Neighborhood: Chicago Attractions

Adler Planetarium

1300 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL
312.922.7827 
www.adlerplanetarium.org

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown (make sure you put in enough money for a transfer if you are not using a daily pass), and get off at Jackson. Walk one block east (you can do this underground by following the signs to the Red Line and then exit upstairs to State St.) and catch #146 Bus to the Museum Campus.

Driving: Drive east on Webster and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Travel on the Expressway for 3.4 miles. Exit at Congress (290 Eisenhower East changes into Congress). Follow Congress until it dead ends at Columbus (Buckingham Fountain). Take a right on Columbus and it will merge into Lake Shore Drive. Take South Lake Shore Drive (US-41) past Grant Park. Continue south until the 18th street Exit. Turn left on 18th street and continue as it bends left, becoming Museum Campus Drive. The entrance to the parking garage will be on your left on Museum Campus Dr. All parking on the Museum Campus is owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking. Parking is available in the lot to the south of the Adler. The cost is $15 per car on non-event days, higher on days when Park District sponsored special events occur around the Museum Campus. The lot is CASH ONLY! On Chicago Bears' home game days all Museum Campus parking has been pre–sold by the Chicago Park District to game ticket holders. During other major events at Soldier Field, Museum Campus–area parking lots may be unavailable to museum visitors. More information about parking on special event days can be found on soldierfieldparking.com

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL
312.443.3600
www.artic.edu

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown and get off at Monroe, walk three blocks East to Michigan Ave. and turn right. The Art Institute will be on the left (east) side of the street at the corner of Michigan & Adams.

Driving: Travel East on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Continue on the Expressway for 3.4 miles, then exit at Ohio St. Follow Ohio St. about 1 mile to Michigan Ave. Turn right on Michigan Ave. and drive about a mile. The Art Institute will be on the left (East) side of the street at the corner of Michigan & Adams. I recommend parking in the Millennium Park parking garage, which is easily accessible from the center of Michigan Ave.



Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL  
708.485.0263
www.brookfieldzoo.org

Public Transportation: It would be about a $30 taxi ride for this long trip, but it is possible to make it there using public transportation.  Walk to the Western stop on the Blue line and get on the train headed towards 54th & Cermak.  Get off at the end of the line at 54th & Cermak and transfer to the Pace bus #304.  Get off the Pace bus at 31stand 1st Ave. and walk 0.2 miles west to the Zoo Entrance.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on 90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Take the I-290 W exit 51H-I to West Suburbs/Chicago Loop—go 9.7 miles.  Take exit 20 to 1st Ave., and then turn left at S 1st Ave. Continue on 1st Ave.  Turn right at Ridgewood then quickly bear right at Washington Ave.  Finally, turn right at Golf Rd and go 0.2 miles to the entrance.


Downtown (The Loop)

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line toward 54th-Cermak/Forest Park (away from O'Hare) and get off at any stop between Clark and LaSalle.

Driving: Drive east on Webster and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Travel on I-90/94 East for 3.4 miles. Downtown exits start at Ohio St. (River North, Navy Pier and Magnificent Mile), and east bound exits are Washington (100N), Monroe (100S), Jackson (300S), and Congress (500S). I-290 Eisenhower East changes into Congress Street. You might find street parking to the west, but it is extremely difficult to find any street parking east of Michigan Ave. Most of the parking garages are also west of Michigan Ave. Parking is usually $15 minimum to as much as $45 for a few hours.


Field Museum of Natural History

1400 S Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL
312.922.9410
www.fieldmuseum.org

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown (make sure you put in enough money for a transfer if you are not using a daily pass), and get off at Jackson. Walk one block east (you can do this underground by following the signs to the Red Line and then exit upstairs to State St.) and catch #146 Bus to the Field Museum.

