Coming by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
The nation’s second largest public transportation system, the CTA operates Chicago’s eight ‘L’ train lines and 129 bus routes.
Not all of the system’s train lines are elevated (which is where the term ‘L’ comes from). They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and subway trains, and serve 145 rail stations all over town. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.
Convenient CTA bus routes travel throughout the city, with stops every few blocks. Several lines offer Night Owl service, running until 2 a.m. or later. Get more information about extended hours of service.
Pay cash for single trip bus rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for both travel by ‘L’ train and bus. Tip: Download the Ventra app to track arrival/departure times for CTA buses and ‘L’ trains, and to reload your balance on the go.
Coming to Chicago
1. By plane Chicago is home to two international airports conveniently located in the center of the country, with thousands of daily inbound and outbound flights to more than 240 destinations. There are a number of hotels conveniently located in Chicago.
2. By train Chicago’s iconic Union Station serves both Amtrak and Metra, the city’s commuter rail service. Originally designed by Daniel Burnham and completed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, Union Station is a glowing expression of Chicago’s status as a national railroad hub, and remains a treasured part of the city’s history.
3. By bus If you’re headed to Chicago from a Midwestern metropolis like Detroit, Indianapolis, or St. Louis, catch a leisurely ride on a private charter bus. Charter buses include free WiFi, reclining seats, panoramic windows, and plenty of legroom. Chicago enjoys service from such companies as Megabus, BoltBus and Greyhound, as well as other local carriers.
4. Driving By Car to Chicago? Use Google Maps to get directions.
Getting Around Chicago
From Chicago public transit to walking the city’s many neighborhoods, here’s your A to Z for getting from A to B. Chicago's Accessibility Guide has details on getting around Chicago by train, bus, taxi, and more for those with disabilities and/or mobility devices.
USA Trade Tasting does not have any parking partnerships, so please park at any of the parking spaces below if coming by car.
For more information visit Chicago Parking website.