The 13th International Diachronic Generative Syntax Conference

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 2-5, 2011

DiGS 13 Local Information

Conference Location

DiGS 13 will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Copy Center

To make copies, the following copy center is conveniently located:

Campus Copy Center
main office: 3907 Walnut St., 215-386-6410
mini office: 3731 Walnut St., 215-386-6114


(Download Philadelphia map in PDF)

Special rate at the Sheraton

DiGS has negotiated with the Sheraton Hotel, located only three blocks from the conference site, to provide a reduced rate to conference attenedees. Please click here to make a reservation. The reduced rate is available for reservations made before May 20, 2011

There are other lodging options within walking distance of the conference site. Hotels in Center City are also reasonably close to campus. Note: Hotel tax is 14% per room per night.

Penn Tower Hotel
34th St. at Civic Center Blvd.
FAX: 215-386-8306
10 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall
International House
(A student dormitory that rents available rooms for conferences.)
3701 Chestnut
(215) 387-5125
10 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall

36th & Chestnut
(215) 387-8000
(800) 325-3535
10 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall
Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street
5 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall

Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast
3300 Baring Street
15 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall
Spruce Hill Manor
3709 Baring Street
15 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall

The Gabes Bed & Breakfast
4520 Chester Avenue
20 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall
Inn Between Bed & Breakfast
321 S. 46th Street
20 min. walking from Claudia Cohen Hall

Best Western
501 N 22nd Street
Approx 30 min. Multiple SEPTA connections
Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel
1701 Locust Street
10 minutes by #21 bus

The Windsor Suites
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
10 minutes by taxi
Philadelphia Downtown Courtyard Marriott
21 North Juniper Street (at Filbert) 215-496-3200
10 minutes by #21 bus

Latham Hotel
135 S 17th Street
10 minutes by #21 bus
Alexander Inn
12th and Spruce Streets
10-15 minutes by #21 bus

Philadelphia Downtown Marriott
1201 Market Street
10-15 minutes by #21 bus
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
10-15 minutes by #21 bus

Omni Hotel at Independence Park
401 Chestnut Street
20-30 minutes by #21 bus
The Rittenhouse
210 West Rittenhouse Square
5-10 minutes by #21 bus

Hampton Inn Center City Philadelphia
1301 Race Street
5-10 minutes by #21 bus

The Independent Philadelphia Hotel
1234 Locust Street
5-10 minutes by #21 bus


You may find hotels farther from campus with cheaper rates. The cheapest one on campus is International House. Please note, however, that the areas of South Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and New Jersey are significantly farther from campus than Center City. In many cases, public transportation from these areas to the University is available, but can be time consuming and costly, and is not available 24 hours a day. If you choose to stay farther away, please investigate your transportation and parking options before booking a room.


Public Transportation:
    The 21 bus runs west on Walnut Street and returns east on Chestnut Street. It will drop you off at 36th and Walnut.

    The Market-Frankford subway (blue line) runs east to west on Market Street, with stops at 40th, 34th (University of Pennsylvania), 30th, 15th, 13th, and 11th Streets (and others farther east and west).

    The 34, 36, 13 and 11 trolleys stop at 36th and Samson Street and 37th and Spruce Streets. You can find time tables and maps here:

    One ride on the bus or subway costs $2 (bills and/or coins accepted, exact change required) or 1 token. Tokens are available at the DiGS registration table, some subway stations, the Penn Bookstore, and some stores, and cost $1.55 each.


      From Center City, a taxi to campus takes 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. From University City, taxi queues in front of hotels are reliable places to find taxis.


      There are several public parking lots on/near campus. See this map.

      In addition, metered parking is available on the street. If you choose to park on the street, be advised that parking regulations are strictly enforced. Keep the meter full of quarters or expect a parking ticket. Also pay close attention to signs. On some streets, parking is prohibited during rush hour (e.g. on Chestnut Street from 7-9am and on Walnut Street from 4-6pm). Violators are towed promptly.

      For safety reasons, avoid parking on quiet streets near campus (e.g. Samson); break-ins are more frequent there than on busy streets like Chestnut and Walnut. Generally, lots are also safe.

      The cheapest lots cost $8-10 for all day. Metered parking costs $1 per hour, 8am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Guests of the Penn Tower Hotel can park for $9 per day in their parking garage. Non-guests can also park in the garage, space permitting, at a significantly higher rate.


    Train: SEPTA operates a regional rail line from the airport to the University Area/Center City. It runs every half hour, and takes 15-20 minutes to Center City. From the baggage claim area, follow signs to the train (there is a stop at each terminal). Purchase a ticket from the machine located near the elevator ($7.00) or from the conductor on board the train. Get off at the University City stop (Convention Ave. at South St.), 30th Street Station (30th and Market Sts.), or Suburban Station (16th Street and JFK Blvd.) depending on where your hotel is. Taxis are available from 30th Street Station.

    Shuttle: Information is available at the ground transportation desk located in each terminal near the baggage claim area. Some shuttles that service University City and Center City are:

      Lady Liberty Transportation, 215-724-8888 ($10 each way)
      Penn Express, 215-223-1887
      Philly Shuttle, 215-333-1441

    Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the University City area costs $30-$35 and takes 20 minutes assuming no major traffic problems.

    Driving: Directions from the airport to campus, and from nearby cities to campus are available here.


    The JFK and Newark international airports are accessible by rail from Philadelphia, and may be a cheaper option for international flights.

    • To arrive in Philadelphia from the JFK airport in New York City:
      • Take the AirTrain to Jamaica Station
      • Take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Penn Station in New York City.
      • From Penn Station you have two options. The first is to take Amtrak high-speed rail directly to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia. The second is to take commuter rail (NJ Transit and SEPTA), also to 30th St. Station. The first option is more expensive but quicker; the second means having to change trains during the trip.
        • To take Amtrak, simply board the train at Penn Station
        • To take commuter rail, board a NJ Transit train bound for Trenton. In Trenton, you will change to a SEPTA train bound for 30th St. Station.
      • Timetables for all trains are available at the respective websites
    • To arrive in Philadelphia from Newark Int'l Airport, take the NJ Transit to Trenton, then the SEPTA to 30th St. You will board a monorail at the airport terminal for a short ride to the NJ Transit platform.