Getting Around

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Buses and Trains

Visit www.transitchicago.com for routes and information, but here are some good things to know:

  • To ride CTA trains, you have to purchase a Ventra card or ticket. Buses accept both Ventra and cash (but cash must be exact change and only works for one-way rides with no transfers). CTA’s site has information on how to pay your fares, what they cost, and where to buy passes in person. You can order a Ventra card here.
  • Buses are your best bet for getting to and from, and around, Hyde Park.
  • Three buses that run around Hyde Park are free with your University ID:
    • #170: an east-west bus that loops the Midway and can help you connect with the Metra or the #6 bus to get downtown
    • #171: connects the Midway to the eastern and western ends of Hyde Park along 55th Street
    • #172: connects the Midway to Hyde Park Boulevard/51st Street and 53rd Street via campus
  • Five buses can get you back and forth from downtown (normal CTA bus fare applies):
    • #2: goes from State Street downtown to right in front of the Law School; runs express between downtown and campus
    • #4: travels from South Water downtown to a few blocks west of the Law School on Cottage Grove and beyond
    • #6: this bus runs all day from downtown to Hyde Park and then further south; runs express between downtown and Hyde Park
    • #10: express bus links downtown with the Museum of Science and Industry
    • #28: travels to Union Station during weekday rush periods; other times, it travels as far north as 47th Street in Hyde Park
  • The CTA’s Red Line and Green Line both have stops reasonably close to Hyde Park, at 55th Street/Garfield. The Red Line Garfield stop and Green Line Garfield stop are not the same. You can take the #55 bus to get to these stops, as well as Chicago Midway airport.
  • You can track CTA buses anywhere in the city using the CTA Bus Tracker.
  • Track CTA buses near Hyde Park and UGo shuttles in real time using TransLōc. The corresponding phone application allows the user to access this service on the go.

The Metra

The Metra is Chicagoland’s suburban rail service, but it runs several train lines in the city as well. You can use it to get downtown, on the Metra Electric District line. These trains are less frequent than CTA trains and have higher fares, but often take as few as fifteen minutes to reach downtown.

Safety

We recommend that if you need to return from downtown at night, you use the #6 bus or the Metra. At the Red or Green Line stations on 55th Street, you could face a long wait for the #55 bus. Walking west of Cottage Grove Avenue, especially at night, is not recommended. However you travel, use your best judgment and remember the University’s safety resources.

University Transportation Options

The University operates daytime and nighttime shuttles around campus and Hyde Park. These shuttles are free with your University ID.

Parking

At the Law School, a small number of spaces are offered each year to graduating students via lottery. There is no other student parking in the Law School parking lot. However, anyone can park there from 3:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Students are encouraged to move their cars to the lot if they will be working or studying late in the building.

You may park at any time along 60th Street or along the Midway Plaisance, but these spots fill up very early in the morning and are not a reliable source of parking. Obey posted signs for street cleaning or repair and snow removal.

For information on parking in campus lots or obtaining a permit, visit the University parking website.

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