More than 2,500 daily flights from two international airports
The Collection at McCormick Square. 

Remarkably Connected

Trains, planes, cars, and bikes … Getting to McCormick Place is easy. With two international airports serving Chicago, there are over 2,500 flights arriving and departing daily. Importantly, our campus is served conveniently by:

  • Metra Rail
  • Multiple bus lines
  • Two “L” train lines (Green and Red)
  • Bike racks and Divvy Bike Sharing
  • Taxi and shared rides, including Uber, Lyft, and other services
  • Over 6,200 on-site parking spaces
  • Once you arrive, all of the campus buildings and hotels are connected by climate-controlled walkways and connections.

Over 2,500 flights arriving and departing daily

O’Hare Airport

Multi-award-winning, environmentally conscious O’Hare (ORD) is one of the largest airports in the world. It lies just 16 miles from downtown Chicago and boasts four terminals — three domestic (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and one international (Terminal 5).  

Midway Airport

Midway (MDW) is the nation’s premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations. It’s located only 11 miles from downtown Chicago.

Rail Transportation

Chicago’s iconic Union Station serves both Amtrak and Metra, the city’s commuter rail service. Originally designed by Daniel Burnham and completed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Union Station is a glowing expression of Chicago’s status as a national railroad hub.

Intercity Transportation via CTA

The nation’s second-largest public transportation system, the CTA operates Chicago’s eight ‘L’ train lines and 129 bus routes.

Not all of the system’s train lines are elevated (which is where the term ‘L’ comes from). They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and subway trains, and serve 145 rail stations all over town. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.

More information at Chicago Transit Authority

Intercity Transportation via METRA

The high-speed Metra commuter rail train connects outlying suburbs to downtown Chicago and is a fast and easy way to travel to the heart of the city. Find fares and route maps.

Direct access to McCormick Place and downtown with the METRA Electric line.  Getting to McCormick Square from the loop is a quick and easy ride on the Metra Electric from popular downtown spots such as Millennium Station, Van Buren Street, and Museum Campus. 

More information at

Chicago Bike-Sharing Program

Chicago is a city made for cycling. There are over 200 miles of protected bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, conventional bike lanes, dashed/advisory lanes, marked shared lanes, and neighborhood bike routes throughout the city.

Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program, offers over 580 stations and 5,800 bikes across the city, available for rent 24/7. Users simply pick up a bike from a self-service docking station and return it to a station near their destination. Find Divvy locations and rates. Get the Divvy app: Android and iOS.