IDEA Week Locations:


South Bend, Indiana

South Bend is the largest metropolitan area in Northern Indiana and is filled with thriving businesses, recreational activities, fantastic dining and shopping, and a vibrant nightlife.


The University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana

The gilded golden dome and statue of Mary atop the main building proclaim the Notre Dame campus as a place where faith is treasured and diverse traditions shared and respected. Notre Dame’s students represent all 50 states and over 100 countries. Rigorous academics, NCAA Division I athletics, and numerous events and activities create an environment in which our students are ignited with a passion to learn and to live to their fullest capacity.


Elkhart, Indiana

Located east of South Bend, Elkhart is one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial communities in America. Elkhart is the RV Capital of the World, headquarters to international corporations, and the birthplace of Alka- Seltzer and innovations in electronics and band instruments. Elkhart County boasts more patents than any other Hoosier county outside the state capital. A friendly, hometown community in the heart of Amish Country.


Getting to South Bend

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South Bend is 10 miles south of the Michigan state line and is easily accessible from the Indiana Toll Road Interstate 80/90 as well as U.S. highways 6, 20, 31 and State Roads 2, 4, 23, 104, 331 and 933. South Bend International Airport is host to several rental car companies, taxi and limousine services.

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Fly into South Bend
The South Bend International Airport (SBN) is located 10 minutes from downtown South Bend and provides nonstop flights to ten different destinations with connections worldwide, making you “one stop away from anywhere in the world.” It is the only airport in the United States to offer air, intercity rail (South- Shore Line) and interstate bus service (Coach USA, Greyhound) all from one convenient location.

Other Airports to Consider

*Coach USA offers service to and from O’Hare and Midway Airports to South Bend, Mishawaka, and the University of Notre Dame campus.

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The South Shore Line is an electric train line connecting the South Bend International Airport to downtown Chicago! Daily trips during the weekdays and weekends, with cities throughout northwest Indiana with a final destination of downtown Chicago.

Amtrak connects South Bend to major cities including Toledo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston and Washington D.C. via the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited.


Hotel Accommodations


The South Bend area boost over 5,500 hotel rooms and more than 1,600 of these rooms are located within a 5 mile drive of Downtown South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. A great mix of newly built hotels, boutique inn’s and bed and breakfasts can be found, including your favorite hotel brands to great independent properties.

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Doubletree by Hilton South Bend

Downtown South Bend
Admire stunning riverfront views from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend. Connected via a climate-controlled sky-walk to the Century Center Convention Center, the newly renovated 291-Room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel features Baker’s Bar & Grille, a full service Starbucks, and is steps from downtown dinning, night life, & attractions.

123 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
South Bend, IN 46601

Rate: $109.00 per night
Use Group Code NDI when booking on

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Aloft Hotel South Bend

Downtown South Bend
Newly opened in fall 2017, the Aloft Hotel South Bend is located in the heart of Downtown South Bend featuring 187 guest rooms and suites. Experience the urban inspired hotel in Downtown South Bend, located two quick blocks from Century Center. Enjoy all the perks including plush platform beds, fitness center, free bottled water and coffee, and more. Stay connected with fast & free WiFi, or chill out in the W XYZ® bar during your stay.

111 N Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601

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The Inn at Saint Mary’s

University Area
A boutique hotel located on the campus of Saint Mary’s College, the Inn at Saint Mary’s invites you to stretch out in superior luxury in one of their 150 nonsmoking rooms and suites. Work up a sweat in their extensive fitness center then refuel your body with their complimentary hot breakfast buffet featuring produce grown in their very own garden! Other amenities including INNJoy Café featuring Starbuck’s and the Atrium Lounge with cleverly mixed cocktails.

53993 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, IN 46637

Rate: $119.00 per night
Use Promo code UND when booking

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Hilton Garden Inn South Bend

University Area
Located on the Campus of Saint Mary’s College, adjacent to the University of Notre Dame is the Hilton Garden Inn South Bend. Offering 100 rooms and suites that feature thoughtful amenities including the Garden Sleep SystemTM bed, a large work desk with convenient desk- level outlets and 42-inch flat-screen HDTV with complimentary HBO. A fully equipped fitness center, inviting indoor pool with whirlpool and Bistro 933, a cozy restaurant offering breakfast and dinner.

53995 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, IN 46637

Rate: $125.00
Use Corporate Account number 1368342 when booking.


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The Morris Inn

Located on Notre Dame’s Campus
Following a $30 million renovation, Morris Inn reopened in late August 2013 and now offers 150 guest rooms, including 18 spacious suites. With three distinct dining options — Sorin’s, Rohr’s, and the Wind Family Fireside Terrace, guests will find the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy a business lunch, family gathering, special occasion or a casual meal. The Morris Inn is a AAA 4 Diamond Hotel, placing the hotel in the top 5% of hotels in the United States. Morris Inn sits at the heart of Notre Dame’s storied campus and continues to be “the living room of the University.”

130 Morris Inn
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Call to book, ask for University of Notre Dame Rate

Rate: $170-$180
Morris Inn Online Reservations

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Co-Working Spaces


Try these co-working spaces while you’re in the area for IDEA Week.

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HeadQuarters at Ignition Park

HeadQuarters at Ignition Park opens its doors to IDEA Week participants. Please be courteous of current HeadQuarters Members.Hours Available: 8:30AM-5:00 PM
Walk-Ins Welcomed!
Amentities: Coffee, Cappacinno & Espresso, High Speed WiFi, comfy couches & spacious tables.
15% off any new membership purchased during IDEA Week!!
Free Parking

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101Co3 Co-workring space in Mishawaka will be open for free co-working during IDEA week! Free Co-working hours available from 8am-5pm, Mon- Fri. Please call ahead to 574-360-4113 to let us know your coming to ensure we have space available or message us through our site Free Coffee, High Speed wifi, drop-in desk seating, large table & booth workspace, outdoor balcony & seating overlooking the river, 2.5 miles of walking, running and biking along Mishawaka River walk, free parking & 10% discount at LBD Coffee located up front.  Discounted pricing for monthly & annual memberships purchased through April 29th!

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Launch Elkhart’s co-working space would be available to IDEA WEEK participants on a space-available basis. Current Launch Elkhart co-working tenants would have first availability.Hours available: 8 am – 5 pm
Must call 293-1531 to check availability and schedule time. No walk-ins.
Amenities: Table/workspace, Frontier high-speed internet
Address: 418 S Main St, Elkhart.
Parking available in downtown parking lots.


South Bend Climate & Weather


As with any Midwestern state, spring is a breath of fresh air after a chilly winter, and Indiana is no exception. Spring is the season when anything can happen in South Bend! With the earlier months experiencing the occasional snow fall, temperatures typically warm up through mid-April to reach 50’s and 60’s. Sunshine is a frequent occurrence and always a welcomed one!


Visitor Resources


Visit South Bend/Mishawaka
The University of Notre Dame
Visit Indiana
Northern Indiana (Indiana’s Cool North) Elkhart County

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