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.
Getting Downtown from O’Hare and Midway Airport
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): (888) 968-7282 Website: http://transitchicago.com
Chicago’s CTA has a subway system (“the L”) that connects the airports to downtown. If arriving at O’Hare (ORD), you can take the blue line downtown, which takes around 1 hour. If arriving at Midway (MDW), you can take the orange line downtown, which takes around 40 minutes. Depending on the time of day, it may be faster than a cab ride through traffic. Tickets cost $5 from the airport and $2.50 anywhere else (including going back to the airport) and can be used on trains and buses for up to 2 hours.
Rideshare, Cabs, and Shuttles:
Chicago currently has Uber, Lyft, and Via apps that service the city as well as numerous shuttles and cabs. Trips downtown from the airports vary in cost, but usually run around $30-45. Depending on traffic, it can take 30-90 minutes to get downtown. Check your favorite navigation app to see updated times.
Getting to the University of Chicago
Our interviews are conducted at 5837 S. Maryland Avenue, Room L523, Chicago, Illinois 60637. There is a security officer inside the entrance who can help direct you to the room. The University of Chicago has a dedicated transport website (Maps & Transportation) for how to get to campus, but a summary is below:
Public Transit: Website: Transit Directions to UChicago
For the adventurous, there are numerous public transit options, including the CTA green line subway, the Metra electric line train, and buses. The link above can help you find the quickest route from where you are staying. These options are inexpensive (under $5) and generally safe, though we recommend standard precautions like keeping valuables out of sight. If you have any questions, please reach out to the coordinators.
Driving: Website: Driving Directions to UChicago
When you arrive, park in the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage (Parking lot A), at 5810 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. We will validate parking passes for this garage; make sure you bring your ticket with you.
Where to Stay
Chicago has a huge number of hotels, hostels, and AirBnBs. Most applicants choose to stay near downtown or Hyde Park (where UChicago is located). Many of our residents are open to hosting applicants. If you are interested in staying with a resident, reach out to the interview coordinators. The University of Chicago has a number of partnered hotels both downtown and in Hyde Park that are listed below. If booking directly, always ask the hotel for the University of Chicago rate.