McCormick Place Convention Center

2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

Airport

O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

10000 W O'Hare Avenue | Chicago, IL 60666
This airport is approximately 17 miles from downtown Chicago.
Online Information:  https://www.flychicago.com/ohare/home/
General Inquiries: 800) 832-6352

 

Midway International Airport (MDW)

5700 S Cicero Avenue | Chicago, IL This airport is approximately 10 miles from downtown Chicago.
Online Information:  https://www.flychicago.com/midway/home/
General Inquiries: (773) 838-0600

Airport Shuttle(s)

Airport Shuttle, the official ground transportation provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, offers discounted transportation for WEFTEC participants to and from Downtown & Uptown New Orleans hotels, the French Quarter, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center & the Cruise Terminals. Book your reservation online

  • In order to be able to book travel online you must book at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time.
  • You  may create new reservations and make changes to existing reservations online through the provided link.
  • The discounted offer only applies to reservations made through this designated web portal.

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system, serving the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus. 

CTA provides elevated rail - or ‘L’ train - service connecting both O'Hare and Midway with downtown hotels and businesses:

From/to O’Hare: The Blue Line provides service directly into O'Hare Airport. The current fare from O’Hare is $5.00 (subject to change), and one-way travel time is 45 minutes. The fully-accessible O’Hare station is situated in the lower level concourse, which connects Airline Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and is conveniently accessed from Terminal 5 by free, frequent airport shuttle trains.

From/to Midway: The Orange Line provides service directly to Midway Airport. The current fare from Midway is $2.50 (subject to change), and one-way travel time is 25 minutes. The fully-accessible Midway station is right next to the airport terminal building, connected by an enclosed walkway.

Please visit https://www.transitchicago.com/ for more information on routes and schedules.

Taxicabs

All taxicabs in the City of Chicago run on meters; there are no flat rates. Taxis currently charge a base fare of $3.25 plus $2.25 each additional mile. Additional fees apply for airport departures ($4.00) and shared rides ($1.00 for a second adult passenger; $0.50 per person for the third or more adult passengers). Tolls are an extra charge to the passenger. There are no extra charges for baggage, baggage handling, or payment by credit/debit card. Fares and fees are subject to change.

From/to O'Hare: expect to spend approximately $50.00 for a one-way ride. At the airport, taxicabs are available on a first come, first serve basis curbside on the lower level of all terminals.

From/to Midway: expect to spend approximately $35.00 for a one-way ride. At the airport, taxicabs are available on a first come, first serve basis curbside from the lower level of the terminal.

Transportation Network Providers (rideshares)

Well-known Transportation Network Providers such as Lyft and Uber operate in and around Chicago.

From O’Hare: loading zones for TNPs are designated on the Upper Level between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2; on the Upper Level between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3; and on the Lower Level of Terminal 5 across from Door 5A. Uber Black and Uber Taxi pick up on the Lower Level only.

Pricing is estimated around $35-50 (surges to $140 or more)/Travel Time: 25-90 min

From Midway: the loading zone for TNPs is on the Upper Level near Door 1.

Pricing is estimated around $25-40 (surges to $100 or more)/Travel Time: 15-40 min

WEFTEC Shuttles

Complimentary shuttle bus service to/from McCormick Place convention center is available from most official conference hotels beginning Sun. September 22 through Weds. September 25. The exceptions are the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (#22) and the Marriott Marquis Chicago (#27), which are within walking distance of McCormick Place.

Sunday - Tuesday, September 22 - 24

  • From Hotels to McCormick Place: 6:30 - 10:30 am
  • From McCormick Place to Hotels: 3:30 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 25

  • From Hotels to McCormick Place: 6:30 - 10:30 am
  • From McCormick Place to Hotels: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Buses will not able to stop directly in front of all hotels due to traffic patterns in the city. Guests may have to walk a short distance to another hotel or to a street corner to catch a bus.

A vehicle with wheelchair lift will be available on-call during all hours of operation.

Routing and bus pick-up & drop-off locations for hotels will be available in August 2019.

Parking at the Convention Center

Lot A is the primary parking lot for shows occurring in the North, South, and West buildings. It is a six-level garage with 2,100 parking spaces and 8' vehicle height clearance located adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel provide added convenience.

The Lot A parking rates are $23.00 for up to 16 hours and $36.00 from 16 to 24 hours (subject to change). There are no in-and-out privileges. Overnight parking is available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the $36.00 overnight fee per day. Credit Cards are accepted at the parking ticket kiosks.

Lot A address for GPS: 2301 S. Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

 

Attendee & Exhibitor Prepaid Parking:

A limited number of prepaid guaranteed parking spaces are available at the rate of $36 per day by advance order of an Attendee & Exhibitor Parking Permit. This permit allows access to the garages with in-and-out privileges. Parking spaces are guaranteed even if lots fill to capacity: mccormickplace.clickandpark.com

Mobility Device Rentals

At McCormick Place, you will find that the facility has been designed to make your visit as productive and comfortable as possible. We hope that you will agree that their facilities, services, and helpful staff demonstrate WEF's shared commitment to accessibility.

For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs and oxygen equipment rentals, contact our preferred service partner, Scootaround Mobility Solutions at 888-441-7575 or visit www.locations.scootaround.com/McCormickPlace.

Accessible parking is available in Lot A (located on Martin Luther King Drive), Lot C (located underground in Lakeside Center) and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place parking garage.

McCormick Place has 4 designated drop-off points for taxis and cars that provide ramped curbs and automatic entry doors:
Lakeside Center (East Building) - Drop off at Gate 37 (car drop off at Gate 31); pick up at Gate 30 
North Building - Drop off or pick up at Gate 22
South Building - Drop off or pick up at Gate 4
West Building - Drop off or pick up at Gate 40

All meeting rooms and theaters are wheelchair accessible, except rooms E268 and E269 (which are only available for limited use).