Getting to Chicago


Situated squarely in the center of the country, Chicago is easy to travel to from virtually everywhere. Thanks to thousands of flight options and the variety of airlines at two international airports, six class-one railroads and a vast network of major highways, it is one of the most cost-competitive and convenient cities for domestic and international travel.



O'Hare International Airport

Two international airports

O'Hare International Airport (voted Best Airport in North America" by readers of Global Traveler magazine 13 years in a row) and Midway International Airport are both within 18 miles of downtown Chicago.

Thousands of flights

Over 3,000 daily flights arrive and depart to more than 200 cities, allowing attendees to travel here from nearly anywhere in the world.

Nonstop travel

Chicago has more than 200 direct domestic and international flights to make for hassle-free flying.

Nearly every major airline

Over 50 airlines serve O'Hare and Midway, so attendees can easily travel on the airline of their choice.

Quick flights

Flights to Chicago from many major North American destinations are a quick two hours.

Visit for details on amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O'Hare and Midway airports.





Chicago's Union Station features free Wi-Fi, check-in kiosks, wheelchair accessibility, shipping services, 16 eateries, five retail shops and even a day spa.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers both train and bus service in the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The trains in Chicago are well known as the ‘L’ and the Blue and Orange Lines are the best public transit options to and from O'Hare and Midway International Airports, respectively.

Upgrades are being made to the Blue Line as part of a construction project to modernize existing stations, improve service time, and overall create a better experience on the O'Hare branch.

Visit the CTA's website for potential track closures, reroutes and other information about the Blue Line construction project.

The ‘L’ train’s new Cermak-McCormick Place station for the Green Line is just a few blocks from McCormick Place. It is less than a 10-minute ride to downtown, and the station connects to train lines running to both airports and many top attractions.

Frequent passenger service
Amtrak boasts 56 trains arriving and departing from the city daily, creating a multitude of travel times to work around attendees' schedules.

Efficient upgrades
Several Amtrak routes between Chicago and major destinations recently increased speeds to 110mph

Many freight delivery options
Seven class-one North American railroads converge in Chicago.



Taxi cab downtown

Nearby attendees

Chicago is within a one-day drive for more than 46 million people.

Straight routes

Many major highways funnel into Chicago, making up a network of more than 550 miles of highways in the county alone.

Plenty of buses

Greyhound has four metro-Chicago locations, including two 24-hour stations and 20 express routes to cities like New York and Atlanta.

McCormick Place Busway

Charter buses have special access to McCormick Place Busway, a shuttle-only route that allows convention attendees to bypass local traffic and ride to and from downtown in less than 10 minutes. The 2.5-mile “secret road” runs from Randolph Street to 25th Street at King Drive, alongside the Metra Electric/Illinois Central Railroad tracks east of Michigan Avenue, and it runs underneath Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago on the way to the exhibition hall.