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Public Transportation

Public Transportation to the Chicago Auto Show

CTA Green Line

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:

  • Clinton (closest Green Line station to Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station)
  • Clark/Lake
  • State/Lake
  • Washington/Wabash
  • Adams/Wabash (closest Green Line station to LaSalle Street Station)

Chicago Metra Train and CTA Bus Map | McCormick Place Public Transportation Information

#3 King Drive

The #3 King Drive route provides direct access to McCormick Place and operates during all hours of the Chicago Auto Show. 

#21 Cermak

The #21 Cermak route provides direct access to McCormick Place and operates during all hours of the Chicago Auto Show.

Additional directions from Metra stations are below:

  • From Ogilvie Transportation Center: walk 800’ north on Clinton St. to the Clinton Green Line station at Lake/Clinton
  • From Union Station:
    • walk ½ mile north on Clinton St. to the Clinton Green/Pink Line station at Lake/Clinton, or
    • walk ¾ miles east on Adams St. to Adams/Wabash ‘L’ station, or
    • take #60—Blue Island/26th, #124—Navy Pier, or #157—Streeterville/Taylor via Loop Link to the Washington/Wabash Elevated station (board buses on the east side of Canal between Adams St. and Jackson Blvd.), or
    • take #1—Bronzeville/Union Station, #7—Harrison, #28—Stony Island, or #126—Jackson to the Adams/Wabash Elevated station (board buses on the south side of Jackson at the Chicago River)

From LaSalle Street Metra station: walk east along Van Buren St. and north on Wabash Ave. to Adams/Wabash (½ mile walk total)

METRA

Metra Electric Line riders can take trains directly to the Auto Show - the line has a station at McCormick Place. On July 15, 16 and 19, most weekday Metra Electric Line trains, including those not normally scheduled to stop at McCormick Place, will make flag stops at the station, which means trains will stop there only if passengers are visible on the platform or riders on the train tell the conductor they want to get off there. See the weekday schedule here.

Metra also is offering weekend express service on the Metra Electric Line from Blue Island to the Auto Show.  On the weekend of July 17-18, the hourly weekend Metra Electric Line express service from that line’s Blue Island Station will connect with extra weekend trains running between Joliet and the Rock Island Line’s Blue Island-Vermont Street Station. Rock Island Line riders can then transfer at Blue Island-Vermont Street to a Metra Electric Line train that will take them directly to McCormick Place. See the Metra Electric weekend schedule here and the Rock Island weekend schedule here.

Customers can also drive to the Blue Island-Vermont Street Station, where parking is plentiful, and board the Metra Electric express trains. As a further incentive to ride Metra to the auto show, parking fees will be waived at Blue Island during the weekend of July 17-18.

When it’s time to leave the show that Saturday or Sunday, riders can board extra Metra Electric Line trains that will run express every hour from McCormick Place to Blue Island, where they can transfer back to an outbound Rock Island train making all stops from Blue Island-Vermont Street to Joliet.

Customers have a variety of fare options for the special weekend express service. The most convenient is the $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass, good for unlimited rides on either weekend day. It can be purchased on the trains or with the Ventra app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

For full details of Metra’s Auto Show service, click here.

SOUTH SHORE

To accommodate passengers attending the Chicago Auto Show, the South Shore Line will be offering select weekday train stops at McCormick Place Station, in addition to serving McCormick Place on weekends.

The following weekday trains will make flag stops at McCormick Place July 15-16 and July 19: Westbound trains — 10:16 a.m., 11:03 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:12 p.m., 2:06 p.m., 4:12 p.m., 5:25 p.m. and 6:04 p.m., and eastbound trains — McCormick Place at 12:43 p.m., 2:33 p.m., 3:23 p.m., 4:36 p.m., 5:36 p.m., 6:06 p.m., 7:18 p.m., 9:18 p.m., and 11:08 p.m.

For other specific station stop times, please visit www.mysouthshoreline.com/.

All weekend trains except Train 601 utilize McCormick Place as a flag stop. While riding the train, please notify the conductor that you want to exit at McCormick Place. When waiting to catch an outbound train at McCormick Place, please stand on the platform in clear view of the train engineer.

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