Thank you for your interest in the University of Chicago. We hope that your visit will be informative and enjoyable! Listed below are the logistics of getting to the University of Chicago.
Via Public Transit from O’Hare and Midway Airports
Omega Airport Shuttle: (773) 483-6634 Website: http://www.omegashuttle.com
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): (888) 968-7282 Website: http://transitchicago.com
The cheapest option would be to take the Blue Line CTA (“L”) train to downtown from O’Hare for $2.25. Simply ask your hotel/host which stop is closest. Depending on the time of day, it may actually be faster than a cab ride through traffic. Similarly, the Orange Line CTA is available if you are arriving at Midway, which will also take you to downtown hotels. From downtown you can take the Metra Electric to Hyde Park or the CTA bus, depending on which hotel you use.
Getting to the University of Chicago
Metra Electric Train
Ask at your hotel if they are conveniently located to the Metra commuter rail system. Alternatively, ask them how close they are to the intersection of Randolph and Michigan (entrance to the Metra downtown station). When staying downtown you can take the Metra Electric Line to 59th street (University of Chicago) and then walk west approximately one half mile along the Midway Plaisance to the Hospital. This area is safe for walking alone during daylight hours so you need not worry on that account, however, at night a cab is recommended for safety reasons. To contact the Metra services, visit http://metrarail.com/content/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/me/map.html or call 312-322-6777 for assistance.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
(888) 968-7282 Website: http://transitchicago.com
Where to Stay
Please find below a listing of local hotels for lodging during your visit to Chicago. We have listed hotels that are within a close radius to the University. There are many hotels near O’Hare but the distance from the University and the entertainment areas in the city makes them less suitable. Always ask the hotel for the University of Chicago rate.
See the University of Chicago visitors’ website for more information: https://visit.uchicago.edu/accommodations.shtml#Chicago
Directions to the University of Chicago
5835 S. Maryland Avenue, Room L523, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (773) 702-9109
Please visit the following site to obtain information on regional transportation, shuttle/livery service, taxi fares, public transit information, etc. Maps & Transporation
From Lake Shore Drive:
Take Lake Shore Drive to 57th Street (Museum of Science and Industry exit) you can only exit by turning right, then follow the curve until you get to 59th Street, turn right on 59th St. and continue down about 8 blocks to Maryland Avenue, turn right and the parking garage will be on the left.
From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94):
Exit at Garfield Blvd. (55th St.) and drive east, once you pass Martin Luther King Drive and enter Washington Park, stay to the right as the road will fork ; continue right to 57th Street, turn left and at the first stop light (you will see the New Hospital Pavilion building), turn right onto Cottage Grove Avenue. At the second light (59th St.) turn left, continue ½ block to a stop sign and turn left on Maryland Avenue, the parking garage will be on the left hand side, after you park, exit the garage on the Maryland Street side and cross the street to the Wyler entrance.
From the Northern Suburbs:
Take I-90/94 to I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South and then follow the directions above.
From the Western Suburbs:
Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to I-90/94 East. Exit on the I-55 North Exit and then to Lake Shore Drive South and then follow the directions above.
From the South/Southwestern Suburbs:
Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) northbound, exit at Garfield Blvd. (55th St.) and drive east, once you pass Martin Luther King Drive and enter Washington Park, stay to the right as the road will fork; continue right to 57th Street, turn left and at the first stop light (you will see the New Hospital Pavilion building across the street), turn right onto Cottage Grove Avenue. At the second light (59th St.) turn left, continue ½ block to a stop sign and turn left on Maryland Avenue, the parking garage will be on the left. Once you park, exit the garage on the Maryland Street side and cross the street to the Wyler entrance.
Take I-65 N or I-80 W to the Skyway (I-90/94 W). Drive westbound on the Skyway, exiting at Stony Island. Drive North on Stony Island and turn left on 59th Street, continue to Maryland Avenue and turn right. Parking garage will be on left.
The University of Chicago Patient and Visitor Parking Garage is located between Maryland and Cottage Grove on 59th Street. We will validate parking passes for this garage; make sure you bring your ticket with you. There is also valet service (pull up to the Mitchell entrance, just north of the Wyler entrance). Please contact the Parking Office at (773) 702-6257 if you require additional information. Parking rules are strictly enforced. Please observe all signs in parking areas and on the street. Exit the parking garage and enter the Wyler Entrance. There will be signs directing you to the Conference Room. Security personnel will be at the front desk when you enter Wyler and can give you additional directions if needed.
See the University of Chicago transportation and parking website for more information: