Congress Location

McCormick Place – Lakeside Center

2301 S. King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616

The premier convention facility in North America, McCormick Place is located just minutes from downtown Chicago. The Lakeside Center features the beautiful award winning Arie Crown Theater which will add a theatric flair.


About Chicago


Affixed by stunning Lake Michigan and decorated with inspiring architecture, Chicago is more than just a big city. Besides its striking downtown area, which includes some of the tallest buildings in the world, Chicago has a distinctive coastline, hundreds of vibrant parks and 77 unique neighborhoods. It's this truly distinctive mix of incredible attractions and cultural allure that make Chicago one of the friendliest, most livable cities in America.

Chicago's developed a reputation as a must-visit destination for diners. In fact, Chicago is one of only three cities in the country to have its culinary chops rated by the prestigious Michelin Guide. With incredible shopping on The Magnificent Mile, world premiere performances in its famed Theater District and one of the country's most active nightlife scenes, this city is always buzzing. Chicago also vaunts more than 60 museums, five regional Tony Award-winning theaters and, no matter the season, there's always a professional sports team to cheer to victory.

Situated squarely in the center of the country and equipped with two major, international airports, getting to Chicago is easy. Once you arrive, you'll be able to choose from more than 38,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area alone. From sleek downtown properties to luxury boutiques, you will discover outstanding accommodations for every style and budget.

Millennium Park, deep dish pizza and Wrigley Field are all compelling enough reasons to visit Chicago, but the city's most endearing quality is its people. Chicago's neighborhoods represent more than 100 countries and it's through this diversity and profound city culture that we are able to develop the country's best restaurants, theaters and museums. Enjoy your visit to Chicago.  

Visit ChooseChicago.com for more information.


Transportation to the Congress


ATC provides complimentary shuttle bus service between official ATC 2017 hotels and McCormick Place. Please allow a minimum of 30-40 minutes travel time from the hotels to McCormick Place during peak traffic conditions or inclement weather. Peak times are considered 6:00 am – 9:30 am and 4:45 pm – 8:00 pm. Upon arrival, familiarize yourself with the shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off locations for your hotel.  For shuttle pick up and scheduling information Click Here


Public Transportation in the City


Taxi Service

  • Taxis are plentiful and offer a convenient way to get around the city.  
  • All taxis are required to accept credits cards.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

  • According to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the ‘L’ is the easiest way into and around town.
  • Simply buy a Ventra Card with money loaded to cover your fare(s).
  • To view a complete list of pick up times and drop off locations please visit www.transitchicago.com for more information.

Getting to Chicago by Plane


O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America's major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.

Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors.  It is the nation's premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations.

Visit flychicago.com for details on parking, amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O'Hare and Midway airports.

  • Average Domestic Flight Times to Chicago
  • Average International Flight Times to Chicago

Both airports offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs.  Rates range from $40-50 from O'Hare, and $30-40 from Midway.  Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.

The Chicago Transit Authority serves both airports for easy and economical travel between downtown and Chicago neighborhoods using the 'L' train. The 24-hour CTA Blue Line connects directly to O'Hare and the CTA Orange Line connects directely to Midway. Read more on getting around Chicago with public transportation or visit transitchicago.com/airports for full fare information and maps.

GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown/suburban hotels and many businesses. Pair fares and group discounts are available along with customized reservation portals for your groups.

Many major car rental companies have facilities at the O'Hare and Midway Airports, including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz. Please visit specific rental company websites for details.  

Limousine and chauffer agencies prefer that all customers reserve cars at least 48 hours in advance although cars can occasionally be ordered with a two-hour notice. Click here for a list of available transportation services.