First International Conference on Lao Studies  May 20-22, 2005
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Airport Transportations


Direct public transportation is not available between Chicago and DeKalb, IL or the Chicago Airports and Northern Illinois University.  If possible, we advise that you take O'hare Airport instead of Midway.  The ICLS committee has come up with four ways for our participants to travel between the conference and the airport (s). 


1. Limo Service

2. NIU Airport Shuttle

3. Rental Car

4. If you are a conference presenter, a voluntarily pick-up and drop-off might be available. See #4 below for details.



In case you get stranded at the airport or have an emergency while traveling please call the following numbers: 1-815-501-6218; 1-815-758-5030; or 1-815-753-6462.



1. Limo Service: Available for both O’Hare and Midway Airports


-Chicago Shuttle: (888) 211-0111


-DeKalb O'Hare Limousine Service, DeKalb: (815) 758-0631


-Hayes Limousine Service Inc. DeKalb: (815) 787-7400


-Home James Limousine: (815) 748-5466

-Blue Sky Limousine Service (advance appointment required)
 Toll free number - (866) 998-9800 or (815) 787-9800
 Single passenger - $65.00 one way (additional $10.00 for each additional person)

-DeKalb - O'Hare Limousine Service (advance appointment required)

 Toll free number - (877) 367- 5525 or (815) 758-0631
 Single passenger - $50.00 one way (additional $10.00 for each additional person)


After arrival at O’Hare, claim your luggage and telephone toll free number provided above so that the pre-arranged car and driver will come from the limousine waiting area to get you within approximately 10 minutes. Banks of telephones are available in the baggage claim area. The limousine service monitors all flights so that there is no need to contact them in case your flight is delayed - even for international flights. Allow one hour and fifteen minutes for the trip.  Suggestion: Keep this sheet of information with your airplane ticket.



2. NIU Airport Shuttle: Available only for O'hare Airport

Northern Illinois University will provide transportation to DeKalb in a university vehicle for a modest fee from O’Hare Airport on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20.


The vehicle pickup time from O'Hare will be on:

Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 pm

Friday, May 20 at 10:00 am


The vehicle pickup point is at International Terminal 5, Lower Level, International Arrivals, Door "E". Door "E" is located across from the McDonalds' restaurant on the lower level.  PLEASE NOTE: The International Terminal is separate from Domestic Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and the Airport Transit System (ATS) is the only means of transport between the two terminals. The O'Hare pick up point is the same for ALL pickups at O'Hare airport.


If you are arriving at Midway Airport, there is public transportation to O’Hare for minimal fee.  Coach USA Wisconsin offers hourly service between O'Hare International and Midway Airports from 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Allow at least 1 hour for travel time between O'Hare International and Midway Airports. Pickup at Midway Airport is located at door 3 and 4 on the lower level baggage claim. The one-way fare between Midway International and O'Hare International is $12.00. If you are an International traveler, calculate the cost in your currency.  To contact Coach USA Wisconsin; call 1-877-324-7767.

Returns to O’Hare will be on:

Sunday, May 22 at 9:00 am and at 2:00 pm


Pick up for returns to O’Hare will be at the Holmes Student Center, Carroll Avenue entrance. It takes approximately 1 ˝ hours to get to O’Hare Airport from DeKalb. Returns to O'Hare will drop off people at each terminal (1, 2, 3 and 5).


Cost for Shuttle between NIU and O'Hare Airport:  $25 each way.  Space on the NIU shuttle is by advanced reservation and pre-payment only and non-refundable.


NOTE: If you have registered already you may make a request for NIU shuttle by sending an email to: or call 1-800-345-9472. Do not re-register.



3. Car Rental: Available for both O’Hare and Midway Airports, but please check with the car rental company to make sure.


Alamo –

Toll free number: (800) 327-9633


Avis –

Toll free number: (800) 331-1212


Budget –

Toll free number: (800) 527-0700

Dollar –

Toll free number: (800) 800-4000



Toll free number: (800) 261-7331


Hertz –

Toll free number: (800) 654-3131



4. Voluntarily Services: Available only for O'hare Airport

We have a couple of volunteers who will be able to pick-up and drop-off conference presenters, however this is limited to the availability of our drivers and the time of your arrival and departure.  If you are not presenting a paper at the conference we advise that you sought out one of the three options above.  If  you are a presenter and would like to be considered for this option, please email Laty Keodouangsy at: with the following information:



Presentation Topic:

Date/Time of Presentation: 

Contact Information (Optional):


Mailing Address:

CELL (on travel dates):

City/State/Zip Code:



Arrival Date: 

Arrival Time: 

Airport Name/Airport Code: 


Flight Number: 

Total # People in Group: 

Special Needs:


Departure Date:

Departure Time:

Airport Name/Airport Code: 


Flight Number: 

Total # People in Group: 

Special Needs: 


If you have questions or concerns, contact:
Laty Keodouangsy

Office: (414) 229-3855
Cell: (414) 517-8047