Driving: Drive east on Webster and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Travel on I-90/94 East for 3.4 miles. Exit at Congress (I-290 Eisenhower East changes into Congress). Follow Congress until it dead ends at Columbus (Buckingham Fountain). Take a right on Columbus and it will merge into Lake Shore Drive. Take Lake Shore Drive (US-41) South past Grant Park. Continue south until the 18th street Exit. Turn left on 18th street and continue as it bends left, becoming Museum Campus Drive. The entrance to the parking garage will be on your left on Museum Campus Drive.


Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District

951 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL
708.848.1976
www.wrightplus.org 

Public Transportation: Walk to the Western stop on the Blue line and get on the train headed towards the Loop.  Get off at Clark and transfer to a Green Line train heading towards Harlem/Lake.  Get off at the second from the last stop—Oak Park.  Walk north on Oak Park Ave. until you reach Chicago Ave.  Take a left (west) on Chicago and walk until 951.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on 90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway).  Take the I-290 West exit 51H-I to West Suburbs / Chicago Loop. Then take the IL-43 exit 21B. Turn right at Harlem Ave / South Harlem Ave. Continue on North Harlem. Turn right at Chicago Ave., and then turn right at Forest Ave. 


Garfield Park Conservatory 

300 N. Central Park Avenue Chicago, IL
312.746.5100
www.garfield-conservatory.org/
A free conservatory adjacent to Garfield Park that boasts 6 greenhouses and a variety of special events, classes, and workshops.

Public Transportation:
 Walk south to Armitage Ave, and catch the #73 bus heading west towards Laramie. Exit at Armitage and Kimball and catch the Kimball Bus #82 heading southbound.  Get off at Homan and Carroll.  The Conservatory will be about a 5 minute walk west.  You can also take the blue line el towards the loop and transfer to the green line towards Harlem, and exit at the Conservatory station.

Driving: Head south on Leavitt and turn right onto W Armitage Ave.  Turn left onto Western and head south until you hit Chicago Ave, about 1.5 miles. Turn right onto W. Chicago Ave and head another 1.5 miles before turning left onto N Central Park Ave.  Stay on Central Park Ave, and the Conservatory will be on the right.

 

Grant Park

337 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL
312.742.7648
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
This is where all the downtown festivals are held. Many other events take place here, including Summer Movies (Tuesday nights).

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown and get off at Washington, walk three blocks east to Michigan Ave.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Continue on the Expressway for 3.4 miles, then exit at Ohio St. Follow Ohio St. about 1 mile to Michigan Ave. Turn right on Michigan Ave and go .75 miles, and you will find the park on the left (east) side of the street starting at the corner of Michigan & Randolph. I recommend parking in the Grant Park parking garage, which is easily accessible from Michigan Ave.


The Loop (Downtown)

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line toward 54th/Cermack or Forest Park (away from O'Hare) and get off at any stop between Clark and LaSalle.

Driving: Drive east on Webster and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Travel on the Expressway for 3.4 miles. Downtown exits start at Ohio St. (River North, Navy Pier and Magnificent Mile), and East Bound exits are Washington (100N), Monroe (100S), Jackson (300S), and Congress (500S) 290 Eisenhower East changes into Congress street.

Lincoln Park Zoo

2200 N. Cannon Drive Chicago, IL
312.742.2000
www.lpzoo.org
A free zoo open daily from 10-4:30 pm.
 

Public Transportation: Take the Armitage bus (73) east (towards the lake) and get off at Clark and Wisconsin.  Once off the bus head southeast on Clark St and look for signs.  The zoo is located in the park.

Driving: Head east on Webster Ave. to Damen Ave.  Take a left onto Damen until you reach Fullerton Ave. Take a right onto Fullerton and follow it east until you reach Lincoln Park. Turn right onto N Cannon Drive, and the zoo will be on your right.  Parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood or in a pay-lot. 

 


Magnificent Mile 

312.409.5560
www.themagnificentmile.com 
Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River (~400 North) and Oak Street (1000 north). Oak Street, between Michigan Ave and Rush St., is Chicago's Rodeo Dr.

