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ILYM is a community of approximately 200 people gathering at the beautiful Illinois Yearly Meetinghouse and grounds, which are surrounded, to the horizon, by corn and soybean fields. On the south side of “Quaker Lane” is the meetinghouse, parking areas, several large tents, a farmhouse and several outbuildings. The tents are used for the children’s programs, workshops and outdoor dining.    On the north side of the road are another parking area, a campground, including 6 small cabins and buildings used for High School and Middle School Young Friends. There is a also a showerhouse in the campground.     The Yearly Meeting is planned and managed by volunteers so we ask everyone to pitch in. All Friends over age 10 are asked to sign up for at least two volunteer jobs during ILYM, which might include serving at a meal, cleaning a bathroom, or helping the babysitters or children’s program. There is a volunteer signup chart near the registration table.     Please do not bring pets. Do not smoke in the buildings or on the grounds (including campground). Keep noisy activities away from Friends who need quiet, and respect the surrounding farm crops and property.



DIRECTIONS: The meetinghouse address is: 14365 N. 350th Ave., McNabb, IL 61335.

From Champaign-Urbana: Take I-74 west to Bloomington-Normal, then I-39 north to Rt. 18 west. Near Magnolia, take Rt. 89 north. After Edgewood Park Golf Club on the left, turn right at the “Friends Meetinghouse” sign (Co. Rd. 350N). After about ½ mile the meetinghouse is a large white building on your right.

From St. Louis: Take I-55 north to Bloomington/Normal, then I-39 north. From here, same as from Champaign-Urbana.

From Chicago: Take I-80 west past Ottawa, then I-39 south to Rt. 71 west, then Rt. 89 south. Go past McNabb about 1½ miles, and look for the “Friends Meetinghouse” sign at the first cross-street, Co. Rd. 350N. Turn left. The meetinghouse will be on your right in about ½ mile. 

By Amtrak:  Transportation between the Princeton, IL station and the ILYM campus can be arranged via the registration form.

FEES: The fee structure is a simple per day (24-hour period), per adult fee that reflects the actual cost of running the yearly meeting. We do not charge for children 18 and under. The fee is $36.00 per day/adult for a total of 4 possible days. There are no half days. 

FEE REDUCTIONS: No one should hesitate to attend ILYM for financial reasons. Monthly Meetings may be a source of financial aid for individuals and families. Indicate the amount that you can afford to pay and plan to join us. Funds are available for hotel lodging for people who have disabilities which make it difficult to stay in the campground or in the cabins.

WHAT TO BRING: Musical instruments, recreational equipment, clothes for active wear, bathing suit, towel, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, flashlight, rain gear, linens for cabins. Showers are available for bathing. Coin-op laundry is available in Spring Valley.

PHONE: The Meetinghouse & Clear Creek House number is 815-882-2214. Outgoing calls must be calling card or collect only.

EMERGENCIES: Dial 911 for emergencies. St. Margaret’s Hospital is in Spring Valley: emergency number is 815-664-1464. Spring Valley is North on Rt. 89. There are several medical clinics in the area. Information will be available in handouts at annual sessions.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Meetinghouse has a ramped entrance and a wheelchair accessible restroom. The showerhouse in the camping area is also accessible, but you must go through a grassy area to get to it. The dining room is in the basement and is not wheelchair accessible but meals can be served elsewhere.  Clear Creek House is wheelchair accessible.

MARKETPLACE: From Fri. afternoon to Sun. morning individuals who wish to bring items to sell may do so. Vendors must provide their own tables, etc. The indoor display area is for Quaker organizations and committees only.

TECHNOLOGY: There are no duplicating facilities or fax machines available. Please bring what you will need. There is wireless internet available. The password will be displayed near the registration desk. Please disconnect when not using as space is limited.

VARIETY SHOW: Saturday afternoon is our annual variety show. No talent required. This is a supportive group that is easily amused.

PARKING: Parking is available for campers along the north side of the road and extends the whole length of the campground. We ask that cars parked in this area be along the road (away from the tents).  There is additional parking on the south side of the road between the meetinghouse and Clear Creek House. Cars parked on the Meetinghouse grounds become dangerous obstructions. However, a few spaces are marked for Friends with disabilities, and teachers can park their cars near the classroom tents in the mornings.

NEW ATTENDERS MEETINGS: New attenders meetings to help orient Friends new to ILYM will take place on Wednesday at the end of the evening program and Saturday at breakfast time. Please gather at the registration table. You will meet with members of Ministry and Advancement Committee. If you need help or information at any other time, those handling registration will be glad to assist.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN: You can bring your smaller children to the dining room 5 minutes before scheduled mealtimes to eat or you may go to the head of the line. It is hard for small children to wait in line when they are hungry.  We suggest that you bring drinks and non-perishable snacks for times your children may be hungry or thirsty and perhaps a breakfast food if your children find it hard to get up in time for breakfast in the dining room.