Travel Information

Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is known as Hyde Park. The main entrance to the hospital is at 5841 South Maryland Avenue. This is adjacent to the parking garage, and is most convenient if you are driving. Another entrance is at 5812 South Ellis. This entrance may be more convenient if you are using public transportation, but may not always be open very early in the morning. (There are frequently people arriving who have keys to the door; or, if necessary, you can enter via the emergency room around the corner.)

Please use appropriate caution on public transportation. The routes we have given here are well traveled but, as in any big city, things can happen. In general, though, you should expect to find most Chicagoans friendly and helpful.

Parking

Parking in Hyde Park is limited near campus. Metered visitor parking is available behind Ida Noyes Hall at Woodlawn and 59th. (Bring quarters.) Valet parking is available at the high-rise parking facility bordering the west side of the University Hospital. As in any city, parking can sometimes take a while to find, so please allow yourself an extra 15 minutes or so to secure a spot.

Places to Stay When Interviewing

Unfortunately, we are unable to house students when they come for their interview. However, Hyde Park and the city of Chicago offer many possibilities. The Hyde Park Ramada is the hotel nearest campus, and they do offer a U. Chicago rate, with a shuttle to campus. Reservations may be made at 1-800-237-4933 or (773) 288-5800. Inexpensive housing is available on campus at International House, which features dormitory style living in a beautiful building of Gothic architecture. Please call (773) 753-2270 for reservations. We also recommend the local bed and breakfast:

The Hyde Park House
(773) 363-4595
5210 S. Kenwood Ave.
(A 100-year-old Victorian house with an added greenhouse)

If you prefer to stay in downtown Chicago (only a 15 minute drive from campus) please click here for a listing of recommended hotels.

How to Get Here

From the Chicago Loop: For about $15 - $20 you can take a taxi from the Loop to Hyde Park.

The Illinois Central commuter train (I.C.) makes two stops on Michigan Ave., at Randolph and Van Buren Streets, and gets you to Hyde Park in twenty minutes for $2.25. Get off at 59th St. and walk along the Midway eight blocks to Ellis Ave. The I.C. runs frequently during rush hours, and once an hour at other times of day, until shortly after midnight. Call (312) 836-7000 or check at the station for specific train times.

You can also catch the #6 Jeffrey express bus to Hyde Park at any corner of State St. in the Loop. It is a half-hour ride along the lakefront to Hyde Park. Get off at 59th St., walk under the train tracks and continue as directed from the I.C. station above. Bus fare ranges from $2.25 to $2.50 depending on the time of day. You will need exact change, but buses do accept $1.00 bills.

From O'Hare Airport: By taxi costs about $40 - $50, but the Omega shuttle will bring you directly to campus locations for $16 - $30 see omegashuttle.com or call them at 773-734-6688.

If you're renting a car from O'Hare:

  • Head east on I-90 until the turn-off for I-55 North.
  • Take I-55 North, then Lake Shore Drive South to and make a right at the first traffic light, which is the 57th St.
  • Exit - (at the Museum of Science and Industry).
  • Follow the curving road (Cornell Dr.) and take the fourth right turn, onto Midway Plaisance.
  • Go 8 blocks west, on Midway, to Ellis Ave.
  • Turn right on Ellis for one block.
  • Go left on 59th St.
  • Take the first right on 59th to Maryland Ave.
  • The University of Chicago Hospital parking garage will be on your left.

From Midway Airport: By taxi is about thirty minutes, or $20 - $25, away from the University. If you prefer to rent a car at Midway, head east on Garfield Blvd. until it curves through Washington Park and becomes 55th St., one of the main thoroughfares of Hyde Park. Turn right at the light on Ellis Ave. to reach 59th St. Go right onto 59th St. and then right again on Maryland, to reach the University of Chicago Hospital parking garage.

Amtrak: Trains arrive at Union Station (on Canal St. between Adams and Jackson) at the west end of the downtown Loop. You can take a cab directly to campus (about $12). Or, by city bus, from the Amtrak station, take the #1, #126 or #157 bus east to State St. or Michigan Ave., then proceed on the Jeffrey Express #6 bus or the I.C. If you plan to take two city buses, be sure to ask for a transfer on the first one. See metrarail.com for further information.

Chicago Bus System (CTA): You can catch the #6 Jackson park express bus to Hyde Park at any corner of State st. in the Loop. It runs quite frequently, Monday through Saturday; less frequently late at night and Sundays. It is a 20-30 minute ride along the lakefront to Hyde Park. Get off at 59th St., just after the Museum of Science and Industry, and walk west under the train tracks. You can either get on the Midway bus here -a small red bus- or walk about six blocks to Ellis Avenue, where you will see the hospital just to the north. Bus Drivers do not give change. See transitchicago.com for further details.

Chicago's Greyhound/Trailways: Station is slightly west of the Loop, on Harrison St. between Jefferson and DesPlaines (alongside both the Eisenhower and the Kennedy/Dan Ryan expressways). Chicago City Bus System Coming out of the Greyhound/Trailways station, cross Harrison St. and catch the #60 Blue Island bus heading east to State St. or Michigan Ave., where you can take either the #6 Jackson Express bus or the I.C. train.