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown and get off at Washington, walk three blocks east to Michigan Ave. and turn left. The Magnificent Mile officially starts four blocks north once you cross the Chicago River. You can also take the Blue Line to Clark and transfer onto the Red Line, then take the Red Line going north towards Howard, get off at either Grand or Chicago. From either Red Line stop you walk east towards Lake Michigan to get to the Magnificent Mile.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Continue on I-90/94 East for 3.4 miles, then exit at Ohio St. Follow Ohio St. about 1 mile to Michigan Ave. You will be in the middle of the Magnificent Mile. You might find street parking to the west, but it is extremely difficult to find any street parking east of Michigan Ave. Most of the parking garages are also west of Michigan Ave.


McCormick Place

2301 S Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL
312.791.6300
www.mccormickplace.com

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown (towards 54-Cermak/Forest Park) Make sure you put in enough money for a transfer if you are not using a daily pass. Get off at Washington. Walk three blocks east to Michigan Ave. and catch the #3 bus to McCormick Place.

Parking: There are two main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. Both are in close proximity and walking distance to the convention complex. Events in Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater designate Lot C as the primary parking location, while events in the North and South Buildings designate Lot A garage as the primary parking location. Lot C is an underground garage with 1,900 parking spaces and is located on Ft. Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. Lot A is a six level garage with an adjacent surface lot and is located directly across from the Grand Concourse/Gate 4. There are covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel.

Driving:
LOT A: Travel east on Webster and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Travel about 6 miles and exit at I-55 North (Stevenson Expressway) and Lake Shore Drive. Exit at Martin L. King Drive (Exit #293D) and follow signs to Lot A.
LOT C: Go east on Webster and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy). Go about 6 miles and exit I-55 North (Stevenson Expressway) and Lake Shore Drive and follow signs onto US-41 South (Lake Shore Drive). Exit at 31st St. and turn left over the Lake Shore Dr. Bridge to Ft. Dearborn Drive. Turn left and follow signs to Lot C.


Millennium Park

222 N Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL
312.861.9503
www.millenniumpark.org

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown (towards 54-Cermak/Forest Park) and get off at Washington. Walk three blocks east to Michigan Ave.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Continue on I-90/94 East for 3.4 miles, then exit at Ohio St. Follow Ohio St. about 1 mile to Michigan Ave. Turn right on Michigan Ave. and go .75 miles, and you will find the park on the left side (east) of the street starting at the corner of Michigan & Randolph. I recommend parking in the Millennium Park parking garage, which is easily accessible from the center of Michigan Ave.

Morton Arboretum

4100 Rte 53, Lisle, IL 
630.968.0074
www.mortonarb.org
open year-round, the arboretum is made up of gardens  of various types and collections of trees from specific taxonomical and geographical areas.  Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children under 17.  Every wednesday features discounted admission of $7/$6/and $5 respectively.

Driving: Head east on Webster Ave and merge onto I-90 E/I-94 E.  Take exit 51H for I-290 W toward Eisenhower Expy/W Suburbs.  Follow I-290 W for 13 miles and continue onto I-88 W (signs for S Tollway/Aurora/I-294/W Tollway/Indiana).  Stay on for 10 miles and take the IL-53 exit, turn right onto IL-53 and you will reach the Arboretum within a mile.

 

 


Museum of Science & Industry

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL
773.684.1414
www.msichicago.org

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown and get off at Washington. Walk one block east (you can do this underground by following the signs to the Red Line and then exit upstairs to State St.). From downtown Chicago, there are several ways to reach the Museum by bus.
• Take the #10 Museum of Science and Industry bus which runs every day during the summer and weekends-only the rest of the year.
• Take the #2 Hyde Park Express south to 57th and Stony Island and walk 1 block east to the Museum.
• Take the #6 Jackson Park Express bus south to 56th Street and walk 1 block south to the Museum.
• Take the #28 Stony Island Express south to 56th and Hyde Park Boulevard and walk 1 block south to the Museum.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Exit at the Stevenson/Lake Shore Drive exit and stay to the left. Follow the signs to Lake Shore Drive. Head south on Lake Shore Drive and turn right onto 57th Street. Get in the left lane and follow 57th Street around to the Museum's west side. Turn left to enter the Museum's underground garage.


Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL
312.595.7437
www.navypier.com

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown and get off at Washington. Walk one block east (you can do this underground by following the signs to the Red Line and then exit upstairs to State St.) At State St. catch the #29 Bus (north).

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Exit at Ohio St., then turn right (south) on Orleans to Illinois Street and turn left (east) and continue east on Illinois.

Oriental Institute Museum

1155 East 58th Street Chicago, IL 
773.702.9514 
www.oi.uchicago.edu/museum

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday noon - 6pm.  A museum of Ancient Near Eastern art, history and culture with an impressive collection from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Nubia, and Persia, with guided tours led by trained docents.  Suggested donation of $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Public Transportation: Via the METRA train from downtown: From the Randolph Street Station, at Randolph Street and Michigan Ave., take the Metra Electric (ME) train south to the 57th Street stop.  Exit the station, turn right, and walk west on 57th Street for 5 blocks to Woodlawn Avenue.  Turn left, and walk one block south to 58th Street.  Turn right, and walk one block west to University Avenue.  The institute is on the southeast corner, 1155 East 58th Street. Taking the CTA bus: Get on the Blue Line el towards downtown, and exit at Jackson.  Catch the Jackson Park Express CTA bus (#6) on State Street south to 57th Street.  Exit the bus at 57th Street, adjacent to the Museum of Science and Industry.  Walk west on 57th Street for nine blocks to University Avenue.  Turn left, and walk one block to 58th Street.  The Institute is on the southeast corner.  Taking the CTA Train:  Head downtown on the Blue line, and exit at any stop facilitating a transfer to the Red line.  Take the Red line south to Garfield Blvd. (55th Street).  Take the Garfield Blvd. bus east (approximately 10 minutes) through Washington Park into Hyde Park.  Get off the bus at university Avenue, and walk three blocks south to 58th Street.  The Institute is on the southeast corner.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Continue through downtown to the Garfield Blvd. (55th Street) exit.  Drive east on Garfield Blvd. through Washington Park, where Garfield Blvd. Becomes 55th Street.  Continue east along 55th to Woodlawn Avenue, and turn right.  Drive south on Woodlawn Avenue to 58th Street, and turn right. Continue one block to 1155 East 58th Street (left side of street), at University Avenue.  Street parking can prove difficult, and it is suggested that you use the 3-story Public Parking garage on 55th Street (Garfield Blvd.) at Ellis Ave. (stop light).  This garage is free on weekends (parking costs run from 8am to 4pm weekdays).

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL
312.939.2438
www.sheddaquarium.org

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line toward 54th-Cermak/Forest Park (away from O'Hare) and get off at the Washington stop. Exit the station and you will be on the corner of Washington and Dearborn. Transfer to the southbound #14 Jeffery Express bus on the corner of Washington and Dearborn and get off at the Museum Campus Bus Stop. Shedd will be visible from the stop--it is a large white stone building with columns right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Walk the 0.3 miles to the aquarium from the bus stop.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Continue on I-90/94 East until exit #51H-I, the I-290 West Eisenhower Expressway/Congress Pkwy. towards West Suburbs/Chicago Loop. Merge onto Eisenhower Expressway East. After the Eisenhower becomes W. Congress Pkwy. (about half a mile), take a slight right onto E. Congress Dr. A series of quick turns follows: right onto S. Columbus Dr., left on E. Balbo Dr. Finally, take a right onto S. Lake Shore Dr. and follow the signs for Museum Campus Parking. Visitor parking in all lots on the Museum Campus is $15.00 per day on all non-event days. There is a $10 early bird rate available to cars that arrive before 9:30 a.m. and leave before 9:00 p.m. This includes the Adler Lot, the North Garage, the Waldron Garage and the East Museum Lot. Winter hours for the North Garage are 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; East Museum lot 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Adler lot 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Handicapped parking is available in every parking lot. Please note: these hours and rates are for daytime only and do not apply when special events are scheduled at the museums or Soldier Field. For special event parking or during museum events, please contact the host museum directly.


