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For information on traffic conditions around Navy Pier and McCormick Place, please visit the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Web site at:

Entrance to the McCormick Place campus is 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive. Entrance to Lakeside Center (previously the East Building) is located on 23rd Street and Lake Shore Drive.

Entrance to Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue.


Getting to McCormick Place is easy and convenient. There are two main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. Both are managed by Standard Parking and are in close proximity and walking distance to our convention complex. Events in Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater designate Lot C as the primary parking location, while events in the North, South and West Buildings designate Lot A as the primary parking location.

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The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) manages the 3 public transit operations in northeastern Illinois: The Chicago Transit (CTA), METRA commuter rail and Pace suburban bus. For information on routes and schedules, contact the RTA via their website at or call their Transit Information Hotline at 312-836-7000.

Bus Services: Getting to McCormick Place is possible by using the city transit system. The Chicago Transit Authority provides the following bus service and runs approximately every 15 minutes. Drop off is located at the main entrance to the South Building on Martin Luther King Drive

Regional Transit Authority (METRA): Located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse, the METRA commuter railroad provides direct service within seven minutes to and from downtown Chicago. Service from the Randolph Station (nearby the Fairmont Hotel) to McCormick Place begins early morning, with more frequent pick-ups during rush hours. Shuttle connections can be made to the METRA system. METRA services the Midwest as far north as Kenosha, Wisconsin; northwest to Fox Lake and Harvard; west to Elgin, Geneva and Aurora; southwest to Joliet and Orland Park; south to University Park; and east to South Bend, Indiana.

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McCormick Square - MPEA Metropolitan Pier and
Exposition Authority

Corporate Center
301 East Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: 312-791-7500