Chicago Public Transportation
Ride for free on the Metra, Chicago’s commuter train system, using the complimentary pass found at all Information Desks in McCormick Place and on the Show App.
TIP: Even if your hotel is beyond walking distance to a downtown Metra station, take the train to one of the listed stations and then take a taxi to your final destination. It will save time and money!
Metra Train Station Information
Millennium Park Station (Randolph street) is below ground under Chicago’s newest landmark, Millennium Park. street level access to the station is on Michigan Ave. at the Southwest corner at Randolph street. Indoor access to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Fairmont, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and Swissôtel via the South Water street exit is through the Illinois Center.
Van Buren Street Station is below ground on Michigan Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street and allows you to emerge in the heart of Grant Park. Street level access to the station is on Michigan Avenue at the northeast, northwest and southwest corners at Van Buren Street.
Museum Campus at 11th Station is just west of Michigan Avenue at Roosevelt Road and provides access to some of the city’s most famous museums.
McCormick Place Station is located on level 2.5, in the South Building below the Grand Concourse (stairway/elevator access to the train platform). The McCormick Place station has been completely renovated. The project includes better signage, enhanced lighting and re-designs of the waiting room and platform.
Metra Train Schedules
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.
Divvy Bike Rental
Divvy is a bike sharing system that offers thousands of bikes at multiple stations across Chicagoland. For $15 (debit or credit card), you can unlock a bicycle and begin your trip. Ride codes are good for only one trip. Your Bike Pass includes unlimited trips of 3 hours or shorter for a 24 hour period. For $3.00 you can take a single trip for up to 30 minutes. Any trip longer than the set time is $3.00 for 30 minutes. Get a 24-hour Pass from any sta- tion kiosk.
Pick-up Location: 2301 s. King Drive (In front of McCormick Place’s main entrance)
Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America with 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. If you plan on taking the train to Chicago be sure to take advantage of their early-bird and multi-passenger sales. Customers can save 20% on coach fares with a 14-day advance purchase on most reserved trains and save up to 45% on coach fares when six people travel together on share fare option with two-day advance purchase:
- Passenger 1 – full price
- Passenger 2 – 15% off full price
- Passenger 3 – 60% off full price
- Passenger 4 to 6 – 70% off full price