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The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids is the closest airport to the conference hotel, KCAD and venues in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. www.grr.org

Distance To/From Airports

  • Grand Rapids: 12.6 miles
  • Detroit: 155 miles
  • Chicago Midway: 178 miles
  • Chicago O’Hare: 204 miles

Attendees flying into the Gerald R. Ford International Airport should visit http://www.grr.org/ground.php, to learn more about ground transportation options including car rental, taxi service, and public transportation options.

Taxi fare to downtown Grand Rapids is approximately $38 (U.S.). Luxury sedan service to downtown Grand Rapids is approximately $40 (U.S.).

The conference hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.

Amtrak: Grand Rapids Station
440 Century Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Conference Hotel)
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Directions

GPS Direction Input
The hotel's motor lobby is located on:
225 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

The Amway Grand Plaza is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown Grand Rapids business and entertainment district. At the crossroads of both US-131 and I-196, the hotel is easily accessible and just a brief 18-minute drive from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Click here to access a Google map of the Amway Grand Plaza's location. If you enter your address, you'll get driving directions that will ensure your arrival to the hotel is hassle-free.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Located two and a half blocks from the Amway Grand Hotel (conference hotel)
17 Fountain Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002

From the north

  • US-131 S to Pearl St/Downtown (exit 85B)
  • Left on Pearl St (east) 0.6 miles to Division
  • Right on Division Ave NE (south)
  • Fountain St. NW 0.1 miles to 17 Fountain
  • Recommended parking: Grand Rapids city ramp, west of the Kendall campus (entrances on both Ionia and Pearl Streets). Charges apply.

From the northwest

  • I-96 E to US-131 S
  • US-131 S to I-196 E
  • I-196 E to Ottawa Ave. NW (south)
  • Ottawa Ave. NW (south) toward downtown 0.4 miles to Fountain St. NW
  • Fountain St. NW 0.1 mile to 17 Fountain St.
  • Recommended parking: Grand Rapids city ramp, west of the Kendall campus (entrances on both Ionia and Pearl Streets). Charges apply.

From the south

  • US-131 N to I-196 E
  • I-196 E to Ottawa Ave. NW (south)
  • Ottawa Ave. NW (south) toward downtown 0.4 miles to Fountain St. NW
  • Fountain St. NW 0.1 miles to 17 Fountain St.
  • Recommended parking: Grand Rapids city ramp, west of the Kendall campus (entrances on both Ionia and Pearl Streets). Charges apply.

From the southwest

  • I-196 E to Ottawa Ave. NW (south)
  • Ottawa Ave. NW (south) toward downtown 0.4 miles to Fountain St. NW
  • Fountain St. NW 0.1 miles to 17 Fountain St.
  • Recommended parking: Grand Rapids city ramp, west of the Kendall campus (entrances on both Ionia and Pearl Streets). Charges apply.