atmosphere, two private rooms that fit 16-44 people available for reservation, serving dinner from 5:30-10:00 p.m. on weekdays
Unique dining experience with a menu enhanced by seasonal locally-grown and organic ingredients, more expensive