Getting Here

The tournament will be held at Student Center East at University of Illinois Chicago, 750 S. Halsted Street. Use any entrance and follow the signs to the Illinois Room on the third floor.

CTA: UIC-Halsted on the Blue Line (~1,200 ft)

Driving: We recommend the Halsted/Taylor Garage, $9 all day (~600 ft)

Schedule of Events

9:30 Check-In

10:00 Doors open

10:30 Welcome Announcements

Puzzle 1 (20 minutes), Puzzle 2 (20 minutes), Puzzle 3 (30 minutes)

12:00 Break for Lunch

Over the lunch break we will host some additional games and events - more info to come!

2:00 Puzzle 4 (30 minutes) and Puzzle 5 (30 minutes)

3:30 Additional games and events - more info to come
Awards presentation

4:30 Finals

5:00 Closing Announcements 

Dining Recommendations

Our thanks to Brian Callahan for these local reviews!

Busy Burger

1120 W Taylor St

The perfect counter service spot for burgers, hot dogs, fries, and shakes. Their “Busy Burger” is the standard, but there are plenty of options for pescetarians, vegetarians, or even those looking for a turkey burger. 

Al's Italian Beef

1079 W Taylor St

The best place on Taylor Street to get a classic Chicago Italian beef. Just know before you order if you want it with sweet or hot peppers and if you want your sandwich dipped in juice. Al’s also offers the classic Chicago-style hot dog. Just know that if you’re opening yourself to ridicule if you put ketchup on it. 


1139 W Taylor St

Cute little spot combining two dessert favorites, mochi & doughnuts, into one perfect sweet treat. They also serve coffee, bubble tea, and their own “unique” take on corn dogs. 

Jarabe Taqueria

1104 W Taylor St

Tacos, tortas, burritos and more are available at this local Mexican joint that originated as a food truck. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but if you can only get one thing, order a “California-style” burrito. It’s stuffed with french fries, guacamole, chihuahua cheese and your choice of protein. 

I Dream of Falafel

1129 W Taylor St

Build-your-own Mediterranean restaurant with pitas, wraps, and bowls. The customizable options are great for vegetarians, vegans, and those who may be looking for gluten-free choices. 

The Student Center itself has a few fast options available and there are other chain locations close by including Jimmy Johns and Subway.