Chicago Auto Show 2017: Directions, parking and transit information – WLS-TV

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017
The 2017 Chicago Auto Show will be held at McCormick Place, which is located at Lake Shore Drive at 23rd St., Chicago, IL 60616. Navigation system users will want to use the following street address: 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616.

McCormick Place is easily reached by car or public transportation. There is extensive shuttle bus service from all area parking lots to and from McCormick Place, and Weekend and Presidents Day shuttle service from the Millennium Park Garage. Weekend shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.



From the NORTH via LAKE SHORE DRIVE: Exit at 18th St. or 31st St. and follow signs to McCormick Place. ON THE WEEKENDS, use MILLENNIUM GARAGE and ride the free auto show shuttle.

From the NORTH via I-90/I-94: Exit at Ohio St. or Roosevelt Rd. to Lake Shore Drive. Exit at 18th St. or 31st St. and follow signs to McCormick Place. ON THE WEEKENDS, exit at Washington St. or Monroe St. east to the MILLENNIUM GARAGE and ride the free auto show shuttle.

From the WEST via I-290: Congress Pkwy. to Columbus south and follow signs to McCormick Place. ON THE WEEKENDS, Congress Pkwy to Columbus north to MILLENNIUM GARAGE and ride the free auto show shuttle.

From the WEST via I-55: Exit I-90/I-94 east and go south to Cermak Rd. or 31st. St. Head east and follow the signs to McCormick Place.

From the SOUTH via I-90/I-94: Exit at 31st. St. or 22nd. St. east, follow the signs to McCormick Place

From the SOUTH via LAKE SHORE DRIVE: Exit at 31st St. or 18th. St. follow the signs to McCormick Place.

BIKE: McCormick Place has direct access to the Lakefront Trail. Bike parking is available along the Lakefront Trail. For more information on Bike access and the Lakefront trail, please visit

McCormick Place offers on-site parking. There are three main McCormick Place lots. A, B & C. Lot A & C are $23. Lot B is $15. All McCormick Place lots are $10 after 6 p.m. during Chicago Auto Show dates only. Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card; VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Parking lots are open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available, and there are no in-and-out privileges.

Furthermore, free shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals at the Lower Randolph pedestrian exits. For more information visit

McCormick Place Parking Lot Map | Directions to Lot A | Directions to Lot B | Directions to Lot C


Getting to the Chicago Auto Show by train is now even more convenient with the Cermak- McCormick Place Green Line station, which is approximately three blocks west of the venue. Customers traveling on the Red, Brown, Orange and Blue lines can make free transfers to the Green Line at the following locations:

  • Red and Orange Lines: make a free transfer at Roosevelt and board a 63rd-bound Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Blue Line: make a free transfer at Clark/Lake (farecard required) and board a 63rd- bound Green Line train from the Loop Elevated platform.
  • Brown and Pink Lines: free transfers to 63rd-bound Green Line trains can be made at the Clark/Lake, State/Lake and Adams/Wabash Loop Elevated stations.

Chicago Transit Authority bus routes are a convenient travel option for those heading to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place from the North and South beginning Saturday, Feb.13, 2016 through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. Bus service is available during all hours the show is open.

Chicago Metra Train and CTA Bus Map | McCormick Place Transportation Gates

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Additional buses will operate between Michigan/Chicago and the McCormick Place approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays. On weekends, this additional service will be provided beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. (Note: 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the last Monday).

#21 Cermak
Service during show times are approximately every 12 to 20 minutes weekdays, every 15 to 20 minutes Saturdays, and every 16 to 20 minutes Sundays.

Special “Auto Show” Buses
Special Auto Show buses will operate between the Ogilvie Transportation Center/Union Station and McCormick Place approximately every 12 to 30 minutes on weekdays, every 7 to 30 minutes on Saturdays, and every 10 to 30 minutes on Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. On the last Monday of the event, bus service will be provided beginning 9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

These buses will have either “Auto Show Bus” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown” in their destination signs depending on the direction of travel.

Auto Show buses start their trips from Ogilvie Transportation Center on Clinton at Madison, making stops south on Clinton and east on Jackson to Wabash. Customers boarding from Union Station can board at the corner of Clinton and Quincy. A stop also will be made on Columbus at 11th Street to serve the Museum Campus. From Columbus and 11th Street, the buses will run express to McCormick Place.


The South Shore provides train service to McCormick Place on weekends. Check the weekend schedule here. In addition, the South Shore will stop select weekday trains at the McCormick Place station, click here for the Chicago Auto Show Weekday Service Bulletin.

Metra service from the north, west and southwest suburbs connects to McCormick Place via CTA bus or train (see above).

For all schedule and fare information call RTA Travel Information at 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit


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