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Directions, Parking & Public Transportation

 Driving Directions to the Chicago Auto Show

On weekends, please consider using the Millennium Park Garage. Parking is just $18 and the Chicago Auto Show provides FREE door-to-door shuttle service. More information here.

  • From the NORTH via LAKE SHORE DRIVE: Exit at 18th St. or 31st St. and follow signs to McCormick Place. ON THE WEEKENDS, use MILLENNIUM GARAGE and ride the free auto show shuttle.
  • From the NORTH via I-90/I-94: Exit at Ohio St. or Roosevelt Rd. to Lake Shore Drive. Exit at 18th St. or 31st St. and follow signs to McCormick Place. ON THE WEEKENDS, exit at Washington St. or Monroe St. east to the MILLENNIUM GARAGE and ride the free auto show shuttle.
  • From the WEST via I-290: Congress Pkwy. to Columbus south and follow signs to McCormick Place. ON THE WEEKENDS, Congress Pkwy to Columbus north to MILLENNIUM GARAGE and ride the free auto show shuttle.
  • From the WEST via I-55: Exit I-90/I-94 east and go south to Cermak Rd. or 31st. St. Head east and follow the signs to McCormick Place.
  • From the SOUTH via I-90/I-94: Exit at 31st. St. or 22nd. St. east, follow the signs to McCormick Place
  • From the SOUTH via LAKE SHORE DRIVE: Exit at 31st St. or 18th. St. follow the signs to McCormick Place.
  • BIKE: McCormick place has direct access to the Lakefront Trail. Bike parking is available along the Lakefront Trail. For more information on Bike access and the Lakefront trail, please visit http://www.chicagobikes.org.

 Parking at the Chicago Auto Show

McCormick Place offers on-site parking. There are three main McCormick Place lots. A, B & C. Lot A & C are $23. Lot B is $15. All McCormick Place lots are $10 after 6 p.m. during Chicago Auto Show dates only. Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Parking lots are open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available, and there are no in-and-out privileges.

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS & PRESIDENTS DAY (Feb. 18) ONLY the Chicago Auto Show operates free shuttle bus service to and from the Millennium Park and Millennium Lakeside Garages. On these days only parking rates at Millennium Park are $18 per 12 hours with validation. Validation will be provided as you exit the shuttle. Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Pre-purchase your weekend or President’s day parking online at  http://www.millenniumgarages.com/chicago-auto-show/ for an even lower rate of $15 per 12 hours with validation. 

Parking lots are open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is available at posted rates. The automobile entrance for the Millennium Park Garage is on South Columbus Drive between Monroe Street (from the south, heading north) and Randolph Street (from the north, heading south). 

Furthermore, free shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals at the Lower Randolph pedestrian exits. For more information visit www.millenniumgarages.com.

Handicap Parking at McCormick Place: McCormick Place has accessible parking available in Lot A (located on Martin Luther King Drive), Lot C (located underground in Lakeside Center) and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place parking garage. However, any given lot may be full upon your arrival. Therefore, it may be recommended to drop off your guest and then find parking. For the Chicago Auto Show, the best drop off location is at our South Building, Gate 4 located on Martin Luther King Drive.

Additional parking information and details can be found at:
http://mccormickplace.com/attendees/getting-here.php.

McCormick Place Parking Lot Map | Directions to Lot A | Directions to Lot B | Directions to Lot C

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 Public Transportation to the Chicago Auto Show

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Getting to the Chicago Auto Show by train is now even more convenient with the Cermak- McCormick Place Green Line station, which is approximately three blocks west of the venue. Customers traveling on the Red, Brown, Pink, Orange and Blue lines can make free transfers to the Green Line at the following locations:

  • Red Line: make a free transfer at Roosevelt and board a 63rd-bound Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place. You can also make a free transfer from Red at State/Lake to Green to Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Orange Line: make a free transfer at Roosevelt and board a 63rd-bound Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place. You can also make a free transfer at Clark/Lake (farecard required) and Adams/Wabash towards a 63rd-bound Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Blue Line: make a free transfer at Clark/Lake (farecard required) and board a 63rd- bound Green Line train from the Loop Elevated platform to Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Brown Line: make a free transfer at Clark/Lake (farecard required) and Adams/Wabash towards a 63rd-bound Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place. May also take State/Lake, Randolph/Wabash or Madison/Wabash towards Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Pink Line: free transfers to 63rd-bound Green Line trains can be made at the Clark/Lake, State/Lake and Adams/Wabash Loop Elevated stations. May also take Randolph/Wabash of Madison/Wabash towards Cermak-McCormick Place. Outside of the Loop you can transfer from Ashland or Clinton to Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place.

Chicago Metra Train and CTA Bus Map | McCormick Place Transportation Gates

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Additional buses will operate between Fairbanks/Ontario and McCormick Place approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, this additional service will be provided beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (Note: 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday).

Special “Auto Show” Buses
Special Auto Show all-electric buses will operate between the Ogilvie Transportation Center/Union Station and McCormick Place approximately every 12 to 20 minutes on weekdays, every 10 to 15 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on all days of the show. These buses will have either “To Auto Show McCormick Place” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown” in their destination signs depending on the direction of travel and can be boarded from the following locations:

  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: on Clinton at Madison.
  • Union Station: from the corner of Clinton and Quincy or Jackson Boulevard and the Chicago River.
  • Museum Campus: on Columbus at 11th Street.
  • McCormick Place: at Gate #26. 

SOUTH SHORE

The South Shore provides train service to McCormick Place on weekends. Check the weekend schedule here. In addition, the South Shore will stop select weekday trains at the McCormick Place station, click here for the Chicago Auto Show Weekday Service Bulletin.