Transportation beyond Chicago
Getting to the airport
If you're flying in or out of Chicago, you'll likely use either Midway or O'Hare Airport. If you can, opt for Midway—it's closer to Hyde Park and much smaller (read: less crowded). Midway is on the southwest side of Chicago, about 30 minutes from Hyde Park. O'Hare, located in a northwest suburb of Chicago, is at least 45 minutes from campus by car if there is no traffic at all. Because the airport is so large, leave extra time to get around.
Omega Airport Shuttle
Provides transportation to and from O'Hare and Midway. The ride to O'Hare takes at least an hour. Call for the schedule or to arrange a pick-up or drop-off that is not on the regular schedule.
• $17 to Midway
To Midway: Take the #55 Garfield CTA bus directly to Midway.
To O'Hare: Take the #6 Jackson Park Express bus to Jackson Boulevard. Walk three blocks west to the Blue Line train station and continue on to the airport.
Continental Airport Express
Provides airport transportation from the Loop to the airports. Make reservations in advance online.
At O'Hare and Midway, starters sporting city ID can help you find a taxi and can answer your questions. Door-to-door taxi service from campus to O'Hare will run you more than $40. A ride to Midway will cost more than $20. Tip not included.
These three private services will pick you up at home and drop you at the airport. The prices below do not include tips.
Chicago Private Car
Prices (for up to four people):
$58 to O'Hare; $38 to Midway; $25 to downtown
(plus $3 surcharge on all airport/suburban services)
Quadrangle Livery Car Service
Prices (for up to four people):
$65 to O'Hare; $40 to Midway; $25 to downtown
(plus $10 surcharge between midnight and 5:00 a.m.)
Rates subject to change.
Prices ($10 for each additional person over 2 passengers):
$65 to O'Hare; $45 to Midway; $40 to downtown
(Twenty percent gratuity added to all services)
Address: 225 South Canal Street
The Web site features schedules, online reservations, ticketing, and train status.
Metra commuter rail
Metra offers commuter rail service between hundreds of stations in northern Illinois and downtown Chicago. The Electric line, which runs through Hyde Park, is best for reaching the outer city limits and suburbs. The South Shore line goes to the Indiana Dunes. See Going Downtown for more information about Metra. Millennium Station, the main depot, is at Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue.
Getting to the train station
#192 UCH/Metra Stations Express
Monday–Friday: 6:30–9:00 a.m., 3:45–7:00 p.m.
Price: CTA fare media or $2
The #192 provides express service between the Union and Ogilvie train stations downtown and campus during morning and evening rush hours. See bus.uchicago.edu for schedule information.
You can reach Union Station directly on the #X28 Stony Island Express or by taking the #6 Jackson Park Express to the Loop and connecting to a bus that will take you directly to the station, such as the #1 Indiana/Hyde Park, which can be boarded along Adams Street heading west, #7 Harrison, #151 Sheridan, or #126 Jackson bus.
You can reach Union Station by walking from Michigan Avenue, but be prepared for a good 20-minute walk.
Greyhound Bus Lines
630 West Harrison Street
312-408-5800 (Chicago terminal)
800-231-2222 (general information)