How can I get to/from the airport to McCormick Place?

Taxi – From O’Hare or Midway: Taxis are available on a first come, first serve basis from the lower level curbfront of all terminals. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Expect to spend approximately $40 to $45 for a taxi from O’hare and $20 to $25 from Midway to downtown Chicago.

The Airport Express shuttle service provides transportation to/from hotels in downtown Chicago including the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel (which is connected to the convention center) for a fee. For more information please contact Airport Express at 888-284-3826 or on the web at

You can also use public transportation via ‘L’ train. ‘L’ (train) service is available to downtown Chicago from both O’Hare and Midway airports. You can find out more information on the Chicago Transit Authority website.

Amtrak to Chicago: Amtrak trains arrive at Union Station.  From Union Station, you can take a taxi to McCormick Place.  Or, use the RTA Trip Planner for CTA bus service.

Regional Bus Service: Mega Bus stops at Chicago’s Union Station. From Union Station, you can take a taxi to McCormick Place.  Or, use the RTA Trip Planner for CTA bus service.

Transportation within the Chicago area to McCormick Place:

SLA will be offering SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE between McCormick Place and the SLA Conference Hotels.  You MUST be staying at one of the conference hotels to use the shuttle.  Please visit the Housing FAQ on the SLA website for more information concerning shuttle buses. You can find the shuttle bus schedule here.

Chicago Transit Authority buses provide service to McCormick Place.  Visit the Transportation section on the McCormick Place web site for information on which buses serve the conference center. Buses are $2.25 cash (exact change) one way; $2.00 if using a Transit Card.  Please see the CTA website for details on Transit Cards. **Note: Transit Cards are for CTA buses and “L” trains; they cannot be used on Metra commuter trains.

Metra Electric District line provides commuter rail service to McCormick Place from 2 downtown stations.   Millennium Station at 151 N. Michigan Ave, near Randolph.  and Van Buren St. Station at 132 E. Van Buren.  See Metra’s website for train schedules:  Cost is $2.75 one way between McCormick Place and the 2 downtown stations.  **Note:  If ticket agent is on duty in the station or there is a Metra ticket vending machine, buy your ticket before boarding the train.  There is a surcharge to buy a ticket on the train when an agent/vending machine is available.

 Getting around the Chicago area:

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) trip planner can help you find your way around the Chicago area.   The RTA consists of three transit operators: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus and rail ‘L’ system, Metra commuter rail, and Pace suburban bus service.

Taxis:  All Chicago taxis are licensed. Taxis can be found in front of hotels and major attractions or hailed on the street.  Tips are accepted for good service.

Water Taxis provide seasonal ferry service on the Chicago River.  Wendella’s Chicago Water Taxi service links the Metra and Amtrak commuter train stations at Madison Street to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and River North Arts District at LaSalle Street, with extended service to Chinatown on weekends.    Please visit the Chicago Taxi website for Wendella Chicago Water Taxi dock locations and complete schedule.

Shoreline Water Taxi provides service between Union Station/Sears Tower (200 S. Wacker) and the Museum Campus, with stops at the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Navy Pier.  Please visit Shoreline Water Taxi for dock locations and complete schedule.

Rental Cars are available from several rental car companies with various locations in Chicago.  Cars are also available from Zip Car.


5 thoughts on “Transportation

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  2. For those who may be carrying a lot of luggage and arriving at MIDWAY, be warned that it is a very long walk from the airport to the L station. I’ve done it before, but I’m taking a shuttle this time.

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