Logistics / FAQ

When/Where is on-site registation/check in?

Registration begins on Monday, June 10 at 8am. Please join us at the Class of 1978 Pavilion on the 6th floor of the Van Pelt Library for Breakfast, Registration, and a Welcome session.

Where are the classes?

ALL Classrooms are located in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and on the 6th floor of Williams Hall.

What’s the food situation

DReAM is providing breakfast and lunch to all attendees each day. All meals will be served on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

Breakfast Hours: M-F 8am 9am

Lunch Hours: M-f noon – 1:30

Where are the special events?

All special events, including the Opening Reception and Lightning Talks, the DReAM Lab Poster Session, and Lunch Time Lectures will be in the Class of 1978 Pavilion (6th Floor, Van Pelt Library)

How far will I need to walk?

All DReAM Lab locations are on the Penn Campus, and are within a 5 – 15 minute walk of each other. It is likely you will not need a vehicle during your stay

What’s the wifi situation?

If you don’t have EDUROAM, the AirPennNet-Guest wireless network will act as one large wireless hotspot for campus. Guests are able to log on after entering a valid email address.

    • Only basic Internet connectivity will be provided, including web browsing and secure protocols, such as standard VPN and RDP.
    • Bandwidth usage limits are in effect providing 3Mbps up/down per device.
    • Registration of devices on the AirPennNet-Guest wireless network will need to be renewed daily, instead of weekly.
    • The AirPennNet-Guest wireless network will block hosts that may serve malicious content.
    • In case of abuse, repeat offenders will be blocked from using the AirPennNet-Guest wireless network.

How to Connect

    1. Select the AirPennNet-Guest SSID
    2. Open a browser
    3. Review and accept the Acceptable Use Policy terms and conditions
    4. Enter a valid email address
    5. Click Submit

What’s the daily schedule?

Check here: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/dream-lab/schedule/

What are the safety contacts?

Penn Police Department: 215-898-7297

Walking Escort Service: 215-898-WALK(9255) or 511 (from campus phone) Available 24hrs (To request a chaperone across campus, for safety purposes.)

What is the proper attire?

DRESS: Please dress however you are most comfortable but the dress code is decidedly casual. Prepare for hot weather outdoors, and cool AC indoors.

SHOES: You will likely be moving across Penn’s campus between DReAM daily activities. We recommend you wear shoes that allow for brief walking commutes.

Where do I park?

Nearby parking is available at the Penn Park Parking Lot for $13 flat rate 4 hours and over first-come, first-served basis (31st & Lower Walnut Streets). For additional parking information, please refer to this interactive parking site or this Perelman Quad parking pdf.

What are my transit options?


The Philadelphia International Airport is the nearest airport, located less than 10 miles from campus.

    • Public transportation http://www.phl.org/Pages/passengerinfo/transportationservices/cct_connect.aspx
    • Taxi ($28.50 flat rate) http://www.phl.org/Pages/Passengerinfo/TransportationServices/taxi.aspx
    • Lyft https://www.lyft.com/airports/phl


If you are not bringing a vehicle (a good idea!), we recommend making use of Philly’s city bus system, Septa, or the Campus Bus Service.

    • Septa: http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/
    • Campus Bus Service: http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/live-maps/interactive-map.html


We recommend using Lyft as the preferred rideshare service in town. We’ve found this to be quicker than calling for a cab. Be sure to download the app in advance!

Lyft: https://www.lyft.com/cities/philadelphia-pa

CAB SERVICES OnCabs Philadelphia: 215-882-9068

Phila Taxi Service: 267-309-2675

Phila Transportation Service: 215-833-9333

Philadelphia Taxi: 215-225-5000


Philly is a bike-friendly city. Check out bike routes here → Philly’s Bicycle Map. We recommend using Indego bike rentals.

Indego: https://www.rideindego.com/

I’ve got a question about a DReAM event or need help finding something. What do I do?

