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About Carbondale

Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region. It is located at the junction of Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 51, 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri.  Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University.

Carbondale is a city of roughly 26,000 residents and provides a close link to many area forest and lakes. The City of Carbondale is next to the Shawnee National Forest (280,000 acres) and the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (44,000 acres).  Ite is also within 10-45 minutes of Giant City (2,430 acres) and Ferne Clyffe (4,000 acres) State Parks, Trail of Tears State Forest, and the Cache River Wetlands.  Landscapes designated for wilderness to developed recreation vary from bottomlands to uplands with rolling hills, bluffs, and rugged topography.  Also nearby are lakes including Crab Orchard, Kinkaid, Devils Kitchen, Little Grassy, Lake of Egypt, and Cedar totaling over 17,000 acreas, ponds, and rivers including the Mississippi. This is in addition to our own forests and woodlands and private lands that are available to us.  There are diverse and boundless educational and recre-ational opportunities for all.

Carbondale is accessible by Amtrak, Greyhound, and Cape Air flights from St. Louis to the Williamson County Regional Airport.

Driving Directions

The Phenomenology Research Center is located in Faner Hall (Room 2514) at the center of the SIU campus.

1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

  • Take Hwy 51 to Mill St.
  • Turn west (slightly uphill) onto W. Mill St.
  • Travel on Mill St. for less than two blocks to S. Normal Ave.
  • Turn left and go south on S. Normal Ave. until the road curves at the flagpole
  • Follow the curve to the right onto W. Grand Ave.
  • Parking for Faner Hall will be on the left near the end of Grand Ave. There are a limited number of meters for visitors. SIU students, faculty and staff must have a parking permit and park in the appropriate lot for their permit.

Please click the image for a detailed map:Map to SIUC Faner Hall PRC