Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Ventra is the Chicago bus and train payment system. At the Ventra Vending Machines in ‘L’ Stations you can choose to purchase a Ventra card that is reloadable and can be controlled using the Ventra App or a ticket that has limited use and cannot be reloaded. Once you have downloaded the App you can also buy and use Metra mobile tickets, get notifications for your account balance and see real-time arrivals for CTA, Pace and Metra. Fares for both the train and bus are generally $2.50 per ride. For more information or to plan a trip visit https://www.transitch icago .com / .
Chicago’s Bus System
A single ride is $2.50 using exact cash or a Ventra card.
#3 King Drive Bus
The #3 King Drive Bus is the most common bus route to/from McCormick Place as it runs approximately every 15 minutes, north/ south along Michigan Avenue serving many downtown hotels, Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place. Pick-up location: 2301 S. King Drive (In front of McCormick Place’s main entrance)
#21 Cermak Bus
#21 runs East/West and drops off at the Cermak/McCormick Place Green Line Station and the Cermak/Chinatown Red Line Station. Pick-up location: 2301 S. King Drive (In front of McCormick Place’s main entrance)
Chicago’s Rail System
Chicago’s rail system consists of train lines spanning the city and is known as the “L”, short for “elevated” train. In many parts of the world, this system is also referred to as a “subway” or “metro”. A single ride $2.50 using a Ventra card or ticket unless otherwise noted.
The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station offers attendees an additional way to leave the McCormick Place campus with stops convenient for those staying in hotels south of the Chicago river and in the West Loop. Station Location: 12 e. Cermak rd. (between State St. and Wabash Ave.) two blocks northwest of the West Building.
The Blue line offers service directly from O’Hare International Airport to the Chicago Loop and Oak Park. It is convenient to hotels south of the River and connects to the Green, Orange and Red Lines at the Clark/Lake station. The fare entering the O’Hare Station is $5.00.
The Orange line offers service directly from Midway Airport to the Chicago Loop. It is convenient to hotels south of the River and connects to the Green, Blue and Red Lines at the Clark/Lake station.
The Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station also offers attendees a way to get to McCormick Place. It has convenient stops for those staying in hotels in River North/Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Wrigleyville. Station Location: Between Clark St. and Wentworth Ave, four blocks northwest of the West Building.