Grainger Hall, home of the Wisconsin School of Business is prominently located in the heart of downtown Madison at 975 University Avenue, between Park St and Brooks St, and is a brief 20-minute taxi ride from the Dane County Regional Airport.


Traveling By Car

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

Traveling By Plane

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.
»»Continental Express
»»United Express

Rental Cars

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

Taxi Service

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:
5.8 miles
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:
6.2 miles
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

Traveling By Bus

Greyhound Bus Lines

(800-231-2222) serves Madison.

Badger Coaches

(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).

Recruiter Parking

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

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
Executive Education.

The Campus Inn

601 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53703
Direct: 608-257-4391; Toll-free: 800-589-6285 0.5 miles from Grainger Hall

Doubletree Madison

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

The Edgewater

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
Direct: 608-255-5100
1.4 miles from Grainger Hall

Downtown Madison Dining

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

The Old Fashioned

Wonderful comfort food at great prices, cool location (right on the Capital Square)

Johnny Delmonico’s

Upscale chophouse, more expensive but very nice, private room available

Capitol Chophouse

Another nice chophouse, more expensive but also has private rooms

Tutto Pasta

Local Italianrestaurant on State St., private rooms available

Samba Brazilian Grill

Gaucho-style Brazilian meals offering large portions of meat and salad, private rooms available, $34 per plate or $15 for just the salad bar

Casa de Lara

Mexican cuisine, banquet rooms available for no room charge, relatively inexpensive at around $10 a plate

The Casbah

Mediterraneanstyle food, seating for 12 per table, average price range is $9-$16 per plate

Frida Mexican Grill

Voted best for food and ambiance in Madison Magazine, fine Mexican food and drinks, large rooms available for rent

Marigold Kitchen

Open to the public for breakfast and lunch only, reservations for private events are possible

Sushi Muramoto

Sushi restaurant, reservations accepted

Tornado Steak House

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