Transportation

Getting Here

By Car

From Downtown/Lake Shore Drive: Take South Lake Shore Drive and exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Continue west and curve around the Museum of Science and Industry on South Cornell Drive. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From Indiana: Take I-65 North or I-80 West to the Chicago Skyway (I-90 West). Drive westbound on the Skyway, exiting at Stony Island Avenue. Drive north on Stony Island Avenue and turn left on Midway Plaisance. Proceed west to campus.

From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94): Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and drive east, following the signs for 55th Street through Washington Park. Once you cross over Cottage Grove Avenue, the edge of campus is on your right.

From the Northern Suburbs: Take I-90/94 to I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

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. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the center of campus.

From the Southern Suburbs: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) northbound. Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and drive east, following the signs for 55th Street through Washington Park. Once you cross over Cottage Grove Avenue, the edge of campus is on your right.

From the Southwest Suburbs: Take I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the Museum of Science and Industry. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

From Chicago Airports (Midway and O’Hare)
Midway Airport: From Midway Airport, go north on Cicero Avenue to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Take I-55 North to Chicago and exit to Lake Shore Drive South. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

O’Hare Airport: From O’Hare Airport, take I-90 east to Chicago. Once past downtown Chicago, exit to I-55 North and then to Lake Shore Drive South. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.

By Plane

Midway International Airport is approximately eight miles west of the University of Chicago campus. Midway is easily accessible from our campus by public transportation, car, shuttle, and taxi.

O’Hare International Airport is approximately 30 miles northwest and is also accessible from our campus by public transportation, shuttle, car, and taxi.

Public Transportation

From Downtown:
Catch the Metra Electric commuter train at the Millennium Park/Randolph, Van Buren, or Roosevelt stations. Exit at the 57th Street stop and walk six blocks west on 57th Street towards the main campus.

Board the southbound #6 Jackson Park Express bus (toward 79th/South Shore), which runs along State Street with multiple stops between Lake Street and Congress Parkway. Exit the bus at 57th Street and walk west on 57th Street, toward the train overpass, and continue for about seven blocks until you get to the main campus.

From the South Side:
Take the numbers 2 (express during rush hours), 6, 15, or X28 north to the 57th and Stony Island stop and walk west to campus on 57th Street.

Take the Red or Green Line north to Garfield/55 and take the #55 bus towards the Museum of Science and Industry.

From the Airports
From Midway Airport: Follow the airport signs to the CTA Orange Line/transit center. At the transit center, walk outside to the CTA bus terminal and board the #55 Garfield bus. The bus runs east on 55th Street to the Museum of Science and Industry. Exit at the South Ellis Avenue stop (there will be a gymnasium and parking garage on your right.) Walk south on Ellis Avenue (toward these buildings) to get to campus.

From O'Hare Airport: Take the CTA Blue Line train from the airport to the Jackson stop downtown. Exit the subway and walk one block east to State Street. Then follow directions for travel by the #6 Jackson Park Express bus above.

Taxis:

You can call cab from one of Chicago’s main cab companies: Yellow Cab (312.829.4222) or Checker Cab (312.CHE.CKER).  Plan to call at least one hour before your pick-up time. You can also call a taxi on your smartphone using the Uber app.

From the Airports:  Follow signs at airport to taxi stand.  A taxi from O’Hare will cost approximately $50–60, and from Midway the fare will be approximately $30-40.

Parking and Garages:

Hyde Park is on a grid system, with numbered streets running East to West. Northern streets have smaller numbers than southern streets. Many are one-way streets. Street parking is available all around campus.

Preferred visitors garages are located at 55th Street & Ellis Ave (Ellis Garage) and Drexel Avenue & 61st St (Drexel Garage). 

See safety-security.uchicago.edu/services/campus_parking/ for fares and other details.