The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) manages the 3 public transit operations in northeastern Illinois: The Chicago Transit (CTA), Metra commuter rail and Pace suburban bus. For information on routes and schedules, contact the RTA via their website at www.rtachicago.org or call their Transit Information Hotline at 312-836-7000.
Getting to McCormick Place is possible by using the city transit system. The Chicago Transit Authority provides the following bus service and runs approximately every 15 minutes. Drop off is located at the main entrance to the South Building on Martin Luther King Drive.
- From Downtown Chicago:
The #3 King Drive bus runs downtown from morning to midnight daily. McCormick Place stops are at the following locations:
- South Building, King Drive and 23rd Street
- West Building, southwest and northeast corners of Indiana Avenue and Cermak Road intersection
- From Union Station:
The #129 bus runs directly to McCormick Place, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5:30 pm. Otherwise, from the corner of Canal Street and Jackson Blvd, take the #7 Jackson to Michigan Avenue, obtain a transfer to the #3 which will take you to McCormick Place.
- From the Ogilvie Transportation Center (previously Northwestern Train Station):
The #129 bus runs directly to McCormick Place, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Otherwise, take any bus to Michigan Avenue, obtain a transfer to the #3 King Drive which will take you to McCormick Place.
Regional Transit Authority (METRA)
Located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building, the METRA commuterrailroad provides direct service within seven minutes to and from downtown Chicago. Service from the Randolph Station (nearby the Fairmont Hotel) to McCormick Place begins early morning, with more frequent pick-ups during rush hours. Shuttle connections can be made to the METRA system. METRA services the Midwest as far north as Kenosha, Wisconsin; northwest to Fox Lake and Harvard; west to Elgin, Geneva and Aurora; southwest to Joliet and Orland Park; south to University Park; and east to South Bend, Indiana.
More than 5,800 city taxis are at your service in Chicago. Facility direction signs and personnel at the Concierge Desk will direct attendees to gates that are designated for your event.
Shared Taxi Program: This transportation option allows up to four passengers to share a taxicab for a flat per person fare. This program covers hotels, restaurants and other attractions within these downtown boundaries: Roosevelt Road on the south, North Avenue on the north, Halsted Street on the west and Lake Michigan on the east. Shared rides are available two hours before an exhibit closes. The taxi starter or McCormick Place Security personnel will provide assistance to event guests.
Parking Lot A will be open for the event. Enter off Martin Luther King Drive. Flat $19 parking rate. For directions and additional information, see the Parking Place page on the McCormick Place web site.