Soldier Field

1410 S. Museum Campus Drive Chicago, IL
312.235.7000
www.chicagobears.com

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line to downtown (make sure you put in enough money for a transfer if you are not using a daily pass) and get off at Jackson. Walk one block north to Randolph and then walk east past Michigan Ave. to the Millennium Park Garage and catch the free shuttle to Soldier Field.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Exit at Congress (I-290 Eisenhower East changes into Congress). Follow Congress until it dead-ends at Columbus (Buckingham Fountain). Take a right on Columbus and it will merge into Lake Shore Drive. Take Lake Shore Drive (US-41) south past Grant Park. Continue south until the 18th street exit. Turn left on 18th street and continue as it bends left, becoming Museum Campus Drive. Drop-offs are NOT allowed on game day.

Parking: Please call the Standard Parking Customer Service Hotline at (312) 583-9153 or visit ChicagoBears.com, soldierfield.net or soldierfieldparking.com for additional information. Fans are strongly encouraged to park in the East Monroe Street or Millennium Park Garages and utilize the free stadium shuttle. Free shuttles begin running from these garages five hours prior to kickoff. The shuttle is accessible from street level at upper Randolph Street, and the drop-off is at 18th Street. After the game, shuttles will be stationed at 18th Street to return fans to the East Monroe Street and Millennium Park Garages. The shuttle ride is approximately 10 minutes. Due to excessive crowds following the game, fans taking the shuttle may experience minor delays. There are also a limited number of free shuttles for the 31st Street McCormick Place Lot to and from 18th Street. We ask that our patrons be respectful of the neighborhood surrounding Soldier Field. Most of the area is residential “zone” parking and is subject to citation. Tailgating is allowed on all surface lots and on the upper level of the Waldron Deck. Drop-off and pick-up on the Museum Campus roadways is prohibited.


United Center

1901 W Madison St. Chicago, IL
312.455.4500
www.unitedcenter.com

Public Transportation: Walk straight out the door down Webster Ave. to Damen Ave. and catch the southbound #50 Damen Ave. bus about 3 miles to The United Center.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Exit at Madison Ave. (west) and continue about one mile. The United Center will be on your left. You can also drive straight south on Damen Ave. for about three miles and it will be on your left.


US Cellular Field

Home of the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox
333 West 35th St. Chicago, IL
312.674.1000
chicago.whitesox.mlb.com

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line toward 54th/Cermak Forest Park (away from O'Hare) and get off at Washington. Transfer to the Red Line (southbound) 95th/Dan Ryan train to Sox-35th St. station. Walk west one block to U.S. Cellular Field.

Driving: Travel east on Webster St. and get on the I-90/94 East (The Kennedy Expressway). Exit at 35th St. 


Wrigley Field

Home of the hopeless Cubs
1060 W Addison St. Chicago, IL
773.404.2827
chicago.cubs.mlb.com

Public Transportation: Take the Blue Line toward 54th/Cermak Forest Park (away from O'Hare) and get off at Jackson. Transfer to the Red Line (Northbound) to Howard and get off at Addison. Wrigley is visible from the "L" stop.  You can also take the Damen Ave bus north to Addison and then the Addison Bus east, but right before the game Addison is pretty jammed and you'll walk faster.

Driving: Drive east on Webster St. and take a left on Damen Ave. Drive about 2 miles to Addsion and take a right. Drive another 1.5 miles and Wrigley will be visible on your left, at the corner of Clark and Addison. Parking in this area during game time is expensive and street parking is not allowed.  

Shuttle Bus: You can drive to Addison & Western, park in the designated lot and take a free shuttle to the game.

See www.rtachicago.com for more information on city trains, buses and RTA. The RTA (Regional Transportation Authority) includes Metra trains to the suburbs and PACE suburban buses.