Guide to Chicago
Transportation, where to eat, and more
Transportation: Using Public Transit
Getting from airports to Chicago Downtown
‘L’ (train) services downtown from both O'Hare and Midway airports. The CTA Blue line provides service directly into O’Hare Airport, and the CTA Orange line provides service directly to Midway Airport. The cost of a transit ticket from either airport is $5, unless an unlimited pass is used. You can find more information on traveling from Chicago airports using the CTA here.
CNU recommends taking the Blue Line to Clinton if coming from O'Hare Airport, and taking the Orange Line to Quincy/Wells if coming from Midway Airport.
Getting from Union Station to the Summit
Chicago Union Station is less than half a mile from the Willis Tower. When exiting the station, head south on Canal to Jackson. Turn east on Jackson to Wacker. 233 S. Wacker.
Using the CTA
You can find CTA train and bus maps here.
CTA Mobile Applications
There are a number of free and paid mobile device apps for Andriod, iPhone, and Windows smartphone that track arrival times, help plan transportation routes, etc. A list of these apps can be found here.
Buying your transit pass
Ventra public transit tickets and passes can be purchased in the Single use, 1-day unlimited, 3-day unlimited, and 7-day unlimited increments. Fare information can be found here
Single Use and 1-day unlimited tickets can be purchased at vending machines located in every CTA “L” Station. These tickets are good only for a limited time and cannot be loaded again once used up. Tickets prices are as follows:
Includes a full fare and two transfers (a $2.50 value), plus a $0.50 limited-use media fee.
Ventra 1-day unlimited, 3-day unlimited, and 7-day unlimited passes can also be purchased online through Ventra here
Additionally, many CVS, Walgreens, Jewel, and other retailers around the City of Chicago offer various Ventra passes for sale. You can find a retailer here.
Divvy Bike Share
Divvy is the bike share system operating in Chicago. 24-hour memberships can be purchased at any Divvy station kiosk. A map of stations can be found here.
More information on Chicago's Divvy Bike Share can be found here.
Where to Stay Near the Summit
While there is no designated hotel, the summit will be located in the Willis Tower at 233 S. Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown Chicago with numerous hotels to choose from. View the map below for some suggested accommodations nearby.
Where to Eat Near the Summit
There are a vast array of food options within an easy walking distance from the Willis Tower. View the map below for some suggested restaurants nearby.
Some favorites include:
Other favorites near public transit include: