Travel and Transportation

Get There Fast and Easy

The Midwest’s largest city has multiple options to move about easily and comfortably.

Chicago Transportation

  • UIC is served by both CTA buses and trains, with the “L” train Blue Line (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) and the Pink Line (Polk stop), connecting the campus with downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport, Midway International Airport, the historic neighborhoods of Chicago and the western suburbs.
  • The CTA Ventra U-PASS is available to eligible students during enrolled terms and provides unlimited use of CTA trains and buses during the semester. Distribution for new students is conducted in the Student Services Building.

Airports, Trains and Buses

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Metra is the commuter rail agency serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in the Chicago area. It is the sister agency to the CTA, which provides mass-transit rail (the “L”) and bus service to Chicago and some suburbs, and Pace, which provides bus service primarily in the suburbs.

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Two major airports serve the Chicago area: O’Hare International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world, and Midway International Airport. O’Hare is located northwest of Chicago, and Midway is located on the South Side of the city. There are several ways to reach campus from either airport. You may opt to take a taxi, bus or train (also known as the “L”), GO Airport Express or rental car.

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GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown/suburban hotels and many businesses.

Greyhound is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation serving more than 3,800 destinations across North America. The Chicago Greyhound station is on Harrison Street, just two blocks east of the campus.

Traveling to Other Great Cities

Soar through the skies or travel via road to these thrilling U.S. destinations.

Boston, MA

Travel by: Car, 15 hours; Plane, 2 hours.

Explore the Freedom Trail and try New England’s famous seafood, museums, and historic culture in this college city on the water.

New York, NY

Travel by: Car, 12.5 hours; Bus, 18 hours; Plane, 2 hours.

Experience acclaimed Broadway shows, global corporations, fine cuisine and the peak of fashion, in the culture hub of the world.

Washington, D.C.

Travel by: Car, 11 hours; Bus, 19 hours; Plane, 1.5 hours.

The nation’s capital boasts historic monuments, world-class art and the U.S. Congress.

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Great Reasons to Explore

Among the largest cities in the United States, enchanting Chicago always leaves something to discover, learn and explore.