Public Transportation to the Chicago Auto Show

CTA Rail Service

Getting to the Chicago Auto Show by train is now even more convenient with the Cermak- McCormick Place Green Line station, which is a half mile walk from the venue. Customers traveling on other CTA rail 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)
  • Roosevelt

CTA Bus Service

The #3 King Drive and #21 Cermak routes provide direct access to McCormick Place and operate during all hours of the Chicago Auto Show.

CTA Auto Show Shuttle (Between Downtown Metra Stations and McCormick Place)

Special Auto Show buses will operate between the Ogilvie Transportation Center/Union Station and McCormick Place. These buses will have either “To Auto Show McCormick Place” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown” in their destination signs. The bus charges the regular $2.25 bus fare.

The Auto Show Shuttle will run every 15 to 20 minutes from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm all days of the Auto Show.

Board the Auto Show Shuttle in the following locations:

  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: on southbound Clinton at Madison
  • Union Station: on southbound Clinton at Quincy, or eastbound Jackson Boulevard and the Chicago River
  • LaSalle Street Station: on eastbound Jackson Boulevard and Financial Place
  • Museum Campus/11th St. Station: on southbound Columbus at 11th Street
  • McCormick Place: at Gate #26

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


Metra Electric Line trains will be making extra stops at the McCormick Place Station for the duration of the show. Metra riders on rail lines that arrive at Chicago Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center can board the CTA’s Auto Show shuttle buses for direct service to McCormick Place (see below).

Special CTA Auto Show Shuttle Bus
Take the Auto Show shuttle bus to McCormick Place. The shuttle bus provides a fast ride to and from McCormick Place, Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center. For Metra riders taking Metra to downtown, the bus will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day for the duration of the Auto Show. Signs on the buses will indicate “Auto Show.”

Metra Fares
For weekday travel, Metra offers two fare options to make the trip even more affordable:
  • The $10 Day Pass allows for unlimited travel throughout the Metra system.
  • The $6 Day Pass is good for unlimited travel between three fare zones.
  • Both passes can be purchased on the Ventra app only.

On weekends, Metra offers a $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) good for unlimited travel on Metra, or a $7 Saturday/Sunday Pass, which can be purchased through the app or from ticket agents and conductors and is good for unlimited travel on either Saturday or Sunday.

And remember to bring the family. On weekdays, children under 7 ride free with a fare-paying adult, and tickets for children ages 7 to 11 are half price. On weekends, Metra’s Family Fares allow up to three children 11 and under ride free with each fare-paying adult.

Masks are required on CTA and Metra
Per federal mandate, masks or face coverings are required on all CTA and Metra properties -- even if you are vaccinated. As such, all customers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, CTA or Metra train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA and Metra.


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

SATURDAY EXTRAS: An eastbound passenger extra will run on Saturday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 19. The train will depart McCormick Place at 4:52 p.m., run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Carroll Avenue, Michigan City. The extra will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend.

The following weekday trains will make flag stops at McCormick Place Feb. 14-18 and Feb. 21 (please note on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 21, the SSL will operate a regular weekday schedule):

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.

Note: Eastbound Trains 109, 113, 119, 121, 123 terminate at Carroll Ave.; Train 209 terminates at Gary Metro Center; Trains 9, 17 & 19 terminate in South Bend.

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.

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