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Travel  Information



Chicago is served by two major airports: O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway Airport (MDW). There are plenty of taxis from both to and from the city center. CTA trains provide direct service to both larger airports— faster than a taxi during rush hour and a lot less expensive.
O'Hare International Airport is 23 miles northwest of downtown and serves many international and domestic carriers. Most connecting flights for smaller cities in the Midwest run through O'Hare. It's one of the biggest airports in the world. The CTA Blue Line runs between the Loop and O'Hare in 48-60 sluggish minutes.
Midway International Airport is 10 miles southwest of downtown. The CTA Orange Line train runs between the Loop and Midway in around 25 minutes.

Hotel Address
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin L. King Drive,
Chicago, Illinois, USA 60616-9985
Tel: +1 312 567 1234    Fax: +1 312 528 4000


Transportation Options from Airports

There are many options for travel between the O’Hare and Midway airports and the conference hotel with a wide range in price and travel time.

Airport Shuttles and Taxis

Public Transportation

Chicago Transity Authority (CTA)

The CTA “L” trains provide inexpensive ($2.25) and efficient connections from the airports to downtown Chicago. However to reach the Hyatt McCormick Place hotel an additional connection is required. Options for the second connection are Taxi (~$10), METRA train ($2.25), and CTA Bus ($2.25). To connect from the L to the METRA or CTA bus stop involves a short walk of a few blocks.

The CTA web site includes a Trip Planner with links to Google Transit and Goroo which suggest routes including real-time scheduling. The following are options.

From O’Hare take the Blue Line L from Terminal #2 to the Jackson stop for Taxi or walk 3 blocks east to Michigan Avenue CTA Bus 3 King Drive bus stop or walk 3 blocks east on Michigan and 1 block south to Van Buren to METRA Van Buren Station connection to McCormick Place Station.

From Midway take the Orange Line L from Ticketing on Level 2 to the Roosevelt stop for Taxi or walk 2 blocks east to Michigan Avenune CTA Bus 3 King Drive bus stop.

Taxis in Chicago

Taxi fare finder

  • Most cabs can accept credit cards as payment. However, it’s a good idea to ask your driver ahead of time, especially if you don’t have enough cash.
  • Cab fare in Chicago starts at $2.25 (once the cab begins driving) and increases $0.20 for each 1/9th of a mile. Look for a meter in the front seat to monitor your fare.''
  • Most cabs charge flat rates from downtown Chicago to O’Hare or Midway Airport. This rate is usually posted in your cab.
  • If you have one additional passenger between the ages of 12 and 65, there is an additional $1 charge. There is a $0.50 charge for each passenger after that.
  • To cover rising gas costs, a new ordinance allows a surcharge of $1 to be added to all fares if the average gas price in Chicago exceeds $3.20 for seven consecutive business days.
  • It is standard to tip the driver about 15 percent of the fare. An additional $1 or $2 per bag can be added if the driver helps you with luggage.
  • If you’re including the cab ride as a business expense, request a receipt.



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