Garrison Keilor tells of a land where the men are good looking, the women strong, and all the children are above average. We're not sure about that, but we do know that Minnesota is a center for innovation and achievement, in arts, culture, and science. Musical geniuses Bob Dylan and Prince, film auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen, Judy Garland, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all hail from Minnesota. It's the home of the Mayo Clinic, Post-it notes, the Honeywell Thermostat, and Spam (the meat product, not junk-email).
When you visit Minneapolis for CHI 2002, you will see how Minneapolis combines Midwestern friendliness with the excitement and culture of a major metropolitan center. From the Walker Art Center to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, its 35 museums have something for everyone. The Guthrie Theater, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera are world-class centers for the performing arts. Dozens of clubs give you the opportunity to relax, socialize, and hear every type of music. The Mississippi River, beautiful lakes and parks, and hundreds of miles of bicycle trails offer a multitude of recreational activities. The University of Minnesota is a leading public research and educational institution. And we can't forget the Mall of America, the largest shopping and entertainment complex under one roof in the USA: it attracts more visitors each year than Disney World, Graceland, and the Grand Canyon combined!
CHI 2002 will take place in the Minneapolis Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The main conference hotel is the Minneapolis Hilton & Towers located at 1001 Marquette Avenue South. The convention center and conference hotels are adjacent to the Nicollet Mall shopping area and within easy walking distance of the historic Warehouse District, which is bursting with restaurants, nightclubs, and coffee shops.
Minneapolis at a Glance...
||58.7 square miles; 37,568 acres
Minneapolis can be reached by air in 2.5 hours from most major U.S. cities. More than 28 million people can reach the Twin Cities in an eight-hour drive.
Downtown Minneapolis is just 20 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
||Average Daily High Temperature in April - 56 F / 13 C
Average Daily Low Temperature in April - 31 F/ -1 C
Average annual rainfall: 26 inches / 66 centimeters
Average annual snowfall: 46 inches / 117 centimeters
Minneapolis Convention Center
CHI 2002 will be held in the Minneapolis Convention Center. This beautiful, state-of-the-art complex is conveniently located at 1301 Second Avenue South, in the downtown area within easy walking distance, by sidewalk or skywalk, of the CHI Conference hotels.
For more information on the Minneapolis Convention Center, visit their web site at www.mplsconvctr.org .
CHI Conference Headquarters Hotel
The Hilton Minneapolis & Towers Hotel is the conference's Headquarters hotel, located nearby at 1001 Marquette Avenue. Located in the midst of downtown, the Hilton Minneapolis & Towers is perfectly situated for walking to the convention center (also connected by skyway) or stepping out to enjoy the evening. Each guest room provides the conveniences you're used to, including in-room movies, large work desks and voice mail. The hotel has two restaurants, lobby bar and complimentary health club with swimming pool.
For more information on area hotels and special discounts available, go to the Hotel Information page.