Ground Transportation

A variety of transportation services are available at both Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway international Airport (MDW). Downtown Chicago is approximately 17 miles or 45 minutes from O’Hare and 10 miles or 30 minutes away from Midway. Union Station also serves as the railroad arrival and departure hub for Downtown Chicago.

Convention Headquarters

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL
http://www.sheratonchicago.com/
877.242.2558

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Shuttle Service

Go Airport Express is one of Chicago’s premier shared-ride airport shuttles, offering daily hassle-free, door-to-door service to/from O’Hare to most city and suburban neighborhoods.

Americans for the Arts has negotiated a 20% discount on published rates! To reserve at our attendee discount click here! You can also book today by calling Go Airport Express directly at 1-888-2THEVAN (1-888-284-3826).

There are several Go Airport Express ticket counters are located in the baggage claim terminal at O’Hare Airport. You may find these ticket counters in the following locations, van loading zones will be outside the corresponding doors:

  • Baggage Claim 5 (Door 5E)
  • Baggage Claim 6 (Door 1E)
  • JetBlue Baggage Claim (Door 2E)
  • Baggage Claim 9 (Door 3E)
Taxi Service

Taxi service is available at the lower-level curbside outside of each baggage claim terminal. Average fare from O’Hare to downtown Chicago is $24+ (per person), plus $2 airport departure/arrival tax per trip and an additional passenger charge of $0.50 when accompanying original passenger and proceeding to same destination.

Car Rental

There is a large selection of car rental companies available from O’Hare Airport. Each rental car company offers a free shuttle service to the rental car facility. Shuttles pick up at the lower level outer-most curbside area outside of baggage claim. Contact MacNair Travel for special rates at 202.640.5831 or by e-mail at dmackanick@macnairtravel.com.

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has made transport to/from the O’Hare Airport easy and affordable by extending the commonly known “L”, or subway, to the airport, running 24 hours for your transit needs. For just $5, you can ride the CTA Blue Line train to downtown Chicago (exit train at Lake/Clark Station), placing you within a mile of the convention headquarters hotel. To get to the “L” enter the station through the lower level of Terminal 2 or take the Airport Transit System which connects each terminal. Visit TransitChicago.com or call 312.836.7000 for more information on schedules and transit information.

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Shuttle Service

Go Airport Express is one of Chicago’s premier shared-ride airport shuttles, offering daily hassle-free door-to-door service to/from Midway to most city and suburban neighborhoods.

Americans for the Arts has negotiated a 20% discount on published rates! To reserve at our attendee discount click here! You can also book today by calling Go Airport Express directly at 1-888-2THEVAN (1-888-284-3826).

The Go Airport Express ticket counter is located in the baggage claim terminal by door #3 at Midway Airport. Van loading zones are located outside door #3 on the inside lane.

Taxi Service

Taxi service is available at the lower-level curbside outside of the baggage claim terminal. Average fare from Midway to downtown Chicago is $18+ (per person), plus $2 airport departure/arrival tax per trip and an additional passenger charge of $0.50 when accompanying original passenger and proceeding to same destination.

Car Rental

There is a large selection of car rental companies available from Midway Airport. Each rental car company offers a free shuttle service to the central rental car facility. Shuttles pick up at the lower level door #3 arrival curb outside of baggage claim. Contact MacNair Travel for special rates at 202.640.5831 or by e-mail at dmackanick@macnairtravel.com.

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has made transport to/from Midway Airport easy and affordable by extending the commonly known “L”, or subway, to the airport. For just $2.25, you can ride the CTA Orange Line train to downtown Chicago (exit train at Lake/Clark Station), placing you within a mile of the convention headquarters hotel. To get to the “L” enter the station through the enclosed walkway connected to the airport following the signs that read “CTA Trains” or “Trains to the City”. Visit TransitChicago.com or call 312.836.7000 for more information on schedules and transit information.

 

Chicago Regional Transportation

Chicago Union Station

Amtrak & Metra Rail

Servicing the regional transportation needs of the Chicago area, Chicago Union Station serves as the railroad hub for both the Metra commuter rail and Amtrak trains. Located just 2 miles away from the convention headquarter hotel, Union Station provides a variety of transportation services.

Taxi Service

Taxi service is available at all of the station exits including Clinton Street, Adams Street, and Jackson Street. Base fare in Chicago is $3.25 with each additional mile at $1.80 and $0.20 per 36 seconds. Average fare to the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers would be about $15–$20 with a travel time of 10 minutes.

Car Rental

Enterprise, Alamo, National, Hertz, Budget, and Avis car rental companies are available at Union Station. All rental check-in counters are located on the concourse level of the station. Contact MacNair Travel for special rates at 202.640.5831 or by e-mail at dmackanick@macnairtravel.com.

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has made transport to/from Union Station easy and affordable with a bus line that drops you within a block of the convention headquarters hotel area. Exit the station onto Canal Street and catch the 124 Bus (Navy Pier) at the intersection of Adams Street, ride bus across the river, and get off at N Columbus Drive & North Water Street. Approximate cost is $2.25 and approximate travel time is 25 minutes. Visit TransitChicago.com or call 312.836.7000 for more information on schedules and transit information.

Ground Transportation in Downtown Chicago

  • Cabs are plentiful in downtown Chicago to get you to and from convention activities as well as all the sights the Windy City has to offer.
  • Smartphone app-based car ride services Lyft and Uber make getting around the city a breeze.
  • Chicago currently has more than 200 miles of on-street protected, buffered, and shared bike lanes, as well as off-street paths with ample bike parking for the agile wishing to travel via two wheels. Divvy also serves as Chicago’s citywide bike share with more than 3,000 bikes and 300 rental stations across the city. Learn more about Divvy.
  • Are you a local resident and driving in? We know parking at hotels can be expensive! Utilize theSpotHero website to compare prices for parking in the area and snag a cheaper spot! There is also a smartphone app to search for parking while on the go.