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Getting to the University

From O'Hare Airport

By Taxi: A trip by taxi takes about 50 minutes from O'Hare and costs approximately $50-75.

By Subway/Bus: You can take the blue line subway stop from O'Hare to Clark/Lake and then transfer to the green line and ride it toward Cottage Grove; the closest stop is Garfield. At that stop you can exit the subway station, cross the street and ride bus 55 toward the University.  In total the trip will take at least an hour and a half.

From Midway Airport

By Taxi: A trip by taxi takes about 30 minutes from Midway Airport and costs approximately $25.

By Bus: You can take bus 59 to reach University of Chicago in 45 minutes.

From Union Station

By Taxi: A trip by taxi takes about 20 minutes from downtown Union Station and costs approximately $25. 

By Bus/Subway: If you're willing to walk about 5 blocks, you can walk to the green line and take that to the Garfield stop, exit the subway station, cross the street, and take bus 55 to the University. You can also take bus 59 from the station to the red line; get off at the Garfield stop. 

In addition, shuttle services from either airport are available

For more information see the University's Taxi/Shuttle suggestions: 


The CTA, Chicago Transit Authority, provides visitors and Chicagoans alike with options for commuting by subway and bus. If you want to explore Chicago, commute from a hotel downtown, or attend an event outside of Hyde Park, public transportation is a budget friendly way to do so.

Subway (The L)

Though the Subway has 8 lines in total, represented by color, likely the most useful for transportation from Hyde Park include the Red and Green line. Visitors may get a temporary pass at any station ($3) or a refillable card ($5 or more) if riding often. Each ride for the subway (and the bus) is $1.25 regardless of distance of your destination. The same pass, called a Ventra Card, may be used for the buses.

City Buses

Like the subway, bus fare is $1.25 and bus lines are available for your transportation needs to explore Greater Chicago. You may use a Ventra Card, available at subway stations, to pay for bus fare or give exact change.

University Buses

The University offers buses for easy commuting within the Hyde Park area. The University Transportation website also give details about parking options.


Metra trains are an excellent public transportation option for longer distance commutes, or to reach the Loop from Hyde Park (including Millenium Park). The Ventra Cards can not be used on the Metra. Instead you can purchase a ticket at any station.