Transportation to the Midwest Clinic
Click the links below for more information:
(“El” and City Buses)
McCormick Place West
2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
Shuttles will run between McCormick Place West's covered Shuttle
Center on Level 1 and the official conference
There are over 5,800 taxis in Chicago! During the conference, many will be available
at McCormick Place West’s taxi queue, located at 2301 S. Indiana Avenue.
There are several buildings within the McCormick Place Convention Center, and
we recommend that those taking taxis to the conference ask their driver to take
them to that address, to avoid any confusion.
To help you save money on taxi fares, McCormick Place offers a Shared Taxi Program.
This program allows up to four passengers to share a taxi for a flat fare (currently,
the fare is $7 per person). Each passenger can be dropped off at a different
destination. The 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
throughout the conference.
If you would like to participate, tell a McCormick Place Traffic Aide on site.
The Aide will help you with arrangements.
Attendees can take Chicago’s Metra
to McCormick Place
West. Located on Level 2.5 of McCormick Place South’s Grand
Concourse, the McCormick Place Station is served by the Metra Electric
Line. This line provides service to McCormick Place from the Chicago
Loop and from the South Side neighborhoods. Please note that the
station is not in McCormick Place West, the conference site. However,
Metra riders can cross the Grand Concourse to McCormick Place West
without going outside.
about the McCormick Place station, and here
a system map. Please contact Metra Passenger Services at (312)
322-6777 with questions.
Public Transit (“El” and
Attendees can take the Chicago Transit Authority’s #3 bus directly to McCormick
Place West. This bus also stops downtown on Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street
and at Van Buren Street, and continues south past McCormick Place to 95th Street,
Attendees can also take the CTA “El” Red Line to the Cermak/Chinatown
stop, and then take the #21 bus or walk about one-half mile east on Cermak Avenue
to McCormick Place West.
Maps and schedules
for the bus and the El can be found on the Chicago
Transit Authority website
You can also reach the Chicago Transit Authority by calling (888) YOUR-CTA.
You will need to use the NEW Ventra card system. The current CTA fare is $2.25 per ride. We recommend that you purchase the Ventra card and load it via your online account prior to the conference. This will save you wait time at the terminal. Here
is a direct link to the page explaining the new system.
There is a refundable purchase fee of $5. To get the refund, you need to load $5 onto the card immediately when you order it. Ex. If I buy a Ventra card and put $5 on it, I should have $10 on my card. If I just buy a Ventra card, I will have a balance of $0.
If you have already activated your debit card to be used, you should forgo buying a Ventra card and just use the debit card. If you have a Ventra AND the debit card set-up, the system will charge them both.
McCormick Place has two main parking lots, and Lot A is highly recommended for
McCormick Place West. To get to Lot A from N. Lake Shore Drive, exit at 31st
Street and turn right (west). Make another right turn on Martin L. King Drive,
turn left on 24th Place, and follow the signs to Lot A. The parking fee is $19
for up to 16 hours and $30 for 16-24 hours. For more information
about driving, please visit the McCormick
The Midwest Clinic will be accessible to all. If your mobility is limited and
you plan to use the conference shuttles, please contact
as soon as possible so we can make sure your needs are accommodated. Accessible
parking is available in Lot A, and Traffic Aides can assist people exiting taxis.
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport can be
reached by public transit, taxi, car, and independent shuttle. See GO Airport Express
, Chicago's official shared ride shuttle provider, which offers a savings of up to 10% for Midwest Clinic participants. Attendees can access their online reservation system at www.airportexpress.com
and entering the code: bandclinic.
driving directions to McCormick Place West, enter your address
below. Directions provided by Google.