The University of Chicago welcomes prospective students and visitors to our campus. On this site you will find information to help you plan your trip to Chicago and the university. You will find maps of the area, links to nearby accommodations, and information on joining a tour of campus. For more information please contact Graduate Admissions via email at email@example.com. We hope to see you here soon!
If you are a prospective or admitted graduate student and would like to join a tour of campus, current graduate students lead tours Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tours leave from Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th St. and last approximately one hour. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that you please register in advance using our Campus Tour form. We will reply with a confirmation. If you have additional questions or requests, please feel free to write to a tour coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Chicago is located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park (map), seven miles south of the city center (also known as the Loop). Hyde Park is easily accessible from downtown by all major forms of transportation. If you are coming to campus from downtown, we suggest taking public transportation because parking on campus can be difficult. Please use the resources below for detailed travel instructions and information.
Chicago is home to two international airports. The University of Chicago campus is easily accessed from either airport.
Midway International Airport is approximately eight miles west of the University of Chicago campus. Midway is easily accessible from our campus by public transportation, car, shuttle, and taxi.
O'Hare International Airport is approximately 30 miles northwest and is also accessible from our campus by public transportation, shuttle, car, and taxi.
From Lake Shore Drive:
Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry), heading west. Follow the curve around the museum, and take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance. Continue straight (west) to the campus.
Take I-65 North or I-80 West to the Chicago Skyway (I-90 West). Drive westbound on the Skyway, exiting at Stony Island Avenue. Drive north on Stony Island Avenue and turn left on Midway Plaisance. Proceed west to campus.
From the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94):
Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and drive east, following the signs for 55th Street through Washington Park. Once you cross over Cottage Grove Avenue, the campus is on your right.
From the northern suburbs:
Take I-90/94 to I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.
From the western suburbs:
Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to I-90/94 East. Exit on the I-55 North Exit and then to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.
From the southern suburbs:
Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) northbound. Exit at Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) and drive east, following the signs for 55th Street through Washington Park. Once you cross over Cottage Grove Avenue, the campus is on your right.
From the southwest suburbs:
Take I-55 North to Lake Shore Drive South. Exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.
From Chicago Airports (Midway and O'Hare)
From Midway Airport:
From Midway Airport, go north on Cicero Avenue to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Take I-55 North to Chicago and exit to Lake Shore Drive South. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.
From O'Hare Airport:
From O'Hare Airport, take I-90 east to Chicago. Once past downtown Chicago, exit to I-55 North and then to Lake Shore Drive South. From Lake Shore Drive, exit at 57th Drive (the Museum of Science and Industry). Go west and curve around the museum. Take the fourth right onto the Midway Plaisance and go west to the campus.
There is limited street parking available on and around campus. Please allow for ample time to find a parking spot. However, there are also two parking garages on campus:
UChicago Ellis Avenue Visitors Parking Garage
The preferred visitors garage is located at 55th Street and Ellis Avenue. The rate is $4 per hour with a $20 maximum fee.
UChicago Medical Center Parking Garage
Visitors may park at the University of Chicago Medical Center garage, three blocks west of the Rosenwald Hall, at 58th Street and Maryland Avenue. Parking rates range from $10 for the first hour to $20 for 6 or more hours.
The quickest and easiest way to campus is to catch the Metra Electric commuter train at the Millennium Park/Randolph, Van Buren, or Roosevelt stations. Take the train to the 57th Street University of Chicago stop, which is about six blocks east of the center of campus. See the Metra Electric website for more information.
The southbound #6 Jackson Park Express bus (toward 79th/South Shore) runs along State Street and has multiple stops between Lake Street and Congress Parkway. From downtown this route continues south on Lake Shore Drive and into the Hyde Park area. Take this bus to 57th Street and Stony Island Avenue, and then walk west for about seven blocks to the center of campus. See the CTA website for more information.
From Midway Airport
Follow the airport signs to the CTA Orange Line/transit center. At the transit center, walk outside to the CTA bus terminal and board the #55 Garfield bus. The bus runs east on 55th Street to the Museum of Science and Industry. Exit at the Ellis Avenue stop (you will see the Ratner Athletics Center across the street). Walk south on Ellis Avenue (heading away from the Ratner Athletics Center) for two blocks to 57th Street. Turn left on 57th Street and continue east for half a block where you will see the main quadrangle and the Joseph Regentstein Library.
From O'Hare Airport
Take the CTA Blue Line train from the airport to the Jackson stop downtown. Exit the subway and walk one block east to State Street. Then follow directions for travel by the #6 Jackson Park Express bus.
Taxis are readily available at both Midway and O'Hare, and are also easy to flag in downtown Chicago. Trips cost roughly $35 to or from Midway or Downtown and approximately $60 to or from O'Hare. There are several ways to get a taxi from our campus to the airport:
- Walk to the taxi stand in front of the University of Chicago Medical Center at the corner of Maryland Avenue and East 58th Street.
- Call a cab from one of the main Chicago cab companies: Yellow Cab or Checker Cab. They can both be reached by dialing 312.829.4222. Plan to call at least an hour before your pick-up time.
- Call the Quadrangle Livery Car Service to get a ride to airport. Their phone number is 773.418.8228. You can also email them at email@example.com. This is a private car service and the rates will be higher than taxi cab rates.
Many of our visitors choose to stay in one of the many hotels downtown Chicago, as public transportation provides easy access to the Hyde Park neighborhood. If you wish to stay in Hyde Park, there are several local accommodation options, listed below:
The Quadrangle Club
University Quarters Bed & Breakfast
Ramada Inn Lake Shore
Can’t make it to campus? If you would like to know more about our campus, our neighborhood and our community, we hope you will enjoy our Virtual Tour highlighting some of the main attractions of graduate student life.