By METRA Train
The METRA train runs north and south from two downtown Chicago stations - Randolph Street and Van Buren Street to the McCormick Place Station. And, it's only a 7-minute trip! When leaving McCormick Place, even if your hotel is beyond walking distance to a downtown station, use METRA, and catch a taxi from either train station to your destination. Tickets can be purchased at the two downtown Chicago stations. The McCormick Place Station is located on Level 2.5 off the Grand Concourse, near the main entrance to McCormick Place. For METRA information and schedule information, call 312-322-6777 weekdays or 312-836-7000. Or use: www.metrarail.com.
Taxis are plentiful and easy-to-hail in downtown, and offer a convenient way to get around the city. Taxis charge a base rate of $2.25 for the first 1/9 mile, plus, $.20 for each additional 1/9 mile. If a gas surcharge is in effect, a sign will be displayed inside the taxicab and a surcharge may apply. Tolls are an extra charge; taxis charge $1 for the first additional passenger over age 12 and under age 65. Each additional passenger after first passenger, over 12 and under 65 is $.50. It is standard to tip the driver about 15-20 percent of the fare, plus $1-2 per bag if the driver helps you with luggage.
Please note that all fares are subject to change.
GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown / suburban hotels and many businesses. Pair fares and group discounts are available along with customized reservation portals for your groups.
With about eight blocks to every mile, Chicago is a walking city. Madison Street divides the city north and south, while State Street divides it east and west. The State/Madison intersection marks the origin of Chicago's address grid system. Addresses are relative to the distance from that mark. So an address of 3600 North Addison means that it is 36 blocks north of Madison.
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Parking in Chicago
Click here to access an interactive parking map of downtown Chicago to search for public parking lots and garages by address and points of interest.
Parking at McCormick Place, click here.