Traveling To and Around Chicago
As the hub of the Midwest, Chicago offers convenience and comfort for travelers both domestic and international.
If you will be flying to SPI, book your flight to one of two International Airports in Chicago– O’Hare International Airport or Midwest International Airport. You will find nonstop flights from many cities around the U.S. and the world.
SPI is happy to offer discount rates on airfare with specific airline meeting travel programs.
Getting Around Chicago
GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle services between Chicago area locations and O’Hare and Midway Airports. Efficient, safe, and economical airport shuttles depart from O’Hare and Midway Airports every 15 minutes for Chicago downtown and many suburban locations. Ground transportation is arranged by making a reservation. Please Click Here to make your airport shuttle reservation/s, or call 1-800-284-3826 and use your 10% discount code: “SOLAR” (all one word).
SPI offers a complimentary shuttle from official SPI Hotels to the McCormick Center and Block Party. Review our Shuttle Bus Information flyer and Shuttle Bus Map to help schedule your time in Chicago.
The “L” (Subway Trains)
Travel around the city like a local on the “L”, Chicago’s public transportation system. The Chicago Transit Authority ’L’ trains lace the city. The Metra commuter rail connects the Chicagoland area with 11 rail lines. Fast, direct train service allows attendees easy access downtown from both Midway International and O’Hare International airports. All services combined, Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority is one of the largest public transportation networks in North America.
SPI offers free shuttle bus service between official hotels and the Convention Center. Shuttles will run on a loop, stopping at SPI block hotels and the Convention Center, in the morning and evening.
Chicago has the second largest taxi fleet in the U.S. and credit cards are accepted in all cabs by city mandate. From Downtown to McCormick Place is a $10-$15 fare..
Shuttles and taxis are available from both airports with rates of $40-$50 from O’Hare and $30-$35 from Midway.
There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. All are in close proximity and walking distance to the convention complex. Events in Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater designate Lot C as the primary parking location, while events in the North, South and West Buildings designate Lot A as the primary parking location. SPI attendees should use Lot A. McCormick place is convenient for attendees driving in and parking rates are competitive.