You can tweet us at @PennPriceLab, send an email to penndreamlab@gmail.com, or pose the question on our slack channel: penndreamlab.slack.com. One of the DReAM staff members will answer your question.

I need to print something. Where can I do that?

We recommend printing at Campus Copy Center at 3907 Walnut Street

Where are the nearest grocery / convenience stores?

Fresh Grocer on Walnut 4001 Walnut Street

Wawa | 3604 Chestnut Street

CVS | 3401 Walnut Street or 3925 Walnut Street

I need a post office. Where can I find one?

The nearest US Post Office is located on campus at 228 S 40th Street

What are some interesting things to see and do in Philly?

There’s a lot to explore in Philadelphia, PA from live music, to a vibrant local food scene, and lots of natural sights to experience. You can find all the big name spots (and more!) at visitphilly.com. We’ve curated a list of our favorites and some slightly more obscure attractions you might want to explore below.


Icebox Project Space: cranearts.com/icebox

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center: philaphotoarts.org

Institute of Contemporary Art: icaphila.org

The Barnes Foundation: barnesfoundation.org

The Fabric Workshop and Museum: fabricworkshopandmuseum.org


Asian Arts Initiative: asianartsinitiative.org

Taller Puertorriqueño: tallerpr.org

Philadelphia Folklore Project: folkloreproject.org

Official Tours

The Woodlands: woodlandsphila.org

Laurel Hill Cemetery: thelaurelhillcemetery.org

Masonic Temple and Masonic Library & Museum: pamasonictemple.org

Unofficial Tours and Places of Interest

“47 Stories”: 47 Stories focuses on the 47 bus, a route that runs from north to south, connecting diverse communities along the way. muralarts.org/artworks/southeast-by-southeast-mural-projects/47-stories

The John Coltrane House: johncoltranehouse.org

Mount Moriah Cemetery: Contains the remains of veterans of the Revolutionary, Spanish-American, Civil, both World Wars, Korean and Vietnam Wars and was one of the few cemeteries in the city to accept Muslim burials. friendsofmountmoriahcemetery.org

Where can I buy coffee on or near campus?

We will serve coffee at meals and breaks, but you can also find it at these locations:

Pret a Manger | 38th and Locust Walk, Huntsman Hall

United By Blue | 3421 Walnut St

Starbucks | 3401 Walnut Street

Dunkin’ Donuts | 3437 Walnut Street

Mark’s Café | Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, ground floor

Avril 50 | 3406 Sansom Street

Starbucks: 3401 Walnut Street, 215-387-1914 $ 3421 Chestnut Street, 215-222-4237

Wawa: 3744 Spruce Street, 215-387-0029 $ 3604 Chestnut Street, 215-222-6422

What are some restaurants in Philadelphia you would recommend?

Philly has an amazing food scene that is way more than cheesesteaks. Ask any of the locals for personal faves and get some ideas over at Eater Philadelphia: https://philly.eater.com/. Below are a few recommendations for options near campus. $ = Under $10  $$ = $11-$20  $$$ = $21-$30

Food Court

Franklin’s Table Food Hall: 3401 Walnut Street

Offerings from seven best in class Philadelphia food operators $-$$

including Goldie, DK Sushi, KQ Burgers


Abyssinia: 229 South 45th st, (215) 387-2424 $-$$ Great Ethiopian spot that has a full bar

Baby Blues BBQ: 3404 Sansom Street, 215-222-4444 $$ Memphis Style BBQ, good lunch specials

Beijing: 3714 Spruce Street, 215-222-5242 $-$$ Quick and easy Chinese food. Sit down or take-out service; gets crowded at lunch.

Bernie’s Restaurant & Bar: 3432 Sansom Street, 215-921-6242 $-$$ Global comfort fare pairs with craft beer & wine at this comfy haunt with TVs & an outdoor fire pit.

