Guide to Chicago

Transportation Summit 2013

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.

  • From Clinton Blue Line Station:

    Head north on Clinton 1 block to Van Buren. Turn east on Van Buren and cross the river to Wacker. Head north on Wacker. End at 233 S. Wacker.

  • From Quincy/Wells Station:

    Head south on Wells to Jackson. Turn west on Jackson to Wacker. Turn south on Wacker before crossing the river. End at 233 S. Wacker.

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:

  • Single Use Pass $3
  • Includes a full fare and two transfers (a $2.50 value), plus a $0.50 limited-use media fee.

  • 1-Day Unlimited Ticket $10

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.

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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.

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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.

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Some favorites include:

  • Protein Bar: 120 S Riverside Chicago, IL 60606, 235 S Franklin St. Chicago, IL 60606
  • Giordano's Pizza: 223 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60606

Other favorites near public transit include:

  • Lou Malnati's‎: Pizza, various locations. Near Merchandise Mart Brown Line, 439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL ‎; Near Damen Blue Line, 1520 North Damen Avenue; Near Clark/Division Red Line, 1120 North State Street
  • Xoco: Mexican, Near Grand Red Line and Merchandise Mart Brown Line, 449 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Al's Beef‎: Italian Beef Sandwiches, various locations: Near Chicago Brown, Merchandise Mart Brown, Grand Red, 169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL
  • Portillo's Hot Dogs‎: Hot Dogs and Beef, near Grand Red Line , Chicago Red Line and Chicago Brown Line,100 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Doughnut Vault‎: Doughnuts near Merchandise Mart Brown Line, 400 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Blackwood BBQ: BBQ near Clark/Lake, all trains, 305 W Lake St, Chicago, IL ‎60606
  • Fish Bar: Seafood, near Wellington Brown Line, 2956 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
  • La Casa Del Pueblo: Mexican, near 18th Street Pink Line, 1834 South Blue Island Avenue
  • Frasca Pizzeria: Pizza near Paulina Brown Line, 3358 N Paulina St Chicago, IL 60657

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