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AAR and SBL Shuttles

The AAR and SBL have made arrangements for those who are staying in our hotel block to have continuous shuttle service to the McCormick Place Convention Center. We will have multiple shuttles running from a location near your hotel to take you to all the sites where the sessions are being held. Please note that if we do not have a record of your hotel reservation by October 24, you will not be issued a shuttle pass. For those who are not staying in one of our conference hotels but would like to purchase a shuttle pass, the option is available for an additional $25 during Annual Meetings registration. Please note that transportation could take up to an hour, so it is imperative that you allow enough time to arrive at your destination.

Transportation from the Airport

Rapid Transit Train – The ‘L’

Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

The fully-accessible ‘L’ O’Hare Station is situated in the lower level concourse, which connects Airline Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and is conveniently accessed from Terminal 5 by free frequent airport shuttle trains. If you are coming from domestic and international flights arriving at Terminals 1, 2, or 3, follow the signs in the airport to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City" as these will lead you to the train station. You can walk from the baggage claim to the train in under ten minutes from any of these three terminals. If you are coming from international flights that land in Terminal 5, follow the signs to the Airport Transit System (ATS). Ride the next train to Terminal 2 and exit the train at the station. Then, follow signs to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City." (Note: There is no Airline Terminal 4 at O’Hare.) Blue Line train service operates via both elevated line and underground subway from O'Hare (on the northwest side of Chicago) to downtown. The normal travel time on the Blue Line from O'Hare to downtown is 40–45 minutes. Blue Line trains run twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The cost is $2.25 one-way. Click here for more information.

Chicago-Midway Airport (MDW)

The fully-accessible ‘L’ Midway station is situated just east of the airport terminal building and is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway. Follow the signs to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City" from the airport. An orange line painted on the ground will guide you there. Orange Line train service operates from Midway (on the southwest side of Chicago) to downtown via elevated tracks. The normal travel time to downtown from Midway is 20–25 minutes. Service operates all day, every day, except during overnight hours (roughly 1:00–4:00 AM) or after 11:00 PM on Sundays. Alternate overnight ("owl") service is available via the N62 Archer bus. The cost is $2.25 each way. Click here for more information.


Taxicabs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the lower level curb-front of the terminal. Shared ride service is available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Expect to spend approximately $35–$40 for a taxicab ride to downtown Chicago from O’Hare and $28–$30 from Midway. For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 1-800-281-4466.

Shared-ride Vans

Shared-ride vans provide service between each airport and passenger-specified locations. Depending on the number of passengers, shared-ride vans may make multiple stops.

Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

At O’Hare, shared-ride vans pick up passengers outside the baggage claim areas of the Lower Level of the domestic and international terminals and typically cost over $25 each way. More information can be found here.

Chicago-Midway Airport (MDW)

In Midway Airport, an information counter is located at Lower Level Arrivals door LL3. The pickup location is located outside door LL3, inside lane, and the fare is typically over $15 each way. More information can be found here.

Transportation to the McCormick Place Convention Center

Parking at McCormick Place

Lot C is an underground garage and is located on Ft. Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. The parking rate is a flat fee of $19 per day with no in-and-out privileges. This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

Lot B (also known as the 31st Street Lot) is an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. The parking rate is a flat fee of $14 per day with no in-and-out privileges. This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

Lot A is a six level garage and is located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. There are covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into the McCormick Place Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel. The parking rate is $19 for up to 16 hours and $30 from 16 to 24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the $30 (overnight) fee per day.

Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Click here for more information.

Public Transportation to McCormick Place

Bus Services

Getting to the McCormick Place Convention Center is possible by using the city transit system. The Chicago Transit Authority provides the following bus service and runs approximately every 15 minutes. Drop-off is located at the main entrance to the South Building on Martin Luther King Drive. A one-way fare is $2.25. Click here for more information.

From Downtown Chicago: The #3 King Drive bus runs downtown from morning to midnight daily. The convention center stops are at the following locations:

  • South Building – King Drive and 23rd Street
  • West Building – Southwest and northeast corners of the Indiana Avenue and Cermak Road intersection

METRA (Transit Train System)

Located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building, the METRA commuter railroad provides direct service within seven minutes to and from downtown Chicago. Service from the Randolph Station (near the Fairmont Hotel) to the McCormick Place Convention Center begins early morning, with more frequent pickups during rush hours. A one-way fare from downtown to McCormick Place is $2.75. Click here for more information.


Taxis will be available at specified gates at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Facility direction signs and personnel at the Concierge Desk will direct you to the designated gates. An average fare for one person to downtown is $11, plus tax and gratuity. A more accurate price estimate can be found here.


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