Bobby’s Burger Palace: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-387-0378 $-$$ A creative & colorful take on a classic campus burger joint, designed by the Food Network’s Bobby Flay

City Tap House: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105 $ One of Philly’s longest draft lists (60 taps!) paired with upscale pub fare. Large bar/dining room, outdoor seating

Così: 140 South 36th Street, 215-222-4545 $ Sandwiches & pizza on their signature flatbread, along with soups and café salads; eat in or take out

CoZara: 3200 Chestnut St 267-233-7488 $$-$$$ Trendy, two-floor Japanese izakaya-style bar & grill

Dahlak: 4708 Baltimore Ave, 215-726-6464 $-$$ Family-owned West Philly staple Ethiopian restaurant, sports a full bar and outdoor dance/socializing space

Dim Sum House by Jane G’s: 3939 Chestnut Street, 215-921-5377 $

Atmospheric hideaway: Cantonese- and Shanghai-inspired dim sum menu with a full bar

Distrito: 3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657 $$-$$$ High-energy restaurant inspired by the spirited culture and cuisine of Mexico City 

Federal Donuts: 3428 Sansom Street, 267-275-8489 $ A Philly original: donuts, fried chicken and coffee. Open till they’re out.

Già Kitchen: 3716 Spruce Street, 215-222-7713 $

Salads and panini made to order with fresh ingredients

The Greek Lady: 222 South 40th Street, 215-382-2600 $

Overstuffed hoagies and Greek specialties, to eat in or take out. A campus favorite

Han Dynasty: 3711 Market Street, 215-222-3711 $$-$$$

Authentic Sichuan cuisine; known throughout Philly for the spice!

HipCity Veg: 214 S. 40th Street, 267-244-4342 $$

“Fast, Fresh, 100% Plant Based”

Hummus: 3931 Walnut Street, 215-222-5300 $$ Fresh Mediterranean food. Don’t miss out on the falafel platter.

Jimmy John’s: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-222-7877 $ 3400 Civic Center Boulevard (south of Van Pelt Library on 34th Street), 215-382-0805

New Deck Tavern: 3408 Sansom Street, 215-386-4600 $-$$

A Philly take on an Irish pub. Good sandwiches, nice beer list

Pod: 3636 Sansom Street, 215-387-1803 $$

Pan Asian. Retro-futuristic design, sushi conveyor, full bar

Ramen Bar: 4040 Locust Street, 215-243-9999 $ 3438 Lancaster Avenue, 215-921-5804

This noodle house boasts mod decor plus a menu of creative noodle bowls & other Japanese fare.

Sang Kee Noodle House: 3549 Chestnut Street, 215-387-8808 $-$$ Reasonably priced Chinese fare, specializing in noodle dishes

Shake Shack: 3200 Chestnut Street, 267-338-3464 $ New York’s famous burgers and shakes come to Philly.

Sitar: 60 South 38th Street, 215-662-0818 $-$$

Good Indian food from the menu or the buffet, which serves both lunch and dinner.

Sweetgreen: 3925 Walnut Street, 215-386-1365 $

Locally-sourced salads and wraps with your choice of creative toppings

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, 215-222-1400 $$ Guests dine on American fare while watching live musicians at this multilevel supper club.

The White Dog Café: 3420 Sansom Street, 215-386-9224 $$-$$$ Gourmet farm-to-table cuisine; newly renovated interior. Pricey but best on campus for food and atmosphere.

Tortas Frontera: 3602 Locust Walk $ Tasty Mexican style sandwiches and other quick eats by Rick Bayless

Zavino: 3200 Chestnut Street, 215-823-6897 $$ Wine, small plates and pizza. Warmly casual atmosphere, outdoor seating

There are also more than 60 food trucks around Penn’s campus. Weekdays at lunchtime clusters of food trucks may be found at the corner of 33rd and Spruce Streets, at the corner of 34th and Walnut Streets, and between 36th and 38th Streets on Spruce Street, but few or none is open on weekends.

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