Travel and Transportation Information

We look forward to hosting you in one of AACC’S favorite cities, Chicago, IL. Ready to book your hotel room? You can learn more about important dates and the benefits of booking your housing with AACC here. And make sure you’re up to date on the city of Chicago and AACC’s COVID-19 plans for a safe meeting by reviewing our policy here.

Traveling to Chicago

Convention Center

Getting Around the City

Visa Information 

Travel Grants

Shuttle

Traveling to Chicago

The city of Chicago hosts one Amtrak station and two airports.

Train

  • Chicago’s Union Station serves as a terminal for all Amtrak trains to and from the city (2.8 miles from convention center)

Airports

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (20.5 miles from convention center)
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (9.7 miles from convention center)

Transportation from the Airport

Taxi/Rideshare

CTA “L” Train

The CTA “L” trains provide service to downtown Chicago and McCormick Place from both international airports. If you’re coming from:

  • O’Hare International Airport: The CTA Blue Line provides service to and from the airport. Take the Blue Line from O’Hare and transfer to a south-bound Green Line train at Clark and Lake. Note, in the Loop the Blue Line is a subway train and the Green Line is an elevated train. Transferring between the two lines is free.
  • Midway Airport: The CTA Orange Line provides service to and from the airport. Take the train to the Roosevelt Street Station (subway) and transfer to the elevated Green Line.

On either route, once you transfer to the Green Line, continue on the southbound Green Line train for 1-stop to the Cermak-McCormick Place station.

The Cermak-McCormick Place Station is a 2 block (0.15 miles) walk from the northwest corner of the McCormick Place West Building.

Convention Center

McCormick Place

Location

  • 2301 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Parking

  • Lot A – 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
  • The parking rate is $25 for up to 16 hours and $38 from 16 to 24 hours
  • You can purchase parking online in advance here.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations are available in Parking Lot A on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Getting Around the City

  • Explore the city of Chicago through the nation’s second largest public transportation system. Find fares and schedules here.
  • You can hail a taxi in Chicago through ARRO and CURB. Download the free Lyft and/or Uber app for ridesharing throughout Chicago.
  • Choose Chicago provides an accessibility guide for visitors with disabilities and/or mobility devices.

Visa Information

Visit our International Travelers’ Assistance for up-to-date information on U.S. entry and visa requirements, and to get a letter of invitation for your visa application.

Travel Grants

SYCL Travel Grants

Through the SYCL Travel Grants program, AACC helps members in the U.S. who are a) under age 40 and/or b) Trainee Members to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. SYCL Travel Grant winners receive a cash award of $2,000. Learn more about applying here.

Shuttle

AACC provides free shuttle service between hotels and McCormick Place. The schedule will be posted in July.